History of roof tiles

History of roof tiles

Have you ever wondered where roof tiles originated? How they became a staple of architecture?

Egypt: Where it all began

Straw, sticks and leaves were the main materials ancient civilizations originally used for their roofs. But the mesopotamic civilizations which settled around the rivers Tigris and Eufrates decided they needed something that really protected them from the elements. That is how around the year 2000 B.C., a product was discovered that would change the course of architecture, the clay roof tile.


Greece and Rome where the next places to welcome the roof tile. Not only its functionality but also its beautiful aesthetics turned it into the favorite roof style of the whole European continent, it was also a sign of good taste. As time went by, different shapes, materials and styles of tiles were innovated and that meant the roof tile was here to stay.

Ergonomic design

The half circular shape of the tile is not merely an aesthetic one, it was formed by the legs of the artisans which fabricated them. And by stacking one above the other, an almost impermeable roof was formed, even though the way they are made has drastically changed, their impermeable capabilities remain.


Why has the roof tile remained in use for over four centuries? Because of its insulating properties, its impermeability, durability, ease of installation, their economy and their ability to match most architectural styles. Roof tiles are not only practical elements in all our buildings, but they carry with them a rich history.