Ceramic Tiles

Interlocking ceramic tiles create a strikingly stunning roof that can last for 100 years or more. The gently bent tiles resembles almost like fish scales on the roof of the house. Though their natural color is brown, they actually turn into noble terra cotta color when mixed with iron oxide and heated in kiln.

Ceramic tiles are considered the most eco-friendly roofing material known. They provide excellent heat, wind and rain protection. However, they are very fragile and can be damaged by any impact. In addition, this type of roofing will require a very heavy and strong support structure.

The price for ceramic tiles is between $5 to $15 per square foot.

Types of Ceramic Roof Tiles

Flat tiles (which are commonly used in Germany)
Imbrex and Tegula tiles (has origin of the Ancient Roman)
Mission or Barrel tiles
Roman tiles (this is the more modern type)
S-shaped pantiles

Advantages of Ceramic Tiles

They provide a beautiful but reasonable solution for your home's roof.
They can last for 100 years or more.
They are durable.
They are used in both cold and warm countries.
They protect the home from cold and heat.
They guarantee to reduce energy expenses.
They require no maintenance, while flat roofs require frequent sealing and whitewashing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ceramic Tiles

1How long can this product be expected to last?

If you are looking at it from the life of the material point of view, ceramics is “ever-lasting.”

Something else to consider regarding durability is the tile color.

2What defects can be expected to be found in a ceramic tile?

Ceramic tiles will have variations from each other because of clay baking. They will not be geometrically equal from each other.

3Can moss and lichen be removed from the tile surface?

Yes. The commonly used technique to do this is water injection. Be aware that the moss and lichen will repeatedly appear as time goes by.

4Which is the minimum slant suggested to work with?

Minimum slants may vary from one region to another in the country. This is due to some factors like to roof height, exposure level of the house, nature of the winds prevailing in the area, and rain frequency and intensity, to name a few.

Generally, for the French and Portuguese models, slants of 24° (or 45%) have proven to be adequate. But it is recommended to analyze every case.

For the Simile Slate model, the optimum slant ranges from 40° to 50° (84 to 119%).

5Can tiles be placed over a slanted concrete flagstone?

Yes. This is a widely known technique in some regions of the country. Mortar settlement is widely known, although some care should be observed.

6When applying mortar to the pieces, is it advisable to reinforce with cement?

It is not advisable to overload with cement since mortars made of lime may very well have a cement reinforcement to make adherence easier. Mortar stiffness will be high that cracks could appear.

7Why is it so important that roofs are well ventilated?

Air moisture can enter the inner parts of the roof. And this condensed water must be removed from the inner layers of the roof. Therefore, ventilation is crucial. This can be accomplished by an air chamber, under the cover.

8Why is it recommended to fix tiles with copper nails?

Over a period of time, steel nails may go rusty even when galvanized. This would then increase its size and also lose its resistance. As a result, the nail will go out and worst, it may break down the tiles.