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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: 

Diploma

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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