Clay roof tiles are designed predominantly to keep out the rain, wind and other undesirable elements. Clay roof tiles are usually made from locally available materials such as terracotta or slate. Modern materials such as concrete and plastic are also used and some clay tiles have a waterproof glaze added to them during the manufacturing process.
Clay roof tiles are hung from the framework of a roof by fixing them with nails to wodden battens. The tiles are usually hung in parallel rows, with each row overlapping the row below it to prevent rainwater entering the building and to cover the nails that hold the row below. There are also clay roof tiles for special positions, particularly where the planes of the several roof pitches meet. They include ridge, hip and valley tiles. These can either be bedded and pointed in cement mortar or mechanically fixed, although cement is the most commonly used method.
Much like the clay roof tiles set on the roof of a property, clay roof tiles have been used to provide a protective weather envelope to the sides of timber frame buildings. These are hung on laths nailed to wall timbers, with clay roof tiles specially designed to cover corners and jambs. These clay roof tiles are usually shaped at the exposed end to give a decorative effect.
Another form of this is known as the mathematical tile, which was hung on laths, nailed and then grouted. This form of clay roof tile offers an imitation of brickwork and was developed to give the appearance of brick, but avoided the brick taxes that were present the 18th century.
Slate roof tiles were traditional in some areas near to sources of supply, and gave thin and light tiles when the slate was split into its natural layers. It is no longer a cheap material, however, and is now less common.
At Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd, all our clay roof tiles are carefully crafted to replicate all the features of handmade clay roof tiles, the Clayhall handcrafted range of tiles delivers a superb alternative when budget restrictions are a concern, but without compromising quality or durability.
The Clayhall range of clay roof tiles have been very carefully designed with a continuous nib feature which lends itself to design flexibility in main roof and vertical situations, making this clay roof tiles a very popular choice.
You can choose from dark, medium or red rustic tones combined with natural textures to create a roof with outstanding handcrafted character but with the look of traditional handmade clay roof tiles.
The Classic range of plain clay roof tiles is one of the finest ranges of clay roof tiles available to buy today. At Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd we source only the very finest raw materials for our craftsmen to create beautifully handmade clay roof tiles of the highest quality and durability.
The manufacturing process of our clay roof tiles is rigorously monitored and checked continuously in the factory to ensure that our standards are strictly adhered to before undergoing further stringent tests by Ceram Building Technology.
The Classic range of plain clay roof tiles are suitable for all new build and renovation projects, the plain roof tile range offers a variety of design options bringing versatility and character to all types of pitched roofs.
Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd are very proud to bring our customers the Conservation range of handmade clay roof tiles.
The Conservation range of clay roof tiles are available in two beautiful colours, created by using a very fine sand. Our Conservation Weathered clay roof tiles give a natural warm tone, achieving an instant mellow and settled look and our Conservation Red clay roof tiles are absolutely perfect for vertical tiling and are particularly suited for older properties that demand the charm of years gone by.
Our Conservation range of clay roof tiles are manufactured using very high quality clay, achieving high strength and durability, giving homeowners and contractors peace of mind for many years to come. The conservation range of clay roof tiles come with a complete set of associated fittings.
Plain clay roofing tiles laid to a double lap have been used for roof covering in England since before the Norman Conquest of 1066 and tiles dating back to Roman Times have been discovered under excavation. Evidence of their early use is to be found throughout England with the exception of the south-west peninsular and the north, including Lancashire, Cumbria andNorthumbria.
From the start, plain clay roof tiles were made incorporating fixing features. Most of the early clay roof tiles made in the Midlands and related areas were made with a single nib for hooking to laths. Early clay roof tiles made in the southern and eastern counties were more regularly provided with two large holes through which pegs for hooking could be secured.
So if you are looking for the very best quality clay roof tiles available on the market today, give Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd a call. Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd are a group of highly skilled, motivated and dedicated experts in the clay roof tiles industry and have over fifty years industry experience.
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