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North West Aluminium grow UK sales team with three new appointments

North West Aluminium’s roofing accessory brand Kytun, along with Gutterclad - their aluminium rainwater system range, have bolstered their national sales team with three new appointments across the UK.

Combined, the new recruits bring more than 55 years’ roofing sales experience to North West Aluminium.

Working alongside the current team, they will be responsible for growing the client-base across the UK and developing new business opportunities for the company’s roofing accessory range & aluminium rainwater systems among contractors, specifiers, architects, and installers.

Joining them are Alex Grant, Stuart Brown and Guy Howell, who each bring a wealth of sales, manufacturing and industry experience to their new roles at the company.

As well as their extensive knowledge of the roofing sector, between them they have ran three marathons, enjoyed “an illustrious rugby career” and played before 16,000 people in a heavy metal band.

Alex Grant - Scotland

Alex is Kytun’s new Business Development Manager in Scotland and has extensive experience in both the electronic and construction sector.

He started his career in semiconductor production before moving to the construction sector where he has spent the last 20 years in sales roles with Vencel Resil/Jablite, Farko, Cupa, Welsh Slate Ltd and SIG Roofing.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Alex has run three marathons, three half marathons and taken part in three triathlons - not to mention hiking the scenic surrounds of Ben Nevis ten times, Snowdon twice and walking the West Highland Way.

As if all that was not challenging enough for this football, rugby and golf fan, he also taught his granddaughters to play chess when they were just five years old!

Stuart Brown - North West & Lancashire

Kytun’s new Business Development Manager for the northwest of England is Liverpool supporter, Stuart Brown, from St. Helen’s.

Stuart started his career with SIG Roofing Supplies where he worked his way through every role to become a branch manager. Prior to joining Kytun he was with Huws Gray Builder Merchants where he grew his knowledge of roofing and building materials.

Not one to miss a beat when it comes to roofing, Stuart has also been playing drums since he was 11-years-old and has toured the UK with his old school band. The peak of his musical career saw him perform at a UK Heavy Metal festival called ‘Bloodstock’ before an audience of 16,000 people. He still enjoys reuniting with his school friends for the occasional gig and recording some new songs ‘just for fun’.

Guy Howell - Midlands

Completing Kutyn’s new salesforce appointments is Business Development Manager, Guy Howell.

Guy has over 20 years roofing sector experience, having started out with an independent roofing merchant where he worked his way up into a management role.

He then moved to another independent roofing supply firm, and this is where he gained first-hand experience of Kytun’s extensive range of products and the benefits they bring to contractors, merchants, developers and self-builders.

In his career to date, Guy has played roles in the supply chain on a range of projects including historic buildings, redevelopment schemes, prestigious new builds and has “copious amounts of sitework” under his belt.

A dedicated rugby fan, he enjoyed a “long and illustrious rugby career” and is never found wanting when it comes to discussing the “shortcomings” of the English squad at any given opportunity.


Welcoming Alex, Stuart and Guy to the team, Kytun’s UK Sales Manager Pauric Hilferty said: “We are delighted to welcome these three highly-experienced salespeople to our team. They bring expert knowledge of the construction sector as well as of the traditional roofing and aluminium rainwater system market. This expertise will play a crucial role in securing new projects over the next 12 months and beyond in regions right across the UK.”

Burkeway Homes use Kytun Dry Roofing Products on Galway Housing Project

Burkeway Homes, Galway
01 April 2019

One of the new build construction projects that we supplied Dry Roofing Products for will be going on show sooning at Burkeway Homes show house for the Breacán development on Letteragh Road in Galway.

We supplied Burkeway Homes, through our partner at T O’Higgins Merchants, with Textured Steel Tile Trim, Valley Trim, Aluminium Valley Trough and 6m Ridge Kits. 

Our Design Engineering team can work with your Project manager to find the perfect colour match and style for your development. As we manufacture the products at our plant in Co Donegal we can produce any bespoke requirements that you might have. 

orth West Aluminium Dry Roofing products are certified in Ireland to BS8612 (Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling) and BS5534 (Slating and Tiling) requirements and offer many advantages over the traditional mortar fix roof systems, including:

  • Simple and quick installation
  • Keeps labour costs at a minimum
  • Increase the lifetime of the roof
  • Obstructs water penetration
  • Stop wind uplift completely
  • Secures tiles in place permanently

Kytun These products provide a stylish finish to the house along with completely securing your roof from rainwater and wind uplift. These products we designed in a region that experiences harsh weather conditions so they will stand the test of time.

Our Aluminium Range comes with a 30-year durability- and 20-year colour warranty while our galvanized steel range comes with a 20-year durability and colour warranty. We can also provide the product in uPVC.

We can manufacture and supply guttering, cladding and rainwaters products through our GutterClad range. These products are powder coated and available in aluminium or steel. They can also be provided to match your requirements as we offer a fully bespoke service.

Contact us now using the blow form or call 074 913 9500 to speak to one of our Sales team about your upcoming project.

Prestigious Cheshire Developer PH Properties Choose Kytun Dry Verge Solution

PH Homes Cheshire
05 December 2018

The Kytun Slate Dry Verge was used on a PH Homes project in Macclesfield, Cheshire in conjunction with Liberty Roofing. This is one of the most anticipated developments by PH Properties and was designed by renowned classical architect Robert Adam. The unique and innovative Kytun Dry Verge solution was included throughout the houses in this development.

The project is a high-end development at Alderley Park consisting of 37 new homes with access and landscaping as standard. Along with this, there will be new internal roads, boundary treatments and associated landscaping/infrastructure. This exclusive residential development offers three distinct styles of residency in a collection of homes, beautifully designed by internationally renowned architect Robert Adam and beautifully created by luxury developer PH Homes.

The Kytun specification team worked with the local outlet of Burton Roofing (Stockport) to ensure prompt and efficient delivery to the client.

Kytun Slate Dry Verge is an ideal solution as it provides complete protection from rain and wind uplift. The patented 'Drip System’ means that self-drainage of rain water into the gutter takes place. This product is available in aluminium with a 30-year durability and 20-year colouring warranty and in steel with a 20-year durability and colour warranty. They are manufactured to stand the test of time.

Our products are produced at our manufacturing plant in Donegal, Ireland to BS8612 (Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling) and BS5534 (Slating and Tiling) standards and provide a number of key advantages over the traditional mortar fix roof systems, including:

  • Straightforward installation
  • Minimal labour costs
  • Longer roof lifespan
  • No water penetration
  • No wind uplifts
  • Locks slate/tiles & ridges on roof

Alderley Park is a unique location and one of Manchester’s most desirable, within minutes of Cheshire’s social HUB, Alderley Edge.

Check out range of premium roofing products available from Kytun.

Kytun Provides Dry Roofing Solution for Keepmoat Homes Residential Development in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Slate Dry Verge V2
05 October 2018

Back in September of 2017 Keepmoat Homes approached us here at Kytun to provide solutions and products for a development in Calder Road in North Sighthill near Edinburgh. The project was completed for the Council of Edinburgh and will provide over 100 residential housing units when finished. As beautiful as Scotland is it also offers some of the most severe weather conditions in the British Isles and because of that, issues surrounding wind uplift are a major concern. 

A quick calculation of the wind charts for the area raised concerns when choosing products that would not only add value but would assist with the main issue for the good hard-working people at Keepmoat Homes. 

The technical team worked on various solutions and materials but having looked at a number of options the Kytun Aluminium Slate Dry Verge was the best fit product for the project. The fully tested Dry Verge met the requirements of providing a secure fixing for the slates at the roof verge whilst also offering a system which would not cause unsightly staining on gable walls with a slim attractive finish.

We helped save the home owners a lot of money with a product that will withstand high wind speeds and a high volume of rainfall without compromising on durability.

Our products are manufactured at to meet the requirements of BS8612 (Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling) and BS5534 (Slating and Tiling) standards and offer a number of advantages over the traditional mortar method for the fixing of roof systems, including:

  • Simple, fast installation
  • Low labour costs
  • Increased roof lifespan
  • Zero water penetration
  • Protection against wind uplift
  • Secures slate/tiles & ridges on roof

Kytun provides a range of guarantees and warranties that other manufacturers do not offer, including:

  • 30-year Aluminium Durability Warranty
  • 20-year Aluminium Colour Warranty
  • 20-year Steel Durability Warranty
  • 20-year Steel Colour Warranty

Kytun is the largest manufacturer of Continuous Dry Verge Systems globally.

Click here to order Slate Dry Verge T2

Our Advantages

Our products are manufactured at our plant in Donegal, Ireland to BS8612 (Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling) and BS5534 (Slating and Tiling) standards and offer a number of advantages over the traditional mortar method for fix roof systems, including:

  • Simple installation
  • Lower labour costs
  • Increased roof lifespan
  • Zero water penetration
  • No wind uplifts
  • Secures slate/tiles & ridges on roof

Our Warranties

Kytun provides a range of guarantees and warranties that other manufacturers do not offer, including:

  • 30-year Aluminium Durability Warranty
  • 20-year Aluminium Colour Warranty
  • 20-year Steel Durability Warranty
  • 20-year Steel Colour Warranty

Providing the Perfect Solution Aluminium Ridge Capping Solution

Aluminium Ridge Capping Solution
09 July 2018

In order to address the needs of the client our team of engineers sat down with the Roofing contractor and we planned a bespoke production of verge trim with 0.98mm thickness.

After the design and testing process were able to provide the contractor with exactly what they needed and they ordered Verge Trim and Apex to complete the finish on the newly-built homes. This was the first time that we produced the Apex piece. This is no standard in our product and provides a neat and aesthetically-pleasing finish at the apex.

The development boasts some of the first homes in the new town of Northstowe, located eight miles from Cambridge and close to the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. With shops, local services, health, education and leisure facilities. The town was designed to be complete community with a network of cycling and walking routes, plus a new link road connecting the town centre to the A14.

Aluminium Ridge Capping provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional tile or slate ridge. The products are available for use with either Slates, Tiles and almost any roofing application. It provides a neat, maintenance free, lightweight and totally weatherproof finish to your roof.

  • Advantages of Using Aluminium Roofing Products
  • Lightweight and Durable
  • Easy and quick to install
  • Requires no maintenance once installed
  • Extensive range of colours available
  • Less obtrusive than traditional ridges for bay and conservatory roofs

We were impressed with the flexibility shown by Kytun in order to meet our specific needs. They were always available to discuss our requirements from initial contact, through the design process, up to the final installation of the Slate Dry Verge solution. We have been provided with a strong and durable product that will stand the test of time and we look forward to working with Kytun again in the future.

Steve Manning JSJ Roofing

We were happy to work with JSJ Roofing, providing them with the perfect solution for their project. It is always our aim to provide our customer with a product of the highest standard possible in line with their needs.

Hugh Harkin Kytun Technical & Innovation Manager

The New BS8612 Standard for Dry Roofing Products

L-R Hugh Harkin, Technical Manager & Pauric Hilferty, Sales Manager
20 March 2018

The use of dry fix systems has significantly increased over the past few years, mainly due to new technical standards from the NHBC and the revised BS 5534, brought about by an increase in warranty claims in the construction sector and concerns about extreme weather.

However, while there has been an ongoing focus on the benefits of dry fix generally, this has led to a lack of understanding on the differences in the performance and reliability of dry fix systems. In fact, we recently conducted research which showed that more than one tenth of specifiers believe all fittings and systems are “pretty much the same”.

This is cause for concern because, while there has been an insurgence of dry fix products and systems into the market since the 1980s, not all perform to the same level. The inconsistency in component quality within dry fix systems has led to some reported product failures, such as ridge tiles not being fixed securely enough and ridge rolls not sticking to the roof tiles properly.

The concern surrounding this issue has led to the BSI roofing committee, which includes representatives from the NHBC, developing a new British Standard specifically for dry fix systems. This is the first time a statutory instrument to govern the products will be in place.

The new Standard is called BS 8612 and came into force at the end of 2017. It will ensure consistency of quality across products by defining the standards the materials are required to meet, i.e. performance, durability, mechanical fixing, weather tightness etc. At the moment it looks set to include verges, ridges and hips but not valleys or eaves.

As one of the first manufacturers to introduce dry fix more than 30 years ago, with our Universal Dry Verge System, we fully support the new Standard. We believe that, like BS 5534, it will further help to make pitched roofing in the UK more secure.

Although the new Dry Fix Standard isn’t due to be introduced until the end of this year, there are some steps that can be taken now to reduce risks. For instance, by using an established dry fix manufacturer with experience in accessories and tiles and by properly considering the quality of products and the testing the systems and their components have been through, specifiers and contractors can protect their reputation and their liability for a project. This can also help reduce call backs and ensure they are future proofed and ready for when the new Standard comes in.

Pictured: L-R Hugh Harkin Technical Manager & Pauric Hilferty Sales Manager

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