Catnic® Urban Steel Roofing for Barn Conversion | Little England

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Surrounded by rural British countryside, the new one-storey residence has been converted from an old nursery barn that was previously a part of the family business. The space was used as a packing shed for wrapping plants and machinery maintenance. 

Owner and retiree Dave Wood, wanted both the architectural design and the materials used for the conversion to blend naturally with the surrounding landscape. As such, he had originally envisage using zinc roofing, but after researching for a cost-effective equivalent, Dave discovered the Catnic's® Urban steel roofing system, which was ideally suited to the aesthetic he required.

Catnic's® Urban steel roofing system replaced the original OSB Board roof on the old barn. The minimalist and contemporary aesthetic of Urban meant it was ideally suited to the design intentions of the conversion.

The roof also now benefits from eight Velux windows, which were easily installed in the SSR2® system. The Anthracite Grey finish matches both the doors and windows whilst providing an attractive contrast to the timber frame.

 Little England & Co, a building and interior specialist based in West Yorkshire, was tasked with installing Catnic's® Urban steel roofing system. Robert Holmes, an installer for the company, had previously attended one of the free Urban training courses provided by Catnic in Caerphilly, gaining a greater understanding of the entire installation process.

“I’ve worked with Urban on many projects before and find it quick, simple and easy to install, it really is a great product to work with,” commented Robert.  

Furthermore, the project needed a robust, durable roofing solution with a high thermal performance. All performance factors that the Urban system could easily meet.

Owner Dave Wood explained: “After seeing zinc roofing used on another project we were keen to use it ourselves, but found the cost too expensive. In Catnic's® Urban system we found a great alternative. I’m extremely pleased with the final outcome and we have received lots of positive feedback from friends and neighbours.”

Catnic's® Urban system is the latest addition to the Catnic product range. Designed, manufactured and CE Marked in accordance with BS EN 14783:2013, the sustainable, pre-finished steel roofing can be used for pitched roofs as low as 5°. The versatile system is available in eight different colours and the Galvalloy® metallic coating provides cut edge protection for an unrivalled corrosion resistance.

Manufactured from Tata Steel’s Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® pre-finished steel, the system is rated ‘A+’ within the BRE Green Guide and BBA approved. Additionally, the BBA certified product has a performance life in excess of 40 years, making the roof sustainable and virtually maintenance free.