Decra Provides New Tiles For Cadet Centre Refurbishment - Icopal

Decra Provides New Tiles For Cadet Centre Refurbishment


When the Lowland Reserves Training Centre on Gilbertfield Road, South Lanarkshire, needed refurbishing, it called in HCS Roofing Ltd to provide a new roof. A range of Icopal’s Decra products and accompanying accessories were specified for their ability to deliver a robust and long-lasting roof within a rapid installation period.

The works were carried out in three phases, with Monarperm 700 breather membrane and Decra Stratos lightweight tile with accessories such as D Ridges, Barges, Counter Battens, Tile Battens and lead valleys specified for each of these by Neil Farquhar from Lowland Reserves Forces.

The first phase focused on refurbishing the existing Gilbertfield Road Cadet Training Centre. Having started work at the beginning of June 2014, HCS Roofing was able to meet the deadline of beginning of September, ready for the start of the Commonwealth Games.

The Wing Activity Centre is a new addition to Gilbertfield Road, so the next phase of the project was to provide the new build with a secure and durable roofing system. The works for the second phase began in July and were completed by the first week of August.

With the Commonwealth Games over, HCS Roofing arrived back on site at the end of October to complete the last phase of the project - the roofs on a kitchen extension that had been fitted to the training centre.

The existing concrete tiles and felt on the Cadet Training Centre were stripped before being replaced by Decra’s products, whilst the new Wing Activity Centre and kitchen extension had an entirely new system from the start.

The Monarperm 700 breather membrane is a vapour control layer that was chosen for its strength and durability with a high head of water for use in all standard applications. The blue and grey coloured breathable roofing underlay is made from polypropylene spun bonded material with a dark grey microporous film for added UV and ageing stability. The benefit of using these materials is that it is lightweight and therefore easy to handle, whilst also capable of withstanding a wide temperature range and combatting rot or fungal attacks. As it is non-tenting, it can be laid directly over insulation boards for added ease.

For the top layer, the Decra Stratos lightweight tile provided an economic and attractive finish. This is with thanks to the choice of two colours comprising of coated, zinc aluminium galvanised steel tile panels with the appearance of slates or concrete roof tiles. The economic feature is due to the tiles being produced in large format, enabling faster installation with fewer fixings compared to the traditional tile or slate roofing; the decreased time needed for fixing tiles therefore results in labour cost savings. Decra Stratos is also completely dry fixed throughout, which provides maximum storm security. To prove its confidence in the product, Decra provides a 40-year full value weather security roofing guarantee.

Neil Farquhar, Lowland Reserve Forces, commented on his decision to specify Decra, saying, “The fact that Decra’s roof tiles are one-seventh the weight of concrete roof tiles, whilst providing rapid fixing times was a big factor in my decision. It was important to provide a stable and long-lasting roof for the cadets and my requirement was to provide that quickly and efficiently. Coupled with the underlay membrane which we were able to lay directly on top of the insulation boards, the products were easy for the installers to handle.”

The project was completed in 2014 and won HCS Roofing Ltd the title of ‘Decra Roofing Winner’ at Icopal’s IMA Awards for this year’s AGM.

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