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Decra teaches lessons in pitched roof conversion

Decra Roof Systems Ltd has recently supplied its lightweight steel roof tiles for use on the flat to pitched roof conversion on Mosspits Infant and Junior School in Liverpool. The Decra system was selected for its aesthetics, design flexibility and lightweight benefits.

Available in a variety of colours and styles, Decra roof tiles were ideal for use on the Mosspits School project due to their lightweight nature, with some 3,500 Stratos tiles being installed across the entire roof, without putting any undue pressure on the supporting structure underneath.

Stratos tiles, which are produced with the aesthetics of a slate roof, are compatible for use in new build, conversion and refurbishment projects with a maximum pitch of 90°, down to a minimum pitch of 12°.

Terry Cavanagh, Managing Director of Mac Roofing & Construction Ltd, a Decra Registered Partner, commented, “The roof itself was subject to continuous acts of vandalism and required a new product which would be able to withstand a sustained attack. Due to the strength of the Decra tiles and the way in which they are fixed to the roof battens through the upturned and downturned edges, this was made possible. From an installation point of view, the tiles were extremely easy to fit and as a result, offered time saving benefits not usually associated with traditional materials.”

Manufactured with aesthetics and durability in mind, the Stratos tiles are ideal for use on school projects especially. Tony Shipley, Clerk of Works at Mosspits School agrees, “Due to the nature of the building, we needed a long lasting material that would continue to look good long after its initial installation. As such, Decra’s Stratos roof tiles offered the ideal solution. Aesthetically speaking, the tiles blend in perfectly with the surrounding landscape whilst also being strong enough to withstand the elements.”

Weighing just one eighth of their traditional counterparts, Decra’s range of lightweight steel roof tiles can be used in both low and high pitched roof situations and are installed with ease using a dry fix method and no need for routers onsite.

The durability of the tiles and the strength of the fixing means the system delivers a low whole life cost – it is largely unlikely that individual tiles will need to be replaced at a later date.

Andy Pack commented on behalf of Decra Roof Systems, “For local authority projects, such as Mosspits School, budgets and timescales are often tight. As our lightweight roof tiles are virtually maintenance free and extremely impact resistant, it is possible to reduce a building’s whole life costs, providing long-term savings. Manufactured with the aesthetics of clay, slate and concrete, the steel tiles are far more durable yet still offer the features associated with traditional materials.”

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