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Types of Clay Tile Roofs

Over our 30+ years in the business, Lifetime Tilers has specialized in the installation of both new and reclaimed tile roof products throughout the Northeast, from Boston to Long Island and beyond. Lifetime Tilers is your one-stop-shop when it comes to a tile roof - we not only stock new tiles from reputable manufacturers, but we also hold an extensive selection of reclaimed tiles in our inventory. Our roof technicians work hard to ensure every project gets the attention it deserves, from start to finish.

Tile Roof Options

When it comes to selecting a tile roof product, there are several colors and styles to choose from, allowing for the freedom to handpick a tile roof that adequately serves the architectural style of the building. Below are some of the more popular tile roof products that you would come across in the Northeast - from Boston to New York.

Spanish Tile

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 from small bungalow’s to large public institutions. Color blends applied on Spanish tile creates the most authentic look of old Europe.


Mission Tile

Straight Barrel pans and covers with a smooth surface. The longer tile mean fewer pieces per square. High Profile barrels create distinctive shadows that change the look and feel of the roof as the sun moves in the sky making a striking statement of texture and style. The covers can be laid in straight rows or staggered and mortar boosted to produce a more rustic look.

Slate & Shake Tile

Available in a wide variety of sizes and colors, this tile works especially well on low slope roofs. Also available with a 75 year warranty in slate or shake surface finish as shown here. It has deep double side locks and an adjustable head lock for maximum weather protection.


Shingle Tile

Shingle Tiles vary by collection because each type comes with a specific texture that helps define the tile. Custom textures can also be applied to match historic applications or to meet a customer’s specific needs. Texture reduces glare reflecting off the tile and allows the true colors to show through. Many of our Shingle Tiles have a texture that is applied by hand, resulting in a uniquely crafted look.

Pros of Clay Shingles

Clay shingles, also known as clay tiles, offer a unique and stylish roofing option with several advantages, which include:


  • Timeless Aesthetics: Clay shingles provide a classic and elegant look that can enhance the curb appeal of any home, giving it a touch of Mediterranean or Spanish flair.

  • Durability: Clay is a durable material that can withstand various weather conditions, including heavy rain, strong winds, and even hail.

  • Longevity: When properly maintained, clay shingle roofs can last for decades, often exceeding 50 years or more.

  • Fire Resistance: Clay is a non-combustible material, providing excellent fire resistance and enhancing the safety of your home.

  • Color Permanence: The color of clay shingles is baked into the material during manufacturing, ensuring that it remains vibrant and fade-resistant over time.

  • Low Maintenance: Clay shingles require minimal maintenance, making them a convenient choice for homeowners.

  • Environmentally Friendly: Clay is a natural and sustainable material that can be recycled or reused, reducing the environmental impact of your roofing choice.

  • Energy Efficiency: Clay shingles have natural insulating properties, helping to regulate indoor temperatures and reduce energy consumption.

  • Resistance to Insects and Rot: Unlike some other roofing materials, clay is resistant to insect damage and rot, contributing to its longevity.

  • Resistant to Mold and Fungus: Clay's inhospitable surface discourages the growth of mold, algae, and fungus, keeping your roof clean and well-maintained.

  • Enhanced Ventilation: The design of clay shingles often includes air gaps, which can improve attic ventilation and help prevent moisture buildup.

  • Noise Reduction: The density of clay shingles can provide a degree of noise reduction from rain and other external sounds.

Ready for your tile roof? Call Lifetime Tilers today at 413-562-9720 or email us at for more information!

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