Roof tile design has seen minimal innovation in centuries. Thick; heavy concrete or clay tiles simply fit together. But; tiles hold down a considerable weight to the roof structure. This in turn dictates strong, heavy and expensive roofing structures to cope with the load. These heavy roof tiles are hard and brittle. This results in up to 10% breakages on installation and the further threat of damage from hail; wind and walked on. There had to be a better way.
Harvey Roofing Products sought to resolve these functional challenges by solving another pressing issue: sustainability.
The breakthrough came in the form of Harvey EcoTile®
Harvey EcoTile® is a proudly South African, revolutionary breakthrough in roof tiles. By utilising 98% waste material, Harvey EcoTile® is 100% recyclable yet provides superior functional benefits to concrete or clay roof tiles.
Harvey EcoTile’s® technological design advantage ensures an interlocking, lightweight tile that is low on maintenance , weatherproof and virtually unbreakable in normal use.
The Harvey EcoTile® roof tile has the ability to eliminate 29 million, 2 litres used plastic milk bottles from landfill sites in South Africa. Each tile utilizes the equivalent of 3.8 recycled bottles and is 100% recyclable. In addition, the product input does not require any water resource, an increasingly scarce commodity in South Africa. With the recent focus on the effect that discarded plastic products have on ocean life and our natural rivers and dams, Harvey EcoTile®’s development could not be more timeous.
Harvey Roofing Products General Manager Sales & Marketing, Albie Jordaan says the innovative product has been developed to outperform conventional clay/concrete tiles in every way. “Harvey EcoTile® is four times stronger yet three times lighter than concrete tiles. Combining these advantages makes it possible to transport four times more Harvey EcoTile® as opposed to conventional roof tiles, limiting transportation cost and on-site breakages. We estimate that breakages can be reduced by up to 10% in the full value chain. Most importantly, endless maintenance on horizontal roof ridges will be a thing of the past”
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