Roofing Guidance

Marley Acme Double Camber Red Smooth Marley’s range of roofing products includes clay tiles and concrete tiles, as well as cedar shingles and shakes. These are used in a variety of projects, including new homes, in public sector applications such as schools and healthcare projects, and in roof replacements or refurbishments. 

We always strive to ensure that quality guidance is available for roofing contractors, covering technical questions such as design and specification and fixing - and that information can be found throughout our website, as well as in our brochures, CPDs, and the other valuable resources that we offer. But to make things easier, here are answers to some of the things we are most frequently asked: 

What products are suitable for use in conservation areas and restoration projects? 

Roofing and cladding materials are an important part of many restoration projects, as they play a major role in establishing the character of a building and ensuring the finished project blends in with its surroundings. Therefore, careful attention must be paid to criteria such as colour and materials, while other considerations include managing costs, achieving planning consent and meeting the requirements of local authorities. 

Here at Marley, a variety of our products have been successfully installed in traditional settings: 

We can provide technical support, feasibility studies, design advice, product samples and materials matching to help architects with a vast array of conservation and heritage projects. 

What products can I use for vertical cladding? 

Many roofing products are also suitable for use as vertical cladding, providing a distinctive and aesthetically pleasing finish that is also weather tight and easy to maintain. Products that are suitable for use on pitches up to 90 degrees include: 

  • Clay - Any of our non-profiled clay tiles are suitable for vertical cladding: Acme (double and single camber), Ashdowne, Hawkins and Canterbury Handmade 
  • Concrete - Other than our Mendip 12.5 and Wessex profiles, all of our other concrete tile profiles can be used for vertical applications. 

Does vertical cladding require an underlay? 

If you are designing with clay or concrete tiles in a vertical application, the need for an underlay, and the type of underlay, will depend on various factors. These can include the type of wall construction (masonry or framed) and the location of the insulation.  BS 5250 ‘Code of practice for control of condensation in buildings' is the best place to look for guidance on the relevant design considerations. BS 5534 confirms that a suitable underlay can be used to provide secondary weather resistance and vapour permeability where required. Read more about BS 5534

Which roofing products are the most lightweight?

There are many benefits to building with lightweight products. For example, they have a lower impact on the overall building structure. They are easier to transport, and therefore have less environmental impact.  

They are also easier to move around on site - in the case of roofing materials, where they need to be hauled up to the top of a building, this is particularly important. This may also improve safety on site. 

Our cedar shingles and shakes are by far the lightest roofing material that we offer.

Marley Western Red Cedar Shingles
 Maximum gauge Covering m2 per bundle  Approximate laid weight* kg/m2    Battens per m2
 75-90° 175mm  3.2  4.0  5.7m 
 22-74° 125mm  2.28  6.1  8m 
 14-21° 95mm 1.73  8.1  10.5m 

The minimum recommended pitch and lap may be influenced by special circumstances, please contact the Technical Advisory Service.

*Laid Weights shown are for 'clean' untreated shingles.

Do I need a fixing specification? 

All products being installed on vertical work should be twice fixed. 

We offer a variety of tools to help with the specification process, all of which can be found in our resources section. 

What dry fix systems are available? 

Marley offers a variety of dry fix systems. Products are compatible with our clay and concrete tiles, and they provide solutions for eaves, valleys, verges, vents, gutters, hips and ridges.  

Each system is designed for a specific purpose, so the right choice will depend on the roofing product being used, as well as design criteria such as roof pitch. The systems are fixed in significantly different ways, so the appropriate guidelines and technical publications should be followed. 

Category: Roofing