New shapes and colours for Thrutone slates from Marley Eternit
Marley Eternit is expanding its popular Thrutone fibre cement range with five new colours, suitable for use on roof pitches as low as 15°, as well as three new shapes. Available from early February, these latest innovations will offer specifiers and contractors even more choice and design versatility with the manufacturer’s fibre cement slates.
The new additions mean that Thrutone fibre cement slates will be available in six colours – Blue Black, Terracotta, Russet, Turf, Brown, Heather and Stone Green. The whole range can be used down to a low roof pitch of just 15°, with a reduced rafter length of 4m, as well as for vertical cladding. Marley Eternit has also added Chamfered, Scalloped and Bullnosed shaped slates to the range, giving the flexibility to create even more intricate designs.
Charlotte Hughes, product manager at Marley Eternit, comments: “Thrutone is our most popular and economical fibre cement slate. Following on from the success of our low pitch innovation last year, we wanted to offer further breadth to the range. The new colours and shapes give specifiers, builders and contractors more choice, particularly when it comes to low pitch work, as well as generating more sales opportunities for merchants.
“As fibre cement becomes increasingly popular, we are investing in research and development to help us bring new products to market that will provide more design flexibility and help to support the growth in the use of the roofing material across different building types. The expansion of our Thrutone range is the first of many exciting product developments that will be launched this year, taking the design versatility of fibre cement to a different level and opening up new possibilities for creating imaginative designs.”
Thrutone is a market leading lightweight fibre cement slate offering superb aesthetics with its smooth surface and square cut edges. As part of Marley Eternit’s fibre cement range, Thrutone also boasts superb sustainability credentials, helping to achieve environmental credits with a ‘very good’ BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing accreditation and the best environmental rating (A+) in the BRE Green Guide. Fibre cement also offers sustainability benefits throughout its whole life cycle, as it can be fully recycled at the end of its use. Waste fibre cement can be ground down and used to replace limestone and shale in clinker production, the essential ingredients for Portland cement.