Icopal has developed a bespoke product for use on 26 new build properties in Hill Grind and Burnank in Lerwick, Shetland.
The company says that it was approached by Hjaltland Housing Association following the successful use of Decra at a previous development.
Richard Smith, from Hjaltland Housing Association, commented: “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.
“In Shetland, we experience extreme weather conditions and have a salt laden atmosphere during storm conditions, so 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, the company says 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.
The system is totally dry fixed throughout and contoured to provide a strong and interlocking roof covering.
It is also lightweight and produced in large format, which allows for faster installation with fewer fixings – characteristics that were important to the contractors with this project, as Roy Leask, from DITT, commented: “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. Find out more at the company’s website.