FORTICRETE ROOFING PRODUCTS LTD
OFF GROVEBURY ROAD
BEDFORDSHIRE LU7 4SD
Tel: 01525 244900
Fax: 01525 850432
Suppliers of: concrete roof tiles concrete slates Lightweight Slate roofing tile Low Pitch roof tiles stone slates
Forticrete Roofing Products is one of Britain’s leading innovators in the design and production of concrete and slate roof tiles. A company with the unique ability to create innovative products which not only replicate but actually improve on traditional materials.
Forticrete Roofing can also provide a full quantity take-off and fixing specification service.
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Main Product Ranges:
Centurion® Low Pitch Roof Tiles:
Innovative tiling design and the power of technology have been harnessed to create a low-pitch interlocking roof tile. It is capable of being laid to a rafter pitch of *10 degrees and provides a highly effective barrier against the elements.
Gemini® Interlocking Plain Tiles:
Gemini® are strong lightweight roof tiles which are designed to replicate the aesthetics of plain tiles. The tiles are suitable for pitches down to 22.5º for new or re-roof projects. Available in 10 colours.
Hardrow® Solos™ Roof Slates:
Hardrow® SolosTM Roof Slates offer virtually the same architectural properties as natural stone or slate tiles. Our concrete roof slates are extremely durable and mellow with age. They are made with slight dimensional differences and a degree of camber to enhance the product’s charm when laid.
Hardrow® Duets™ Roof Slates:
Hardrow® DuetsTM Roof Slates are suitable for use in regions where a natural stone slate appearance is required. Our concrete roof slates combine two subtle blends of colour on each tile to provide 10 regional effects.
Hardrow® Harmonies® Slate Roof Tiles:
Hardrow® Harmonies® slate roof tiles are a selected blend of mixed stone colours, each one unique to Hardrow® Slates. This enables you to simplify the specification process. Our through coloured concrete roof slates are available in a wide range of colours. Distinctive roofs can be achieved by blending 3, 4 or 5 different colours together.
Minislate® Roof Tiles:
Minislate® roof tiles are a cost effective alternative to natural roofing slates. A strong, lightweight interlocking concrete product.
Plain Hanging Tiles for Vertical Tiling:
Plain hanging tiles for vertical tiling which give a traditional appeal at an affordable cost.
Senator® are smooth finish profile pantiles available in a range of five colours.
V2® Re-Roofing Tiles:
A strong interlocking tile ideally suited to re-roofing throughout the U.K. Supplies readily available from nationwide stockists in a choice of five colours.
Further technical information is available on the Forticrete Website or via the BPi download Library.
Forticrete granted three UK patents for its innovative SL8® large format roof tiles
Forticrete has been granted three UK patents for its innovative SL8® large format roof tile.
We have been granted patents which cover the camber of the tile, interlocking design and features and dry verge design. Specifically, the patent for our dry verge design includes the term concealed guttering as the tile channels water to the gutter.
Our SL8 roof tile was designed to meet the increasing demands of the roofing market. With just 8 tiles per square metre needed it provides greater coverage with approximately 20% less tiles required per roof. Additional benefits include its thin leading edge - which is up to 50% thinner than other large format tiles - which creates an impressive visual characteristic.
John Lambert, Managing Director of Forticrete, comments: “Forticrete has a long history of introducing innovative products which offer building efficiencies. Our SL8 roof tile is one of these and we are delighted to have achieved these design patents. In designing the SL8 tile, we listened to what our customers wanted; the result is an innovative roof tile that meets market demands. It reduces the number of tiles needed for a roof by up to 20%, meaning it is more cost efficient and tiles are easier to handle and lay. The aesthetics of SL8 are also much more appealing as its thin leading edge and dimensions go a long way to replicate real slate.
“Being awarded three UK patents means we have 20 years protection on our design and our customers can be assured they are using market leading products for the construction projects.”
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Forticrete - The benefits of using SL8 roof tiles as a slate substitute
Slate is a popular material for roofing with house owners due to its aesthetics and durability, but there are a whole host of reasons why Forticrete SL8® interlocking roof tiles make a desirable alternative.
There is no denying that a slate roof creates a beautiful and district finish to a home. It is also extremely durable and long lasting. However, on the flip side, it is also extremely expensive. A slate roof can be costly to purchase and install, but what if you could have similar aesthetics and qualities for a fraction of the cost? Here are the reasons why Forticrete SL8® roof tiles make an excellent substitute.
The SL8® roof tile has the visual characteristics of natural slate with benefits that no other interlocking tile can match. For instance, its innovative large format provides a more traditional slate appearance and its thin leading edge is up to 50% thinner than alternative large format tiles.
The tiles are available in red, sunrise blend, brown and grey which provides a range of aesthetic options depending on design and location.
We have already established that slate is expensive, but this is not just because of the cost of the material itself. Slate tiles are also tricky to lay due to their weight and inconsistent nature, and therefore laying should ideally be done by a specialist. SL8® roof tiles are a cost effective alternative to slate as they are lower in cost and are also easier to lay due to their weight, consistency in form and the inclusion of two nail holes for better fixing flexibility.
However, SL8® roof tiles are not only a cost effective alternative to slate, they are also a cost effective alternative to other alternative slate products. This is because they have a superior coverage of just 8 tiles per square metre compared to 10 per m2 for most other brands. This 20% reduction in the number of tiles used means fewer tiles to handle and lay.
As slate is a homogeneous metamorphic rock, it is extremely durable and can potentially last hundreds of years However, it can also be extremely fragile due to its natural cleavage. For instance, a slate tile can be broken by a large branch landing on it or by footfall.
Although SL8® roof tiles are also vulnerable to impact, their high strength means fewer breakages and the packaging has been specifically designed to reduce damage and waste on-site.
Further tips for minimising the amount of wastage during laying can be found within the SL8 brochure.
Tech and support
As well as technical support, including full fixing specifications, Forticrete has a full range of roofing accessories available to use in conjunction with our roof tiles range including:
SL8® Vent Tiles
SL8® Mechanically Fixed Verge Components
Hip and ridge systems
For more information regarding our SL8® roof tiles download a brochure or contact us on 01525 244900.