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Machine made clay roof tiles

Machine for extruding clay roof tiles

Here at Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd, we make wide range of machine made clay roof tiles of large and small format, so that we can offer our customers our quality performance products at very competitive prices.

The mechanised process involved in manufacturing our machine made clay roof tiles

Our production begins when we source our clay from the many different areas that produce high quality clay. The type of finish we want to achieve with a particular roof tile is dependant upon the type of clay used. This is because clay differs from one region to the next and as such, the texture, finish and other properties of the finshed clay roof tile will be affected accordingly.

Once we have our clay, we can start the machine made process where we crush the raw clay. This is achieved with a set of high speed rollers. Once the clay has been pulverised into small enough particles it is transferred to a mixing unit where water is gradually added to ensure the clay is given the correct moisture content. The mixing process that follows makes use of a great deal of pressure as well as the agitation of the water and clay particles to make certain that the mixtures water content is distributed equally.

We then feed the clay into an extruding machine that will have a specially shaped mouth to give us a ribbon of the desired shape. The process of extruding the clay mixture is conducted under very high pressure and this expels all the air to ensure a perfect finish to the clay roof tile.

When the extruded ribbon of clay has emerged from the machine, the clay is cut into the exact lengths required to give us the final product. The freshly extruded and cut clay roof tiles are then stacked into setters or cassettes ready for drying or firing in our kilns.

It may take up to several days to dry the newly made clay roof tiles. The water that is still present in the clay roof tile is very slowly removed by gradually increasing the temperature in our specialist drying chamber. This is a crucial stage of the manufacturing process, as we have to ensure that we do not allow the new clay roof tiles to crack or distort while they are drying.

The dryed clay roof tiles are then transported to our kiln for firing. Even the firing process is a time consuming and skilled operation as the clay roof tiles are taken to a high temperature of 1,100 degrees centigrade and the kiln is then regulated to slowly increase and decrease in temperature and pressure, to allow the clay roof tiles to change to their final hardened state, this process alone may take several days to complete.

So if you would like a machine made clay roof tile of the very highest quality and value, why not contact us at Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd today?

Further information

If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01708 853 953, email us at sales@heritagetiles.co.uk or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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