Everything you need to know when selecting a solid roof.
There are a lot of lightweight tiled roof iterations out there, and beyond selecting a product for price there are several points that you should question when you are selecting the system you want to sit under.
Will my roof be prone to condensation?
Definitely not something you want to be dealing with!
So, you may have heard the terms dew point and interstitial condensation… but never really looked into what they mean. Now is as good a time as any….!
If there is one thing that cannot be avoided – unless you live on Mars, because there is no atmosphere out there – is that our air contains moisture. In the UK, average relative humidity (moisture) levels can be as high as 80%.
Dew is created when the air cools and moisture forms on surfaces as it can no longer hold onto that water.
Not much of a problem on the outside of windows, or even on roof tiles. More of a problem when this happens on the inside of the roof and creates interstitial condensation.
Interstitial condensation is formed when cool moist air (read: UK air) gets into the fabric of the roof and hits warmer air, or components that are warmer. If the temperature change is significant enough the dew point will be reached and form condensation that can eventually turn to mould and spread.
To make sure your selected solid roof will not create interstitial condensation
– Check that there is a suitable ventilation cavity to take out the moist air out of the roof, situated above the insulation and on the cool side of the roof
– Make sure the insulation supplied is sufficient to minimise any cold bridging and stop warm air from reaching the external rafter.
– If the system uses a cold bridging aluminium frame (unlike Icotherm’s roof): ask if that metal is suitably clad in non-conductive material to limit the possibility of condensation
– Check that the design specification includes vapour control barriers on the room side
– Check that the roof has successfully been through a CRA (Condensation Risk Analysis)
Doesn’t ventilation just mean draught?
A correctly ventilated solid roof will allow air circulation where it matters the most: well away from the room it sits on top of, right under the tiles and above the insulation. Check that the ventilation routes and vents on your Icotherm roof are not blocked. It will invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty.
Why clad-overs should be avoided – in our opinion
You might be considering a clad over as a low budget option; it has its place if:
– You are not looking to add value to the property or need Building Control approval.
– You are not looking for the best performing roof or the prettiest finish
– The insulated roof does not exceed the original weight it was designed for; roofs collapse are a thing.
So, the Icotherm roof system
The Icotherm roof system uses a solid roof construction, with 150mm EPS fully recyclable, rigid insulation, and is fully ventilated. It has been CRA checked and is JHAI certified (pre-approved for building control purposes)
Supplied in ready to “slide on” pods, which can be made to suit hard to access installation sites, such as having to go through the house (ie small pods), the Icoroof allows your prefereed installer to replace / install your roof quickly and efficiently.
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Icotherm’s latest brochure now available
Icotherm is very pleased to announce that the latest brochure has finally arrived.
Featuring examples of installations using the Icotherm solid roof options, it will help homeowners better appreciate what can be achieved with our product.
The Brochure features all our solid roof options, including:
Icoroof – our standard pitched roof, available with optional Velux windows
Icoview – our latest offering, with fixed glass panels for an impressive contemporary look and improved lighting
Icospan – our flat roof offering, perfectly suited to create beautiful orangeries.
Download it now. We do not install but our trade customers our present throughout the UK.
Pitch Perfect: The installers’ preferred solid roof
As a four-year old company that started from a tiny unit in Bolton, Icotherm Roof Systems has moved up in leaps and bounds.
Thousands of roofs have been manufactured, the work force has grown several fold, and in March the business moved to larger premises in Blackburn, increasing capacity and growth capabilities.
Dave Jackson, the man behind the Icotherm solid roof, is just as passionate (some might say more) about the product as he was 4 years ago. “We still have so much to achieve. I firmly believe that we are offering the best product on the market today. We have spent a lot of time developing and improving the core product, the way we build the insulated pods, how they work together, and the ease and speed of installation. More importantly we have never compromised on performance; we want it to be the best product out there.…. and we believe we are the installers’ preferred solid roof”
And for good reasons: JHAI Approved, with standard U-values at 0.18 – (but can be as low as 0.12 -especially suitable for the Scottish region); waterproof in under 3 hours from the start of roof installation (especially suitable for… all UK regions), with an overall design that ensures a smooth installation.
Icotherm has now reached its next growth stage. The demand for solid roof solutions, either as a replacement option, of for new single storey extensions and garages, is going to carry on growing. And clearly the company’s potential is far from fulfilled, as the product engineers are working on developing new product lines. We don’t want to be the first to market, but we are definitely aiming to be the best.
Dave Jackson adds: “A few months ago we realised that in order to successfully take the company into a solid growth spurt we would need to change our approach. We have brought in a new team member with the experience to help us become the solid roof system company of reference”
A French perspective
And this has led to the appointment of Icotherm’s new Marketing Manager, Anne-Marie Busch.
Having spent 5 years with K2 Conservatories, between 2010 and 2015, Anne-Marie drove the revival of the K2 brands and launched the orangery solutions range.
“This was my first time in the industry”, comments Anne-Marie. I had a blank slate back then; we needed to rebuild the brand and renew interest in the company, at a time where new installations had been dropping drastically.
“ I am really excited about what we can achieve with Icotherm Roof Systems. I will be setting up the marketing function from the ground up and be part of a management team working to turn Icotherm into a national brand. We want to set the standards for service, product quality, innovation, value, and of course be the timber framed solid roof system of reference
Pitching for 2019
In order to achieve this Icotherm is going to make a lot of changes in the way it supports its customers in 2019. Selecting a solid roof replacement is no small decision for the homeowner. The market demands more from its suppliers. Homeowners are looking for quality, performance and long lasting installations, and we want to support our customers achieve that by presenting and selling our products , whether it is in the showroom or in the front room.
Exciting times are ahead. We will be offering a new lifestyle brochure, marketing support material and much more.
you can read this Clearview article here: https://joom.ag/x6Za/p60