Western red cedar shingles from timber importer John Brash have been used on the roofs of holiday chalets at the Colomendy Centre, an education and activity centre in north Wales.

The chalets at Colomendy have been listed as protected, owing to their age and historical significance, so it was important that any renovation work kept in theme with the original design and that refurbishment blended effectively with the natural surroundings.

The red cedar replaces existing shingles and will change colour over the coming years from red to a silver grey. The company says the shingles have an even grain, good strength-to-weight ratio and natural durability, so the buildings will be able to withstand the elements. It also says they are one-tenth the weight of traditional materials and come with a 40-year timber treatment guarantee against wood-rotting fungi and insect attack.

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