Birkdale Fibre Cement Roof Slate

Smooth surface and dressed edges


*excludes Ireland
** element reference 812410008

The popular Birkdale fibre cement slate can be used for low pitch designs down to 15° (with hook fixing)* offering the designer and contractor more flexible aesthetic and installation options.

The hook fixing method is specifically for 15° - 20° pitches for moderate exposure roofs. This complements our Birkdale range using conventional nail and rivet fixing for steeper pitches or for severe exposure roofs.

Featuring a smooth surface and dressed edges Birkdale fibre cement slates offer a traditional and pleasing look at an affordable price.

The combination of colour, edge finish and design flexibility that the Birkdale offers means it is ideal as both a roofing and cladding solution, used on numerous projects including the Tally Ho training centre in Birmingham and the Holcombe Moor Army base near Bury.

* Fully tested for weathertightness in accordance with CEN TR 15601 standard and subject to exposure category and rafter length

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Size of Tile

20˚ pitches and above

15˚ pitches and above

600mm x 300mm

600mm x 300mm

Minimum Pitch

20˚ pitches and above

15˚ pitches and above

100mm lap

22.5° (moderate exposure)

25° (severe exposure)


110mm lap

20.0° (moderate exposure)

22.5° (severe exposure)



150mm lap
15° (6m max rafter length)
17.5° (9m max rafter length)

(moderate and severe exposure)

*The minimum recommended pitch and lap maybe influenced by special circumstances; please contact our Technical Advisory Service

Maximum Pitch

20˚ pitches and above

15˚ pitches and above



Minimum Headlap

20˚ pitches and above

15˚ pitches and above

100mm, 110mm


Maximum Gauge

20˚ pitches and above

15˚ pitches and above



Covering Capacity

(Net slates/m²)

13.4 slates/m² at 100mm lap
13.6 slates/m² at 110mm lap
14.7 slates/m² at 150mm lap


Weight of Tiling  

20˚ pitches and above

15˚ pitches and above

20.4 at 100mm, 20.9 at 110mm

22.6 at 150mm

Battens Required

20˚ pitches and above

15˚ pitches and above

4.08 (net lin.m/m² at 110mm lap)

4.45 net lin.m/m²

Batten Size Recommended

38mm x 25mm for rafters/supports not exceeding 450mm centres

50mm x 25mm for rafters/supports not exceeding 600mm centres

Tile Nails

30mm x 2.65mm

Copper disc rivets

19mm dia. x 19mm x 2mm stem in accordance with BS 5534

Authority BS EN 492

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Country of Production  
Environmental Management


Quality Management


Health and Safety Management


LCA study

Can achieve an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide to Specification


Manufactured under high pressure and air cured

Raw materials

Cement, silica, fibres, pigments and fillers


> 60 years


Fibre cement is a 100% recyclable building material

Embodied Carbon Rates


Measurement metric No per sq m  Headlap / gauge M₂ conversion
KgCO₂e 13.4/13.6 100mm/110mm 13
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