March 25th is the 181st anniversary of one of the most important events in the evolution of the clay roof tile.
On that day in 1840, in the French town of Altkirch , Joseph and Xavier Gilardoni filed a patent for the FIRST interlocking clay roof tile.
Their invention revolutionized the making of roof tiles. No longer did tiles have to simply relay on overlapping one and other.
The Gilardoni brothers created the first machine and the correct clay formulation so that they could press the tile, control the shrinkage so that once they were fired, they would interlock with each other. This meant tiles could be larger with less pieces to install resulting in less expensive roofs.
The interlocking clay roofing tile made today, in such vast quantities in high tech factories filled with start of the art machinery, robots and the occasional white coated engineer, owes their basic technology to these two pioneering brothers.
So I hope you will join me and raise a glass, preferably of your favorite French adult beverage, and toast the Gilardoni brothers!
By the way the brothers tile business Tuileries Gilardoni Freres continued until 1986 when it was brought by neighboring Huguenot-Fenal, who today is part of the Edilians Group, which Northern Roof Tiles is proud to represent in North America
We believe a clay tile roof is the crowning glory of any building.
For the past 30 years our family-owned and operated company has been importing clay roof tiles from around the world.
All our tiles are made to the highest standards of sustainability and craftsmanship. With the exception of our interlocking tiles, they are all either hand finished, hand crafted or individually made by hand.
We have our tiles independently tested against the ASTM criteria and they are all suitable for installation throughout the USA and Canada.
We have tiles to suit all styles of architecture and service Residential, Commercial and Institutional clients for new construction, remodel or restoration projects.
Northern also provides a ‘Custom Tile’ Service , basically if you can imagine it we can probably make it for you.
Below is a collection of our clay tile lineups available in downloadable brochures.