SanteFe Tile :: Masters of Clay


Advantages of Santafé Roof Tiles

What is the difference between concrete tile and Santafé Clay Tile?

Concrete Roof Tiles and Santafé Clay Roof Tiles are products that have the same use, but because of the material used in their manufacture, the characteristics of each one are very different:

Basic Differences between them are:

  • Concrete Roof Tiles are heavier than Santafé Clay Roof Tiles. Concrete can weigh from 820 to 1.100 pounds per square depending upon profile (Spanish-S or Double Roll) while Santafé Clay Roof Tiles (Spanish S or Royal) weigh only 650 pounds per square on average. This is a weight reduction of up to 40% when using Santafé clay roof tiles.
  • The water absorption of most Concrete Roof Tiles is higher (around 13%) than Santafé Clay Roof Tiles (around 6%). The result of high absorption is that it is easier for roof tile to develop mildew in a humid environment, not to mention a further increased weight from an already heavier material. As a result, Santafé Clay Roof Tiles have very low maintenance. They do not develop mildew very easily, due to the low absorption of the color thru tiles. On Santafé Matte and Glazed tiles, absorption and mildew rates are almost non existent. This results in an almost maintenance free roof.
  • With slurry concrete roof tiles there is no warranty offered on their finish and they have been known to crack and become dull in appearance due to weathering.
  • Color-thru concrete roof tiles do not maintain their bright appearance and fade over time. Clay on the other hand maintains its color as it is a naturally occurring product. The Matte and Glazed colors applied to Santafé clay tiles are baked in at approximately 2000 degrees and create a ceramic finish that is non-porous and will last virtually forever. The esthetic appeal of the natural colors in clay tiles has long been admired and Santafé Roof Tiles will maintain their vibrant color tones for years to come.

What are the differences between Santafé and other Clay roof tiles?

  • 50 years of history and stringent quality control practices in manufacturing make Santafé Clay roof tiles and pavers more consistent in quality than the products of many other manufacturers.
  • Santafé offers one of the largest color selections in the industry including natural clay, matte finishes, fume matte finishes, glazed finishes, and 5 popular pre-blends. While others have just a few, Santafé offers over 50 different colors and blends and will custom color if desired.
  • Santafé offers the customer many different architectural accessories to finish the roof, while others just offer eave closures.

Why are Santafé clay tiles the Best Buy?

  • Clay is a naturally occurring product that has been used for thousands of years in all types of construction applications. A high quality clay tile like Santafé offers the consumer a roof in bold or subtle colors that wont fade and is easy to maintain.
  • Clay Roof tiles are an economical way to add value and beauty to a home and last for many more years than asphalt or concrete based roof tiles.
  • You could easily pay more for other roofing products, but you wont get any more quality, combined with a life long natural rich color and backed by a 50 year limited warranty.
  • Santafé Tiles come pre-strapped in bundles of 10 for easy loading & for those areas that require loaded roof tiles to be strapped during the hurricane season.
  • Santafé has one of the largest networks of distributors in the country.
  • Efficient Customer Service and Technical Support

What are Santafé Pre-Blends?

Santafé has developed 5 pre-blended Spanish S tile blends that combine several of our most popular colors to reduce the possibility of hot spots on the roof. These blends have a high visual impact and are very popular with architects and customers alike.

  • Tayrona Blend consists of equal amounts of Red (25%), Red Fume (25%), Galeras (25%), and Galeras Fume (25%).
  • Naples Blend consists of Red (60%), Peach (30%), and Cocoa (10%).
  • St. Augustine Blend consists of equal amounts of Red (50%) and Red Fume (50%).
  • Cartagena Blend consists of Red (50%), Red Fume (30%), Galeras Fume (10%), and Peach Fume (10%).
  • Ritz Blend consists of Red (20%), Red Fume (40%), Galeras (40%)

Design and specification considerations for Santafé Roof Tiles

What are the dimensions of Santafé roof tiles?

As an easy way to remember, All Santafé profiles are produced 18 inches in length.

  • The width of the Spanish S and Royal Profile is 11 inches.
  • The Mission Barrel is a tapered roof tile, 8 inches wide on the bottom and 7 inches wide at the top
  • The Flat tile is 11 inches wide and 14 inches in length
  • The Artisan Blend Handmade Barrel tile is a tapered roof tile, 9 inches wide on the bottom and 7 inches wide at the top. 18 inches in length

Roof Tiles:

  • Roof Tiles are measured in Squares. One Square = 100 Square Feet
  • The way to find the number of pieces per square for a specific roof tile is to find the exposure area of one roof tile and then divide it into one square (which is 10 by 10 feet or 14,400 square inches) this gives the # of tiles per square.

Example calculation for the Santafé Spanish S roof tile:

18 inches length with a head lap of 3 inches, you have 15 inches as an exposure area.
11 inches width with a vertical over lap of one inch, you have 10 inches exposure area.

To find the exposure area in square inches you multiply (15 x 10) is 150 square inches of exposure area per tile.

Then you divide 14,400 / 150 = 96 pieces per square

How many pieces of Universal Hip and Ridge do I need for my roof?

The head lap of Universal Hip and Ridge tiles is 3 inches and the over all length of the tile is 18 inches. That means that the exposure area of the roof tile is 15 inches.

If a customer gives you the linear feet he or she needs to cover, for the Mission Barrel Universal Hip and Ridge tile, apply the formula: (Lf x 0.8) =# Pieces
# Of Pieces of Universal Hip and Ridge= linear feet to cover x 0.8

How many pieces of Eave Closures do I need for my roof?

The distance between two Eave Closures is:

  • 12 inches for the Mission Profile. (which is the distance center to center of the roof tile)
  • 10 inches for the Spanish S and Royal. (which is the distance center to center of the roof tile)

Of Pieces of Eave Closure for Mission Profile = linear feet to cover x 1 (This is because one linear foot is equal to 12 inches, so you need one piece per linear foot.

# Of Pieces of Eave Closure for Spanish S & Royal Profiles= linear feet to cover x 1.2 If the customer gives you the linear feet he or she needs to cover with the Spanish S or Royal Eave Closure, apply the formula: (Lf x 1.2)= # Pieces

What are the dimensions for Santafé clay pavers?


How many pieces per square?

  • Pavers are measured in Square Feet.
  • 4.5 pavers make up one square foot.

The paver Santafé is currently selling is the Spanish Paver. The approximate dimensions are:

  • 8 Inches Length
  • 4 Inches Width
  • 2 inches Height and (3 Inches for Special Orders).
  • 1 square foot = 4.5 pavers

What height of paver is used for driveways?

For a driveway you must use the Santafé pavers that are at least 2 inches in height, if you are going to install it using sand as a sub base.

Ordering and Shipping

How long does it take to get a tile order to our customers?

  • If we have the roof tile in stock in Miami, there is no lead-time.
  • If we have the roof tile in stock in Colombia, it will take approximately 4 weeks of lead-time, which is the time that it takes to travel from the factory to the port in Miami.
  • If not a stock item, special orders from Colombia. ( Call for current lead time)
  • For Paver lead times, please call our Customer Service & Product Availability Dept. at 888-305-8453

We are always happy to check on the current lead times for our customers at the time the quote is made or the order placed. These dates are always given with a small margin of error to allow for circumstances beyond our control like weather, transportation etc.

How many pieces per pallet? (Field tile, hip & ridge, apexes, top fixtures, Bird stops, Etc.)

Reference Product Quantity/Pallet Weight/Piece(lbs.) Weight/Pallet
"S" Spanish "S" 600 6.72 4,067
"R" Royal 600 6.72 4,067
"M" - Pan Pan - Mission Barrel Tile 600 5.51 3,340
"M" - Cover Cover - Mission Barrel Tile 600 5.51 3,340
H / R / Rake Hip, Ridge & Gable Rake-Universal Trim 600 5.51 3,340
S-B/S Bird Stop/Eave closure for "S" profile 1,600 1.32 2,149
R-B/S Bird Stop/Eave closure for "R" profile 1,600 1.32 2,149
M-B/S Bird Stop/Eave closure for "M" profile 800 1.76 1,444
T/F Top Fixture 2,080 0.88 1,867
H/S Hip Starter 64 7.05 485
R/E Ridge End 120 4.41 562
3 W/A 3 way Apex 48 10.58 541
4 W/A 4 way Apex 20 11.46 262
So/T Lantern Tile (3 piece tile) 20 22.05 474
S/T Starter Tile 600 6.72 4,067

How many pallets can be loaded on a truck?

Typically a flat bed can be loaded with up to *45,000 pounds. One pallet of Spanish S or Royal R is approximately 4,070 pounds.

- For Spanish S and Royal R tiles:

  • 96 pieces per Square.
  • 600 pieces or 6.25 squares per pallet.
  • 11 pallets or 68.75 squares per truck.

- For Mission Barrel tiles:

  • 160 pieces per Square
  • 600 pieces or 3.75 squares per pallet.
  • 11 pallets or 41.25 squares per truck.

- For Flat tiles:

  • 131 pieces per Square.
  • 640 pieces or 4.89 squares per pallet.
  • 10 pallets or 48.90 squares per truck.

- For Artisan Blend Handmade Barrel tiles:

  • 160 pieces per Square.

*The load allowed may vary due to the size of the trailer, whether it carries a forklift on the back, and what the trailer is made of. Beyond that each State may have its own restrictions and the truck driver is ultimately responsible for insuring they are within legal weight limitations.