Self Build Project Uses Melodie Interlocking Clay Tile

The owner of a one off new build home in Lincolnshire has used a new clay interlocking single pantile from Marley Eternit to provide the fixing flexibility needed for the complex roof design, as well as to blend in with the adjacent traditional clay roof.

When Carl Pickard decided to build a new home for his daughter on land next to his own property in North Somercotes, Louth, one of his priorities was ensuring the new roof matched the traditional clay pantiles of the existing house. He chose to use the new Melodie clay interlocking pantile from Marley Eternit after viewing samples at his local builders merchant.

Carl Pickard, comments: "Although we needed the look of a traditional clay pantile, ease of fitting was also very important with such a complicated roof design, consisting of three big dormer windows, Dutch barn hips as well as hips for a porch. We chose the Melodie tiles because they give a traditional appearance but with the high coverage and easy to fix benefits of a flexible headlap and they offer very good value for money. We also used the Universal Hipfast and Ridgefast dry fix systems to help make fitting quicker and more secure."

It was the first time that roofing contractors J A Burton had used the new Melodie tile and found that its variable gauge meant it was far more flexible than others on the market. Roofer Jack Burton explains: "I was really impressed with the ease of fit and technical performance of the tiles and will definitely be using them again. It’s rare to find clay tiles like this with a variable gauge and particularly with such flexibility. The ones that I have used in the past only allowed me to move the gauge 6 to 7mm, whereas the Melodie gives 34mm variability. This does save time and makes complicated roofs like this one, easier to fix." 

The Melodie roof tile is a single interlocking precision engineered clay pantile with an extremely robust interlock, easy to fix gauge and integral weatherbars. The high weather performance of the tile means it is one of the lowest pitch roof tiles on the market and can be used down to 12.5 degrees.

Carl Pickard adds: "My main concern with the roof was making sure that it matched the traditional clay pantiles on my house next door. I’m really pleased, it’s such a good match that now we have had some rain and the tiles have had chance to weather, there is very little difference between the two."

Sarah Jackson, marketing product manager from Marley Eternit, adds: "When we launched the Melodie tile, we wanted to make sure it offered something different to what was already out there in the market. As well as its low pitch capability, the variable gauge does give more flexibility than similar products and we’re pleased that the roofing contractor found it to be such an advantage on this project. It shows that using a modern clay interlocking tile, like this one, can offer significant technical and installation benefits, while still achieving the traditional clay pantile look."

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