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New underlay an ideal fit for solar PV

Russell Roof Tiles has launched its first underlay range, RussFast Underlay, as part of its commitment to strengthen its product portfolio with reliable, quality roofing solutions.

The first two products in the RussFast Underlay range have been designed for warm or cold roof construction and are compatible with all Russell Roof Tiles accessories as well as the newly launched RussFast Solar.

The new underlay portfolio includes both a high-resistance (HR) and low-resistance (LR) product for differing scenarios. The HR version is ideally placed to be specified with the firm’s first solar PV offer to market, RussFast Solar.

Both products carry the Q mark certification from BM TRADA. This certification is based on the EN 45011 standard, which confirms that a product conforms to the highest technical specifications. To achieve this certification, products endure rigorous testing, the underlays will also continue to have regular audit testing of product samples taken from the factory, to comply with ongoing certification. 

RussFast HR & LR Underlays both achieve Zone 1-5 classification and can be used throughout the UK, making it simpler and easier for specifiers to use on a range of different project types. Both RussFast underlays also do not require taped overlaps. 

RussFast Underlay surpasses NHBC requirements and is also fully compliance with British Standards BS 5534 and BS 5250. This is done by providing superior resistance to wind uplift and weather protection and by ensuring effective control of condensation within the building envelope. RussFast underlay adheres to BS EN 13859-1, which specifies the requirements for underlays used in pitched roofing applications.

Dan Hancox, Corporate Sustainability and Development Director, said: “Innovation is at the forefront of our business, and we are continually looking at ways to improve our portfolio to meet the evolving needs of our customers. It’s essential to use quality accredited materials for a new roofing system and we are delighted that after 18 months development we’re supporting our tile ranges with our first underlay offer.”

Russell Roof Tiles is currently constructing a £18.5m state-of-the-art plant at its Burton headquarters and main tile manufacturing site, which will double output and help to continue to increase efficiencies and capacity. This site expansion will also improve energy efficiency through its new state-of-the-art curing facility (only the second of its type in the country) as well as the installation of solar panels, the first on its sites.  


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