Roof Tiles

Roof tiles are generally created to keep out rain, and are commonly made from readily available materials such as terracotta or slate. Modern products such as concrete and plastic are likewise made use of and some clay tiles have a water-resistant glaze. Roof tiles are ‘hung’ from the structure of a roof by fixing them in place with nails. There are likewise roof tiles for unique positions, particularly when the planes of the a number of pitches connect. These are hung on laths nailed to a wall, with tiles specially formed to cover jambs and corners. Frequently these tiles are formed at the exposed end to provide an ornamental impact. Another type of this is the so-called mathematical tile, which was hung on laths, nailed and then grouted. Slate roof tiles were conventional in some locations near sources of supply, and provided light and thin tiles when the slate was divided into its natural layers. It is not an inexpensive product, nevertheless, and is now less typical.

A lot of shapes (or “profiles”) of roof tiles have developed. These consist of:

  • Flat tiles– the easiest type, which is laid in common overlapping rows. An example of this is the clay-made “beaver-tail” tile (German Biberschwanz), typical in Southern Germany. Flat roof tiles are normally made from clay, however likewise might be made from stone, wood, plastic, concrete, or solar batteries.
  • Pantiles– with an S-shaped profile, permitting nearby tiles to interlock. These lead to a ridged pattern looking like a plowed field. An example of this is the “Double Roman” tile, dating from the late 19th century in England and United States.
  • Interlocking roof tiles– just like pantiles with side and leading locking to enhance defense from water and the wind.
  • Mission or barrel tiles– semi-cylindrical tiles laid in rotating columns of convex and concave tiles. Initially, they were made by forming clay around a curved surface area, frequently the maker or a log’s thigh. Today barrel tiles are mass-produced from clay, concrete, plastic or metal.
  • Roman tiles– flat in the middle, with a concave curve at one end at a convex curve at the other, to enable interlocking.
  • Imbrex and tegula– an ancient Roman pattern of flat and curved tiles that make rain channels on a roof.
  • Antefixes– vertical blocks which end the covering tiles of a tiled roof.


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