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2.7 Country / Pot Tile Roof

Terracotta tiles, one of the world's oldest roofing materials, are made stronger, lighter, and water-resistant by burning mud using an ancient technique. Country tiles or Pot tiles, the traditional hand-made terracotta tile, are made on-site using local soil by potter communities. The laying method involves multiple tile layers, delaying heat transfer to the interiors. These tiles are often laid on a bamboo framework, which provides a lightweight and sustainable support structure. The use of bamboo in construction is a common practice in many parts of the world, as it is a fast-growing and renewable resource. When combined with terracotta tiles, the bamboo framework creates a durable and eco-friendly roofing system that can withstand the test of time.

Language: English
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
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Validity: 365Days
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About the course

Terracotta tiles have been used for centuries as roofing materials due to their durability, lightweight, and water-resistant properties. The process of making these tiles involves burning mud using an ancient technique, resulting in tiles that are stronger and more resistant to the elements.

One type of terracotta tile is the country tile, also called as pot tiles, which is hand-made on-site by potter communities using local soil. This traditional method is energy-efficient since there is no transportation required, and it helps support local economies. The laying method involves multiple layers of tiles, which delays heat transfer to the interiors. This is particularly useful in hot climates, where it helps keep the interiors of buildings cool.

Bamboo is commonly used as a support structure for terracotta tiles, as it provides a lightweight and sustainable alternative to traditional materials like wood or metal. Bamboo is a fast-growing and renewable resource widely available in many parts of the world. Its use in construction helps reduce the environmental impact of buildings while providing a sturdy support structure for the tiles.

When combined with bamboo, terracotta tiles create a durable and eco-friendly roofing system that can withstand the test of time. The tiles' longevity and low maintenance requirements make them a popular choice for homeowners and businesses alike. We can use reclaimed tiles that are cost-effective and more sustainable towards nature. Furthermore, the use of local resources and traditional craftsmanship in the production process supports sustainable development and preserves cultural heritage.

Section 1: Introduction, Prerequisites and Bamboo Structure


  1. What materials are needed?
  2. What are the tools required?
  3. Types of Terracotta tiles and how to identify them
  4. Quantity of tiles required to build a roof
  5. Bamboo Frame Structure design
  6. Building wall plates using special joints

Section 2: Crafting Bamboo Structure step by step

  1. Placing the ridge to get the required slope of the roof
  2. Learn how to make rafters
  3. Build connecting beams and their intricate joints
  4. How to fix reapers and sizes of reapers
  5. How to do a curved designer roof?
  6. Undulations and Corrections

Section 3: Design and building the Bracing

  1. How to build bracing for the roof extension?
  2. Design of the additional supports
  3. Fixing using interesting bamboo joints
  4. Placing them within walls
  5. Fixing using stone slabs and lime mortar

Section 4: Laying Tiles

  1. Laying the terracotta tiles
  2. Placing of base tiles 
  3. How to check the levels
  4. Testing of placement
  5. Placing the ridge tile 
  6. Conclusion

Section 5: References and What’s next?

Section 6: Bonus Content (30 minutes)
Learn about different roofing techniques, and choose one that fits your natural building.


6 Modules | 13 Sessions | 1 hour 20min Total Time



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