A new British Standard BS 5534 roofing standard becomes a mandatory component from next month, meaning all roofers in Leeds and the rest of the UK must attach tiles to roofs mechanically.

BS5534 has been designed to ensure that roofs are more secure and can withstand the elements of harsh wind and rain (which we have experienced in abundance in Yorkshire recently). According to leading roofing manufacture Marley Eternit, this is one of the “biggest change to pitched roof fixing” for over two decade.

Apparently, there are still some confusion on the changes and Marley are concerned that some roofing contractors will not be ready when these are enforced on March 1st.

Speaking in a press conference, Steve Bryceson, the technical manager at Marley Eternit, said “Most queries we receive from contractors are still about timing of projects and the new standard. The revised BS 5534 was announced in August but there has been a six month crossover period where the two standards (BS 5534:2003+A.1:2010 and BS 5534:2014) have coexisted. However, from 1 March all new pitched roofing work using tiles, slates and shingles should be specified to the recommendations of the new standard, BS 5534:2014. Some exceptions may apply to ongoing sites of multiple properties under the control of the NHBC, where contracts have been agreed to the old standard, in which case any outstanding roofs may be completed using BS 5534:2003+A.1:2010 up until 1st July 2015.”

DPR would like to reassure homeowners and commercial property owners that our Leeds roofers will be up to speed on all the new BS 5534 roofing standards. For more information on the standard, details are available online.

Should you require a roof tile repair and live in Leeds or the surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to contact our roofing team on 0113 3470918.