All you need to know about Alban plain handcrafted tile

With its lightly sanded texture, irregular form and rustic tones the Alban plain tile adds charm and character to any roof.

The Alban range combines the look of a reclaimed tile with great value for money. There are two colour options available ‘Sussex Blend’ which features a mix of red, brown and black tones, and the ‘Vintage Blend’ offering contrasting shades of red and black.

Alban owes its varied and rustic texture to the recycled foundry sands that are carefully pressed into the tile’s surface during tile making. Once dried, the tiles are set into the kiln by hand, using special U cassettes which fire the tiles vertically. This further adds to their character as it results in each tile adopting a slightly different shape during firing. This process is managed in such a way that it allows random irregularities in shape to occur without compromising on the tile’s weatherproofing performance.

Alban creates its own look on look on the roof and offers the specifier, homeowner or builder a range of benefits.

The main advantages of the Alban Plain Tile

  • The Alban plain tile is made from Sandtoft’s extensive clay reserves formed from the alluvial plain of the river Humber over 10,000 years ago
  • The Alban plain tile harnesses the generations of experience Sandtoft have for creating highly durable clay tiles
  • The Alban plain tile is carefully sanded using recycled foundry sands that are pressed into the roof tile, creating a varied and rustic surface texture
  • Pressed from natural alluvial Humber clay, this premium material delivers improved longevity and natural beauty
  • Clay’s irregularity adds charm and texture to any roof
  • Colour fastness

The real character in our handmade plain tiles comes from the way the tile is handled by the maker. Each of our craftsmen does things slightly differently in a way that makes the tiles unique, and which in turn makes every roof unique. 

Clay tiles are subject to small variations in size because of drying and firing shrinkage in the manufacturing process. Therefore, before deciding on the batten gauge and cover width, the roof tiler should inspect each batch of tiles to ensure that the correct minimum headlap and sidelap are achieved.

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