This week’s roofing products include roof boards at the new Woburn Forest Village Center Parcs leisure facility in Bedfordshire, and a green roof system at the Buchanan Street retail development in Glasgow

Rooftop support systems

Rooftop support systems

Manufacturer of rooftop building services support systems, Big Foot Systems, has launched a new range of HVAC plant applications. The new range contains the Fix-it Foot, the Multi Foot and the H Frame Set. The company claims the products within the range have been designed to protect lightweight, modern roofs and offer a range of benefits including cost, time-effective installation and improved system aesthetics without penetrating the roof top. All applications included in the range are compatible with industry standard components.
Big Foot Systems

Roof insulation

Dow Building Solutions is preparing for the UK commercial roll-out of XENERGY SL. The new flame-retardant XPS roof insulation product will be produced in the UK at King’s Lynn, following significant investment by Dow in the UK. The company decided to go ahead with rolling out the product following a successful pilot launch. The company claims the XENERGY SL offers extremely high insulation values, offering conductivity gains in 140mm, 160mm, 180mm and 200mm thicknesses.

Roofline and Rainwater Products

Roofline & Rainwater Products

Roofline and rainwater applications from Swish Building Products have been specified by Broadacres Housing Association for installation on over 3,500 homes. Black half-round gutters and round downpipes are being supplied along with fascias and soffits to replace the existing PVC products. The company said their products were chosen following a review carried out by the housing association for its technical specifications. The project was split into two phases, with phase one consisting of upgrades to 191 homes, with a further 161 homes being upgraded in phase two.
Swish Building Products

Clay tiles

Marley Eternit has launched a new range of premium handmade clay tiles. The tiles will be handmade by craftsmen, using locally sourced Etruria Marl. This traditional process includes shaping and pummelling the clay by hand into a mould before being sent for drying and firing. The company said the Canterbury tiles will give a beautifully distinctive handmade finish to the roof. The new tiles will be available in three colours; Chailey (orange), Loxleigh (antique) and Burford (brown) with its own handmade fittings range. 
Marley Eternit

Roof panels

Kingspan has announced that its TEK cladding panels are now available in a new 172mm panel thickness.  The cladding panels comprise two layers of oriented strand board type 3 (OSB/3) either side of a high performance insulated core. The company says that the new thicker panels can easily achieve U-values as low as 0.10 W/m2.K, as the system’s proprietary jointing system offers excellent air tightness. The panels are designed and factory pre-cut to each project’s specifications by one of the Kingspan TEK delivery partners.



Approximately 40,000 fibre cement Westerland slates from Cembrit have been chosen for the Laureate housing development in Devon. Each home is finished in either combination brick or render and roofed with the Westerland slate. The company said the Westerland slate was chosen as it has an attractive riven surface and natural dressed edge, which makes it an ideal solution for situations where a traditional appearance is important. Laureate Heights is a small development consisting of 85 homes situated to the north of Sidmouth.

Green Roof

Alumasc’s green roof system has been specified for the Buchanan Street development in Glasgow. The green roof system addressed the need for a suitable growing medium to be supplied that could be deposited onto the 5-storey building’s roof in large volumes. This was required as a result of the development being in a busy city-centre location. The company says their green roof system was chosen due to its versatility and ability to be installed quickly on site. Around 2,000m2 of green roof was installed.

Roof insulation

Roof insulation

7,500m2 of Knauf Insulation’s Polyfoam ECO Roofboard Extra in 205mm and 220mm and Slimline Membrane has been supplied for the new Woburn Forest Village project at Center Parcs. The new 362-acre Center Parcs village in Bedfordshire consists of modern lodges and leisure facilities including a subtropical swimming paradise, a spa and a variety of restaurants, as well as a corporate events venue - all of which have had Knauf Insulation’s Polyfoam ECO Roofboard products installed to the roofs. The company said the Polyfoam ECO Roofboard was chosen due to its ability to meet the environmental requirements for the project, producing a conductivity value of just 0.033 W/mK across the whole range.
Knauf Insulation

Movers and Makers

  • Safeguard has published the third edition of its product guide, covering the Dryzone, Stormdry, Vandex, Oldroyd, Soluguard and Brickfix brands. The guide offers insight into the different products and systems, as well as providing useful background information on waterproofing and energy efficiency. The guide is supported by 200 technical documents which can be viewed and downloaded on Safeguard’s website
  • Materials development company Lucideon has announced that it has been accredited to BS EN 539-2: 2013 by UKAS to test clay roofing tiles for frost resistance. The testing will be performed on a recently installed frost resistance test rig that has been designed and built to specifically meet the test method requirements of BS EN 539-2: 2013. Lucideon will remain accredited to the previous test standard for frost resistance to enable the comparison of new tiles with historic data.
  • External wall and roof insulation specialists Hanson Structherm have developed a new catalogue containing information for local authorities, housing associations and specifiers on external insulation. The catalogue sets out the benefits of insulating your home, as well as giving examples of solutions for a range of different construction methods.
  • Roofing insulation specialists Actis have launched a CPD module aimed at helping construction industry professionals tackle the performance gap. The seminar comes in response to the Zero Carbon Hub’s call for a major cultural shift within the industry to enable the UK to achieve its 2020 ambition of ensuring 90% of new builds meet or exceed their designed energy performance. The module is entitled “Addressing the performance gap with reflective insulation”, and bookings can be made at