Custom Color Development

Custom Color Development

The Art & Science of Ludowici Color

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For over a century, Ludowici craftsmen have created some of the most beautiful and unique terra cotta roof tiles in the country. From gleaming glosses to our patented multi-spray glazing techniques to hand-crafted finish textures, Ludowici is the expert in creating custom color and surface textures.


Mixing a custom glaze color is not like mixing a paint color. Our ceramic engineers start with a basic formula and based on the desired color, they mix, adjust and fire different formulas to test the outcome of the glaze color. They analyze those fired colors, adjust and mix again until the desired color formula is created. This process takes time and should be factored into any production schedule set for your project. And, just like all of our standard glaze colors, there will be a range within the custom color. This is a natural and desirable quality of working with terra cotta, creating depth and visual appeal that other materials can’t offer. And custom color is also covered by our 75-year limited material warranty.


The surface texture of your tile can also affect the final color of your clay tile roof. In addition to the standard texture offerings, Ludowici can work with you to create a surface texture for your tile. Whether you are trying to match a historic tile, want to combine a number of standard textures or create your own surface texture, Ludowici craftsmen will work with you to make your design vision a reality.


If you aren’t sure where to start with your project, consider visiting our Factory of Ideas to discover all the possibilities Ludowici has to offer.


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