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AVONSIDE ROOFING CHOOSE JOHN BRASH JB-RED BATTENS

Avonside Roofing, one of the UK’s largest roofing contractors, has recently made the decision to change all its battens over to John Brash’s factory graded JB-RED.

John Brash was the first supplier in the UK to offer factory graded battens that comply with the requirements of BS5534:2003, the code of practice for slating and tiling. The battens are characterised by their red stained finish and ‘BS5534:2003’ stamp, which confirms they have been stringently tested to ensure they meet the British Standard. The production processes used to manufacture JB-RED have been independently certified by the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

John Brash recently became the UK’s first timber company to be awarded BRE’s prestigious Tick Mark status for JB-RED, which recognises the company’s excellence in grading and preservative treatment of its roofing battens.

Avonside Roofing offers nationwide coverage through 14 branches and supplies into housebuilders, construction companies, local authorities and housing associations.

Prior to the introduction of JB-RED all Avonside Roofing’s battens were graded on site. Its roofers therefore had to remain extra vigilant to ensure sub-standard battens didn’t make it onto the roof. This was proving to be a time consuming exercise as well as leading to a fair amount of wastage through rejected battens.

Tony Burke, Group Managing Director at Avonside Roofing, explains: “When we did the calculations we found that changing to JB-RED definitely justified the premium. This was because it actually saved us time, by avoiding the need to grade on site, as well as eliminating wastage created by rejected battens.”

Factory grading of JB-RED at John Brash is done by two lasers, two high resolution cameras and eight computers that carefully select the compliant batten. The process has been independently verified by the BRE and John Brash encourages all contractors and merchants to ask for this type of certification as it is the only way of guaranteeing compliance with BS5534:2003.

Correctly graded battens are crucial to the long term performance of roofs, especially with the increasing frequency of high winds and gales in the UK. They are also vital to ensure the safety of roofers during construction, as they may be used as an alternative to roof ladders, if attached to rafters no more than 450mm apart.

Christian Brash, Managing Director at John Brash, explains: “JB-RED continues to gain popularity as more roofers realise the benefits of factory graded battens. By changing to JB-RED, Avonside Roofing has sent a clear message that it places safety and quality at the core of everything it does and its customers should see that as a major benefit.”

JB-RED roofing battens are available from stockists nationally. Their distinctive red colour and ‘BS5534:2003’ stamp gives clients and developers the peace of mind that the roofers are using safe, high quality, British Standard compliant battens.

JB-RED roofing battens are made using sustainable timber that is from an FSC source, providing customer with the confidence that as well as a quality roofing batten they are using a sustainable and environmentally sound product.

Email: john@dragonflypr.co.uk


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