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ROOFING 43


DRY-FIX POPULARITY THROUGH THE ROOF


New standards in construction combined with increasingly adverse weather has seen dry-fix systems grow in popularity. Mark Parsons of Russell Roof Tiles takes a look at why more housebuilders are specifying such products.


n the face of ever-changing weather patterns and new standards, dry-fix systems can help roofs remain mainte- nance free for years and have now become commonplace when specifying roofing accessories today.


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Despite having been on the market for more than 25 years, the industry has only in the last few years seen a strong increase in orders of dry-fix products, and manufac- turers have invested heavily to meet the increased growth. Russell Roof Tiles has recently made significant investment in upgrading dry-verge injection moulding machinery


DRY-FIX ACCESSORIES CAN BE FITTED QUICKLY WITH JUST A FEW TOOLS, SAVING TIME AND MONEY


equipment and technology even further in order to continue producing dry-fix products in a quick and efficient timeframe. Manufacturers need to ensure they do this in order to remain ahead of the game, while also being able to provide the best customer service.


Dry-fix solutions have a proven track


record. The product is renowned for providing a more reliable and effective roofing fixing solution than mortar bedding, which as a result has now been declining for many years. From dry-verge systems to dry ridges, dry-fix accessories are high quality and provide excellent waterproof resistance. The products have been designed to be easily mechanically fixed or interlocked with tiles to provide a neat roofing finish. Dry-fix accessories can be fitted quickly with just a few tools, saving valuable time and money. During the winter months specifically, dry-fix products are excellent for ensuring that


the job is achieved in a tight time frame, despite bad weather conditions. Specifying both tiles and dry-fix accessories from a single manufacturer also ensures that the products will be creating a more reliable and better performing all-in-one roofing fixing solution, as the tiles and accessories are designed to work together. Historically, dry-fix was used more across the north of England and Scotland. However, as we are all too aware, weather conditions are getting worse across the whole of the UK.


In the last 12 months alone, severe snow storms gripped the country in February and Hurricane Ophelia brought strong winds to the west of the UK in November. This has naturally been a growing problem that the roofing industry has had to overcome over in the last few years. As a result of adverse weather, in 2012 the National House Building Council (NHBC) stated that all ridge and hip tiles


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