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Other mixed colour blends

Dreadnoughts are made for blending

Why not create your own mixed colour blend, by selecting your own combination of colours from any of  the  Dreadnought ranges of  clay roof tiles? Mixing some blue tiles with multi coloured brindle tiles for example will add depth and texture to the roofscape.

For reroofing and colour matching, sometimes a single colour just doesn't provide a close enough match to the original whereas a combination of colours works much better.  Normally some combination of Dreadnought colours will provide a close match. 

The best way to select a mixed colour blend is to lay out colour samples in various combinations on site. Seeing existing roofs will also give you a good indication, and we can supply you with a list of sites to visit.

In our experience, the more successful blends are those where there is a dominance of one colour rather than being mixed 50:50.

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Case Studies

Build it Educational House at Graven Hill

40% Country Brown sanded, 40% red, 20% Brown Heather

Build It Educational House 1Build It Educational House

Build It magazine have embarked on their own self build project at the custom and selfbuild development at Graven Hill.  Their new modern educational Showhome designed by Lapd Architects features a combination of timber cladding and render beneath a mixed colour Dreadnought clay tiled roof of country brown, red and brown brindle tiles.  The 3 colour mixed  blend of sandfaced clay tiles in country brown, brown heather and red  brings texture, warmth and character to this contemporary new build house.

St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town South Africa

66% Plum Red, 20% Brown Antique, 14% Country Brown machinemade clay tiles

St Georges Cathedral Cape Town 1St Georges Cathedral Cape Town

This heritage building, renowned for its role in the resistance against apartheid, had old Sovereign Broseley and Perfecta tiles on its roof.  Specialist heritage advisor John Rennie needed to find a similar traditional clay tile that would suit the historic status of the building.  Unlike most clay tiles manufactured today, Dreadnoughts are naturally coloured by skilful control of the firing process rather than by using surface stains and pigments.  This process generates a truly traditional product with the same character and appearance of tiles made over 100 years ago.  John selected Dreadnought Plum Red tiles and blended in some Brown Antique and Country Brown tiles to add more tonal variety to this large roof. Full details

A blend of mixed blue handmade tiles on a selfbuild in Oxfordshire

Staffordshire Blue and Dark Heather handmade tiles

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Selfbuilder Bernice Cuthbert had been looking for handmade clay roof tiles for some time but had been disappointed by the samples she had received which she felt were too stark and harsh to blend in with the old buildings in the surrounding conservation area.  She found Dreadnought's natural clay colours were just what she had been looking for.  They have a mellow and characterful look and they blend well with the blue shades in the handmade bricks. Full details

Government House, Wellington, New Zealand

80% Plum Red, 20% Brown Antique Machinemade clay roof tiles

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Dreadnought exported 200,000 tiles to NZ to match the original Perfecta tiles on the Governor General's residence.  The Perfecta tiles, like Dreadnought tiles were made from Etruria Marl clay. To match the appearance we supplied 80% plum red tiles and 20% Brown Antique tiles. In the early 1900's tiles were fired in coal fired kilns where colour control was not as exact as it is today, so the 20% Brown Antique tiles have been mixed in with the red to match the original appearance.  Full details


Spijkenisse, Holland

50% Red Blue Smooth and 50% Brown Brindle Machinemade clay roof tiles

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The design idea behind these modern office buildings in Spijkenisse, Holland, was to make no  distinction between the walls and the roof.  The roof tiles and the bricks were chosen to be a very good match in terms of colour and hidden gutters were used to form a seamless transition from the roof to the walls. 

National Motorcycle Museum

80% Brown Brindle, 20% Brown Antique

Shortlisted for Clay Roofing Tile Awards - Best Commercial Refurbishment

motorcycle museum 2    motorcycle museum 1

When 80% of the buiding was destroyed by fire back in 2003, it became apparent that the tile factory which had provided the original Rosemary tiles no longer existed.  It was necessary to find a manufacturer still able to produce Staffordshire tiles of natural burnt clay colours, quickly and in large quantities.  A mixed blend of Dreadnought's Brown Brindle and Brown Antique tiles was selected and and the resulting  roofscape provides a good example of how a traditional material such as this blend of Staffordshire plain tile colours can be used to dramatic effect on a series of steep, linked pyramid steel framed roofs.  Full Details

St Mary's Church, Bentley, Hants

Country Brown, Red Blue and Blue Brindle Machinemade clay roof tiles

St Marys Church Bently Case study 1St Marys Church Bently Case study 2

A new church hall/community centre was built at St Mary's Church and it was important that the new building should match in well with the other existing church buildings.  Despite significant weathering, the old church roof has varied hues of red, blue, browns and purples. The church committee looked at a variety of mixes and chose a blend of Country Brown, Red Blue and Blue Brindle, and the result is excellent.

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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Download Specification sheet as a word doc 

  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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Roof Components


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.  

Please complete the following details to access the Dreadnought Tile Revit File.

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