Since 1991 Northern Roof Tiles has imported the finest clay roofing tiles for England and other countries in Europe and around the world. One of our English tile suppliers is the Dreadnought Tile Company.
Dreadnought first started making tiles in 1805, that’s 215 years, so they cannot be called by any starch of the imagination as ‘the new boys on the block!’. And is being in operation for 215 years was not enough they have been owned and run by the same family since 1902, so they have a long and very proud history in the clay business. Back in 1964 they purchased the Ketley Brick Company which had been making bricks just down the road since 1880.
Ketley used the same Etruria Marl clay from the same quarry as Dreadnought and they both use the same firing methods to produce their smooth faced bricks, brick slips, pavers, and quarries. Ketley does not use pigments, additives or surface coatings to create the range of shades they offer. Just like Dreadnought their blends are created by the delicate control of the kiln atmosphere known as ‘reduction firing’. Their gray bricks, called Staffordshire Blue, are created when all the oxygen is removed from the firing.
Because Ketley only uses the finest clays and fires to the highest temperatures and standards their bricks, pavers and quarries are suitable for use in even the harshest environments and weather conditions.
They offer a huge range of shapes and sizes and can, when required, create or replicate custom shapes….all part of the service from this 140 year old company.
Northern Roof Tiles has specialized in clay roof tiles but we are proud and excited to expand our specialty coverage to include this fine English made products.
Please contact us for more information or to discuss your specific requirements.