A true Dutch masterpiece

BMI UK & Ireland – the manufacturer of flat and pitched roofing and waterproofing solutions – has introduced the BMI Redland Hollander clay pantile.

With a Dutch design heritage dating back to the 17th century; clay pantiles are said to be amongst the most eye-catching roof tile profiles available, producing a striking and attractive roof.

The Hollander clay pantile replaces the company’s cathedral clay pantile and offers several design and manufacturing enhancements over its predecessor. The increased headlap variation, now up to 30 mm, is said to give more laying flexibility, whilst a second nib is said to provide greatly improved tile stability and a second nail hole means more roofs can be just nailed rather than clipped. However, if clipping is needed, a completely new interlock enables the use of its tool-free Innofix Clip.

Precision manufactured using the latest clay technology, Hollander is said to combine the character of a natural clay product with the performance benefits of a modern interlocking tile, enabling this look to be achieved at roof pitches as low as 22.5°. As well as its appealing profile, the Hollander clay pantile comes in two classic colours: red and brindle.

The Hollander clay pantile is said to give developers, contractors, specifiers and local authorities the opportunity to roof and re-roof in clay cost-effectively requiring only 12.5 tiles per m2; and delivers ‘significant’ planning advantages, especially in conservation areas or where the vernacular architecture demands.

Overall dimensions of the pantile are 420 x 265mm, with a cover width of 225mm. There are a whole host of compatible fittings and components available – including cloaked verges, left-hand verge tiles and 4.5k ThruVent tile – meaning the tiles can be laid on a variety of roof configurations

As with all BMI Redland roofing products, the Hollander clay pantiles has been subject to ‘rigorous’ freeze-thaw, wind-uplift and strength tests. As well as being put through its paces in the company’s wind tunnel, where it was subjected to high wind and driving rain to test the tiles’ performance in terms of weathertightness.

These tests demonstrate that the tiles meet all the requirements of BS 5534: 2014 + A2: 2018 Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling, providing they are installed in compliance with BMI Redland fixing recommendations.