Icopal’s award-winning Decra roofing product has been used to solve a unique roofing challenge on a new range of wooden camping arches installed at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, the home of the National Water Sports Centre, Nottinghamshire. Decra was selected for its robust, yet lightweight capabilities.
Built entirely of FSC or PEFC certified timber, and clad in slow-grown Scandinavian Redwood, these transportable buildings are the latest addition to the ever expanding Camping Cabins™ range, providing a quirky and unique alternative to camping under canvas.
Each cabin roof has a surface area of more than 10m² and, for this, there was call for a protective and durable product that could accommodate the unique curved design, yet was quick and easy to install. In addition, the load of the roof needed to be considered to ensure its weight was appropriate for the timber frame of the cabins and to ensure transportability.
Icopal’s Decra Oberon provided the ideal solution. As the tiles are produced in large format, a speedy installation with fewer fixings than a traditional slate roofing or roof shingles could be achieved. In addition, Decra also provides exceptional strength and security along with being light, making them easy to handle while not providing too much of an additional load.
Gareth Parkinson of Camping Cabins™ said: “These unique buildings needed a roofing solution that would ensure longevity and protection against the unpredictable British weather. Out of all the manufacturers I researched, Decra perfectly fitted our requirements. Its robust and durable qualities ensure protection, whilst the large format made them very easy and quick to install.
In all, 10 cabins were tiled within three weeks thanks to the lightweight characteristics of the Oberon tiles. Oberon roof systems also come with a coloured variegated granular surface that has been designed to gently diffuse light fall ultimately creating a softer more natural appearance to roofscapes. For this project, the titles were selected in the colour ‘Eclipse’ black to provide a contemporary finish complimenting the modern design.
Mike Leigh, Decra Key Accounts Manager at Icopal said: “Icopal provided onsite training during installation of the lightweight tile to ensure the quickest fitting within the specified timescale. At only 2.5 tiles per m², installation is up to four times faster compared to a regular slate tile, making the hardwearing Decra Oberon tiles on this job the perfect roofing solution for the glamping pods. The support from Icopal was key to achieving this.”