Britmet started the journey into the composite slate tile market in 2017 in the bid to create an authentic, sustainable, lightweight slate. After research began in February, Britmet originally specified a synthetic tile to be manufactured in China to research and test product demand in the UK. Almost immediately, the market demand was confirmed and due to quality control issues, a decision was made to bring the manufacturing process over to the UK.
In 2018, the lengthy research and design process began. Britmet used real welsh slate in order to perfect the aesthetics and performance qualities of the LiteSlate. By January 2019, the development of the first mould for the LiteSlate had begun and the machine was inserted into the UK production plant. They accomplished their goal of perfecting the natural slate surface by May 2019, ready for the product launch at the FIT SHOW NEC. Due to a long list of leads, full production of the UK LiteSlate quickly followed with stock retention plans in place. In summer 2019 the LiteSlate passed its fire testing with a BS476-3 Fire Rating and new mould designs started development.
Increasing customer demand for the composite slate, has caused production to double – less than a year after the product launch! By the end of July 2020, production will have tripled to produce multiple riven edges and to give a natural slate effect. These will be stocked in their 70,000sqft premises in the West Midlands as well as 40 nationwide stockists (the list of stockists is growing on a weekly basis).
Furthermore, the LiteSlate is designed with the environment in mind. Over 95% of the Polymers that LiteSlate is made from are recycled. In 2021, Britmet will recycle over one million kilograms of polypropylene!
They have also expanded the LiteSlate tile range to 7 different colours – the largest standard colour range on the UK synthetic slate tile market!
See our extensive colour range here:
- Amethyst (Purple)
- Ash (Dark Grey)
- Charcoal (Black)
- Oak (Brown)
- Slate (Light Grey)
- Sunset (Red)
- Sunshine (Terracotta)
Despite having all the characteristics you can expect from a traditional slate, the LiteSlate won't break, chip or delaminate thanks to our sophisticated, ground-breaking design. This is further proven by its many accreditations and certifications to restore your confidence, including a BS476-3 Fire Rating and a 40-year weather penetration guarantee. The Britmet LiteSlate is a high-performance, synthetic slate tile that makes a superb modern-day alternative to traditional slate roofing for all projects!
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