Steel roof tiles from Decra have been “integral” to the success of two timber frame modular housing projects by designer Roger Case for the Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association.
Parctiles in three colours – Terracotta Red, Teak and Fern Green – were used most recently on phase 3 at St Swithen’s Close, Bicker, Boston, while Decra’s Oberon tiles were used on phase 2 which was completed a year before.
Decra tiles are particularly suitable for modular buildings due to their lightweight. But they are also low-maintenance, and independent research by Davis Langdon shows they are up to 66% cheaper than many other roofing systems based on a whole life costing.
Manufactured from steel, the world’s most recycled material, approximately 25% of every Decra tile’s steel content is recycled. Moreover, when eventually the steel tile roof is decommissioned, the steel can be recycled once again.
Roger Case, who has used Decra tiles on eight Concept Homes projects since he first discovered them in 1998, said of the St Swithen’s Close development: “The
Decra tiles have been integral to the concept, with low weight, low manual handling, modular and rapid installation, and a good range of profiles and colours to match the various elevational finishes.”
His brief from the housing association was to design homes with high levels of thermal performance, air tightness, low water usage and renewable energy and his
response, an unusual, brightly coloured take on the traditional semi, was well received by local planners.
“The Decra tiles meet the project intentions and have good visual impact,” he said. “The client is very satisfied.”
East of England Roofing Services installed some 4,000 of the Decra tiles on the first phase for main contractor Lindum Construction, the second for Robert Woodhead.
Decra Roof Systems Ltd