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Rustic Dark Heather

Dreadnought's new range of rustic tiles are available in all the sandfaced Dreadnought natural clay colours from reds and browns through to brindles and blues.  Suitable for both renovation projects and newbuilds, they have a rustic, sanded finish and feature a distressed tail edge to give a soft effect and produce a highly attractive roof.

Dreadnought's dark heather colour is a predominantly blue colour with subtle shade variations of lighter blue and purple hues.  These natural clay colours are derived by controlling the kiln atmosphere which converts the iron content of the clay to shades of blue and purple.  Other manufacturers use applied stains and coloured sands to produce their colour, but at Dreadnought we believe in the beauty of true clay colour, achieved through careful control of the kiln atmosphere.

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Case Studies

Lovedon Fields 50 houses on the edge of the South Downs National Park

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Just 2 miles from Winchester and on the edge of the South Downs National Park, this new development needed to look modern and contemporary, but blend in with the sites beautiful rural surroundings.  The selection of building materials was key to achieving this and rather than opting for red brick, typical of much of the new housing in the area, the design team opted for more mellow brown and buff brick to match the surrounding grass, hills and earth.  Dreadnought's dark heather rustic roof tiles tone well with this subtle pallette of natural materials and their rustic texture suit the countryside location well.  They also tone well with the solar panels, ensuring the panels do not dominate the appearance of the roofs while providing all the benefits of sustainability.  Full details>>


Beautiful Self Build project nr Derby

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When it came to selecting materials for her self build project, Stephanie Snapes knew she wanted to use natural products.  She had been fortunate to secure the perfect plot in a highly desirable village near to Derby and was keen to create as high quality a build as her budget would allow. The Dark Heather rustic tile blends beautfully with the multicoloured bricks and  have contributed to a home with significant "wow factor".  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

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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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"The Dreadnought product is excellent with dimensional, colour and textural quality consistent throughout".       Gary Worsfold, Director of Architecture, Quantum Homes  see more testimonials >>>>>