The start of 2008 sees the launch of Moray, a new range of Russell® concrete roof tiles from CEMEX UK, the leading building materials supplier. Many architects, designers and specifiers want a tile, such as Moray, which has the beauty and 'feel' of natural slate, with the guaranteed long life expectancy of concrete at the lowest laid cost. Moray is a thin-edged tile, which is greener by design. It was designed inhouse and uses 40% less materials in the production compared to standard concrete tiles.
As well as savings in materials, the more compact design gives 'knock-on' environmental benefits such as reduced packaging, reduced transport as up to 25% more tiles can be stacked on a pallet and it is easier to handle.
As an interlocking tile, there are also additional savings when fitting Moray over slate tiles. A slate tile is often double or triple lapped so more tiles per roof are required which means more tile costs, labour costs and complex fitting.
It is estimated that the average roof requires from 70% more slate tiles than Moray and will take twice as long to fit. The new tile has a fine 'ribbon' design imitating slate and is available in the natural colours of black, grey and anthracite.
Moray is a derivative of two existing CEMEX premium ranges of Lothian and Galloway, all of them named after areas in Scotland, reflecting the location of the production plant at Lockerbie. As a Premium range it is anticipated that Moray will be used by roofing contractors and house builders on a whole range of developments from individual houses through to bigger developments such as nursing homes.
For architects, the inclusion of Moray with its thinner profile, gives the roof line a more graceful and neat profile.
Notes to Editors: Russell Roof tiles and fittings are manufactured in two centres in Lockerbie, Scotland and Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. They are produced using state-of-the-art technology in accordance with BS EN 490:2004. Russell Roof tiles are available in the Premium, Commercial and Plain tile profiles with a choice of 5 ranges in Premium, 5 in Commercial and a palette of different colours in the Plain range. Russell Roof tiles are certified to the international environmental standard, ISO14001 CEMEX is a global building materials solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates.
In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, rail sleepers, concrete-block paving, and concrete-block segments. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see www.cemex.co.uk or www.cemex.com.