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RCI December 2017

PITCHED ROOFING Providing swift installation and a realistic slate-effect, next generation SlateSkin is the latest enhancement Eurocell has developed for Equinox; its tiled conservatory roof system. Together, SlateSkin and Equinox are said to create the most advanced system currently available. Now with ‘multi-course’ tiles built in to each sheet, the SlateSkin GRP system reportedly reduces the time spent positioning and nailing tiles, with no compromise on buildquality or aesthetics, while its lightweight construction allows the roof pitch to be set anywhere from just 5º to 35º. SlateSkin is reportedly the only tile system tested down to a 5º pitch and is therefore ideal for lean-to projects, which comprise up to a quarter of all UK conservatories. Guaranteed for 25 years, the SlateSkin sheet-tiling system is not only durable but also considerably faster to fit than other conservatory tile roofing methods. When combined with the Equinox system, it is said to meet the requirements of Wakaflex flashings stand the test of time 092 DECEMBER 2017 RCIMAG.COM BS 476 Part 3:2004 for the External Fire Performance of Roofs, the classification for fire penetration. Using the technical support that Eurocell provides, the company says that installers can be sure of getting the right fit first time, every time. Once it has received all the dimensions, Eurocell engineers are said to create all the components required, including the tile sheets, hip end caps and ridge and hip top cap. SlateSkin is the latest product developed for the Equinox roofing system, which features solid insulation panels integrated in the structure for thermal efficiency – approximately ten times better than an ‘A’ rated window, according to Eurocell. The result is said to be a more comfortable living environment that costs less to heat or cool because it is insulated from the ambient temperatures outside, Zink Copper Stainless making it warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The system also has a 5-35º pitch variable ring beam assembly that increases the types of roofs that can be replaced, while adjustable angles on the hip, valley and ridge add up to easier fitting, and ensure that tiles and ridges sit correctly for finishing. All rafters are said to sit flush with the hip and rafter too, providing greater strength. Thermal breaks avoid moisture build-up, and air gaps within the roof allow any moisture to dissipate quickly – so there is no danger of internal condensation, unlike some tiled roof systems. Equinox kits are said to offer a ‘one box solution’ with SlateSkin sheets pre-cut to size and numbered for easy identification and installation. Plus, all the sealants and fixings required to install the roof to the highest standard are also in the box. www.eurocell.co.uk/slateskin Eurocell makes time-saving a matter of course for Equinox range A complete roof is solved with Cembrit Fibre cement slates from Cembrit have complemented the new-build homes that David Wilson Homes has developed in South Wales. St Canna’s Green is a newly built David Wilson Homes development comprising of 40 three, four and five-bedroom properties. Multiple properties within the development feature complex roofing designs, with different roof pitches ranging from 35° to 45° rafter pitches, dormer and rooflight windows requiring a roof covering that could accommodate these details. Having referred to the project requirements, the contractor recognised that the requirement for a roofing material that could be easily cut and installed on multi pitched roof designs. Whilst looking natural from the ground, Rooftop Tiling specified Cembrit Moorland dressed edge slates and sourced these products in 600mm x 300mm blue/black from its local builder’s merchant, Robert Price. Nick Pritchard, commercial manager at Rooftop Tiling, said: “We wanted to ensure we delivered a pleasing finish to the St Canna’s Green project by installing a visually attractive slate that could also handle the complex roof design. The slates complement the design of the individual properties, and the development as a whole.” Moorland fibre cement slates are manufactured using Portland cement, together with a nonasbestos formulation of blended synthetic and cellulose fibres. www.cembrit.co.uk Among lead-free flashings, Klober Wakaflex is said to be among the highest performers. BBA-certified and with a 20-year guarantee, the company says it has been proven throughout the world on clay, concrete, slate, metal and polycarbonate roof abutment work. Its aluminium ‘honeycomb‘ mesh embedded into UV-resistant butyl rubber provides similar malleability to lead, but with the advantage of being stretchable by up to 50% in length and 15% in width. Klober says that Wakaflex isn’t susceptible to thermal movement so can be laid in long lengths without fixing clips. Ideal for complex detailing on laps, its backing and facing chemically bond to each other, providing a virtually unbreakable seal. www.klober.co.uk 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk


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