Articles relating to roof finishes on BUILDING DESIGN. Resources to build your knowledge and understanding.
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  • Why a green roof needs winter maintenance
    Harrowden Turf
    It's a frequently overlooked fact that extensive green roofs need maintenance in order for them to deliver all of the benefits they were installed to supply. A simple maintenance regime requires two visits to the roof per...
  • How to specify a green roof
    Harrowden Turf
    A living green roof is an amazing thing. It benefits local wildlife, the occupants of a building and the wider environment. It can even be designed to support food production. However, to specify a green roof is more complex...
  • What British Standards apply to roofing?
    Marley
    Keeping track of British Standards can be difficult. There are, after all, more than 27,000 of them. The good news is that they don’t all relate to roofing, or even the construction industry - so if you’re trying to work out...
  • What is the cost of clay plain tiles?
    Marley
    What is the cost of clay plain tiles? Specifying roof tiles for new build and renovation projects can be a juggling act. The need to create buildings that blend with their surroundings and are more environmentally friendly...
  • What type of roof underlay should I use?
    Marley
    What type of roof underlay should I use? There is a vast choice of roof underlays available on the market today, ranging from traditional bituminous (Type 1F) products, through to more modern lightweight alternatives that...
  • Does a re-roof or extension need to comply with BS 5534?
    Marley
    With smaller domestic pitched roofinullnullng contracts being awarded to independent tradesmen, it’s never been a more important time to look at the current standards set out for existing builds and extensions. With changes...
  • Where are coloured clay tiles used?
    Marley
    Where are coloured clay tiles used? It is perhaps not surprising to find that clay tile usage closely correlates with areas where suitable clay is found, with clay plain tiles used to cover roofs for over 1000 years in...
  • What are the fixing requirements of BS 5534?
    Marley
    What are the fixing requirements of BS 5534? As we previously discussed, BS 5534 is the revised British Standard for slating and tiling for pitched roofs and vertical tiling, which came into effect on the 31st August 2014.
  • Corrugated roofing sheets - rust and rot proof
    Cembrit
    From flat to corrugated sheets Turning a flat sheet into a profiled sheet with the addition of corrugations dramatically increases its strength. A regular repeated corrugation enables water to run off such a profiled sheet,...
  • Fibre cement - rooted in history
    Cembrit
    From paper to fibre cement The fibre-cement manufacturing process was invented by an Austrian Ludwig Hatschek in the 1890’s. He combined, after 7 years of experimenting, cellulose, reinforcing fibres and cement in solution...
  • Cedar shingles - green roofing
    Cembrit
    Cedar shingles – the roofing product that does grow on trees Cedars are fast growing, prevalent species, Eastern White cedar being a naturally reseeding species reaching maturity in as few as 50 years. Cedar shingles have a...
  • Natural slate - what is it and why use it?
    Cembrit
    History of slating Natural slate is a durable and re-usable building material, that was worked on a small scale in areas of deposits in Wales and the west country in Roman times. In 1296 records show that (sclattes) slates...
  • How to fix fibre cement slates
    Cembrit
    Fibre cement slates are lightweight, consistent in thickness and pre-holed. They do not require grading or sorting on site. They are easily cut with hand tools so do not need dust suppression equipment. They can therefore be...