The RCI 2017 National Roofing, Cladding & Insulation Show (#rcishow2017), organised by @rcimag, provided a superb showcase for an industry that continues to innovate, change and deliver high performance solutions.
Attending the show on day two at the Ricoh Arena (@RicohArena) in Coventry, our first reactions were the sheer range of products and services on offer. Many of the industry’s leading brands caught our eye immediately, with SIG (@SIGZincCopper), Whitesales (@WhitesalesUK), Knauf Insulation (@KnaufUK), Manthorpe Building Products and ROCKWOOL (@ROCKWOOLUK) jumping out in particular.
Walking around the show, it was great to hear about the new developments and the passionate enthusiasm coming through from the companies behind them. We thought a couple are well worth a mention here.
Firstly, William Smith & Sons were exhibiting their Architextural range (www.architextural.co.uk) which includes the Avery Dennison façade film. This provides a ‘paint on a roll’ solution to give facades a new lease of colour and life, without the drawbacks of painting cladding in-situ. One of the most impressive aspects to this product is that it can be applied in all weather – something that anyone working in the UK building trade will certainly value!
Another innovation that stood out was the TEXFLEX PU liquid waterproofing system from TEXSA Ltd (www.texsa.co.uk). Their alternative to GRP provides an impressive range of benefits, not least the low cost of £7 per sq. m and 15-20 year lifespan. Like the façade films, the ‘paint on’ approach that TEXFLEX PU takes means that the product can be applied in the rain – so ensuring only the worst weather conditions can hold up the application.
What innovations like TEXSA and William Smith & Sons demonstrate is progress and continuous development in action. The wide range of excellent quality cladding systems, with their eye-catching finishes and aesthetic potential, will always be the most ‘marketable’ products purely because they make buildings look amazing. But hopefully that doesn’t detract from the broader creativity and original ideas that are evident in every aspect of the roofing, cladding and insulation industry.