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Roofing & Cladding

Fibre cement slates ‘shape up’


For architects, designers or clients wanting to add a touch of flair or individual expression to the pitched roof of their project, the use of coloured or shaped slates has been a common technique, particularly where natural slates are used.

Shapes are perhaps slightly more subtle than color but have not always been easy to obtain from manufacturers who find the small quantities problematic to produce and hence costly for customers to purchase.

Cembrit is offering a bespoke shaped fibre cement slate service for architects looking to apply creativity to their projects. Architects can choose from a range of shapes including bull nose, single and double club, curve and arrow head. The slates are offered at a cost-effective price, and Cembrit can also provide advice and projects drawings, all backed up with fast delivery.

“We understand clients often need to recreate roof designs which might require more time to reproduce efficiently on-site than the contract will allow” says Ged Ferris, Marketing Manager at Cembrit. “Offering pre-cut shapes in fibre cement allows users to match some of the intricate designs seen on older natural slate roofs. This has proved popular on inner city refurbishment projects”

Cembrit’s fibre cement slate range includes Jutland, Zeeland, Westerland, Moorland and Diamond. Available in five variations of colour and surface, the slates are all complemented by matching ridge, ventilation and verge accessories alongside a full range of fixing products. Manufactured to the highest European standards using Portland cement together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres, Cembrit fibre cement slates are finished with a high quality, semi-matt acrylic coloured coating to the face and edges and a tinted, high performance binder to the back face.