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Rustic Staffordshire Blue

staffordshire blue rustic tiles

Dreadnought's Staffordshire blue rustic tile is a genuine traditional Staffordshire blue, with natural shade variations derived by controlling the kiln atmosphere and converting the iron content in the clay to blue.  It is a skilled process established by generations of brick and tile makers and sadly only retained today by Dreadnought. Other tile manufacturers use applied stains and coloured sands to produce their colour, but at Dreadnought we believe in the beauty of true clay colour. 

The Staffordshire Blue rustics are particularly effective where the smooth finish of a plain machinemade tile is not desired or appropriate as they give a more textured finish to the roof.  They can also be combined with rustic dark heather tiles to produce a "mixed blue blend". 

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Case Studies

Victorian Self Build

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The architecture at this luxury self build house in Darbyshire is inspired by Victorian design.   The rustic sanded finish of the Staffordshire blue roof tile has a soft effect on the roof and blends in well in the rural setting.  It is a large property and has large expanses of roof which are broken up by bands of ornamental club tiles whilst also being typical of the Victorian era.  See full case study 

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 

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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.

Find out more about Dreadnought Tiles approach to sustainability

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Roof Components

BIM

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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Rustic Handcrafted 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.

Important: The natural colour of our clay tiles means that no 2 tiles are exactly the same and this is what gives a Dreadnought roof its beauty and character.  Within a single Dreadnought colour, there can be a number of different tones and we will  include more than one tile sample to show you the range of tones you can expect. 

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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.
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