Dreadnought Classic Staffordshire Blue clay tiles produce a striking and unique coloured roof. The varied texture of the handmade tile adds character. These tiles are justifiably popular for self build homes and churches.
Following a 25 year gap Dreadnought have re-launched this tile made using the same clay, care and delicate kiln control that is synonymous with a Dreadnought.
A blend of Staff Blue and Dark heather Classic Tiles
Self Builder Bernice Cuthbert had been searching for handmade blue roof tiles for some time, and had not liked the harsh look of the artificially coloured samples she had received. When her Dreadnought samples arrived, she had finally found what she had been looking for; mellow shades of natural clay colour which would blend in perfectly with the blues in the handmade bricks she had already selected. "I have been delighted with the tiles since day one and still get huge pleasure out of looking at them", she says. Full details >>
Once Upon a Hill
Hand made Staffs Blue Classic tiles
Set high up on a spectacular 10km ridge near Shrewsbury, in SW Shropshire, rising to 536m above sea level is the wild and dramatic Stiperstones National Nature Reserve. When Ian Storey of Conservation Building Services Ltd was contracted by Natural England with support from English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Community to restore Davies Cottage a 19th century miners cottage within the reserve, a project called ‘Once upon a hill’, they struggled to find a suitable rooftile. Dreadnought are the only clay tile manufacturer in the UK to produce a genuine staffordshire blue tile. This is achieved by careful control of the kiln atmosphere, using methods passed down through generations of family management.
Fortunately, CBS learnt that Dreadnought had just re established their handmade range and their Classic handmade Staffordshire Blue tile was exactly what CBS were looking for. It is a dark tile very similar in appearance to the Dreadnought handmade tiles produced between 1805 and 1984. Its authentic shape and colour have recreated the charm and character of this historic cottage. Full details>>
Dreadnought Tiles conform to BS EN 1304:2013 and should be fixed in accordance with BS5534 "Slating and Tiling" part 1 & 2 and BS8000 Part 6.
Freeze Thaw Standards require plain clay tiles for use in the U.K. to withstand at least 150 freeze / thaw cycles under method E of European Standard EN 539-2:2013. At Dreadnought Tiles we regard this as too low for our climate and we therefore test our tiles to withstand in excess of 400 cycles.
|Size||265 x 165 mm||215 x 165 mm||265 x 248 mm|
|Weight||1.4 kg||1.15 kg||2.0 kg|
|Material||Etruria Marl||Etruria Marl||Etruria Marl|
|Minimum Lap||65 mm||32 mm|
|Maximum Gauge||100 mm||115 mm|
|Approx Weight at
|84 kg/m2||72 kg/m2|
|Nails||38 x 2.65 mm alloy||38 x 2.65 mm alloy|
|Battens||38 x 25 mm||38 x 25 mm|
|Minimum Pitch||35 degree|
|Tiles @ 100mm Gauge||60m2|
|Gable (Tile and Half)||5/lineal metre of verge|
|Hips and Valleys||10/lineal metre of main rafter|
|Ridges||Supplied in 300 mm and 450 mm lengths|
|BS 5534 2014||Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling|
|BS 8000-6.2013||Workmanship on Building Sites|
|BS EN 1991-1-4:2005+A1:2010||UK National Annex to Eurocode 1 -Actions on Structures - Part 1-4: General actions - wind actions|
Life Cycle: BRE 'A+' rating
Freeze Thaw Testing to in excess of 400 cycles Download Freeze Thaw Test Certificate >>
Energy: Fired in gas kilns to 1130 degrees
Raw materials: Etruria Marl Clay from our local quarry in Brierley Hill, sand
Lifespan: > 60 years. Second hand tiles that have been on roofs in excess of 100 years often sell for more than new tiles on the 2nd hand market
Recyclability: Can be crushed and used as aggregate and/or as an inert bulk fill
Packaging: We keep packaging to a minimum using wooden pallets. We do not shrink wrap or use plastic straps.