Articles relating to roof finishes on BUILDING DESIGN. Resources to build your knowledge and understanding.
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  • 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...
  • 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 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.
  • What low pitch roof slates and tiles are available?
    Marley
    What low pitch roof slates and tiles are available? Due to the increase in domestic extensions with low pitch roofs the demand for low pitch roofing solutions is greater than ever.Marley Eternit offers two fibre cement...
  • 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...
  • Does a re-roof or extension need to comply with BS 5534
    Marley
    Does a property Re-roof or extension need to comply with BS 5534 With smaller domestic pitched roofing contracts being awarded to independent tradesmen, it’s never been a more important time to look at the current standards...
  • 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 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...
  • Fibre Cement Slates Guidance
    Marley
    Fibre Cement Slates Guidance
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...