Topping Out Tile Technology

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The British Standard for Slating and Tiling BS5534 provides the industry with guidance on best practice, relating to the installation of a roof.

The revisions to the code of practice that took place last February 2015 for slating and tiling has ensured that UK roofs are more secure in the face of increasing extreme weather conditions – it is clear that extreme weather events such as gale force winds, driving rain and flooding are on the rise and placing more strain on the UK roofscape than ever before.

Whilst a large proportion of the roofing market is taken up by new build, there is a significant demand for the refurbishment market.

Social housing stock, for example, requires upgrading periodically to ensure that homes are kept at a standard deemed acceptable for residents under the Government’s Decent Homes Standard.

A Stitch in Time

Social landlords are acutely aware of the fact that a housing stock that is kept up to standard through regular maintenance and refurbishment will provide tangible financial savings in the future; providing the correct materials and products are specified in the first place. These pre-emptive investments not only benefit the resident of the property, who can enjoy greater energy efficiency and performance, but it will also greatly benefit the landlord, who will experience a significantly longer period of time where little to no major maintenance on the house is required.

Tilcor Roofing Tiles

RCM Building Boards and Facades have recently launched a premium range of products suitable for the lightweight roofing market including park homes, BISF houses, social housing refurbishments and conservatories.

Manufactured in New Zealand using only the very best raw materials allows Tilcor’s products to be a leader in the industry and across Europe. Their pressed roofing tile systems incorporate the advantages of steel, come with 50 year pro rata warranty and deliver unique strength and resilience, even in harsh climates.

Fabricated from Zincalume® protected steel, Tilcor’s textured finish provides added protection by embedding natural stone granules in an acrylic base-coat. This extremely durable UV-resistant coating enables Tilcor’s products to withstand the harshest environments and gives the tiles longevity and a service life over that of traditional tiles.

The Tilcor range of pressed metal roofing tiles includes seven distinctive profiles in a wide range of colours. The profiles include a Classic texture tile, popular because of its angular look with sharp clean lines and sloping edges that add dimension to a roof top, whereas the Bond design carries a more traditional British appearance, with a characteristic scalloped form. The Antica profile offers the refined appearance of a traditional Mediterranean clay tile whilst the Shingle textured-finish tile captures the subtle look and charm of low-profile traditional shingles. The unique shingled texture of the Royal design adds dimensions and shadow lines to a roof. Whereas, the Shake surfaced tile features a wood-grain form and is created to enhance the shadow lines and create a visual contrast. The finish of the Tudor tile follows a more traditional European appearance and is well suited to both modern and traditional homes.

Ian Quinton, Managing Director of RCM said: “As the changes to the standards primarily affect roofing and building contractors, RCM are fully aware of the standards required to meet the UK’s challenging weather conditions. Our new Tilcor roofing tile range consistently delivers quality and product performance and offers contractors a lightweight alternative to slate and clay tiles.”

Sustainability is an important focus for Tilcor, with all steel products being fully recyclable, improving the environmental outlook for homeowners and contractors.

Tilcor is manufactured by the Ross Roof Group who have been involved in the roofing industry since 1942. A world leader in roofing, their tiles are now installed in over 80 countries.

For manufacturers such as Tilcor, it is vital to nurture relationships with social landlords and housing contractors to ensure that housing stock is upgraded efficiently and effectively – providing savings and increasing comfort for residents and landlords alike, year after year.

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