Lincoln Step-by-Step guide

Lincoln - A clay pantile with the speed of Concrete

Lincoln is a new easy-to-fix clay pantile from the UK’s leading roofing systems manufacturer, Marley. Its traditional pantile appearance combined with a completely ‘open gauge’ makes Lincoln as easy to install as a standard concrete tile – saving time and money on site.  

This traditional clay pantile can also be used down to a low minimum roof pitch of just 17.5°, ideal for a wide range of new roofing work, refurbishments and extension projects. In addition, Marley offers a comprehensive  range of clay fittings and accessories that will enable you to install the roof according to the latest BS 5534 and NHBC fixing requirements.

So now you can achieve a traditional clay pantile roof in a fraction of the time. 

Step 1 – Eaves ventilation

To ventilate the eaves, a 10mm or 25mm Universal eaves vent system can be used with Lincoln clay pantiles with a 2m x 6m continuous rafter roll.  

Step 2 – Eaves Clip

All perimeter tiles should be fixed with a minimum of two mechanical fixings; head nailed with 38mm x 3.35mm aluminium clout head nails and clipped, using Lincoln eave clips nailed to the fascia board and located over the side lock of the tile.  A comb filler strip should be fitted above the eaves vent strip to prevent the ingress of birds and vermin.

Step 3 – Verge clip

Lincoln clay pantiles should be laid straight bonded from the right hand side of the roof -working right to left. The right hand verge tiles can be head nailed and fixed with a Lincoln verge clip, nailed to the batten using two 25mm x 3.35mm aluminium nails in addition to a traditional mortar finish, to meet the latest fixing requirements.

Step 4 – Tile laying

Lincoln clay pantiles have a completely open gauge, so the tiles can be laid in a similar way to concrete roof tiles, without the need for any special fittings or tile cutting, and can be installed to a minimum pitch of just 17.5°. The pantiles also have a shunt of 1mm-5mm so roofers can lay them with an average 2mm shunt, this means the tiles can be open or closed as required. 

Step 5 – Nailing and SoloFix

As a minimum, all tiles at rafter pitches of 45° and over should each be mechanically fixed with at least one 38mm x 3.35mm aluminium clout head nails or tail clipped.  For rafter pitches greater than 55°, each tile should be nailed and clipped. To achieve this easily, Lincoln is fully compatible with SoloFix, Marley’s one-piece clip and nail solution, which can save up to 30% on traditional clipping times. 

Step 6 – Left Hand Verge

The left hand verge can be finished with a Lincoln left hand verge tile.  This has a double roll, can be head nailed using 38mm x 3.35mm aluminium clout head nails and clipped using Lincoln left hand verge clip and nails.

Step 7 – Valley

The valley can be installed with Marley’s Universal GRP Valley system - suitable for rafter pitches of 17.5°-60° and can accommodate a 20° difference in pitch either side of the valley. Small pieces of cut tiles at the hip and valley can be secured using Marley retention clips.

Step 8 – Hips

Hips can be fixed with Lincoln 375mm third round clay hip tiles and Marley’s HipFixing packs for use with traditional mortar or Marley’s Universal HipFast system, with Lincoln third round hip end tiles, to provide a low maintenance mortar-free mechanically fixed solution.  

Step 9 – Ridges

Universal RidgeFast can be used with Lincoln 375mm clay half round ridges and 100mm x 4.8mm screws  for simple and rapid installation, which complies with the new fixing requirements and can be used to provide 5,000mm2/m continuous ventilation at the roof apex.  A half round ridge end tile is available for use at the gable end.  Marley also offers security fixing kits for traditional mortar bedded ridges.


Photo 10 – photo of completed roof

Marley provides a range of fixing systems and accessories compatible with Lincoln clay pantiles.  To download the new brochure, please visit   

To request a fixing specification based on the geographical location and building dimensions of a specific building project, call 01283 722588 or e-mail 

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