Forticrete, an Ibstock brand, is meeting the increasing demands of the roofing market with its large format, thin leading-edge roof tile, SL8.
Combining the visual aesthetic that replicates real slate with technical features of an interlocking tile, SL8 provides both superior coverage and a better-looking roof. The tile, which is 420mm by 390mm with a hanging length of 396mm, offers excellent coverage requiring just eight tiles per m², which is a 20% reduction on the industry standard of 10 per m².
SL8 has been granted patents to cover the camber of the tile, interlocking design and features and dry verge design meaning there is no other tile like it in the marketplace.
Lewis Turnbull, technical manager for Forticrete, commented: “We’ve created SL8 as we saw a need in the market for a thinner edge tile, that is up to 50% thinner than large format varieties, allowing roofing contractors to achieve a unique minimum pitch of 17.5 degrees.
“We used our design and manufacturing technology to create a reliable roof tile that is easy to install and aesthetically pleasing. We have had positive feedback from roofing contractors already installing SL8 who praise its high strength and consistent quality, which leads to fewer breakages.”
The design of the tile includes two nail holes, which provides roofing contractors with better fixing flexibility. There is also a full range of maintenance free, mechanically fixed accessories available and technical support, including full fixing specifications.
Lewis added: “Saving time and money is key for roofers, and so it was essential for us to create a roof tile that would enable them to maximise their working time. The SL8 is a reflection of Forticrete’s commitment to innovation. We’re excited to have SL8 added to our portfolio.”
Available in four colours: red, sunrise blend, brown and slate grey, SL8 tiles are factory blended to ensure fewer colour batching variations. The packaging is also designed to reduce both damage and waste on site, which furthers Forticrete’s long-term commitment to reducing its environmental impact.