Roof Tiles are a ‘Bute’y in Hampshire

Contributing to the growing sales of Russell Roof Tiles’ Bute tile, Sheldons Reach in Hampshire has become the latest housing development to benefit from this sustainable product.

The private housing development of 70 homes was recently completed in the countryside town of Hook, by housebuilder, CALA Homes.  CALA Homes and roofing specialists, R&A Roofing worked together to achieve a high standard throughout the scheme. Each of the two, three, four and five bedroom semi-detached and detached, traditional family homes incorporated a high-quality finish, innovative design and excellent workmanship.

To ensure a sustainable roofing solution, R&A Roofing specified Bute from Russell Roof Tiles for the first time. Taking into consideration all the necessary project requirements, the manufacturer worked with the team to specify and supply tiles in Cottage Red and Peat Brown which also provided a significant cost-saving.

As part of Russell Roof Tiles’ Natural Range, Bute tiles replicate the appearance of natural clay or slate roof tiles.  Bute is a thinner leading-edge flat interlocking tile which, when laid at a headlap of 145mm or 165mm, gives the appearance of a small slates or traditional plain tile with the commercial benefit of a larger format tile.

Manufactured from concrete, Bute was created to replicate the look of natural roofing materials, ensuring materials are adhering to local planning requirements.

Russell Roof Tiles has seen a surge in demand since Bute was first launched in 2016 and is now the fastest growing product in its thinner leading-edge range. In particular, the South has been the fastest growing market with major housebuilders specifying a small format tile. Bute’s double tile format also has a mock when laid broken bonded and is available in 11 carefully selected colours.

Like all of Russell Roof Tiles’ thinner leading-edge range, Bute is manufactured using 15 per cent less raw materials than a standard flat interlocking tile. So that also means they’re a greener choice and are delivered to site on fewer pallets, therefore using less packaging.

Russell Roof Tiles is also one of the only manufacturers to have achieved an excellent rating of BES 6001: Issue 3 – the most recent version of the BRE Framework for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction incorporating the need for energy efficiency.

James Pendleton, Regional Sales Director at Russell Roof Tiles said: “We have seen a number of new customers choose to work with us, after realising the sustainable, high-quality benefits of the Bute tile at a cost-effective price and this growing popularity is not looking to slow down anytime soon.

“It was great to work on such a significant project with R&A Roofing and we look forward to continuing our work with them in the future.”

Richard Barnes, Managing Director at R&A Roofing, said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Russell Roof tiles and CALA Homes on this project. The Bute roof tile is an excellent product and I would fully recommend this product on future developments.”