Ceramic Tile, although not as popular as other roofing materials here
in the North East is a quality roofing material that has many choices
that complement the architecture of our region.
Although expensive and logistically challenging to install Ceramic
Tile offers a vast range of colors and styles that look beautiful
with any architectural style.
Triple M Contracting has years of experience installing these roves
and working with such suppliers as Ludowici to ensure a perfect match
when performing repairs.
Ceramic Tile is a beautiful and long lasting roofing material with a 60-80
year life expectancy. Although ceramic tile roves are common throughout the
Mediterranean and Latin influenced architecture of the South West, Florida
and California, a high-quality tile will be hard-fired and will not absorb
moisture that can fracture a tile when frozen.
Thus such tiles are suitable
for northern climates and when used can be an extravagant architectural statement.
All high-quality tile roofs are expensive, both in terms of the material
and the installation, and so clay tile roofs are fairly rare.
The most popular tile in Ludowici's line, Spanish Tile is prized
for its simple one-piece barrel design which provides a pattern of
distinctive ripples across the roof. Often synonymous with clay roof
tile, Spanish Tile enhances virtually any style of architecture. While
seen most often in Clay Red, imaginative architects and designers
in recent years have chosen blends of neutral colors in matte finishes,
high-gloss Mediterranean Blue and Fire flashed as alternatives.
French Tile was first introduced
in the 1890s. Since then a favorite of discriminating architects, it
is one of the most sculptured, dimensional products in Ludowici's line.
Large and durable, French Tile has deep locks on all four sides, plus
two prominent flutes on its surface for dramatic aesthetics as well
as fast drainage. When applied to the roof, these flutes produce an
unusual shadow-play effect for a highly stylized apperance. A comprehensive
line of fittings designed to coordinate with French field tile is available
for a truly finished, detailed appearance.
With roots firmly embedded
in the Old West, Straight Barrel Mission and Tapered Mission Tiles
embody a spirit of independence, discovery and functional style. One
of Ludowici's more popular profiles, and a tradition in the South
West, this tile is also used successfully with architecture reminiscent
of "old-world" Italian and Romanesque styles.
A roof crafted from
Ludowici tile is instantly recognizable from its fittings. From gable
rakes to eave closures, from ridge pieces to the trademark Ludowici
terminals which beautifully connect ridge and hip lines, no other
clay roof tile manufacturer offers such a comprehensive selection.
Specific standard fittings are manufactured for each style of field
tile, while their interchangeable fittings work with most tiles.