Boston Valley Terra Cotta is the leading manufacturer of custom architectural terra cotta for restoration of historic facades and creation of high performance building envelopes. Having been in the ceramic manufacturing business for over 120 years, we have a proven commitment to quality and a history of unparalleled customer service.
Boston Valley Terra Cotta’s ceramic rain screen cladding system provides benefits above and beyond conventional masonry cavity wall systems. In addition to the durability and ease of maintenance inherent to any ceramic cladding, the TerraClad® system incorporates ship-lapped open joints that shield the structural wall from wind-driven rain and snow while also ventilating the airspace to mitigate mold and mildew growth. Our various track systems give us the flexibility to select that which provides greatest installation ease when considering your design. Beyond the functionality of the system, the plasticity of terra cotta offers profile opportunities to designers not available in alternate rain screen cladding materials.
Terra Cotta Masonry
Even after thousands of years of building and the introduction of modern techniques and new materials, terra cotta continues to be the cladding material of choice for many designers. Few if any materials surpass terra cotta in its longevity, sustainability, malleability, UV resistance, ability to withstand severe climates, and finally the possibilities in texture and finish that it can offer.
For decades architectural designs have involved embedding a facing material in precast concrete panels. Boston Valley Terra Cotta is now offering our TerraPreCast® product line as a finishing material for precast concrete. A minimum 30mm solid terra cotta veneer as well as units with custom profiles can be embedded in large precast units. The dovetail profile on the backside of the veneer provides additional surface area for the concrete to adhere to the terra cotta, ensuring a high-strength bond between the two products. This system is ideal for those needing the strength and durability of precast concrete construction, but desiring the myriad of options available in both profile and finish offered by terra cotta.
Rafael Guastavino was a Spanish architect, engineer and builder who is most famous for the architectural terra cotta tile vault and arch system that he designed and constructed in the late 1800s. Patented in the United States in 1885, the Guastavino tile system uses layers of terra cotta tiles set in a herringbone pattern in Portland cement. This vault and arch system became very popular in many major U.S. cities because of terra cotta’s non-combustible properties, as well as because of the lesser expense and weight associated with this technology.
Terra Cotta Roof Tile
Boston Valley Terra Cotta continues the legacy of recreating the past and shaping the future with terra cotta roof tiles and fittings for historic restoration, replication and new construction. We provide Grade 1 terra cotta roof tiles for custom projects, specializing in custom sizes, shapes and finishes. Boston Valley has had the opportunity to provide custom roof tiles and fittings for such buildings as the New York State Capital building, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Cornell University student residence building, as well as the Roycroft Campus Power House building at the site of the arts and crafts movement.
Unitized systems are a segment of curtain wall construction that takes assembly off-site and into a controlled factory setting: giving the advantages of speed of installation, lower field labor costs, and quality control. While terra cotta’s materiality and wide array of design options contribute to its popularity in architectural facades throughout history, its malleability of form and profile makes it just as suited for today’s unitized systems and high performance facades.