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Natural multi-coloured red and brown clay roof tiles produced without any artificial stains or pigments.  A softer lighter colour, which is popular in the south of the country.

Available in Smoothfaced or Sandfaced

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Case Studies

High end small development in Cambridgeshire

Country brown sanded plain clay roof tiles

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This luxury scheme of 4 detached family homes in Stapleford, Cambridgeshire features traditional building materials that relate well to the village context, as well as contemporary windows which maximise the natural light.  The use of eyebrow dormers brings light into the roofspace, the gentle curved lines bringing elegance to the roofline.

Audley luxury retirement home Chalfont St Peter

Country Brown Sanded Plain Clay Roof Tiles

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Country Brown Sanded tiles have been used at the new Audley luxury retirement village at Chalfont St Peter on both their   self contained cottages and apartments as well as for their club house. The style of the properties and their materials reflect the traditional Arts and Crafts buildings in the surrounding area of the Chilterns.  Audley have won a number of conservation awards for their buildings and are renowned for their high quality developments.

Refurbishment of Downside Abbey

Highly Commended at Clay Roofing Awards Best Ecclesiastical Roof

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The project was to re-roof the Monastery building and to achieve a close match to the original Broseley tiles.  Dreadnought Country Brown Smoothfaced tiles were specified by the architects Beech Tyldesley after gaining approval from English Heritage. 

Mr Stuart Forsey, the clerk of works found that the Broseley and Dreadnought tiles were virtually indistinguishable.  Full Details

Reroofing of Mckee Irish Army Barracks in Dublin

124,000 Country Brown Plain Clay Roof Tiles

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The original roof on this prestigious Irish heritage building used a naturally pigmented single camber clay tile that was typical of tiles manufactured in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century in the UK. To have used artificially coloured or stained clay tiles for the re-roof would have been a disservice to the rich architectural heritage of this building, and as such, the architect chose to use naturally fired Dreadnought Country Brown clay tiles and these were supplied by our representative in Ireland, Lagan Building Solutions.  Full Details

Hatchford Park

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With fire damage almost destroying the Grade II listed mansion, the challenge was to rebuild and decorate the building to match the original design and reproduce a great deal of the detail that existed with this tudor-style building.  Full Details

Technical Info

Dreadnought Tiles conform to BS EN 1304:2013 and should be fixed in accordance with BS 5534 "Slating and Tiling" part 1 & 2 and BS 8000 Part 6.
Frozen-Icon2 webFreeze 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. 

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  Tiles Eaves Gable
Size 265x 165 mm 215x 165 mm 265 x 248 mm
Weight 1.19 kg 0.95 kg 1.8 kg
Pattern Traditional Single Camber    
Material Etruria Marl Etruria Marl Etruria Marl


  Pitched Roofs Vertical
Minimum Lap 65 mm 32 mm
Maximum Gauge 100 mm 115 mm
Minimum Gauge 88mm 88mm
Approx Weight at
Maximum Gauge
71 kg/m2 63 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  

Quantity Guide

Tiles @ 100mm Gauge 60m2
115mm Gauge 53m2
Eaves/Tops 6/lineal metre
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

Relevant Fixing Standards

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

Environmental Info

Place of Manufacture: Brierley Hill, UK
Environmental Management:       ISO 14001        Download Certificate 
Quality Management:                    ISO   9001       Download Certificate  
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.

Find out more about Dreadnought Tiles approach to sustainability

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Dreadnought BIM Objects

We have one Revit model file (.rvt) that contains all the available Dreadnought Roof Tile Revit Family types in Revit 2016 format.  

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