Roofing materials as vertical cladding

Hawkins roof tile on Zero Carbon House Continuous innovations in cladding materials mean more people than ever are looking beyond traditional materials to create stand-out cladding designs. But, when it comes to ultimate design flexibility and striking aesthetics, vertical tiling is hard to beat.

Vertical cladding - project examples 

Vertical tiling provides continuity between roof and facade and is fast becoming a popular architectural choice for modern, clean lines. Products like concrete tiles and clay tiles from Marley can all deliver visually appealing and low maintenance solutions. 

Clay tiles to clad a zero-carbon house - When looking for a unique and aesthetically striking cladding option for a self-build, zero-carbon house in Belgium, Blaff Architects opted for Marley's Acme Single Camber clay plain tiles. The result was a visually impressive building that also met the technical and sustainability requirements for high-performance thin wall construction. 

Installing clay and concrete tiles as vertical cladding 

Marley's plain clay tiles can provide a weatherproof and attractive cladding to vertical walls, and many of our concrete tiles are also suitable for vertical applications - including our Edgemere interlocking tiles, which give a slate effect.  

Here are some tips for installation:  

Use counter battens over masonry construction (38mmx25mm minimum) to reduce the need for direct fixing. 

Be careful to ensure tiling details do not interfere with the opening of windows and doors.  

Lead flashings and soakers should be used around openings in accordance with Lead Sheet Academy recommendations. 

Use double courses of tiles at eaves. This can be accomplished by laying the first course of eaves/tops tiles with a course of full tiles over it. 

At the tops of walls or under sills, use a course of eaves/tops tiles laid over a course of full tiles. Dress a Code 4 lead cover flashing over by 100mm.  

At all 90° corners, use internal (available for concrete plain tiles only) and external tiles. Purpose made 135° angle tiles are also available. For other angles, close mitre tiles and use Code 3 lead soakers.  

All tiles should be nailed twice. 

Feature and ornamental tiles may be used with plain clay tiles to create decorative patterns.  

Category: Clay Concrete