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Learn about Tile Roofs


Tile may be the most customizable roof material ever.  Usually formed

from clay, tile can be molded to virtually any shape.  Through the past

several hundred years, there has been a standardization of some of the

more effective profile types.  Whether a tile is of the Shingle, Spanish,

Interlocking, or Mission variety, it can be glazed in just about any color


Naturally finished (unglazed) tile will always offer some of the warmest

feeling, but tile can be glazed to match an owner or designers exact

specifications.  Tile lends itself well to a host of different architectural

styles, and like a slate roof, can offer more than a lifetime of service.


Style: Tile may be composed of clay or cementations materials.

Regardless of the tile’s composition, there are several main profiles

which tiles are formed for use on a roof.  Within the main profile types

there are seemingly limitless possibilities for shape , texture, color,

and size.  Spanish (S-Tile) and Mission (Cap & Pan) tiles are similar in

appearance and function in like manner.  These profiles offer great

depth in the appearance of a roof and are generally reminiscent of

Mediterranean style buildings.  Shingle tiles function similar to slate

and often reflect a German or French feel.  Interlocking tiles are similar

in appearance to that of shingle tiles, but function somewhat differently.

Because of how interlocking tiles interface with one another they often

help to provide economy vs. their shingle type counterparts.


Colors: There is virtually no limit to the color possibilities for tile.  Tile

can be fired without any treatment and be ready for a roof in the same

color as when the clay came out of the ground.  Some treatments during

the firing process can provide subtle to sometimes substantial color

variation and add depth and warmth to the appearance of a roof.  When

tiles are glazed there is no limit to the color availability.


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