Innovative clay tile brings brindle quality to rural self-build

A luxury self-build project in Warwickshire has used an innovative mixed brindle clay plain tile to give the roof a traditional, high quality aesthetic, in keeping with the home’s rural surroundings.

Self-builder Martin Hayward built the impressive detached property in Napton-on-the-Hill for his mother and wanted the new build to have the traditional appearance of a country home.  He chose the Acme Mixed Brindle single camber clay plain tiles from Marley Eternit to give a weathered, aged appearance to complement the mixed blend of bricks used for the construction of the house.

Martin Hayward of Hayward Developments, comments:

“We originally specified a concrete tile but after using it on an outbuilding, we decided it wouldn’t give the country home aesthetic we wanted to achieve.  So we increased the specification to the Acme clay plain tile which gives the quality, traditional appearance we wanted but still at an affordable price.  The tiles give a weathered effect and each one is a slightly different colour, which works well with the different shades of the bricks and means the roof doesn’t stand out as too much of a contrast against its rural surroundings.”

Roofing contractor Shire Roofing also used matching valleys, half round ridges and inline vents from Marley Eternit to complement the Mixed Brindle colour.

Sarah Jackson, marketing product manager from Marley Eternit, adds:

“The Acme Mixed Brindle tiles were developed to meet the growing design trend for weathered appearance clay roofs in both the new and refurbishment markets.  Each tile has a subtle variation from light to dark, giving an authentic brindle effect and this project is a great example to show that although every individual tile is different, together they create a beautiful, harmonious clay roof.”

The Acme Mixed Brindle tiles also have unrivalled environmental credentials with the ability to achieve an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide to Specification, BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing accreditation and certified carbon footprint data at product level.  In addition, the tiles also have the added advantage that they can be used at pitches as low as 30°, instead of the market standard of 35°.

The Acme Mixed Brindle single camber is part of Marley Eternit’s popular clay plain tile range, which now offers the widest choice of colours and profiles manufactured in the UK.  A range of fittings, accessories and ventilation products is also available to complement the Mixed Brindle colour.  To order samples, or to download a brochure, please visit, or call 01283 722588.