The roofing, roof systems and timber blog by Marley is a valuable resource to provide you with expert advice and helpful tips on your projects.
07 September 2018
Fibre Cement CPD & Seminar - 17th of October in Bristol
Architects, land agents and town planners have the opportunity to gain additional
CPD points at Marley Eternit’s free Fibre Cement CPD and seminar event on
Wednesday, 17th October. The event will take place at the Futures Inn Hotel,
Bond Street, Bristol BS1 3EN.
This is an exclusive event presenting three RIBA approved CPD’s with a
focus on the Fibre Cement materials we manufacture here in Marley Eternit. The
CPDs are accr...
24 August 2018
With the rising cost of lead, together with the continued rise in theft of lead and other building materials, Stuart Nicholson, Roof Systems Director explains how its new Lead Replacement Roll, Flexfast is providing contractors with a cost effective alternative, while answering some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to installation.
What are the advantages of lead replacement products?
While lead has traditionally been used as a flashing material by contractors for many...
Whether you're building a new house or refurbishing an old one, installing the roof battens is an important step. Battens may be hidden by the roof covering, but their purpose is to provide a reliable anchor that tiles or slates can be fixed securely to.
Battens also play a part in ensuring the rigidity, durability and weather tightness of the finished roof. BS 5534:2014 is the British Standard that sets out the requirements for roofing battens, and it covers everything from the type a...
When deciding on a roofing material, there are a lot of options to choose from - and just some of the products available include clay tiles, concrete tiles, shingles and shakes. Making a decision can feel rather overwhelming, but it’s also a good thing - because you can be sure there’s an option that suits your project perfectly. No matter your roof design, budget or aesthetic preferences.
To help make your decision a bit easier, let’s take a look at some of the different type...
21 August 2018
Securing your roof just got a whole lot easier
When you select Marley Eternit semi-compressed fibre cement profiled sheeting for your building projects, not only are you choosing high-quality materials, but you’re also choosing unrivalled service.
To continue our mission of bringing you the best in class materials while making your building process faster, easier and more efficient, we are excited to announce our new line of manufactured Topfix wood substructure fixings. Designed specifica...
03 July 2018
Traditional clay roof tiles vs modern alternatives !
There’s an array of options to consider when it comes to choosing roof tiles: from plain clay tiles, slates and cedar shingles and shakes, to fibre-cement (FC) slate and concrete tiles. But, what’s the difference between traditionally made roof tiles and modern alternatives - and how do you know which product is best for your project?
Clay roof tiles - a traditional favourite
Clay roof tiles have been used as roof coverings for a...
20 June 2018
What are the options for a quick-fitting clay roof tile?
Take a look around most British neighbourhoods, and you’re likely to see rows and rows of houses topped with clay roof tiles. There are plenty of reasons why these are such a popular choice - with many products offering durability, quick installation, and an attractive, traditional appearance.
In fact, clay roof tiles have been a preferred choice for hundreds of years. By the 13th century, they were already in common use and, follo...
05 June 2018
What British Standards apply to roofing?
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 which British Standards apply to roofing, you only need to worry about a fraction of thousands that are out there.
Here are some of the main British Standards to consider if you’re working on a roofing project:
17 May 2018
The importance of preparing UK roofs for extreme weather
The snow storms this winter have certainly been a test for the weather resistance of pitched roofs in the UK and have further highlighted why high quality dry fix systems are essential to make sure roofs are prepared for future extreme weather events.
We may be approaching the summer months but in some parts of the UK, homeowners are still repairing damage caused by the Beast from the East and the smaller Mini Beast storms.
11 April 2018
What is BS 5250 and how does it relate to pitched roof design?
BS 5250 - currently the 2011 edition, with an amendment in 2016 - is the code of practice for control of condensation in buildings. It provides building designers with guidance on safeguarding the health of occupants by considering likely sources of moisture, avoiding the build up of excessive moisture, and preventing mould growth and condensation.
What are the sources of moisture?
Moisture can be generated internally by building...
09 April 2018
Changes to BS 5534: what roofing contractors need to know
Roofing contractors can expect to see pitched roof specifications quoting an amended version of the already-familiar British Standard (BS) 5534, as well as the brand new standard BS 8216.
Their introduction is intended to combat current poor installation of dry fix pitched roof products, and increase confidence that building owners are being provided with durable, weathertight roofs, both new and refurbished.
Why have new standards been ...
04 April 2018
Changes to BS 5534: what specifiers need to know
As a code of practice, British Standard (BS) 5534 provides recommendations on the slating and tiling of new and repaired pitched roofs, and vertical cladding.
Prior to 2015, specifiers might not have given much thought to the application of its guidance. For many projects, the roofing contractor would be responsible for the installation and fixing of the selected roof covering.
A system approach to pitched roofs
Significant revisions to BS 5534 i...