Pioneering concrete roof tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles, (RRT) is refreshing one of its product ranges at a time of continued market demand.
According to the latest global report the roofing materials market size was worth around $119.86 billion in 2022 and is predicted to grow with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approx. 4.32 per cent between 2023 and 2030.
This is dominated by concrete and clay roof tiles. Using latest manufacturing techniques concrete roof tiles are increasingly leading the market with the growth of larger, thinner formats offering a lighter weight and sustainable alternative to natural tiles. These tiles are manmade versions of tiles that match the indigenous look of materials widely used on roofs across the UK.
Thinner leading-edge tiles are one of the fastest and largest growing ranges of concrete tiles across the roofing industry and the leading tile produced by Russell Roof Tiles.
At two thirds the thickness of a normal tile, thinner leading-edge products are one of the thinnest and lightest concrete tiles available, making them also easier to handle than their natural counterparts. This larger format tile can also offer the appearance of small format slates and, its size means the product can be laid in far less time.
Because of this continued sector growth and market demand, Russell Roof Tiles, has reconfigured its thinner leading-edge Natural Range – that replicates the appearance of natural slate, clay and stone.
Other developments within the industry and specifically the forthcoming changes under the Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) have sped up the company’s reconfiguration process.
In particular Bute, launched in 2016 is being renamed as Lothian 145. The Lothian 145 denotes the 145 mm head lap required to provide the small format appearance, giving the right aesthetics demanded by planners. Lothian 145 is a sister product to the original Lothian thinner leading-edge tile, which has a mock joint and hidden interlock. The tile is laid broken bond and creates a small format tile appearance whilst offering the commercial benefits of a concrete tile.
The simplification of the new Lothian 145 name ensures that customers can more easily select the right product without any ambiguity. For example, ordering the Lothian 145 will automatically ensure the correct vent tile and other accessories are specified and supplied to suit the correct gauge.
Russell Roof Tiles recognised the need for absolute clarity in product specification, ordering and installation. The new name alleviates any potential confusion.
Customers who have previously specified Bute can rest assured that the reconfigured Lothian 145 retains all the characteristics, performance and aesthetics that have made it a trusted choice for top housebuilders and developers across the UK. Lothian 145 is a versatile choice for a wide range of roofing projects, offering flexibility and adaptability to suit various architectural styles and designs.
Alan Young, Regional Sales Director at Russell Roof Tiles said: “This simplification of our product name, and the creation of Lothian 145 makes the specification and order process much easier for customers. Lothian 145 retains the characteristics, performance and aesthetic appeal they expect from our products. The new name aims to simplify and enhance the overall customer experience while maintaining the high standards Russell Roof Tiles is known for.”
This is the latest innovation from the company which last year announced its pledge to be net zero by 2040, ahead of the UK Government and this year has unveiled over £20m investment in manufacturing technology at two of its three sites.