Red roof tiles growing in popularity

In the last year, our roof tile range has grown and we now sells over 1300 tiles in a choice of materials, colours and profiles. One of our biggest increases has been in the purchase of red tiles.

Often representing 20-30% of the exterior visible area of a property, selection of the right roof colour is critical to a building’s aesthetics, its design co-ordinating with other external elements, i.e. bricks, wooden siding, stone or stucco.

By the end of March, we reported blue-based tile sales increased 30% (compared to Q1 2015) and grey tile sales 60%. Red tile sales, however, are up an incredible 126%.

The UK’s rich, red roofs are predominantly found in the East of England and Scotland, together with parts of the South West, and tend to be synonymous with clay tiles.

Available in Natural Red and Rustic Red, Marley Eternit has just launched its Lincoln clay tile, delivering a traditional clay pantile appearance with the ease and efficiencies of fitting a concrete tile. Installed using Solofix clips, which can save up to 30% installation time, the Lincoln also meets the latest BS 5534 fixing requirements and the NHBC technical standards. It also works with the manufacturer’s Universal dry fix accessories and Mortar Fixing Ridge and Hip kits to meet the latest fixing requirements.

Additional clay options include Melodie Natural Red clay pantiles which can be used down to a market leading 12.5 degree roof pitch and the Maxima  Double Roman clay tile with its open gauge design for ease of installation. Not to mention the popular Acme, Hawkins, Ashdowne and Canterbury clay plain tile ranges, which offers over 14 red variations.

Alternatives to clay include Marley Eternit’s concrete tiles in Mosborough Red, Natural Red, Dark Red and Old English Dark Red, and Thrutone Fibre Cement Slates in Russet and Terracotta.