Vertigo step by step

An innovative fibre cement slate cladding system is making it easy for contractors to install contemporary facades with no specialist experience. 

Vertigo is the first fibre cement slate to be specifically designed for vertical applications and is very quick and easy to install.  The slates provide a protective second skin for new or self build projects, providing clean lines and a modern aesthetic, creating continuity between the roof and facade. 

Whereas many rainscreen cladding products require a specialist contractor, Vertigo can be easily installed by contractors who may not have offered wall systems previously, opening up new sales opportunities. 

As a lightweight material, the slates are ideal for timber frame construction but can also be used on masonry panels, walls made of brick or block work and pre-cast concrete walls.  The Vertigo slates can either be fixed traditionally with hooks, or with invisible nail hole fixings to create a broken bond or panel design.

Here, we give a step by step fixing guide to show contractors how easy it is to achieve the contemporary panel design using Vertigo slates:

Step one                                  

When installing cladding with insulation, fix the vertical battens with adjustable galvanised steel brackets.

These can be adjusted to fit the thickness of the insulation and provide a clear air gap behind the slates. 


Step two

Mechanically fix timber joists vertically to the supporting wall.  The panel method requires main timber support joists

(90mm x 50mm min) between each row of Vertigo slates, as well as intermediate timber supports (50mm x 50mm min). 

The spacing depends on the width of the joint between the Vertigo slates.


Step three                

Apply a synthetic waterproof rubber strip 90mm wide to the supporting framework at the joints between each row of slates. 

This should only be installed using stainless steel staples or nails, as it will be held in position by the final fixings. 

The intermediate supports also need a 45mm wide synthetic waterproof rubber strip.  This provides waterproofing, as

well as a more even installation over multiple supports.


Step four

Nail or screw fix the Vertigo panels to the vertical battens, overlapping each slate



Step five

Keep following this installation method and then move to the next row.  Use a total of 12.9 slates per square metre





Step six          

The finished result - fixings are hidden to create a clean and contemporary finish. 

A 20mm minimum thickness ventilated air space is created between the back of the horizontal battens supporting the

Vertigo slates and the supporting wall. Ventilation is achieved by two apertures at the top and bottom.  The top edge of the

Vertigo facade is protected by a capping.



Installation videos for panel and broken bond fixing methods are available here


Here at Marley Eternit, we are always on hand to offer practical and experienced support. Select an option below or call us on 01283 722588.