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25 April 2017
2017 trends in pitched roof slating and tiling
Gavin White, Product Manager, Marley Eternit looks at what 2017 holds for pitched roof slating and tiling products.
A shift in sustainability standards
The government is focusing on solving the housing crisis and is stripping back many barriers to housebuilding, in my opinion, to the detriment of environmental considerations.
In 2016, the Redfern review looked at the causes of falling homeownership. This revealed how house prices have increased by...
19 April 2017
How BS 5534 can raise standards in roofing
More needs to be done to ensure consistent use of BS 5534 across the roofing industry, so a campaign to get the Standard included in the Approved Documents to the Building Regulations is good news for contractors, argues Gavin White, technical product manager at Marley Eternit.
Mechanically fixing roof coverings and accessories, in line with BS 5534, can protect against strong winds and torrential rain. The damage caused by storm Doris in February 2017...
03 April 2017
Where are coloured clay tiles used?
It is perhaps not surprising to find that clay tile usage closely correlates with areas where suitable clay is found, with clay plain tiles used to cover roofs for over 1000 years in regions including the south east of England and the Midlands.
Clay roof tiles in the south-east of England feature a subtle mix of red and orange hues. Further north in Staffordshire and The Midlands, blues and browns characterise the area.
The traditional colours used across th...
30 March 2017
AJ Small Projects 2017 Review
By Katie Prestidge
From buildings that push the conceptual boundaries of design, to projects that are simple yet meticulously executed, AJ small projects 2017 was a true showcase of outstanding work.
I was an honoured member of this year’s judging panel and the high standard of entries made reaching a final decision on the overall winner, a difficult task.
As a new critic, I took comfort in the knowledge that it was acceptable for my opinion to be subjecti...
29 March 2017
What is the cost of clay plain tiles?
Specifying roof tiles for new build and renovation projects can be a juggling act. The need to create buildings that blend with their surroundings and are more environmentally friendly can often increase cost.
Housebuilders and homeowners have become more discerning in their choice of roofing materials in recent years, and the quality of exterior finishes is being used to differentiate new homes.
In many parts of the country, clay plain tiles are specified ...
23 March 2017
What low pitch roof slates and tiles are available?
Due to the increase in domestic extensions with low pitch roofs the demand for low pitch roofing solutions is greater than ever.
Marley Eternit offers two fibre cement products, two clay products and one concrete slate-effect product that are suited to low pitch roofing applications.
Square cut fibre cement roof slates for low roof pitches
Thrutone Fibre Cement Slate has a smooth surface and square cut edges. This simplicity of profile gives...
09 February 2017
There is a vast choice of roof underlays available on the market today, ranging from traditional bituminous (Type 1F) products, through to more modern lightweight alternatives that are classified as either breathable (low resistance) or non breathable (high resistance). It’s important to understand the differences between these underlay types and how they will integrate within the whole roof system, and also potentially impact on ventilation requirements.
Non-breathable roof underlay
08 February 2017
What British standards impact tiled roof specification?
The most important British Standards for tile roofs are BS 5534, BS 8000-6 and BS 5250. BS 5534 and 8000-6 relate to design, specification and installation; while 5250 focuses on condensation control.
BS 5534 - design and installation of slated and tiled roofs
BS 5534:2014 is the code of practice for slating and tiling, including shingles, for pitched roofs and vertical tiling.
BS 5534:2014 has recently been significantly updated. An import...
27 January 2017
For roof refurbishments, UK planning guidance has recently moved towards more authentic renovations, which favours the replacement of building products with materials that are similar to what was originally used. For new buildings in areas where clay tiles are prevalent, it has also become more important for roof tiles to blend well with the surrounding buildings.
Clay tiles are widespread as a roofing material on the east coast of the UK, due to historical trade with Holland. In the 17th centur...
15 December 2016
When correctly installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, roof tiles and slates should give trouble-free performance throughout their service life.
However, there are several standard procedures which should be drawn to the attention of the building owner, when accepting stewardship of the completed roof.
Roof maintenance inspection checklist
Carry out regular visual inspections of the roof, usually twice a year in the spring and autumn:
Look for signs of any cr...
14 December 2016
BS 5534 is the code of practice for slating and tiling, including shingles, for pitched roofs and vertical tiling.
The standard was updated in 2014 to reflect improvements to working practices and introduce some fundamental changes to product selection.
The new BS 5534 is intended to be read and used in conjunction with:
BS 8000-6:2013 Workmanship on Building Sites – Part 6: Code of practice for slating and tiling of roofs and walls.
BS 5250 Code of practice for Control of conden...
09 November 2016
Here we look in depth at practical steps to consider with the actual repair and replacement of individual roof tiles.
Individual tiles or slates that are damaged during or after installation should be replaced as soon as possible using a sound, matching unit fixed in accordance with the nailing and / or clipping specification. Avoid repairing damaged slates or tiles using superficial coatings, adhesives or other mechanical devices, as their performance may be limited.
In some cases, repair may n...
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