Kent Pegs

Kent Peg Tiles & Kent Plain Tiles

 Within the South East, clay roof tiles are the dominant roof covering, and are still a most popular choice for discerning homeowners.

The detail and variation offered by handmade peg or plain (nibbed) tiles give them their distinctive and attractive roof appearance. Both peg and plain tiles are also perfect for vertical tiling on exterior walls. In this way, they are an excellent way to add character to modern properties, which may already have ordinary and unprepossessing machine made clay or concrete tiles on the roof. 

With their origins in the 12th Century, the rectangular tiles are originally held on to the roof using wooden ‘pegs’ which hang over the roof battens. More lately, the rectangular tiles incorporated clay ‘nibs’ on the underside of each tile, along with a securing nail hole. Each tile has a gentle curvature along its length and width.

Kent peg tiles measure 254 x 152 x 9–10mm (10 x 6 x 3/8 in) compared to 265 x 165 x 13mm (101/2 x 61/2 x 1/2 in) for the more widely distributed English plain ‘nib’ tile.

In addition to the standard tile, each row of tiles require a ‘tile and a half’ (gable tile) to be used down each side of the roof slope (verges) in order to prevent a half width tile. Shorter length ‘eave’ tiles are used under the bottom row, and over the top row of tiles. Further specially shaped tiles are required for use at the valleys and hips and ridges.

Originally hand made by local or travelling craftsmen, who relied on hand moulding and simple firing techniques, the widespread use of traditional peg tiles gradually declined with the availability of cheaper, mass produced, machine made clay and concrete tiles in the 1900s.

Second hand peg tiles have often been favoured for heritage buildings, particularly if only a few tiles are damaged, however, the shortage and expense of obtaining good quality reclaimed peg tiles from legitimate sources has meant that conservationists have increasingly looked to modern day alternatives.

Authentic looking peg tiles are undoubtedly very difficult to replicate using modern manufacturing methods and machine made tiles are still far too dull, flat and uniform in appearance to be a convincing alternative.

The good news is that there are a handful of manufactures still in theUK who offer a practical and economic compromise, that combines the best of both traditional and modern day tiles making technique

HSI are proud to be associated with the foremost of theseKent based manufacturers, Tudor Roof Tile Co. Limited, based in Lydd.

‘Each Tudor’ tile is pressed, moulded and trimmed, by hand at the company’s factory in Lydd, in order to recreate the gentle camber, subtle colour variation and ‘time weathered’ appearance of the original Kent peg tile. Highly advanced firing techniques ensure exceptional performance and durability, and all tiles are CE marked in compliance with British and European Standard – EN1305:2005(E).

Handmade roof tiles require more time and skill to lay effectively on the roof, as the variation in size and shape needs considerably more attention. HSI customers are assured a 1st class job, and each installation is covered by not only the HSI guarantee of workmanship, but also the tile manufacturers 30 year durability guarantee. 

Copy with kind thanks to  Paul of Tudor Roof Tiles