Roof tiles are an integral part of building design that protects the building interior from the elements. Tiles come in a variety of materials, including clay, slate, concrete, plastic and glass, which all have unique visual properties. Roof tiles are connected to the roof structure of the building with the use of nails or bolts. The interlocking nature of the tiles enhances the element-resistant qualities of the structure.
A plain tile has a traditional look which attempts to imitate tiles on older, more traditional buildings. The tile is usually flat and has a weathered look, created by staining, which gives each tile a unique appearance. The standard dimensions of the roof tile is 270mm in length, 170mm in width and 12mm in depth, however this may vary depending on the manufacturer.
Clay Pantiles are a popular styles of roof type, predominant in the majority of houses in Scotland and the east and southwest of England. The tile is well known for its ''S'' shaped profile which creates one of the most elegant roofscapes available. The standard dimensions of the roof tile is 342mm in length, 252mm in width and 69mm in depth, however this may vary depending on the manufacturer.
The Roman tile is most recognised for its single or double ''roll'' in the tile. The tiles are also tapered, giving the appearance of a Mediterranean style. In its concrete form, the Roman tile is used in the majority of rooftops in England. The standard dimensions of the single roll roof tile is 342mm in length, 255mm in width and 43mm in depth, however this may vary depending on the manufacturer.
The traditional slate tile is made predominantly of slate and is formed so that each tile has a unique appearance. The slate roof has a striking quality due to its colour. It gives buildings a high quality appearance because of this. The standard dimensions of the single roll roof tile is 510mm in length, 255mm in width and 6mm in depth, however this may vary depending on the manufacturer.