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Choosing roofing materials suitable for the UK climate

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The UK already experiences some of the harshest weather conditions of the whole of Europe. Climate change means that severe weather events are likely to increase in the future; such as flooding, droughts, heat waves, severe gales and snowfall. The amount and frequency of rain will change, with winters becoming wetter and summers being hotter […]

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An Introduction to Dry Fix Roofing

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Dry fix roofing has been around in the UK for almost 50 years, but its usage is increasing thanks to improvements in standards.  The publication of BS 8612 in early 2018, is welcomed by the Roof Tile Association, particularly with the requirements introduced in the 2014 revision of BS 5534, ensuring all fixed ridge, hip […]

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Roofing Products Made to Last

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With one of the harshest climates in Europe, building materials used in the UK must be durable and weathertight. Roof Tile Association (RTA) members keep these climatic challenges at the forefront of their minds. All RTA concrete roof tiles and fittings are manufactured in accordance with BS EN 490, the European Standard for concrete roof […]

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How Roof Tile Fixings Have Evolved And Why They Are Important

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Roof tiles have been a traditional cladding material used for pitched roofs in the UK since the 14th century. Their securement to the underlying roof substructure has always relied on a combination of several factors – the tile design, its deadweight, and the provision of a physical mechanical fixing. The earliest fixings used for plain […]

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The RTA Welcomes New Dry Fix Standard BS 8612

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The Roof Tile Association has welcomed the latest dry fix standard, BS 8612: Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling. This came into effect at the end of January 2018 and sets out the minimum performance requirements for dry-fix roofing products, ensuring they are fit-for-purpose and provide everybody in the supply chain […]

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The Versatility of Plain Tiles

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If you were ever asked to picture a typical English scene in your mind’s eye, chances are, there would be a plain tile roof in there somewhere. Clay plain tiles have been a part of our heritage and roofscape for hundreds of years; their actual size being set in law by King Edward IV in […]

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The Use of Vapour Permeable Underlays in Compliance with BS 5534

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The introduction of the British Standard for slating and tiling: BS 5534: 2014 lead to some concerns being raised about its application. One source of confusion is the use of vapour permeable (VP) underlays and so this article will try to provide some clarity. Vapour permeable underlays, often referred to as ‘breather’ underlays or membranes, […]

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CE Marking: What Does it Mean and What Does it Deliver?

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What does CE marking mean? We see the letters ‘CE’ appear on many products that are traded in the European Economic Area (EEA), however not all products need to be CE marked, so what do these two letters mean? By placing the CE marking on a product, a manufacturer is declaring, on his sole responsibility, […]

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The Future of Roof Tile Standards

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Members of the Roof Tile Association have outlined their thoughts on roof tile standards, highlighting just how important they are now, and will continue to be into the future. The Future of Roof Tile Standards – September 2016

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