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Your Choice of Tiles For Your New Roof

Tiled Roofs

At Keay Roofing Services we know tiles. Richard could talk about them for hours. And if you’ve ever seen one of our roofs being tiled then you too will appreciate the team’s skill and approach.

As a process how we tile hasn’t changed in hundreds of years: roof tiles are ‘hung’ from the wooden framework of a roof by fixing them with nails. Tiles are usually hung in parallel rows, with each row overlapping the row below it to exclude rainwater and to cover the nails that hold the row below. There are also roof tiles for special positions, particularly where the planes of the several pitches meet. They include ridge, hip and valley tiles.

We take great care when we recommend a tile for your new roof – whether it’s to match your existing tiles or create a new look for your house.

Your choice of roof tile

A large number of shapes (or “profiles”) of roof tiles have evolved. These include:

Flat tiles – the simplest type, which are laid in regular overlapping rows. An example of this is the clay-made “beaver-tail” tile (German Biberschwanz), common in Southern Germany. Flat roof tiles are usually made of clay but also may be made of stone, wood, plastic, concrete, or solar cells.

Roman tiles – flat in the middle, with a concave curve at one end at a convex curve at the other, to allow interlocking.

Pantiles with an S-shaped profile, allowing adjacent tiles to interlock. These result in a ridged pattern resembling a ploughed field. An example of this is the “double Roman” tile, dating from the late 19th century in England and USA.

Mission or barrel tiles are semi-cylindrical tiles laid in alternating columns of convex and concave tiles. Originally they were made by forming clay around a curved surface, often a log or the maker’s thigh. Today barrel tiles are mass produced from clay, metal, concrete or plastic.

Interlocking roof tiles are similar to pantile with side and top locking to improve protection from water and wind.

At Keay Roofing Services we know our tiles. If you’d like to talk tiles too and get a quotation for your new roof, please call us on 0800 1577424.

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