Synseal is proud to introduce Celsius solid roof – a new and innovative system that employs a structural framework of timber components with environmentally-friendly Envirotile external roof tiles and cappings to create a truly warm solid roof construction, with no possibility of cold bridging.
“At Synseal we have been monitoring competitor solid roofing products for a while and the market is now ready for our Celsius solid roof,” says Steve Brown, Synseal’s Products & Customer Service Director. “Sitting neatly alongside our exclusive Celsius performance glass, our new solid roof solution can be summed up in just two words: thermal excellence.”
At the heart of the system are thermally-efficient structural insulated panels (SIPs), enabling Celsius solid roof to achieve a pitched roof U-value of 0.18 W/m2K for compliance in England and Wales. The U-value of 0.15 W/m2K for compliance in Scotland is achieved by fitting insulated plasterboard to line and finish the solid roof interior.
“Selecting the right supply partners to complement our Synseal Envirotile was key to the success of Celsius solid roof and with structural insulated panels (SIPs) from Kingspan TEK Building Systems, fixings from Rapierstar and optional roof windows from VELUX we have sourced the very best products to construct a well-engineered system of the highest quality,” comments Synseal’s Head of R&D, Phil Parry.
Synseal Envirotile external roofing components are injection moulded to Synseal’s exact specifications from 100% recycled polypropylene. Precision manufactured and lightweight, each single Envirotile has a low profile chamfered front-leading edge with an aesthetically pleasing riven finish, is 12mm in thickness, weighs just 610 grams and is extremely simple to fix yet performs exceptionally, securely locking into adjacent tiles without any need for battening to form a quick-fitting and fully integrated roof covering. A single mechanical fixing point at the head in addition to the innovative interlocking design ensures that Synseal Envirotiles fit securely and easily, ready to withstand wind and weather.
Envirotiles are 80% lighter than standard concrete tiles, weighing 8.4kg per square metre in contrast with cement or natural slate roof tile products that typically weigh 50 kg per square metre.
Available in a choice of 3 popular and appealing colours: Black, Brown or Terracotta, the interlocking Envirotiles are self-draining, self-ventilating and branded with the Synseal logo for ease of identification. The single or double Envirotiles are easy to handle and cut on site for a precision finish at concealed hip or valley roof edge intersections.
In addition to single and double roof tiles, the Synseal Envirotile range includes an elevated and interlocking ventilated ridge cap, radius end/apex cover, hip, hip end cap, gable end cap, dry verge, tile starter trim and push-fit screw cap cover to ensure a high quality aesthetic finish for each Celsius solid roof.
Fully approved and registered by the Local Authority Building Control (LABC), Celsius solid roof is available for existing glazed conservatory roof replacements or new build applications in Lean-To, Georgian, Gable and Victorian building extension styles.
Synseal’s Roofing Technical Manager Neville Gleed has been the driving force behind the product development, overseeing all the key design stages including component prototyping and trial site installation of the full system to ensure that every detail of Celsius solid roof is perfect and ready for launch.
“Our aim has been to create the best-looking, most thermally-efficient and easiest-to-fit solid roof on the market today,” says Neville, “while at the same time delivering full compliance with Building Regulations for new or retro-fit applications. Speed of installation is essential, because on site time = money.”
Unlike rival systems which employ aluminium rafters, aluminium ridge beams, aluminium eaves ring beams, aluminium valleys and aluminium box gutters similar in design to glazed conservatory roofs, Celsius solid roof is a truly warm roof, featuring all timber construction without any metallic “cold spots”.
Alan Green, Product Support Engineer at Synseal sums it up neatly: “As product designer, my brief was to achieve improved installed thermal performance using proven materials with no inherent design weaknesses to eradicate cold bridging. Our Celsius solid roof is truly warm to provide building extensions that homeowners will be able to use in comfort, 365 days a year.”