What are the characteristics of Marseilles tiles?

What are Marseilles tiles

Among the different types of roofing tiles are the Marseilles tilesalso call French tilesidentifiable thanks to the double groove located on the back.

They therefore do not have the typical hump, since they are flat tiles and have a double lateral joint which facilitates their installation.

Dating back to 1841, they were the first to be made using an industrial process and were equipped with a central thickening, called lozengewhich guaranteed the seal to the passage of the installers.

The success of the French tile depended mainly on the performance of lightness ed cheapness.

Characteristics of Marseilles tiles

The Marseillaise tile is one combined tileformed by a bottom tile and a joint cover tile.
The material with which it is made is porous clayor brick, but it is also found in other materials such as transparent resins, plastic, glass and aluminum.

The colors are very variable, you can find red tiles, modern gray tiles, gray Marseille tiles and black tiles on the market.
As for the dimensions, the height is 40cm while the width is 25cm.

Characteristics of Marseilles tiles
The profile features a series of shapes which facilitate the interlocking with the adjacent tiles. There are also half tiles, cut vertically, which are useful for completing the roof.

For the correct insulation of the pitches there are also:

  • the ridge tiles;
  • the tiles fermans;
  • tiles for ventilation;
  • tiles with chimney or antenna holder.

Laying Marseilles tiles: preliminary operations

The installation of the Marseilles roofs is very simple thanks to the double groove which allows overlapping both laterally and superiorly, eliminating the risk of sliding.

It is indeed called interlocking overlapping installation.

Before execution, a bearing structure with strips (2-3 cm long and 3×4 cm section), panels, curbs and metal structures.

Laying Marseilles tiles
Even if the assembly is simple, safety is not lacking, because the double interlocking system is stabilized by viti which have the task of connecting the tiles to the slats, so as to ensure an ideal seal.

Marseillaise tile installation

The laying of a marseillaise roof takes place for horizontal arrangement.
Start at the outer right corner of the roof and work your way up.

The second tile fits into the first tile, positioning the lugs inside the joints, and so on.

The assembly of the Marseilles tiles
The last row is connected to the ridges via bastard limewithout completely sealing them to ensure good ventilation.

It is recommended staggered pose alternating whole tiles with half tiles, to make the roof sheltered from water infiltration.
A waterproofing treatment is recommended near the eaves.

Advantages of Marseilles tiles

The advantages of Marseilles tiles are therefore varied.

In particular they:

  • I am first light tileseasy to carry;
  • I am simple to lay and mount;
  • I’m very versatile;
  • they have excellent value for money.

Even the aesthetic aspect should not be underestimated, because a roof with Marseille tiles is particularly elegant.

How to maintain Marseilles tiles

Marseille tile roofs, compared to other types of roofs, tend to accumulate less dirtybecause they have a flat shape and the elements fit together reducing the space between the tiles.

This decrease hampers the ability of mosses or weeds to find fertile ground. You still need to do one periodic maintenance to check the condition of the tile.

Marseilles tile maintenance
It is possible to carry out a cleaning with a pressure washer which has a brush, so as to eliminate the deposited dust.

To reduce the risk of mold formation, a anti-moss to be sprayed on dry tiles.

Cost of Marseilles tiles

Now let’s see how much Marseille shingles cost.
The value depends on several factors:

  • the manufacturer;
  • the quality and materials of the tile;
  • the quantity of tiles purchased.

Generally, to cover 12 m2 of coverage about 170 tiles are needed, the price of which fluctuates from 70 to 100 euros.

This means that the cost is around 8 euros for one square meter of roofing.

To this will be added the cost of the installation. So it’s all about figuring out how many tiles are needed to cover the roof: for a 50 m2 roof, for example, around 700 pieces are needed.

Types of roof tiles

The company TEGOMONT srl proposes a product capable of reproducing the shape of the Marseilles tile.

The use of Simple Marseille slab is extended in many Italian regions and the roof is insulated and ventilated with improved lambda expanded polystyrene Silvermont it is perfect for improving living comfort.

Tegomont Marseilles tilesTegomont Marseilles tiles

A variant is the Marseille Gocciastop slab which involves the application of a non-woven fabric called Condenstop capable of giving condensation absorption performance and impact sound reduction.

Innovative Marseille tile

The brick tile Vario 5 Marseillaise Of BMI Italy combines the aesthetics of the Marseilles tile with remarkable performance. It is possible to vary the laying pitch up to 5 centimeters in order to obtain flexibility.

Vario 5 Marseillaise by BMI GroupVario 5 Marseillaise by BMI Group

They are perfect for maintaining the aesthetics of the building and have a 30-year warranty.
The profile is flat and is similar to the classic Marseilles tile.
Installation is quick and easy.

Types of Marseilles tiles

The company too Vardanega deals with providing innovative roofing tiles.
The Marseillaise tile with the characteristics of lightness ed cheapness meets modern technologies that allow to increase resistance to atmospheric agents.

Marseillaise Vardanega tileMarseillaise Vardanega tile

The weight of the tile is approximately 3 kg and the dimensions are 42×24 centimetres.
The montage is simple e fast.

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