<p>Reclaiming the weathered look</p>
Reclaimed clay roof tiles have become increasingly popular as architects and builders seek to capture that heritage look. In this article Marley Eternit discusses the development of its new distressed look Hawkins clay tile and showcases a beautiful Victorian church which was refurbished with the product.
Clay roof tiles are a beautiful legacy of the past that continue to remind us of generations of skilled craftsmen creating rich and colourful roofscapes out of common clay. It’s therefore no surprise that reclaimed clay roof tiles have become increasingly popular.
However, finding the right quantity of tiles with the assurance of future durability and performance can be both problematic and expensive. That’s why one of the country’s largest and oldest roof tile manufacturers, Marley Eternit, set about developing a new clay tile with a distressed look, the Hawkins clay tile in Fired Sienna.
Although a brand new tile, it is manufactured to meet the stringent requirements of BS EN 1304 and yet consists of irregularities and imperfections on the surface, similar to those of a weathered, aged tile. Specialist conservation architects specified the new tile for a Victorian Church in Worcestershire which recently underwent an extensive restoration project to renovate its large roof.
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