1.1 Definition and scope of study
There are several materials on the market for roof covering : terracotta tiles, slate roofing, concrete tiles, zinc roof, shingle roof, photovoltaic tiles, natural stone tiles, corrugated steel sheet etc. The clay tile market is included in INSEE nomenclature 23.32Z: Manufacture of clay bricks, tiles and building products. This includes this segment as it also contains bricks and clay pipes .
This material has been used since 1841, when the Gilardoni brothers revolutionised the terracotta industry by registering a 10-year patent on the creation of terracotta tiles . This material can nowadays be declined in a impressive number of shapes and colours from the raw material clay . Terracotta has been used in all regions of France for generations.
The European clay tile market has decreased slightly between 2008 and 2018 with a decrease of 3% over the period Germany dominates the market with 32% of the total in value terms The French market share is 30%, ahead of France In the hexagon the most common type of roofing is clay roofing. Indeed 74% of French roofs are protected by terracotta [ The Terracotta Tile ].
The main players on the French market are the following groups Edilians, Monier, Terreal, Wienerberger and Edilians.
Today, several types of tiles can be found on sale: flat or semi-circular. While most manufacturers recommend a lifetime line of 30 years, some tiles can have warranties of up to 50 or 100 years according to the FDES (Environmental and Health Data Sheets), making brick tiles a highly durable product. Nevertheless, this durability has not prevented the development of more technologically advanced products and the industrialists of the sector continue to invest in R&D of new products successfully.
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