Marley Eternit has announced its low pitch roofing innovation to offer specifiers and contractors even more design versatility with fibre cement slates. The companys Thrutone and Birkdale fibre cement slates can now be used on pitches as low as 15°, with reduced rafter length, following extensive testing.
Sarah Harding, marketing manager at Marley Eternit, explains: There is increasing demand for low pitch fibre cement products, not only as a cheaper alternative to resin slates for specifiers but also for roofing and building contractors working on the increasing number of ground floor extensions, as a result of the relaxation in planning laws.
The weather tightness of roof tiles and slates decreases as the roof pitch gets lower and rafter length increases because it takes longer for water to drain from the roof. Thats why we invest so much time in extreme weather testing to ensure our low pitch products have guaranteed performance and why a reduced rafter length of 4m should be used with Thrutone and Birkdale slate at the lower pitch of 15°.
In addition to the lower pitch solutions, Marley Eternit has recently launched a new BIM service for its fibre cement façade, cedral weatherboard and roofing products. Developed to help architects, specifiers, contractors and building services engineers, BIM Space has been launched by Marley Eternit using Revit, the market leading BIM software. This new service available through the Marley Eternit website, aims to make life as easy as possible for customers from initial design detailing to material specification, component placement and structural performance.
A typical BIM model or object contains detailed dimensions, product specifications, material performance data and the environmental credentials of each product along with image files to create high quality 3D renderings of the building.