Steadmans has launched Meta-Slate, a BBA-approved slate-effect metal roofing sheet system that combines the appearance of natural slate with the advantages of a lightweight metal roof

Suitable for both new-build and refurb applications, including domestic housing projects, Meta-Slate and Meta-SlatePlus weigh 6 kg/m2, requiring less substructure when compared with a traditional slate roof, claims the company.

This enables supports to be placed up to one metre apart.

Meta-Slate is manufactured from 0.7mm galvanized steel. The sheet is embossed with a regular slate pattern and finished with a blue matt polyester external coating to appear like natural slate. Alternative external colours and finishes are available to special order.

To further enhance its flexibility, the Meta-Slate system can be fitted directly to Steadmans AS35 insulated panels to create Meta-SlatePlus.

Meta-Slate is suitable for use in environmentally sensitive locations where box profile sheeting may not be acceptable to local authority planning departments. It is available in sheets up to six metres long and supplied with a full range of accessories including dry ridge, dry verge flashings, hip and valley flashings, sealants and fixings.