Why Terra Cotta?


Proven Technology

  • Fired clay, also known as Terra Cotta, is a durable, enduring material.
  • Many of the ancient cities of old Europe are roofed in clay tiles, some many centuries old.
  • The Great Wall of China is over 5,500 miles long, constructed with over 3.8 billion bricks starting in 210 B.C.
  • The Colosseum and many of the oldest structures still standing in Rome are built from brick. Some over 2,000 years old.
  • Made using the same process brick – tile has performed exquisitely for thousands of years.
  • Ludowici takes this basic principle of firing clay to harden it and applies modern technology and techniques to produce a wide range of Terra cotta products; roof tiles, flooring and wall cladding.
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Strong History

  • Earliest evidence – Neolithic China (10,000bc-2,000bc)
  • Later independent use – Middle East
  • Spread throughout Europe and the Orient
  • Proliferated in Greece and Rome
  • Romans introduced to British Isles
  • Spanish brought to Western U.S.
  • Northern Europeans brought to East Coast

How Terra Cotta Tile Is Made

  • Terra Cotta Tile is made by shaping and firing clay/dirt consisting of aluminum, silica, carbonaceous material, magnesium, water and other natural components
  • Clay is harvested and brought to plant
  • Blended, ground, screened for impurities
  • Extruded under pressure
  • Dried to remove moisture
  • Fired at very high temperatures
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