Time trials conducted on a house builders development have proven that a new one piece clip and nail from Marley Eternit can save up to 30% on roof clipping time. This follows the recent announcement of a more stringent British Standard, which will require an increase in clipping on all roofs from the end of February 2015.
Roofing and facades manufacturer Marley Eternit has launched the new SoloFix one piece clip and nail to help contractors get ready for the changes to BS 5534, the Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling, which were announced at the end of August. The fixing time trials took place at a Bellway Homes site in Burton upon Trent on a single block of two houses, with duo pitch roofs. Experienced roofers from Bracknell Roofing completed the time challenge, using traditional clips and nails on one side of the roof and then the new SoloFix one piece clip and nail on the other. The roof fitted with SoloFix took 30% less time to clip than the one that was fixed using traditional clips and nails.
Gavin White, product manager at Marley Eternit, comments: As a result of the changes to BS 5534, roofers will have to clip more tiles than ever before. However, installing traditional two piece clips isnt a popular fixing method as it is often viewed as time consuming and costly. developed SoloFix specifically to address this problem and our own internal tests found there was a 30% time saving over traditional clips, but we wanted to get independent verification from live site trials".