Selecting your roofing tile
Selecting a roofing contractor
Energy Star
The truth about lightweight tile
The advantage of ceramics


Selecting your roofing tile back to top

When selecting the appropriate material for your roofing project, three elements must be considered. The overall Design of the project, the Quality of the material selected to supplement the design, and can the selected material fit within the Budget of the project.

• Design
The overall design of a project is captured in the selection of roofing style. A beautifully designed roof sets the tone or ambiance for an entire building, while enhancing the beauty and textures of other exterior building products and landscaping. Clay tile has traditionally been used with Spanish, Mediterranean, or Oriental-Style architecture, but the vast array of glazed colors and textures MCA offers has opened the doors for the use of clay tile in other applications. From the traditional to contemporary designs, MCA tile has been used extensively on commercial, residential, military, and institutional installations.Various standard profiles are available, including MCA's One Piece "S", Straight Barrel Mission, Corona Tapered, Oriental, or MF108 Flat. Color ranges from peaches and buffs to dark reds and browns to muted blues or greens to high gloss Glazed blues, greens or metallic silver are possible. Smooth or pebbled textures are offered in most profiles. Where standard products do not meet your needs, custom sizes and colors may also be available. Please visit our Blend Designer or contact our Sales Office for assistance in your color and style selection.

• Quality
All tiles are not created equal, and when selecting your roofing products you should carefully review the manufacturers' certifications to insure that you are purchasing products that will meet or exceed your building needs. You will want to select a roofing tile that will maintain its beautiful appearance. Your tile should be warranteed against color fading. We recommend a minimum fifty (50) year limited warranty for both color fading and durability.

ASTM C1167 Grade 1 is the highest rating for resistance to frost action and water absorption. Other environmental issues, such as earthquake risk, high wind applications should also be considered in your selection process.If you are building in a coastal zone, consider using an ASTM C1167 Grade 1 tile to avoid salt intrusion and subsequent tile deterioration upon exposure to sea air. Avoid tile that was produced using lead to color the tile. Lead residue in the rain run-off of your roof could cause soil and subsequent water table contamination. Your tile should be fire resistant. As a front line in fire protection, your roofing material is essential to the safety of your building. For maximum protection, roofing tile should be rated "Class A" ASTM E108 (UL 790).

• Budget
Material costs, plus transportation and supplemental installation supplies and labor must all be considered in establishing your construction budget. The number of pieces of tile per roofing square can significantly affect these construction costs. The fewer pieces per square, the less the supplemental costs.

Your tile selection should come from a manufacturer that provides the look and quality of tile you require, while offering several profiles to compliment your budget needs.Long term costs should also be evaluated. Is there an energy cost savings with your selection of roofing materials? Does the roofing material have the durability to last the life of the building? 

Selecting a roofing contractor back to top

Buying a new roof system is an important investment. Before you spend your money, spend time learning how to evaluate roofing contractors. You should insist on working with a professional roofing contractor.  The National Roofing Contractor's Association has developed the following guidelines for selecting a professional roofing contractor.

Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax identification number and, where applicable, a business license.

Don't hesitate to ask a roofing contractor for proof of insurance. In fact, insist on seeing copies of his liability coverage and workers' compensation certificates. Make sure the coverages are in effect through the duration of the job. Many building and home owners have been dragged into litigation involving uninsured roofing contractors. Also, if a contractor is not properly insured, you may be liable for accidents that occur on your property.

Check to see if the roofing contractor is properly licensed or bonded. Some states have specific licensing requirements, and others do not. Your state's Department of Professional Regulation or Licensing Board will have this information.

Make sure the contractor is financially stable. A professional roofing contractor can provide current financial information about his company.

Look for a company with a proven track record that offers client references and a list of completed projects. Call these clients to find out whether they were satisfied.

Insist on a detailed, written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate starting and completion dates and payment procedures.

Have the contractor list the roofing manufacturers with which his firm is a licensed or approved applicator. Most roof systems require special application expertise to achieve lasting quality.

Have the contractor explain his project supervision and quality-control procedures. Request the name of the person who will be in charge of your project, how many workers will be required and estimated completion time.

Check to see if the contractor is a member of any regional or national industry associations, such as the National Roofing Contractor's Association. Being a member of industry associations demonstrates a commitment to professionalism.

Call your local Better Business Bureau or Department of Professional Regulation to check for possible complaints filed against the contractor.

Carefully read and understand any roofing warranties offered, and watch for provisions that would void it.

Choose a company committed to worker safety and education. Ask the contractor what type of safety training he provides for his workers and what industry education programs they have attended. The best roofing contractor is only as good as the workers who install the roof system.

Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many fly-by-night contractors' below-cost bids seem attractive, but these contractors often are uninsured and perform substandard work. Remember, price is only one of the criteria for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism, experience and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily in your decision.

Energy star, CRRC, LEED

M.C.A. is the first roofing manufacturer to meet Energy Star and Cool Roof guidelines on many of our available colors and blends. M.C.A. can also help you achieve LEED points. M.C.A. tile is not only beautiful and affordable during the construction phase of your project, it may also provide long-term energy savings throughout the life of your building.

Warranty back to top

You will want to select a roofing tile that will maintain its beautiful appearance. Your tile should be warranteed against color fading.  We recommend a minimum fifty (50) year warranty for both color fading and durability.

MCA Clay Roof Tile 50 Warranty in PDF Format>

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The truth about lightweight tile back to top

If you are considering using a so-called "lightweight" tile in your new or re-roofing project, we encourage you to closely weigh the pros and cons of this roofing solution. Tile is classified as "lightweight" if is does not exceed 600 pounds per roofing square at oven dry weight. Some building departments do not require a structural engineering report if lightweight tile is to be used.

There are drawbacks though to many lightweight tile solutions. Some products are highly porous and sacrifice both strength and low water absorption for light dry weight. High water absorption can mean extra weight following rain, which could compromise the integrity of your building.  Always check the water absorption rate for the tile.  Increase the weight per square of the tile by the absorption percentage to determine true structural requirements for the tile.  

For example, a "lightweight" tile with per square weight of 590 pounds with 10% water absorption truly requires the structural support for 649 pounds (590 lbs multiplied by 1.10%). Many "lightweight" products are actually more costly than their standard counterparts. Any "savings" by avoiding the expertise of a structural engineer might actually be spent on the premium paid for the lightweight product.

The advantage of ceramics back to top

While some manufacturers may use color additives in their clay mixes, all roofing tiles produced by MCA are made with the same, high quality clay body.  This assures the consistent strength, and low water absorption in all our products. The natural beauty of the tile is enhanced by our coatings without compromising our quality characteristics.
MCA uses centuries-old knowledge of ceramics to produce our beautiful matte and high gloss colored tiles.  These techniques allow us to offer a wide variety of standard and specialty colors.  Custom colors can also be produced. Ceramic coating are durable and will not fade.  High gloss glazed coatings will actually increase the moisture and mildew resistance of the tile.