home icon
home icon


Dreadnought Red smoothfaced plain clay tilesDreadnought red sandfaced plain clay tiles

Perhaps, the best known and most widely used natural colour produced from Etruria Marl.  Ideal for matching and repairs, with their subtle shade variations, the traditional red Smoothfaced single camber clay roof tile is widely used throughout areas where clay tiles are established and appreciated for its rich red colour. Red Sandfaced tiles give a softer appearance and are chosen more frequently in the South.

Available in Smoothfaced/Sandfaced

Request sample

Case Studies

Manber Jefferies House

Staffs red sanded tiles with external angles, cloaked verges and mono ridges

James Alder Architects - Manber Jeffries House 1Manber Jeffries House

A new intricate vaulted gardenroom for a Victorian house in Willesden Green uses Dreadnought red sanded tiles to wrap over the pitched roof, onto the vertical.  Architect James Alder has focussed on detail using matching external angles, cloaked verges and monoridges and his work has been rewarded with 2 2023 RIBA London awards!  The clay tiles relate well to the Victorian architecture in the surrounding area and the scheme is somehow both traditional and contemporary.  Full details

Athlone House Highgate North London

Staffs red and blue plain and ornamental spade and fishtail tiles

Athlone House 2Athlone House 1

Winner of 2 pitched roofing awards in 2021, this house has recently undergone major restoration to bring it back to its former glory and transform it into a beautiful modern family home. The new scheme, designed by SHH Architecture won approval from Historic England who were keen to preserve the character and appearance of the Highgate conservation area.   Full Details

Tyntesfield House

Grade I listed winner 2012 RICS SW Building Conservation

Red and Staffordshire Blue Plain Clay Roof Tiles

Red  and staffordshire blue roof tiles at TyntesfieldRed Tyntesfield casestudy

For this £4.7 million restoration, co-funded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Project architects Rodney Melville & Partners, of Bristol, were tasked with the specification of clay plain roof tiles to recreate the elaborate diaper pattern of Tyntesfield’s pitched roof, which comprised 65,000 red and blue/black roof tiles.  The main task therefore was to colour match the original tiles with ‘like for like’ replacement tiles.  Dreadnought provided the best match to the originals.  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. 

Download Freeze Thaw Testing Report 

Download this info as a pdf 

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

Download our Quality and Environmental Policy

Roof Components

Ornamental tiles

clubfishtailclub1 300x215

Further details


Fittings-group-Shot 300x319

Further details

Ornamental Ridges

Ornamental-Ridges-Group-sho 300x212

Further details

Ornamental Finials

Finials-group-shot 300x229

Further details


vent 219x155

Further details


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.

Request Sample

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.

Choose Samples