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44 ROOFING


Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling – Specification standard earlier this year, to reflect this.


The new standard helps in preventing


some inferior and inadequate dry-fix products from being sold, as it specifies the requirements and methods of testing for dry-fix products by setting out both quality and performance criteria.


When looking for a suitable roofing solution, customers will now have more control of their products and should now get the assurance they deserve. While the new standard is not a legal requirement for manufacturers to follow, specifiers can ensure that the standard is being met in all fixing specifications and their roofing solutions are durable and long-lasting. This in turn will allow leading manufacturers to be recognised for their high quality and standards.


had to be mechanically fixed. Then in 2014, the BS 5534 Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling highlighted that mortar bedding for ridge, hip and verge tiles was no longer deemed to be a long term secure reliable fixing method. Construction now required a more sustainable roofing solution. The decline in mortar bedding was highly significant for dry-fix systems and these changes paved the way for the


product to make its mark in the industry. Dry-fix solutions were soon adopted across all regions of the UK because it was a quick, secure and more cost-effec- tive method.


But this demand for dry-fix solutions also brought with it a need for stronger regulations. For this reason, the industry largely welcomed the introduction of the new BS 8612: Dry-Fixed Ridge, Hip and


It is important that the manufacturers continue to work closely with the contractors and developers to ensure that they have the best fixing specification which will in turn ensure a sustainable and reliable roofing solution. As dry-fix products continue to grow in popularity, this will become more important than ever.


Mark Parsons is technical director at Russell Roof Tiles


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