Icopal Proflex Roofing System, Norman Harris House - Icopal

Norman Harris House


Project Overview

Project: Norman Harris House - Retirement Home
Location: Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Area: 650 m²
Completion Date: May 2011
Contractor: Mells Roofing Ltd, Southend-on-Sea
Client: South Essex Homes
System: Proflex System

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Norman Harris House is a retirement home in Southend-on-Sea built around 1970 with a roof area of around 650m². It is situated on an elevated position approx. 100 meters from Southend’s golden mile.


The original roofing consisted of a traditional built-up bitumen felts with granite chippings, laid over polystyrene insulation with a fibreboard topping. The deck was timber boarding. The rooflights were original and required replacing.

This was a difficult contract carried out during the winter months with strong winds coming off the sea. The existing polystyrene insulation was particularly difficult to handle and the awkward access to the roof meant the jobs was rather labour intensive.


Mells Roofing worked with Icopal and the local authority and a bitumen bonded system was decided upon, with improved and upgraded insulation. Icopal’s Proflex warm roof system was specified to provide a high performance covering with a long life expectancy and is guaranteed for 20 years. New Icopal triple-skinned rooflights, and Formflash non- lead flashings were also specified along with polyester powdered coated edge trims.

The excellent working relationship between Mells Roofing, Icopal and the client, South Essex Homes, ensured a successful result. The residents were not inconvenienced and rather enjoyed the activity.

As a result of this contract, Icopal and Mells have formed a close working relationship with the client

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