Jutland, smooth and Zeeland, textured BBA certified fibre cement slates from Cembrit have been selected for use on a nature-inspired housing development in the seaside town of Weymouth.
Poole-based building contractor F.H.Cummings worked with roofing specialist Weatherbury Roofing on the project comprising 176 houses, townhouses, apartments and bungalows.
Having installed Cembrit slates in the past, the roofer specified Jutland and Zeeland fibre cement slates for the new build properties. The company says that finding a roofing material that would blend in with the natural surroundings, accommodate the varying roof pitches and meet the high specification requirements was a challenge for the contractor.
Simon Coleman, contracts manager of Weatherbury Roofing, commented: “We have experience of working with a number of different roofing materials, and this allowed us to make an informed decision that fibre cement slates would be the best option for this project.
“Cembrit fibre cement slates are lightweight and pre-holed, two features that were beneficial to us. This, combined with the fact that these slates don’t require any grading or sorting, meant that we were able to speed up the installation process. The fact that Cembrit’s slates come in a variety of surface textures allows us to choose a slate for each design”
Cembrit holds five BBA (British Board of Agrément) Certificates for its fibre cement slate range and Jutland and Zeeland slates are manufactured using Portland cement together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres.
Cembrit fibre cement slates are finished with a high quality, semi-matt acrylic coloured coating to the face and edges and a tinted, high performance binder to the back face. The slates are manufactured in accordance with a quality assurance system to ISO 9001 and to the requirements of BS EN 492: 2004 product specification for fibre cement slates and their fittings.
Cembrit says that its A/A+- rated fibre cement slates can contribute to achieving an environmentally outstanding building and the five variations (Jutland, Zeeland, Westerland, Moorland and Diamond) allow designers to achieve the highest ratings for roof specifications and are currently the only fibre cement slate certificated.