Double Roman roof tiles offer a classic choice of roof covering. Their traditional appearance wins them points for aesthetics, and the tiles themselves are extremely robust.

Roman roof tiles are largely flat, with Double Roman tiles featuring two rolls, distinguishing them from Single Roman, which have just one roll.

Double Roman roof tiles are available in a variety of materials, including concrete, clay and even metal. With a range of colour options available and a simple installation process, Double Roman are some of the best-looking and most cost-effective roof tiles on the market.

So, it should come as no surprise that Double Roman tiles are a big hit with engaged homeowners.

That’s why at Roofing Superstore, we decided to put together a comprehensive buyer’s guide where you can find everything you need to know about Double Roman roof tiles to make an informed purchase.

Read on.

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What are Double Roman roof tiles?

Natural red Double Roman tiles on a pitched roof

Stemming from the Roman era, Double Roman roof tiles are traditionally made from clay, although in more modern times this has been replaced with concrete. Each tile features two rolls, which can be tapered to give an authentic Mediterranean look to a property, depending on the desired appearance and chosen tile colour.

The good news is:

There’s a wide range of colours and materials you can choose from. Developers tend to pick dark shades of concrete because it looks good and is cost-effective.

However, terracotta tiles remain popular. And if your property has character or is situated in a conservation area, a clay tile might be the best choice for maintaining the property’s original look.

Keep in mind that the colour and material combination you choose will dictate the price of the tiles. Still, Double Roman roof tiles tend to be one of the most budget-friendly choices on the market.


By far the biggest selling point of Double Roman tiles is the traditional, classic look they provide. Many concrete versions use interlocking technology, which makes it easy to install, reducing both material and labour costs. It also means the roof takes much less time to complete, in comparison to using alternative roof tiles and coverings.

Chilton red Doublr Roman roof tiles on a pitched roof

You’ll find Double Roman tiles are extremely robust and withstand the elements admirably. Although minimal maintenance is required, the lifespan of these tiles can be improved with regular inspections.

Types of Double Roman roof tiles

The three main types of Double Roman roof tiles are concrete, clay and metal. While clay is the most traditional material of the three, concrete is the most widely used today. Metal tiles are also becoming more and more popular due to their versatility and elegance.

Concrete Double Roman tiles

A modern alternative to the traditional clay tile, concrete tiles are smooth and have a low environmental impact. Their interlocking properties mean they’re easy to install, which keeps costs to a minimum. They can be installed on a minimum pitch of 22.5°(smooth) or 30°(granular) and have a maximum pitch of 90°. This sturdy material can be purchased in seven different colours and is extremely hard-wearing.


Clay Double Roman tiles

Offering a colour that will never fade, clay Double Roman tiles will ensure your roof matures over time but retains its vibrancy. Perfect for conservation projects and listed buildings, the minimum roof pitch for these tiles is 17.5°.

Clay tiles are as fast and easy to install as their concrete counterparts, but the choice of colour is limited to just two options – Natural Red or Chilton Red.

Metal Double Roman tiles

Boasting a minimum roof pitch of just 10°, metal Double Roman roof tiles are lightweight and require minimal maintenance. Available in five different colours, there’s a surge in demand due to their elegant design and striking shades.

Double Roman roof tile coverage

When renovating your roof, it’s important to know the number of tiles you’ll need to complete the job. While pitch and tile size are important factors to consider, you can calculate the number of tiles you’ll need by multiplying the roof area (m2) by tiles per m2. Check out our handy guide on calculating roof area if you’re not sure how to crunch the numbers.

Typically, most Double Roman roof tiles come in standard 418/20mm x 330mm sizes, equating to approximately 10 tiles per square metre. Our comprehensive guide to calculating tile coverage will give you further information on the sums you can do to ensure you’re fully prepared for the task.

Double Roman roof vents

Double Roman roof tiles are often chosen due to their elegance and versatility. At Roofing Store, we now have a range of roof vents available in the Double Roman profile, so you can add ventilation without spoiling the effect of your finished roof.

Products in this range come from renowned brands, including Harcon, Manthorpe and Ubbink.

Take a look at our Double Roman roof vents for more information.

Double Roman roof window flashing

Classic contour profile Double Roman tiles on a roof

The flashing you need for a roof window depends on the roofing material you use and the finish you want to achieve. You’ll need to make sure your choice is compatible with the pitch of your roof and decide on whether you want a standard or recessed window.

Once you’ve got an idea of the look you want, consult your chosen window manufacturer for the correct flashings. This will ensure you purchase the right flashings to suit your style and property and keep your roof windows weatherproof.

Our helpful guide to roof window flashings provides more information on compatible styles for Double Roman roof tiles.

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