Why buy reclaimed?

Reclaimed roof tiles can dramatically improve the overall look of your project blending in seamlessly with an existing roof or nearby buildings

Reclaimed or second hand slates and roof tiles come in some beautiful varieties, some are actually antiques and in parts of the country certain roof tile types must be used as required by the local planning authority

We have direct access to a number of well stocked reclamation yards and we have founded a reclamation yard partnership with reclamation yards and roof tile suppliers all over the UK

Roof tiles history

Roof tiles history, an article about the history of rooftiles. Roof tiles are designed mainly to keep out rain, and are traditionally made from locally available materials such as clay or slate. Modern materials such as concrete and plastic are also used and some clay tiles have a waterproof glaze. A large number of shapes (or "profiles") of roof tiles have evolved. These include:

Flat tiles

These are the simplest type, which are laid in regular overlapping rows. An example of this is the "beaver-tail" tile. This profile is suitable for stone and wooden tiles, and most recently, solar cells

Imbrex and tegula

These are an ancient Roman pattern of curved and flat tiles that make rain channels on a roof

Roman tiles

These are flat in the middle, with a concave curve at one end at a convex curve at the other, to allow interlocking


With an S-shaped profile, allowing adjacent tiles to interlock. These result in a ridged pattern resembling a ploughed field. An example of this is the "double Roman" tile, dating from the late 19th century in England and USA

Mission or barrel tiles

These are semi-cylindrical tiles made by forming clay around a curved surface, often a log or one's thigh, and laid in alternating columns of convex and concave tiles

Roof tiles are 'hung' from the framework of a roof by fixing them with nails. The tiles are usually hung in parallel rows, with each row overlapping the row below it to exclude rainwater and to cover the nails that hold the row below.

There are also roof tiles for special positions, particularly where the planes of the several pitches meet. They include ridge, hip and valley tiles.

Fired roof tiles are found as early as the 4th millennium BC in the Early Helladic House of the tiles in Lerna, Greece.Debris found at the site contained thousands of terracotta tiles having fallen from the roof in the Mycenaean period, roofs tiles are documented for Gla and Midea

The earliest finds of roof tiles in archaic Greece are documented from a very restricted area around Corinth (Greece), where fired tiles began to replace thatched roofs at two temples of Apollo and Poseidon between 700-650 BC. Roof tiles were within fifty years in evidence for a large number of sites around the Eastern Mediterranean, including Mainland Greece, Western Asia Minor, Southern and Central Italy. Early roof tiles showed an S-shape, with the pan and cover tile forming one piece. They were rather bulky affairs, weighing around 30 kg apiece being more expensive and labour-intensive to produce than thatchet, their introduction has been explained by their greatly enhanced fire resistance which gave desired protection to the costly temples

The spread of the roof tile technique has to be viewed in connection with the simultaneous rise of monumental architecture in ancient Greece. Only the appearing stone walls, which were replacing the earlier mudbrick and wood walls, were strong enough to support the weight of a tiled roof. As a side-effect, it has been assumed that the new stone and tile construction also ushered in the end of 'Chinese roof' (Knickdach) construction in Greek architecture, as they made the need for an extended roof as rain protection for the mudbrick walls obsolete.

Tiling was extensively used by Sinhalese kings of ancient Sri Lanka. Most of the time they used polished and smoothened stones, which were laid on floors and swimming pools. Historians suggest that they have used advanced techniques and tools for tiling because each tile fits perfectly to the other that not a blade can be inserted in between. They can still be seen at Ruwanwelisaya and Kuttam Pokuna in the city of Anuradhapura.


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