Mitigating fire risk in the roof

Beneficial for space-saving, energy efficiency and housing mechanical and electrical equipment, flat roofs are commonly specified for diverse applications across many sectors. Considering this, Will Wigfield, product manager – flat roof at ROCKWOOL UK, examines the role of the modern roof, discusses why it is susceptible to fire hazards, and offers best practice advice on how best to mitigate these.

A guide to SEO for roofing businesses

Nowadays, with most people using the internet to search for contractors, search engine optimisation (SEO) is becoming increasingly important. RCI talks with Kain Michael Jagger from Barbell SEO, to understand the best way of making sure your business stands out on a search engine results page.

An interview with Institute of Roofing’s Gordon Penrose MBE

RCI talks to Gordon Penrose, honorary president of the Institute of Roofing, about being awarded an MBE, the evolution of the Institute, and his passion for increasing training across the roofing sector.

Crest Nelskamp bucks the trend in supplying the UK with...

With its factories having available stock and excellent lead times, RCI speaks to Crest Nelskamp to find out why merchants and distributors are turning to the manufacturer to help them through the current roofing materials crisis

Greater post Brexit border scrutiny could help reduce imports of poor–quality...

SR Timber’s trading director Shaun Revill tells RCI that in the wake of the UK securing an eleventh-hour trade deal with the EU, he hopes that more-stringent border checks can help to start wheedling out some of the poor-quality or fake batten, or even consignments from unsustainable sources arriving in the UK.

Pitched roofing – a progressive industry?

While the outward appearance of roofs may not have changed a great deal, there have been many developments in the last 50 years to improve the quality, performance, and durability of tile and slate pitched roofs, as John Mercer, a technical roofing consultant, writing on behalf of Edilians, explains in this article.

New guidance on balcony and terrace design

Sarah Spink, chief executive officer of the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association, explains how the new British Standard 8579:2020 affects how balconies and terraces are designed, and the impact on the waterproofing industry.

Ten minutes with John Park-Davies

This month, we fire some quick questions at John Park-Davies, managing director of Vertik-Al, who talks to RCI about his route into the industry, his career highlights, and how valuable the building and construction industry is to the economy

The sign of quality with Marley Alutec

The use of poor-quality products in any rainwater system can lead to a regular need to refurbish and replace failed systems. Here, Brian Bell, head of technical services at Marley Alutec, looks at how specifying the best quality products can minimise the requirement for maintenance and provide homeowners with the ultimate peace of mind

Permaroof to seize growth opportunities in 2021

Permaroof is celebrating its most successful year in its 20-year history, after maximising the lockdown effect on the DIY market, as well as quickly diversifying in the face of the global pandemic.