Monday, September 10, 2012


These are a few of the roofs in our little hamlet. None of these is ours. They belong to two of our neighbors. One property is a summer house (in the foreground), the other (where the tall trees are) is lived in full-time.

Part of our hamlet seen from the vineyard behind.

These are clay tile roofs. The tiles are flat and rectangular and are discolored by years of service, stained by growths of lichens and mosses. Our roof is a dark brown color, made from concrete tiles that are probably a bit newer than these at a little under fifty years old.


  1. I love those roofs - old and wonky, just like ours !!

  2. Here, we mostly use corrugated permaclad/galvanise sheets on the roofs.
    However the Spanish style designed homes all have clay tile roofs, which I am told are quite heavy and need to be supported by a sturdy roof structure. They are pretty though.

  3. There's just something about an old roof makes you want to photograph it! P

  4. A Fiddler would just complete this photo!

  5. dayum! 50 year old roofs! never get that in this country; you are lucky to get 15-20 years!

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  7. Ahhhh, I hadn't realized that your tile roof -or any, for that matter- was made of colored concrete. I thought anything that looked kind of like this (rather than, say, shale or asbestos or cedar) would be made of clay. Ha!

  8. jean, as long as they don't leak!

    virginiac, our roof structure seems strong enough for the concrete tiles, although we had a wind that blew a few of them off one year.

    tim, yup!

    mark, if I were a rich man...

    anne marie, I think ours is supposed to last 75-100 years. Here's hoping!

    judy, the ones in this picture are indeed clay. But ours is a dark brown concrete, or some version of concrete.

  9. I think your neighbors’ roofs need some cleaning. But the fact that they use clay tiles is certainly a smart move because that type of roofing material is very durable and is capable of reflecting heat, which can be good on hot summer days. On the other hand, you also chose a good type of roof. Like clay, concrete is also known for its durability. It can also withstand strong winds and storms that can tear up other types of roofs.


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