Firs House, a spectacular Grade II listed property in Worcestershire has undergone a major reconstruction of its roof, using traditional hand made clay plain tiles from specialist manufacturer Tudor Roof Tile Co Ltd.
The restoration of this impressive two-storey period house, which dates back to the seventeenth century, involved the complete reconstruction of the roof and upper storeys of the building after they were destroyed in a massive fire.
The original roof tiles were replaced with 6,000 hand made plain tiles in a Medium Antique blend, which has a variegated mellow tone and texture and an olde world weather worn appearance. Their gentle double camber added to their historical character as well as allowing additional ventilation to the roof space.
The tiles were specified by Nick Joyce Architects, a practice which specialises in the restoration of historic buildings.
Choice of roof tiles was an important part of the external appearance and character of the building. We wanted to use traditional hand made plain tiles with a weathered look that would immediately complement this historic house and blend in with the surrounding buildings, said Partner, Alex Matthews.
As we had worked with Tudor Roof Tiles several times in the past, we knew that we could rely on the quality of their plain tiles and were confident that they would be acceptable to the local authority planning officers.
Combining age old craftsmanship with modern performance benefits, Tudors roof tiles are carefully hand pressed, moulded and trimmed, and then strengthened by advanced firing techniques, to give the final products exceptional durability.
Widely used on National Trust and English Heritage properties, they are also recommended by Conservation Officers across Great Britain.
Both plain and peg tiles are available in medium antique, dark antique and red antique, the classic Sussex colours of red and brown plus a new Jubilee which has rich earthy face colour with a random darker staining.
All Tudor roof tiles are made from the finest English natural clay. They are manufactured in accordance with BS EN ISO 9001:2000, and tested to BS EN 538:1994 for strength and to BS EN 539-2:1998 for frost resistance.