Lafarge has added a new colour, Ember, to its range of Redland Heathland tiles. The Ember tile has a dark traditional appearance similar to handmade plain tile roofing according to Lafarge and can be manufactured at a lower cost. Larfarge says that market research has revealed that customers wanted a naturally weathered finished tile with a darker sooted finish and burnt orange colour. The Heathland Ember tiles also have random-sanded, irregular edges. The manufacturer adds that the aged appearance of the tiles makes them particularly suitable for refurbishment projects. The Heathland Ember comes with matching fittings and accessories.
Flag flies in Gosport
Flag's single-ply roofing products have been used in the redevelopment of St George's Barracks, Gosport, by Sunley Homes. The original asphalt roof had deteriorated in many areas. The entire roof was overlaid with Kingspan insulation and waterproofed using the Flagon SFC fleece-backed fully adhered system. The 1.5 m high upstand walls were boarded over with timber and covered with Flagon SV. Several new roof areas were waterproofed using Flagon SFC and standing seam profiles to simulate a metal roof. Flagon SR, a polyester reinforced membrane was also used on the balconies and the listed 200 m long canopy.
Over-the-top storage solution
Ward Insulated and MITIE Roofing have put their heads together to come up with an over-roofing solution for a Big Yellow Self Storage building in Bow, London. The original roof comprised asbestos cement roof sheets with north light glazing, coupled with concrete flat roof areas at differing levels. Ward TopDeck pre-insulated membrane roof was fixed over a lightweight steel framework of Ward Single Skin Wall Profiles and a Ward Capella lightweight galvanised truss system. The existing structure was exposed where necessary to provide an interface for the installation of the over-roof system, which has a one-degree pitch.
Ward Insulated Panels
Corus Building Systems has introduced FalZinc, an aluminium based cladding and roofing product that the company claims has the aesthetic qualities of zinc. It has an aluminium substrate onto which a zinc surface is permanently fused. Corus claims that FalZinc is a third of the weight of traditional zinc and achieves the same weathered appearance. Corus says it offers protection against corrosion, is easy to fold at low temperatures with no heating required, and is also demountable and recyclable.
Corus Building Systems
Press on the gutter
Marley Plumbing and Drainage has launched a Deepflow Plus guttering system. The seven gutter fittings of the original Deepflow product have been redesigned, and six tools and a "twin-extrusion" line have been introduced to produce and install the gutter. Deepflow Plus can either be fitted with the traditional notched system using lugs, or by fixing the fittings direct to the fascia board of the building. Marley has also introduced the Easyclip, which the company says makes it easier to joint the gutter and fitting.
Marley Plumbing and Drainage
Anyone for standing seam roofing?
A Euroclad Euroseam 400 standing seam roof has been specified for the refurbished South Devon Tennis Centre near Ivybridge. Over 3200 m2 of curved sheeting was installed together with Euroclad's 32/1000 liner tray. Long lengths of the Euroseam profiles were formed on site and craned into place by roofing contractor Progressive Systems. The roof spans the whole tennis centre, which includes a main show court, three smaller courts side-by-side, and a high-level observation walkway.
Watertight advice from Icopal
Icopal has published a 22-page brochure on Sure-Weld TPO, a roof waterproofing system. Sure-Weld TPO is a PVC-free single-ply roofing system. The brochure provides information on the composition of Sure-Weld TPO and details on system selection including sample specifications for mechanically fastened, fully adhered and ballasted systems. There is also information on thermal insulation and details on available accessories, including vapour control layers.
Brochure covers ridges and valleys
Marley Roofing has produced a technical brochure for its range of dry fix products for the ridge, hip, valley and verge. Details are illustrated using sectional drawings and cutaway isometric illustrations. Fixing notes are supplied along with product data, components required for each system and dimensions of key components. Marley says the brochure will help designers to satisfy the requirements of BS 5534 Code of practice for slating and tiling (including shingles).
Icy reception for cold-rolled purlins
Multibeam cladding support systems from Kingspan Metl-Con (formerly Ward Building Components) have been used in the construction of the National Ice Arena in Sheffield. As well as offering structural strength the Multibeam systems also provide a feature in the ceiling of the 1500-seat arena. The Multibeam cold-rolled purlin sections were manufactured to order and pre-engineered to suit the client's design requirements.
Laminated I-joists span The Cape
Finnforest's Finnjoist I-joists in spans of up to 4.9 m have been specified by housebuilder CDC2020 for the roofs of The Cape development in Rottingdean, East Sussex. Finnforest says that the combination of wood laminated Kerto-S flanges and an oriented strand board web produces lighter and stronger spans, and reduces build time. Finnforest says that Kerto does not warp or twist and has more load-carrying capacity than most other timber.
Hats off in Hatfield
Clark Shoes stretches to an E
Single-ply roofing gets vetted
Argos gets brighter solution
Easy-to-keep verge system
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