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Your choice of building materials for your home has a substantial impact on the eventual value of your property.  It is advisable where possible to choose the best, especially as they will be in place for the life of the building and will be there for the world to see.

A quality roof of plain clay tiles is an inexpensive way to add character and value forever.  Look around and see for yourself that the concrete tiles of the last 70 years lose their colour.  The natural burnt colours of clay are permanent and mellow and improve with age.

Never skimp on the roof materials. Whether you are building from scratch, converting or extending your property or renovating your family home, Dreadnought clay roof tiles offer solutions to enhance any roof.

If you wish to see some completed Dreadnought roofs please contact our office and we can provide you with a list of sites in the colours you are interested in.

See a detailed case study in IBUILD magazine

See our Self Build Case Studies

brown antique tiles were used for the reroof of Lechlade Manor in GloucestershireDreadnought Classic Dark Heather Handmade clay roof tiles

Country Brown Sandfaced clay roof tiles


Self Build Exhibitions


We regularly exhibit at the Self-Build Exhibitions and will be at the following shows in 2020:


National Homebuilding and Renovating Show NEC 26th-29th March 2020 at Birmingham NEC Stand B142

Build It Live Bicester 6th-7th June 2020 at Bicester Heritage Centre Stand A22

Homebuilding and Renovating Show Chester Race Course Thursday September 10th

Come and  talk to us!
We also have a permanent display at the NSBRC (National Self Build and Renovation Centre) in Swindon.

Useful links for Self Builders


We support the Custom and Selfbuild  industry in the UK and are members of  NaCSBA, the National Custom and Self Build Association.  Make sure you sign up to the  Right To Build Portal   There is a duty on all local authorities in England to keep a Register of individuals and community groups who have expressed an interest in acquiring land to bring forward self-build and custom-build projects and to have regard to the demand on their local Register when exercising their planning and other relevant functions.



An up-to-date source of plots conversion and renovation opportunities for Developers throughout the UK, including development flats (more than 4).  Includes email alerts for new plots and aerial photography service.

Ketley Brick

Traditional Clay Pavers, Staffordshire Blue Bricks and Specials.    

Furness Brick

An independent family-run brick manufacturer, specialising in the production of traditional pressed, clamp and handmade facing bricks and pavers.

York Handmade Bricks

Many builders and self-builders have found that using handmade bricks has greatly increased the 'kerb appeal' of their developments.  York Handmade Brick offer bricks in six blends, but variations can be achieved by mixing combinations of the three basic colours.  

The Construction Centre

A source of information for architects, contractors and specifiers.  They  host an extensive UK Building Directory

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors

Dreadnought are members of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited (NFRC)  the UK's largest roofing trade association.  They provide advice on choosing a roofing contractor

Graven Hill

The UK's largest self and custom build project just outside Bicester.  1900 homes are due to be built over 10 years.  The project aims to  give self builders the opportunity to create the home of their dreams with plots available to suit a range of budgets,  all with pre-approved  outline planning.





Case Studies

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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 >>>>>