by admin on March 23, 2011
What is Decra Roofing?
Dramatically increasing in popularity amongst roofers and customers, Decra roofing is a state-of-the-art lightweight tiling system that gives the clean lines and tidy appearance of standard roof tiles, while offering unparalleled flexibility of use. Decra can be utilised where standard roof tiles cannot, which opens up previously unobtainable design possibilities, giving you more choice about the appearance of your roof.
Decra tiles comprise of a tough galvanised steel core that is surrounded by multiple layers of protective coating. This special coating comes in a range of colours and styles to suit the look of the building. Both Roofers Warrington and those that do Roofing Glasgow may be able to install Decra roofing for you.
In short: Lightweight coated galvanised steel tiles in a range of styles
Decra roofing versus traditional roofing tiles
Decra roofing tiles are considerably lighter than standard roof tiles, which makes them a viable, cost-effective alternative. Decra tiles weigh less than 15% the weight of concrete tiles, and around 25% the weight of man-made slate. Another key difference is that traditional tiles rely on their weight to keep them in place and to stop them from lifting, while Decra tiles are secured at both top and bottom, for extra security.
If you’re facing the problem of replacing your roof and it is has only weak support or inadequate trussing, then Decra could be the answer for you.
In short: Useful on poorly supported roofs as they’re much lighter than normal tiles. Secured at top and bottom.
Practical application of Decra tiles
As Decra tiles are only a fraction of the weight of traditional tiles, they can be used in a wider range of applications. Traditional roof tiles have to be positioned within a certain range of angles – known as the pitch – typically 22.5 to 45 degrees. Some can be pitched outside this range, either at the higher or lower end of the scale, but the lightweight nature of Decra tiles means they can be used at a pitch unattainable using traditional tiles.
Decra tiles are particularly suitable for use when a leaky flat roof is being replaced with a pitched roof. In many cases, there would be inadequate support for the weight of a traditional tiled roof, but using Decra tiles overcomes this problem.
In short: Can be used at a wide range of angles. Great for replacing a flat roof with a pitched roof.
Strength, durability and environmentally friendly
Lightweight does not equate to weak. The galvanised steel at the heart of Decra tiles is incredibly strong and the finish is extremely hardwearing. And, with Decra you will never face any issues of wastage due to dropped tiles.
Decra tiles require less support than traditional tiles, meaning you need less trussing, which means less transport and less labour. They are constructed partially using recycled steel, which is makes the production process more efficient. Decra means you can carry out your roofing project with the environment in mind.
If your roof access is difficult or hazardous, then one of Decra’s advantages really comes into play. A Decra roof can be constructed on the ground and lifted into position, meaning risk to contractors is minimised.
In short: Tough, durable steel with a long lifespan. No breakages. Fewer materials, and less transport and labour. Can be constructed at ground level.
The Decra alternative
Decra tiles offer a long-lasting, cost-effective lightweight solution where traditional tiles are either impractical or undesired. They are functional and tough, yet attractive, giving you a host of options when considering the right finish for your roof. Ask your local Decra roofer for more information.