A new concrete roof tile, Derwent II has just been launched by Russell Roof tiles, part of CEMEX UK, the building materials provider. Derwent II, an updated version of the well-established Derwent, is being produced at CEMEX’s factory at Burton-on-Trent and is rounder, thinner, lighter and easier to fix.
The new range offers an attractive and economic alternative to clay tiles for architects, specifiers and builders with its deep double pantile European-type profile and rounded front leading edge. It provides a thinner appearance to the overall roof making it more aesthetically pleasing from ground level.
The new design, which was produced in-house and is more technically demanding to produce, has the advantage that it is also 10% lighter than the original Derwent tile, 4.8kg as opposed to 5.2kg. This reduction makes it easier for the builder to fit which can be done in most weathers onto dry-fix systems where no mortar is required.
The lighter tile also means that there is greater flexibility of roof design with the overall weight per sq metre being 5kg lighter. The environmental benefits include less raw materials in production and greater efficiency in transportation as more tiles can be transported per pallet load.
“Over the last two years, new house building has been cut by over 50%. In this market, a new product like Derwent II has to offer tangible benefits and meet the needs of the customer. Although new, it has been well received in the market. As well as being of benefit to the customer, it is a boost to morale for colleagues to see a new product coming off the production line in such difficult times,” comments Graham Russell, Vice President for Commercial, Logistics and Building Products.
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- CEMEX Russell roof tiles manufactures a range of concrete roof tiles designed to meet the requirements of most roof applications. They also manufacture an extensive range of dry-fix and roof-ventilation products suitable for both new and refurbishment projects, designed to meet building regulation requirements