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The Kytun Slate Dry Verge was used on a PH Homes project in Macclesfield, Cheshire in conjunction with Liberty Roofing. This is one of the most anticipated developments by PH Properties and was designed by renowned classical architect Robert Adam. The unique and innovative Kytun Dry Verge solution was included throughout the houses in this development.

The project is a high-end development at Alderley Park consisting of 37 new homes with access and landscaping as standard. Along with this, there will be new internal roads, boundary treatments and associated landscaping/infrastructure. This exclusive residential development offers three distinct styles of residency in a collection of homes, beautifully designed by internationally renowned architect Robert Adam and beautifully created by luxury developer PH Homes.

The Kytun specification team worked with the local outlet of Burton Roofing (Stockport) to ensure prompt and efficient delivery to the client.

Kytun Slate Dry Verge is an ideal solution as it provides complete protection from rain and wind uplift. The patented 'Drip System’ means that self-drainage of rain water into the gutter takes place. This product is available in aluminium with a 30-year durability and 20-year colouring warranty and in steel with a 20-year durability and colour warranty. They are manufactured to stand the test of time.

Our products are produced at our manufacturing plant in Donegal, Ireland to BS8612 (Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling) and BS5534 (Slating and Tiling) standards and provide a number of key advantages over the traditional mortar fix roof systems, including:

  • Straightforward installation
  • Minimal labour costs
  • Longer roof lifespan
  • No water penetration
  • No wind uplifts
  • Locks slate/tiles & ridges on roof

Alderley Park is a unique location and one of Manchester’s most desirablewithin minutes of Cheshire’s social HUB, Alderley Edge. 

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Kytun provides Dry Roofing Solution for Keepmoat Homes

We supplied our client, Keepmoat Homes, a large order of Slate Dry Verge T2 for a large residential housing development in Edinburgh. This was the ideal product for the project as Keepmoat required a slate-friendly solution that will withstand high wind speeds and a high volume of rainfall without compromising on durability.

The product was supplied via our partners at Rinus to Town and Country Roofing. 

The project is being completed for the Council of Edinburgh and will provide a large number of residential housing units at Calder Road in North Sighthill when finished. Along with housing, there will also be associated works of car parks and landscaping works. Keepmoat is one of the largest residential building developers in the UK. We provided our Aluminium Slate Dry Verge (T2) in black.


Our products are manufactured at our plant in Donegal, Ireland to BS8612 (Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling) and BS5534 (Slating and Tiling) standards and offer a number of advantages over the traditional mortar method for fix roof systems, including:

  • Simple installation
  • Lower labour costs
  • Increased roof lifespan
  • Zero water penetration
  • No wind uplifts
  • Secures slate/tiles & ridges on roof

Kytun provides a range of guarantees and warranties that other manufacturers do not offer, including:

  • 30-year Aluminium Durability Warranty
  • 20-year Aluminium Colour Warranty
  • 20-year Steel Durability Warranty
  • 20-year Steel Colour Warranty

Kytun is the largest manufacturer of Continuous Dry Verge Systems globally. We will be showcasing our range of Premium Aluminium Roofing Products at UK Construction Week in Birmingham from October 9-11. Drop by Stand B860 to view the range and speak with one of our Sales Team regarding your upcoming projects.

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Providing the Perfect Solution

Posted: Mon, 09 July 2018, 12:28

Aluminium Ridge Capping Solution

In order to address the needs of the client our team of engineers sat down with the Roofing contractor and we planned a bespoke production of verge trim with 0.98mm thickness.

After the design and testing process were able to provide the contractor with exactly what they needed and they ordered Verge Trim and Apex to complete the finish on the newly-built homes. This was the first time that we produced the Apex piece. This is no standard in our product and provides a neat and aesthetically-pleasing finish at the apex.

The development boasts some of the first homes in the new town of Northstowe, located eight miles from Cambridge and close to the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway.  With shops, local services, health, education and leisure facilities. The town was designed to be complete community with a network of cycling and walking routes, plus a new link road connecting the town centre to the A14.

Aluminium Ridge Capping provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional tile or slate ridge. The products are available for use with either Slates, Tiles and almost any roofing application. It provides a neat, maintenance free, lightweight and totally weatherproof finish to your roof.


  • Lightweight and Durable
  • Easy and quick to install
  • Requires no maintenance once installed
  • Extensive range of colours available
  • Less obtrusive than traditional ridges for bay and conservatory roofs

Steve Manning, JSJ Roofing, said “We were impressed with the flexibility shown by Kytun in order to meet our specific needs. They were always available to discuss our requirements from initial contact, through the design process, up to the final installation of the Slate Dry Verge solution. We have been provided with a strong and durable product that will stand the test of time and we look forward to working with Kytun again in the future”.

Hugh Harkin, Technical and Innovation Manager for Kytun, said “We were happy to work with JSJ Roofing, providing them with the perfect solution for their project. It is always our aim to provide our customer with a product of the highest standard possible in line with their needs”.

The new BS8612 standard for Dry Roofing Products

Posted: Tue, 20 March 2018, 14:41

L-R Hugh Harkin, Technical Manager & Pauric Hilferty, Sales Manager

The use of dry fix systems has significantly increased over the past few years, mainly due to new technical standards from the NHBC and the revised BS 5534, brought about by an increase in warranty claims in the construction sector and concerns about extreme weather.  


However, while there has been an ongoing focus on the benefits of dry fix generally, this has led to a lack of understanding on the differences in the performance and reliability of dry fix systems.  In fact, we recently conducted research which showed that more than one tenth of specifiers believe all fittings and systems are “pretty much the same”.


This is cause for concern because, while there has been an insurgence of dry fix products and systems into the market since the 1980s, not all perform to the same level.  The inconsistency in component quality within dry fix systems has led to some reported product failures, such as ridge tiles not being fixed securely enough and ridge rolls not sticking to the roof tiles properly. 


The concern surrounding this issue has led to the BSI roofing committee, which includes representatives from the NHBC, developing a new British Standard specifically for dry fix systems.  This is the first time a statutory instrument to govern the products will be in place.  


The new Standard is called BS 8612 and came into force at the end of 2017.  It will ensure consistency of quality across products by defining the standards the materials are required to meet, i.e. performance, durability, mechanical fixing, weather tightness etc.  At the moment it looks set to include verges, ridges and hips but not valleys or eaves.


As one of the first manufacturers to introduce dry fix more than 30 years ago, with our Universal Dry Verge System, we fully support the new Standard.  We believe that, like BS 5534, it will further help to make pitched roofing in the UK more secure.  


Although the new Dry Fix Standard isn’t due to be introduced until the end of this year, there are some steps that can be taken now to reduce risks.  For instance, by using an established dry fix manufacturer with experience in accessories and tiles and by properly considering the quality of products and the testing the systems and their components have been through, specifiers and contractors can protect their reputation and their liability for a project.  This can also help reduce call backs and ensure they are future proofed and ready for when the new Standard comes in.

Technical Specification Manager (TSM) Position

The role of Technical Specification Manager (TSM) will see you winning specifications for our Kytun Dry Roofing products through conducting Continual Personal Development (CPD) seminars and developing relationships, your aim will be to identify upcoming projects with the architects on your patch.

You will need to create relationships with key architects, consultants and contractors to understand the upcoming pipeline of projects by becoming their consultant of choice. 

To create and track specifications from origination through to products purchased, managing price and customer relations throughout the process. This is a sales targeted position reporting directly to the Commercial Manager.

Responsibilities include: -

Improve awareness of Kytun Dry Roofing Products throughout target area.

Identify key architects/contractors/property developers throughout target area.

Identify large projects/developments being undertaken in targeted area.

Undertake CPD presentations (training provided) visiting architects

Visiting Architects/ Contractors & various merchants to help specify Kytun Dry Roofing Products.

Demonstrating at building & roofing merchants  new product release days.

Increase sales opportunities in the assigned sales area.

Undertake pre order meetings as and when required.

Monitor and report on activities and provide relevant information to Commercial Manager and Directors.

Meet targets and KPIs, as set out by Commercial Manager/National Sales Manager.

Proactively develop new business opportunities in your territory.

Develop strong and professional customer relationships.

Develop and maintain a high level of product knowledge for Kytun Dry Roofing products and competitor products.

Key Skills: - 

Previous Sales experience

Technical interests

Computer literate (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) 

Highly organised & efficient handling demanding workloads

Proficient working to and exceeding commercial sales targets

Confident delivering technical sales presentations to a professional audience

Proactive & committed to developing new sales relationships

Comfortable working at heights

Self-motivated and results driven

We are looking for a salesperson to strengthen our wolf pack & have a slot available for those made of the right stuff, sheep need not apply.

Required education: 


Required experience:

Sales commercial: 3 years

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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