Canada in the Cotswolds

The project

At first glance, there’s nothing remarkable about the roof of a wooden garage and garden shed structure in the grounds of a private house in the Cotswolds. But every time the owners look out, they don’t see a roof; they see their beloved Canada. That’s because the roof has been clad with gorgeous western cedar shingles that have been imported from Canada.

The solution

In a part of the world where Stonesfield slate has come to define the very essence of the Cotswolds, it was a bold choice to use western cedar shingles by the owner (a vastly experienced manager for one of the most famous estates in the UK), who believes they are entirely complementary to the typology of the area.

Why JB Shingles?

Marley Eternit is one of only a few companies outside Canada and the USA to achieve the much-coveted membership of the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB) because it is able to demonstrate both quality and compliance with the standards set by the CSSB. This means there has been rigorous third-party auditing and inspection of its shingles to demonstrate properties such as thermal performance and their ability to weather beautifully over a number of years.

JB Shingles are treated with a clear preservative treatment, MicroPro®, to retain the natural look of cedar, which makes them the ideal choice in projects where buildings need to harmonise with their surroundings.

They also have one of the lowest carbon footprints of any widely used building product because they are so light for transport.


Homeowner Tim Gray said that he and his family are besotted with Canada. Whilst the sight and evocative smell of the shingles serve as a fond reminder of their Canadian home, he believes they were also the entirely right choice of roofing for the structure. He said: “I’m a great believer in the use of natural products, and shingles are a great example of a hardwearing material that will weather very well and last for years. They complement the rest of the buildings on our property beautifully.”

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