The following is a very brief
introduction to tile types, styles and pieces. For more
detail about historic tile, the reference book, "Historic and Obsolete Roofing
Tile," by Vincent Hobson and Melvin Mann is available at www.rooftilebook.com.
There are four basic types of permanent roofing products that we
collect. First and most coveted is the clay roofing
tile. It is also a much
more difficult tile to salvage due to the installation criteria
associated with it.
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Another product is
the concrete roofing tile. There are scores of variations of this type
of product and just as many manufacturers. There are usually
more concrete roofing tiles available at any one time than with
Also reclaimed are transite
slates. These are the mineral fiber asbestos containing
shingles which are manufactured in several different styles. The
most common are the hexoganal, or diamond shape and the 24 or 30
panel shingle, made to simulate a staggered pattern roofing
material. We also collect slate, however, since our expertise is
in clay and concrete tiles, this material is very limited within our
We do, however, associate ourselves with numerous companies which
do reclaim and sell salvaged quarried slate roofing material.