Pantiles have a distinctive ‘S’ shape to their design and have retained their popularity in rural areas of the UK. We have put together this guide to for those considering purchasing this historic tile type. This should give you enough starter information to make an informed decision about your purchase. Read on to learn more about their advantages, as well as the cost involved and the number of tiles required.
What is a Pantile?
Pantiles have been around in the UK for over 500 years after first arriving from the Netherlands. Traditionally they were made out of clay but moved more towards concrete in the mid-20th century. While concrete can emulate the look of a clay pantile, the colour difference is noticeable with a direct comparison.
Not every installation company has the experience to fit some styles of pantiles. Special care has to be taken when they are laid in place to minimise future problems. This is because more traditional versions only have a single lap and are more vulnerable to defects.
Advantages of Pantiles
Pantiles can be up to a third lighter than most tiles, which is beneficial to the supporting structure.
Their aesthetic appeal is the main reason why homeowners choose to use them to re-tile a property. Modern manufacturing techniques have enabled pantiles to remain in the marketplace. This has helped keep the choices varied for customers as costs lower for less attractive tiles elsewhere.
If concrete or clay pantiles are installed by an experienced company and maintained by the owner of the property, over time, they will continue to add real character to the building. If repairs are needed and are dealt with promptly then pantiles will continue to show their durability against weather conditions.
Modern versions of the pantile also allow the tile to be used on low pitch roofs with 15° usually being the minimum. The Marley Mendip Concrete tile offers this capability, while a 12.5° pitch can be achieved with pantiles such as the Melodie Clay Single Interlocking Pantile by Marley Eternit.
Types of Pantile
There are six types of pantile available. These vary from the original style and are installed in specialised projects, through to modern adaptations. Despite all sharing the distinctive 'S' shape, there is a wide variety of colours and textures to choose from.
The Six Main Types of Pantile
- Handmade Clay Pantiles: These are now produced in far smaller batches. This means that the price is significantly higher and there may be longer lead times to secure the quantity needed. However, they are particularly beautiful tiles that add real authenticity to the property.
- Traditional Clay Pantiles: This style is one of the most common types of pantiles used. Their charm can be easily seen in the Redland Cathedral Clay tile with a design that has been passed on through the ages. Not only that, but these tiles can also be used on pitches as low as 22.5°.
- Interlocking Clay Pantiles: These are the modern-day version of the traditional form of clay pantiles. The use of the interlocking technology enables the tile to be installed easily, cutting purchasing and labour costs. The Koramic 401 Flemish pantile remains an ever-popular choice for those looking for a traditional style.
- Concrete Pantiles: The evolution of the pantile into concrete rapidly saw the use of clay decline. There are some differences between the two materials but the concrete pantile looks very similar in style.
- Clay Double Pantiles: This addition to the clay pantile family was a result of improved modern manufacturing introduced in 2008. It’s an important change as this style helped to bring the cost of clay pantiles closer to that of concrete.
- Concrete Double Pantiles: The double concrete pantile came about shortly after the introduction of the single concrete version. It has grown in popularity ever since and the modern version can be seen in the Redland Grovebury Concrete tile that uses the interlocking style to make it easier to install.
How Much Do Pantiles Cost?
This section is intended to provide you with an idea of the level of pricing for pantiles which can range from approx £0.86 to upwards of £2.00 per tile. To see the most up to date prices for individual products, follow the links below or visit our pantiles page.
Concrete has continued to drive the price down right across the board due to how economically it can be manufactured. Clay manufacturers have struggled to keep pace price wise. However, improved processes and technology have enabled them to remain competitive in some respects. Concrete pantiles are cheaper than clay but if 'rustic' appeal is a crucial element of your property, then you may be willing to pay a little bit more.
Pantile Pricing Examples
The Sandtoft Olympus tile manages to keep an attractive price point. It maintains the natural clay aesthetics while not stretching the budget too far beyond breaking point.
Another clay tile that provides a similar look, although starting at a higher price, is the Koramic 401 Flemish pantile. With a palette of eight different colours, its locking mechanism helps construct an outstanding Flemish style roof.
The Marley Mendip Concrete tile gives pitch flexibility below the usual 15°. Not only that but there are seven tonal shades available at a price that doesn't break the bank.
One of the cheapest pantiles available is the Marley Anglia Concrete tile. A single-lap interlocking tile that helps further reduce costs with lower labour requirements, this is a very popular option.
How Many Pantiles Do You Need Per Square Metre?
Even the most experienced tilers need a tried and tested method to determine how many pantiles are needed. If you are just starting out, the large amount of information available can sometimes seem confusing. By using our easy-to-follow guide below you can quickly get an idea of the materials you will need to purchase.
|Type||Size||Square Metre Coverage|
|Sandtoft Shire Pantile Concrete Tile||380 x 230mm||16.4 tiles per m²|
|Redland Grovebury Concrete Tile||418 x 332mm||9.7 tiles per m²|
|Marley Mendip Concrete Tile||420 x 330mm||9.7 tiles per m²|
|Marley Anglia Concrete Tile||387 x 230mm||15.7 tiles per m²|
|Sandtoft Olympus Tile||408 x 327mm||10.2 tiles per m²|
|Redland Cathedral||411 x 265mm||12.5 tiles per m²|
|Sandtoft County Tile||384 x 267mm||14.9 tiles per m²|
|Koramic 401 Flemish Pantile||368 x 248mm||16.6 tiles per m²|