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Kytun UK Sales Manager, Pauric Hilferty, with Chris Messenger, Roofing & Tiling Lecturer and his students at the LCB (Leeds College of Building).

Kytun Dry Roofing Products are delighted to announce that they have now partnered with LCB (Leeds College of Building) Roofing Students.   

Kytun is the largest manufacturer of Dry roofing products in Ireland & the UK with over 30 years’ experience in this market.

Kytun will be bringing their team of roofing experts to educate the enthusiastic Roofing Apprentices on the best practices for dry fixing and in particular Slate Dry Verge Fixing.

Kytun Company Director Daniel Gallagher says, ‘We are delighted to be bringing all our 30 years of experience in helping the roofing students understand the new dry fix regulations and also using our products to do so is fantastic on an ongoing basis.' 

He added ‘dry fixing has been the norm in Ireland for over 30 years and we have been manufacturing products to suit those weather conditions and we are delighted to bring that knowledge to the UK and to the Roofing Apprentices at Leeds College.'

Currently BS 5534 is the relevant British Standard for dry fixing. It is expected BS 8612 will soon be put in place with particular emphasis on the mechanical fixing of verges, ridges and hips.. As such the introduction of Dry Fixing training shows Leeds College of Roofing & Building continuing commitment to remain at the cutting edge of training.

Kytun UK Sales Manager Pauric Hilferty said 'it’s a great endorsement for us here at Kytun Dry Roofing Products to be selected to train the students in this new method of dry fixing and we look forward to developing our relationship further with Leeds College’.

Chris Messenger Roofing & Tiling Lecturer; 'This is fantastic news for us here at Leeds College the Roofing Apprentice will be trained to the highest level and this ensures the apprentices will be learning from top professionals in this section'. 

Dry Fixing of Roof Verges

Posted: Thu, 01 October 2015, 13:04

Dry Fixing of Roof Verges

Cracked Mortar Verge

Cracked Mortar Verge

The verge on a roof is probably the most vulnerable part due to its exposure to wind and water penetration. Traditionally the most common practice way of protecting this is by filling the gap between the wall and roof with wet mortar. This however, is now a rare occurrence as mortar as we know expands, shrinks, cracks and falls out after a number of years thus leaving the verge once again exposed to the elements. Mortar also acts like a big sponge soaking water into the roof space. Having an exposed verge leads to water entering and rotting the ends of the battens and weakening the integrity of the roof. 

Even when using mortar as a solution it doesn’t do one very important aspect and that is securing the slates in place and protecting them for being blown off in high winds. All it takes is just one slate coming loose then a domino effect takes place with multiple slates braking loose.

In Ireland, 90% of roofs are secured in place using a Dry Verge System, in Scotland its 80%, yet in England and Wales this figure falls dramtically to around 20%. 

With changes to regulations BS5534 code of practice for slating and tiling slate and tile verges, roofers must adapt and change to using a Dry Verges System rather than the using traditional methods.

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