Visum, the Ideal Alternative to Slate Roof Tiles

Bristile Roofing, part of the Brickworks Building Products group, now offers an excellent alternative to slate shingles with the Visum range of ceramic roof tiles. A single Visum tile unit has three facings, giving it the appearance of three small slate tiles when laid on a roof.

Manufactured by Spanish company, La Escandella, Visum differs from other ceramic tiles in the current Bristile range, which are laid in typical ‘up and down’ pattern. Faster and easier to lay than traditional slate tiles, Visum saves time and money for builder/developer and homeowner alike.

When installing Visum tiles, roofing installers lay the wooden battens closer together than is the case with traditional concrete or ceramic roof tiles. With sarking in place, tiles can then be laid quickly. Each tile has an interlocking watercourse at top and bottom, which means that rainwater blown up the roof is channelled to a side watercourse, allowing it to flow back onto the roof plane. This secondary water barrier is a unique feature of Visum.

La Escandella is a European leader in the craft of ceramic tile making and with advanced production technology the manufacturer can colour each of the three faces of the Visum tile individually, and without overspray onto the face beside it. Such colouring technologies are the sole intellectual property of La Escandella. When this is combined with a unique pitted finish (an indented effect that is inherent in natural slate) the result is a flawless slate style look, with each facing on the tile appearing as one individual unit, and a roof line that appears irregular throughout, just like real slate.

Visum quality is guaranteed by manufacturer’s extensive warranties, which offers better peace of mind. For example, tile colour is guaranteed not to fade over the life of the product with an aptly named Colour For Life Warranty, and an unprecedented 100-year product warranty offers the further guarantee that Visum will be free of manufacturing faults.

Bristile Roofing offers a 10-year total roof warranty on the quality of its installers and any roof accessories supplied and installed. Currently, no other manufacturer/suppliers offers this level of consumer protection.

For those seeking a slate style roof finish the Visum range offers unmatched value and an exceptional and arguably unrivalled finish.

More information can be found on Bristile Roofing’s website at

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