Slate aesthetic on a budget

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Growing demand for a premium slate aesthetic on a budget has led to a surge in specifications of thin leading edge concrete roof tiles, according to Marley Eternit.

The roof systems manufacturer has seen unprecedented growth in demand for its own Edgemere concrete interlocking slates over the past few years and believes this is due to changing aesthetic trends, budgetary considerations and skills shortages.

Daniel Redfern from Marley Eternit, explains: “Since the recovery in the construction industry, we have seen a clear aesthetic trend towards thin leading edge slate effect roofs, particularly for new build housing.  Increasingly we are seeing the UK market moving away from specifying standard concrete interlocking tiles, towards those that give a premium look on a budget.
“For example, in the past it would have been fairly common practice for a development of four bedroom houses to all be roofed in traditional interlocking concrete tiles.  Now, developments like this often have thin concrete or fibre cement slates to give a more contemporary aesthetic. 

“We think our Edgemere concrete slates have been so popular because they offer a middle ground between the top and bottom of the pricing range - not only are they a cost effective alternative to natural slate, but they are also an affordable upgrade to standard concrete interlocking tiles.

“The growing skills shortage and pressure on housebuilders to increase output also means there is high demand for roofing products that are quick and easy to install.  Edgemere is much easier to fix than natural slate and has a very high coverage rate of 9.7 tiles per square metre, so it helps achieve the aesthetic, budgetary, ease of installation and speed requirements of specifiers.”

Edgemere is a large format interlocking tile with a thin leading edge for a slate like appearance.  With the ability to perform at pitches as low as 17.5°, it has the versatility to be used on a wide range of roof types, from new private housing, to healthcare, social housing and refurbishment projects.

Independent carbon certification, the ability to achieve an A+ rating in the BRE’s Green Guide to Specification and certification to the BES 6001 standard for Responsible Sourcing, also mean Edgemere slates can help to achieve extra material credits under BREEAM or the Home Quality Mark schemes.

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