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Natural Spanish slate comes to Norfolk

'Best roofing material known to man' brings outstanding aesthetics and unbeatable durability to a residential refurbishment in the village of Old Buckenham

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Created by nature, crafted by Cupa Pizarras: Cupa 12 Excellence roof slates in Old Buckenham.
Created by nature, crafted by Cupa Pizarras: Cupa 12 Excellence roof slates in Old Buckenham.

Natural Spanish slate from Cupa Pizarras has been installed as part of a family home refurbishment in the village of Old Buckenham, 18 miles south west of Norwich in rural Norfolk.

Working with the property owner, contractor Aspect Group Services (AGS) specified the slate for its outstanding aesthetics, quality and guaranteed warranty of 100 years.

The property is made up of the main house, a smaller newly built lodge, a pool house and garage. The owners have been refurbishing all of them over several phases since they bought the property eight years ago.

The first phase was the new lodge, completed in 2021, followed by the main house and the swimming pool area.

As well as new slate roofs, works have included external insulation and off-white render for the main house and galvanised guttering and rainwater systems throughout.

'Aesthetics were important to the project,' explains Matt Dillon, owner director at AGS. 'As we’ve used Cupa Pizarras slate before, we were confident of the quality of the product and the overall service we would receive from the company.'

After liaising with the Cupa Pizarras team and local merchant AJW Distribution, Cupa R12 Excellence was chosen to replace the old concrete tiles on the roofs of the main house and pool house.

AGS's roofing division installed the slates on both buildings using copper nails. On the pool house, they integrated low-profile solar panels into the roof alongside the slates for a flat, linear finish.

'I like the guaranteed consistency of appearance from Cupa R12,' says Dillon. 'With lower specification products you can get impurities in the slate and colour variance, which can stand out on larger roof areas. They can also be quite brittle, which means there is a lot of wastage. You get none of that with Cupa R12.'

Cupa 12 natural slate also provides a sustainable solution, which was a significant factor for both client and AGS.

The finished work has transformed a traditional brick property into a modern family home. The slate roofs bring visual appeal to the area and complement the external finishes of the main house and separate buildings.

  • Labour of love: The main house and garage.
    Labour of love: The main house and garage.
  • Cupa 12 Excellence: A dark grey natural slate with thin laminations and a smooth surface.
    Cupa 12 Excellence: A dark grey natural slate with thin laminations and a smooth surface.
  • Cupa 12 has approved status from the Snowdonia National Park and is certified by BRE Global.
    Cupa 12 has approved status from the Snowdonia National Park and is certified by BRE Global.
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6 reasons to specify Cupa Pizarras Cupa R12 natural Spanish slate

  • High quality, dark grey slate with thin laminations, providing a smooth, uniform appearance.
  • Guaranteed lifespan of 100 years.
  • Minimal maintenance. 
  • Cupa Pizarras owns its own quarries so is able to extract, locally process and return any excess slate to the mountain. Closed circuits enable water reuse.
  • Cupa Pizarras uses renewable energy sources, including photovoltaic solar energy, to power its plant and reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Many Cupa Pizarras slate products, including Cupa 12, have received BRE verification confirming that their environmental product declarations are in accordance with EN 15804:2012+A1:2013 and BRE Global Scheme Document SD 207.

Find more on this case study at cupapizarras.com/projects/norfolk

For more information and technical support, visit cupapizarras.com/uk


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