The production of Dutch handmade clay tiles started in the 14th century when the use of fireproof building materials was demanded by the government of the day. At that time houses were made of wood and had straw roofing, putting entire cities at risk to destruction by fire.
Many small roof tile makers set up production near rivers where both clay and transportation were available and began to produce handmade clay tiles by hand using wooden moulds to satisfy the newly created demand for quality handmade clay tiles. The area near the cities of Alphen aan den Rijn, Belfeld, Coutrai, Deest, Echt, Tegelen, Utrecht and Woerden were very popular for these tiles.
The handmade clay tiles were dried in special cabinets where wind driven air was directed to and around the tiles. After the tiles had dried, they were fired in an outdoor kiln. There was no control of kiln temperatures in those days, leading to inconsistent dimensions and colouring. Most of these small early factories closed down or merged with others in order to survive.
S-shaped pantiles were one of the first tile models put into large scale production, starting in the 14th to the 15th century, evolving into one of the most used tiles in the world, a style of handmade clay tile that is still in great demand today. The shape, size and smooth curve is unique on every roof.
During the industrial revolution the Boom, Belgium region was the main source for handmade and extruded pantile clay tiles.
When you require new roofing tiles for your Kent property, you may not always want them to look brand new. Gleaming new clay roof tiles on an older property can look somewhat out of place and this is why we have a range of rustic roof tiles that will suit even the oldest and most rural of buildings.
Lovely finishes that actually encourage lichen to gently form to blend in with the aesthetics of your rural Kent property. What more could anyone ask for?
The most overwhelmingly beautiful Kent coastline is an icon for Britain and also represents hope and freedom having been used for defence in both World Wars. Some may argue that it is a tranquil place to visit and enjoy the views, whilst others know it better for its ferry routes. With the port of Dover right on its doorstep, it is Europes busiest international ferry port and the nearest port to France, just 21 miles away. P&O Ferries travel from Dover to Calais and DFDS Seaways offers a service to both Calais and Dunkirk.
Rustic or modern and in a range of styles and colours with some gorgeous textures. The Heritage Clay Tiles Ltd range of clay roof tiles has seen us dominate the tiling industry for many years now. Why not call us and talk to one of our dedicated professionals who are just waiting for your enquiry.
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