Duntex Flat Roof Tile — A Little History – The history of tile roofs began over 5000 thousand years ago in China. The Greeks also made earthenware roof tile around the same time.
Over time, the Romans incorporated roof tile into their Architecture eventually passing it on to England, where it replaced the common stone and slate roofs of that day.
Around 1850, a Bavarian became the first to commercially produce roof tiles. Using natural cement to form concrete, the tiles were created by hand and semi-operated machines. These concrete tile has lasted to this day. Holland and other European countries, started the practice adding coloring pigment which allowed the concrete tile to imitate a traditional clay roofing tile.
The first practical power-driven tile-making machine was developed in Denmark in the early 1920s. This machine, known as the Ringsted, passed a line of cast-iron pallets or molds under a hopper that poured a concrete mix into the molds.
Duntex Flat Tiles have been made in Florida since the 1950’s and still make up over 70% of all the tiles on Florida roofs today. These tile where designed to last a life time unfortunately the underlayment was not. When leaks occur on a Duntex Flat Tile Roofs its is because the underlayment has failed. Repairing a Duntex Flat Tile Roof is possible without a total re-roof. You must locate the leak remove the tile then repair the underlayment and replace the tile. The tile will be mortared to the granular underlayment on the roof, it is hard to remove them without breaking the Duntex Flat Tile but, it can be done. Replacement Duntex Flat Tiles and the Roof Tile Mortar can be purchased at Carroll’s Building Materials. We stock 2 Colors of Duntex Flat Tile Grey and White.
Because of Code changes Duntex Flat Roof Tiles can not be used for new construction, they can be used for repairs and re-roofs.