Mangalore tiles are a type of tile native to the city of Mangalore, India. The tiles were first introduced to India in 1860 by a German missionary.Since that time, the industry has flourished in India with these red tiles, prepared from hard lateriteclay, in great demand throughout the country. They are exported to Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and the Far East and even as far as East Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia These were the only tiles recommended for government buildings in India under the British Raj.
Usage and Quality of Mangalore tiles
They provide excellent ventilation especially during summer and aesthetically as well. Some of them are especially made to be placed over kitchen and bathroom for the smoke to escape. Over a period of time, these tiles become dark to black from constant exposure to soot and smoke. These red colored clay tiles, unique in shape and size are so famous and export to all the corners of world. They are unique and are made or available in different size and shapes depending on the users need.
These tiles are not only eco-friendly but also cheap, durable and costs only one third that of cement. Some of the buildings which are 100 yrs old still have tile roofing.These tiles are suited for regions experiencing heavy rainfall as water drains easily and fast. The Mangalore tiles are generally placed at forty five degree slant. The tiles get their robust red colour due to the high proportion of iron compound found in the laterite clay. A tile weighs about 2 kilograms to 3 kilograms These kind of tiles are most popularly used in Canada, Goa, Kerala, and the Konkan.
Steps for preparing Mangalore Tiles
- Collect enough clay and place it in a mold and is cut to exact measurement.
- That rectangular piece of clay with exact length and thickness is placed on another machine which puts the factory logo and shapes it into a tile.
- With hand any extra clay is removed and sent to be carried for firing and later glazing.
- After fired and glazed it is ready and is stored for transport or shipping.