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Roman-roof-tiles-history, roof tiles are designed mainly to keep out rain, and are traditionally made from locally available materials such as terracotta or slate.modern materials such as concrete and plastic are also used and some clay tiles have a waterproof glaze.. roof tiles are 'hung' from the framework of a roof by fixing them with nails.the tiles are usually hung in parallel rows, with each row overlapping the .... A brief history in tiles . you might not think there is much history behind the humble roof, but the roofing landscape in britain is different from anywhere else in europe with a rich and interesting heritage. roof tiling is typified by the widespread use of concrete tiles, which are present on about 60% of all pitched roofs. ...