Roof Tile Development

The business wing, ‘SAFE Materials’ is currently developing a new roofing product.

End Product

The cement tile is created using fine stone chips and cement (ratio 3:1) and is combined with sufficient water to produce a tight mixture. It is then transferred to a flat mould, where air bubbles are removed through vibration. This is achieved using a bicycle-powered machine, designed and constructed by the team and a UK engineer who volunteered with the organisation in 2012.

Mould Preparation

Bicycle-powered Process

When an even consistency is achieved the slab is set in a double curved mould and left to dry before being cured for seven days in water. The team are experimenting with material proportions, aggregate size, coloured additives and curvature. They will test the product at full scale before opening to market. An exciting time…


2 responses to “Roof Tile Development

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