Sandtoft expands its industry-leading clay range with the launch of new clay plain tiles

Sandtoft, a Wienerberger company, has expanded its industry-leading clay product range with the launch of a number of new clay plain tiles in April 2013.

Hot on the heels of the launch of the new Barrow and Alban clay plain tile ranges in 2011, each of the new designs bring a new texture or colour to the already sought after range.  The new clay tiles are manufactured at Broomfleet, where Sandtoft has extensive clay reserves formed from the alluvial plain of the river Humber over 10,000 years ago. This abundant natural resource is situated directly alongside the manufacturing site, and has been harnessed for generations to create beautiful and highly durable clay tiles.

From recycled foundry sands that are carefully pressed into the tile’s surface during the manufacture, to new finishing techniques which bring brand new muted hues to the clay plain tile, there really is a tile for every roof design in the range.

The new tiles have been developed together, but each creates its own look on the roof and offers the housebuilder or renovator a range of benefits. The Barrow is aimed at those wanting a traditional handmade appearance at an affordable price. The manufacturing process ensures that a generous application of sand is embedded into every tile to create a rich look characteristic of a true handmade tile. There are five colours to choose from which have been designed to emulate Sandtoft’s award winning Goxhill handmade plain tile.

This includes two brown shades (Dark Oak and Bay Brown), two red colours (the Light and Dark Rusper) and the new Red Basalt colour. The range can be used individually on the roof or mixed to create an attractive blend of colours called ‘Barrow Brindle Mix’ – which is well suited to heritage building projects. The red colours are also ideal for vertical tile hanging.

The Alban range differs from the Barrow as it combines the look of a reclaimed tile with great value for money. There are also two colour options available. The Sussex Blend features a mix of red, brown and black tones, while the ‘Vintage Blend’ offers striking contrasts of red and black colour. A new range ‘Okewood’ Okewood   has also been launched in a new colour: Haze, which is a blend of two colours. It is a traditional clay plain tile with a smooth finish and looks that are reminiscent of a sanded tile. Finally, Sandtoft is also launching new colours for its award-winning Humber range and handcrafted ridges.

Andrew Lawton, Sales Director at Sandtoft, said:

“For these new products, we have developed specialist sanding and manufacturing techniques that add real charm and character to a clay plain tile roof while at the same time extending our commitment to using recycled materials.

“The range draws upon over 100 years of roofing expertise to meet the increasing demand for affordable clay roof tiles. With a total of five new colours available, Sandtoft now has one of the most extensive and interesting clay plain tile ranges on the market”.