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 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".
Victorian Self Build
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 >>
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.
Freeze 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.
|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|
|Minimum Lap||65 mm||32 mm|
|Maximum Gauge||100 mm||115 mm|
|Approx Weight at
|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|
|Tiles @ 100mm Gauge||60m2|
|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|
|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|
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.