MCA Superior Clay Roof Tile

MCA Superior Clay Roof Tile

Selecting your roofing tile

Selecting a roofing contractor

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.


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.


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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Superior Clay Roof Tile


MCA Clay Roof Tile 50 Warranty in PDF Format

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.

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.

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