Drossie Road

Project overview

Project name: Drossie Road
Property owner / client: Colin Smith
Sub contractor: Rooftec
Solution: BMI Redland DuoPlain Tile in Rustic Red

This project required a tile that would achieve the look of a period plain tile at a fraction of the cost and with the benefit of modern manufacturing techniques. Originally built as a bungalow in 1910, the property had been extended upwards and a previous owner had added a storey and a garage in the early 1980s, for this work the original tiles had been reused, but after another 40 years they had started to fail badly.

The right tile for the job

The BMI Redland DuoPlain tile was recommended for this project by the roofing contractor as it allows you to achieve a traditional aesthetic whilst managing budget and time constraints.

“We recommend DuoPlain in these situations because it’s a cost-effective means of achieving the same appearance as a traditional tile but reduces the amount of materials and labour needed,” Mark Cattanach of Rooftec.

The size and single lap of the BMI Redland DuoPlain large format interlocking concrete tile improves speed and ease of laying; and requires fewer tiles per square metre. Just 17.7 tiles are required to cover a square metre whereas plain tiles would require 60.

Complexities

The roof itself was quite complex, incorporating valleys, hips and five skylights, which were replaced with higher performance models. Along with DuoPlain, Rooftec also used a suite of compatible components including BMI Ambi-Dry Verge and Dry Hip systems; half-round ridge tiles; and third-round ridge tiles for the hips. The contractor also fitted a further two new skylights over the garage, which is to become an office, and installed a ‘sun tube’ to illuminate the kitchen.

I’m really pleased with the result because we wanted to retain the character and look of the property but installing like-for-like replacements would have cost 20% more and on a 260m2 roof that would have been prohibitive - Colin Smith

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Drossie Road

I’m really pleased with the result because we wanted to retain the character and look of the property but installing like-for-like replacements would have cost 20% more and on a 260m2 roof that would have been prohibitive - Colin Smith

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