General Terminology Part II
General Terminology Part III
Tiles and slates on the same roof slope -- a sure sign of repair.Touraine Buildings Terminology: Facades Part I
Touraine Buildings Terminology: Facades Part II
Touraine Buildings Terminology: Facades Part III
Some very steep slate roofs.
Slates covering the walls as well as the roof.terracotta tiles and natural slate.
A complex of buildings with a mixture of tiles and slates on different slopes.
The presence of tiles and slates on the same slope of a roof would not have been the way it was done traditionally, but it is a style of roof repair which it is better to avoid when the entire roof is redone.
A tile roof.
During the 19th century, local artisanal tile factories experienced a boom. Flat tile became the material of choice, still visible on numerous buildings in our towns and villages. It is as well represented on industrial buildings as on dwellings. The roofs are made of small flat tiles in red-brown or orangey-red, depending on their source and state. That's why tile roofs aren't very homogenous and the effect is to blur the colours.
A tile roof.
Slate treated decoratively and solving a practical problem at the same time.
Coming from the Angers basin and transported up the rivers, slate was reserved for the nobility. If its light weight rendered it easier to transport on the river, its delivery was nevertheless costly. Over the course of the second half of the 19th century slate little by little became more widespread along the banks of the Loire, in the centre of towns on maisons de maître (elegant town houses), before spreading into the countryside.
Fish scale patterned decorative slate.
Slate can be shaped into many complex curves and angles.
To obtain the best effect it is recommended for restorations to choose traditional flat tiles. The advised density is 60 to 75 tiles per m² minimum, depending on the pitch. It is to be regretted that today, tiles are tending to disappear in favour of slate.
Slate and tile roofs, with the middle roof showing the metallic flashing which ensures the angles are waterproof.