216 Roof Tiles and Slates
Roof tiles and slates have been part of the building tradition since time immemorial. The Italian term “tegola” comes from the Latin “tegere” which means “to cover”. The Romans were the first to import in Europe the tradition of the small roof protecting clay elements. The use of clay as a construction material for tiles and slates probably comes from ancient Egypt and from Middle Eastern populations where there was the need to be protected by hot and humid climate. The forms and the materials used to make tiles are strictly tied to the place where they will be used: Marseille, Roman and Portugues clay-brick tiles for the Mediterranean area, Flemish tiles and slate shingles for North-Western Europe. Search Archiproducts for the tiles, slates and shingles as well as Canadian tiles and the innovative solar tiles and all the accessories for the construction of roof coverings with small elements.