Culpho Manor

The owners of a 16th century Grade II Listed manor house near Ipswich have saved 30% on the cost of their roof restoration project by using Marley Eternit machine-made Acme double camber clay plain tiles in Antique to achieve a heritage appearance.

Located on a Saxon site, the manor house was built during the early 16th century and extended during the latter part of the 1500s. It was subjected to major alterations in the 19th and 20th centuries and last year, was renovated by its present owners.

A major aim of the 2013 renovation was to replace the entire roof which, although it had undergone a number of limited repairs with a mix of different tiles, was suffering increased deterioration leading to poor insulation and leaks at the property.  The roof replacement consisted of nine integrated areas including the porch, dormer and Welsh slate section.

Alongside handmade tiles, architect Ian Malton of CAM Architects Ltd advised the owners to consider a machine-made clay tile, which would obtain a heritage effect with less cost and significant installation benefits.  The architect recommended the Marley Eternit Acme double camber clay tile in Antique and after being chosen by the owners, 38,000 of the tiles were used during the whole roof replacement project.

The architect explained the need to match the roof as it was before the refurbishment to ensure it had the same weathered aesthetics of the original but with the technical characteristics of a new roof. Ian Malton, CAM Architects Ltd, comments: “The house required a clay tile for the refurbishment and one that would work well with the Welsh slate roof on the building. It also needed to meet the requirements of the Suffolk Coastal Planning Conservation Department.”

The owners estimate they have saved around 30% on the cost of the roof replacement project due to due to lower unit price, ease of fitting, less cutting and less waste compared to traditional handmade tiles, which have to be sorted for shape, size and colour.  They comment: “Originally we had to be convinced that a machine-made clay tile would give as good a finish as a handmade one but we have been totally won over.  The roof looks beautiful and the Antique finish clay tiles still look old but give us a uniform and weatherproof roof, at a much more cost-effective price.

“If you buy an old listed property you are the keepers of a piece of heritage and you have to invest in it and look after it, so it will still be there for future generations. We wanted to invest in the roof of our Manor House with the Marley Eternit clay tiles, so it would be there well into the future, for hundreds of years.”

Building contractor Barry Blemings of Heronbuild, Mendlesham, Suffolk, appointed G H B Roofing of Ipswich to carry out this large replacement project. Barry Blake, Site Manager at G H B Roofing of Ipswich, comments: “We carry out many major roof replacement projects and it was noticeable how much quicker and easier it was to use the Marley Eternit Acme tiles because they are a uniform size, so there is less cutting and waste but at the same time, the colour range allowed us to create the perfect blend to match in with the historical significance of the building.”

Sarah Jackson, marketing product manager at Marley Eternit, comments: “We were delighted when the owners contacted us to say how impressed they were with our clay tiles and we are pleased the tiles are helping them to achieve the lasting legacy they want for the building.  We are increasingly seeing the Acme Double Camber clay plain tiles being specified by architects for use in restoration and heritage projects because the longitudinal and latitudinal cambers help to create the highly textured roofscapes which adds both character and performance.  No other manufacturer in the UK offers a clay plain tile with a double camber, so this tile is truly unique.”

Marley Eternit's clay plain tile range achieves an A+ rating under the BRE’s environmental assessment schemes and is certified under BES 6001, the framework standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Materials, which gives the maximum credits towards BREEAM assessed projects. Carbon footprint data is now also available for Marley Eternit’s full range of roof tiles, independently certified by The Carbon Trust.

Marley Eternit’s investment in clay tile manufacturing means it has the widest range of UK manufactured colours on the market and an unrivalled choice of fittings and accessories.  Click to request a sample of the Acme Antique double camber clay plain tile, or download a copy of the new Clay Plain Tile brochure featuring the full range here.

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