Lock and load

As modern interlocking tiles allow fixings to be  secured very easily, it’s little surprise they are becoming increasingly popular with contractors and  are a growing trend in the industry.


Technological advancements have brought considerable improvements in the design of roof tiles. We can now manufacture building materials much more easily and understand significantly more about how we can improve their performance and quality.


Interlocking roof tiles are a case in point, and while their popularity is growing their full potential is yet to be realised. These products are good value for money and very easy and quick to install, which means they need less skilled labour. This is good news in terms of the skills shortage as  they can help reduce the strain of  searching for skilled labourers and avoid delays in projects.

The changes to BS 5534:2014 were introduced to guard against increases in extreme weather and to align British Standards with European Building Regulations. One of the changes was that tiles need to be mechanically fixed with either a clip or nail, which led to  concerns over installation time and costs.  However, interlocking tiles are helping to overcome these concerns as they are so efficient to install – a win for contractors.

There are a number of reasons why the modern interlocking tile is thriving:

  • High levels of performance at lower pitches
  • Greater versatility and dynamism in a building project
  • Speed of installation increases efficiency
  • Durable and reliable finish
  • Help comply with Building Standards and regulations such as BS 5534:2014

For contactors looking for ways to work quicker and address the skills shortage, interlocking tiles could provide the perfect solution.