Roofing materials as vertical cladding

Continuous innovations in cladding materials mean more people than ever are looking beyond traditional materials to create stand-out cladding designs. But, when it comes to ultimate design flexibility and striking aesthetics, vertical tiling is hard to beat. 

Vertical cladding - project examples 

Vertical tiling provides continuity between roof and facade and is fast becoming a popular architectural choice for modern, clean lines. Products like concrete tiles, clay tiles and cedar shingles and shakes from Marley can all deliver visually appealing and low maintenance solutions. 

Clay tiles to clad a zero-carbon house - When looking for a unique and aesthetically striking cladding option for a self-build, zero-carbon house in Belgium, Blaff Architects opted for Marley's Acme Single Camber clay plain tiles. The result was a visually impressive building that also met the technical and sustainability requirements for high-performance thin wall construction. 

Cedar shingles and shakes: sustainable and natural - Backwater, a custom-built detached home in the Norfolk Broads, was created by Platform 5 Architects, and designed to blend in well with its beautiful surroundings. The beautiful warm colour and natural texture of the cedar shingles made them the perfect choice for this project. And the result was a stunning building that was awarded a RIBA East Award in 2017 and named Custom and Self Build Project of the Year at the 2017 Structural Timber Awards.  

Installing clay and concrete tiles as vertical cladding 

Marley's plain clay tiles can provide a weatherproof and attractive cladding to vertical walls, and many of our concrete tiles are also suitable for vertical applications - including our Edgemere interlocking tiles, which give a slate effect.  


Here are some tips for installation:  

Use counter battens over masonry construction (38mmx25mm minimum) to reduce the need for direct fixing. 

Be careful to ensure tiling details do not interfere with the opening of windows and doors.  

Lead flashings and soakers should be used around openings in accordance with Lead Sheet Association recommendations. 

Use double courses of tiles at eaves. This can be accomplished by laying the first course of eaves/tops tiles with a course of full tiles over it. 

At the tops of walls or under sills, use a course of eaves/tops tiles laid over a course of full tiles. Dress a Code 4 lead cover flashing over by 100mm.  

At all 90° corners, use internal and external tiles. Purpose made 135° angle tiles are also available. For other angles, close mitre tiles and use Code 3 lead soakers.  

All tiles should be nailed twice. 

Feature and ornamental tiles may be used with plain clay tiles to create decorative patterns.  

Using cedar shingles and shakes as vertical cladding 

Installing cedar shingles and shakes as vertical cladding is very similar to installing them on a roof. They should be fixed at the appropriate gauge onto battens, and battens should be strong and stiff enough to withstand the proposed loading, while also providing adequate fixing alignment. We recommend JB=Red factory graded battens. 

Here are some additional tips: 

Spend some time selecting the best face of the shingles. 

Silicon bronze nails are the best choice for fixing - We recommend using at least two 31mm x 1.8mm nails for each shingle or shake.  

Another fixing method is the ShingleFix system - this is a specially designed stainless steel staple that can be used instead of the traditional silicon bronze nail. JB Shinglefix can only be used with a Paslode staple gun. 

Technical support 

To find out more about using Marley's roofing products as vertical cladding, please take a look at our product brochures and technical details.

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