Edgemere enhances Canadian Log Home

Marley Eternit’s market-leading Edgemere interlocking slate has been specified as part of the construction of two pioneering, pre-fabricated Canadian Log Homes at a campsite for Christian charity, Foundation Matters.

Jem Hudson, who runs Foundation Matters with his family identified the pre-fabricated log homes solution at the Grand Designs show in Birmingham and immediately set about ordering two dwellings of 700 and 500m2 respectively from the Canadian-based supplier. After discussions with the local planning officer, Marley’s Edgemere interlocking slate was selected as an aesthetically pleasing and practical roofing solution which would complement the natural look of the log homes.

Jem Hudson says: “While a Staffordshire Blue colour is predominant in the area, on the advice of the South Derbyshire Planning Officer we selected a smooth grey colour for the Edgemere slates as this provides a seamless blend with the surrounding location of the camp and the new log homes that certainly radiate a ‘wow’ factor.

“The natural look of the slate tile works extremely well with the striking nature of the log homes we have built and are very pleasing to the eye. We are delighted with the product and the service we received from Marley Eternit and would thoroughly recommend the Edgemere product.”

The main centre used 6,800 Edgemere slates, with the smaller manager’s home requiring approximately 2,300 slates in total.

Aesthetic appeal, superior performance and cost effective

As one of Marley Eternit’s best-selling products, it is clear that the powerful combination of aesthetic impact, performance reliability and cost effectiveness helps to make the Edgemere slate one of the premier concrete roof tiles for the industry.

Gavin White, marketing project manager at Marley Eternit, explains: “Though there is often a strong desire to use natural slate on many construction projects, the associated issues of waste, together with high cost and slower speed of completion are often under estimated. The development of a natural slate alternative, such as Edgemere, allows house-builders and designers continued access to the precise appeal of a slate roof - but with markedly reduced costs, more akin to those associated with concrete tiles, and far more flexible construction options.

“With new developments such as the Canadian Log Home having to sit seamlessly within the existing surrounding built environment, the ability through specifying Edgemere to match the slate roof appearance of other buildings in the locality - at a fraction of the cost associated with natural slate - has helped many developments over the past ten years overcome planning concerns.”

The Edgemere range also offers excellent environmental credentials, bringing tangible benefits to those wishing to use it. Not only can it achieve up to an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide to Specification, but also having recently achieved a good rating under the BES 6001 framework standard for responsible sourcing of construction products means that specifying Edgemere can now make a significant contribution towards reaching the maximum number of credits under the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM.

This interlocking slate range offers the perfect combination of an attractive appearance at a competitive price. Underpinned by superior environmental characteristics, durable performance and straightforward installation requirements, Edgemere interlocking slate has certainly found its home for the Foundation Matters charity.

Foundation Matters provide accommodation and residential housing for managers who run the charity and children who visit the camp site to undertake a range of outdoor activities such as fishing and canoeing, as well as receiving spiritual support from the charity.

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