A growing Number of the self build enthausiasts and housebuilders are discovering that showing some steel really does have benefits when it comes to the construction of the residential roofing areas – allowing for saving to be made both financially and in the terms of the meeting ever reduced construction programmes.
Steel roofing structures have, until recently, been predominantly the preserve of industrial and commercial developments looking to make savings with a swift completion over tight timescales and budgets. Over the last two years more and more residential projects are finding that the U-Roof system has a number of key advantages over traditional timber roofing.
Launched in 2009, U-Roof is a bespoke CAD ‘Meccano’ style system involving u-shaped, cold rolled galvanised steel beams that fix easily together without the need for specialist skills or tools. It offers considerable savings on time and cost as well as offering almost instant precision and significantly more ‘room in the roof.
Designed by West Yorkshire-based engineer David Thurston, U-Roof is attracting attention and finding a ready market with everyone from self builders to the largest housebuilders in the UK as well as some of the most established architectural practices – all keen to benefit from the savings the system can offer.
It’s easy to see why as Neil Suggett, a self builder from Bristol currently engaged in constructing his new home, explained:
Another recent convert to the U-Roof revolution is Michael Dunn, MD of Bradford-based Stocksfield Construction who has utilised the system effectively at a residential project in Oakenshaw.
The U-Roof system exceeds all British targets for construction energy efficiency with insulation and is a perfect fit with the ethos and objectives of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) as well as the Code for Sustainable Homes, a set of guidelines introduced in May 2008 that measures the sustainability of a new home against categories of sustainable design and rates the ‘whole home’ as a complete package.
There’s also no threat of infestation or warping and its lightweight nature offers significant health and safety benefits.