Hjaltland Housing Association was so impressed by the performance of Decra at a previous development, it asked the manufacturer, Icopal, to develop a bespoke product for its latest project of 26 new build properties – Hill Grind and Burnbank in Lerwick.
Last November, the Shetland Islands battled with 200mph winds and many traditional tiles on houses blew off leaving residents exposed to the elements. However, thanks to the classic Decra tile in black with anti-moss installed at Hjaltland Housing Association’s ‘Hillock’ scheme, residents didn’t suffer the same issues, as the Decra tiles stayed put and undamaged. In fact, even three years after installation, they still look brand new.
Richard Smith from Hjaltland Housing Association commented on the decision to specifiy Icopal’s Decra again, saying, “We were impressed with the classic Decra tiles used on our ‘Hillock Scheme‘ and the 40 year insurance backed guarantee offered by Icopal, but for this project we felt the Decra Stratos would be more appropriate. When Icopal produced a bespoke product to offer us the Decra Stratos tile in black with anti moss coating, we were delighted. Because, in Shetland, we experience extreme weather conditions and have a salt laden atmosphere during storm conditions, it is important that we specify durable and weatherproof tiles to keep homes secure.”
Although this was something Icopal produced especially for Hjaltland Housing Association, it has all the benefits of the classic Decra tile; it is waterproof, windproof, resistant to moss growth and designed to give an attractive finish to mimic the appearance of slates or concrete roof tiles. Contractors DITT also reaped the benefits. The system is totally dry fixed throughout and contoured to provide a strong and interlocking roof covering. It is lightweight and produced in large format to allow faster installations with fewer fixing compared to traditional tile or slate roofing.
Roy Leask from DITT commented on the importance of these features for them, saying, “By reducing installation time, the labour costs are cut. This not only helps us meet the budget requirements of our clients, but it also means we can be confident in knowing we will finish the project to deadline.”
Icopal is also currently offering free upgrades of modern, redesigned Decra tiles to existing customers on the Shetland Islands, with further information available on the website.
For more information on Decra’s products, visit the website http://www.decra.co.uk
For more information on Hjaltland Housing Association, visit the website http://www.hjaltland.org.uk
For more information on DITT, visit the website http://www.ditt-shetland.co.uk/