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Dreadnought Plum red smoothfaced plain clay tiles

In the late 19th and early 20th century, deep red smoothfaced machine made plain clay roof tiles were particularly popular on dominant buildings and churches.

Most current red plain clay roof tiles tend to be more pink in appearance than tiles produced a century ago.  However, the Dreadnought Plum Red Smoothface traditional single camber clay tiles provide a colour and finish indistinguishable from the traditional tiles of old.


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Case Studies

St John the Evangelist Church, Dulwich 

Highly Commended project in the "Best Ecclesiastical Refurbishment" category at the CRTC awards

Plum Red and Country Brown with ornamental tiles and bespoke handed hips

Plum Red tiles with bands of ornamental Country BrownPlum Red tiles with ornamentals and specials

The versatility and distinctiveness of clay tiles means they restore character, charm and historical magic to refurbishment and heritage projects.  The end result at St John the Evangelist Church is superb and the new spire roof has given the building a whole new lease of life as it towers over its neighbouring streets of Victorian houses.  Full Details


Plum Red tiles with made to order crested ridges and finialsA reroofing project with Plum Red tiles with crested ridges made to match the originals

The original tiles on Clements Farm were a natural deep rich red and the Dreadnought Plum Red Smoothfaced traditional single camber tile provided a colour indistinguishable from the originals.  Special crested ridges and finials were manufactured to match the originals.  Full Details

Arts and Crafts Restoration Sandford House

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Sandford House is a 'B' Listed Arts and Crafts House built in 1902 near to Dundee in Scotland and its renovation has featured on BBC’s Restoration Home with Caroline Quentin. The old Rosemary clay roof tiles on the main part of the house date back to 1910 and they are still in place on the roof and looking good but the concrete tiles on the “holiday homes wing” were starting to disintegrate and had faded to a dull grey.  The owners decided to replace them with clay tiles to match the original Rosemarys and found that many tiles on the market today are not naturally coloured but have applied artificial stains.  However they found Dreadnought’s Plum Red tiles to be an excellent colour match.  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
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.

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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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Machine-Made Sample Request Form

Please complete this form to let us know which samples you would like.  Due to the high courier cost in sending them out, we cannot supply them free of charge in all cases.

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Please complete details of your project in the space below, together with quantities and timescales if possible. We may need to contact you prior to sending samples out to confirm your requirements, so please provide your day time contact details with your sample request. Please also note there is a substantial courier cost to send out samples and we cannot supply samples free of charge in all cases.