10 Mar what to consider when deciding on roofing sheets to buy
There is a well known theory of consumer buying behavior which states that at least 60% of consumers make buying decisions using their hearts not their brains. This is where suppliers, sellers and marketers prey on uninformed customers. Its not surprising since it is public knowledge that the art of selling is hinged on psychology, manipulation of customer decision making reigns!
On focus today, is to highlight some of the factors to consider when one is deciding to buy roofing sheets either for their house or project structures. Like they say, knowledge is power!
Thickness is a simple measure of durability and sustainability. An iron sheet should not be easily foldable if its intended to be used on a house roof. Given the nature of abrupt winds and erratic weather conditions in Sub Saharan Africa, roofs are normally blown away. lighter thicknesses are vulnerable to tear. Gauges like 0.23mm, 0.25mm are classifieds under lighter or thin sheets. They are desirable for temporary structures like where renovations are being done, on pens, sties and cabins
2. Width and Length
Width basically determines coverage and is also a yardstick to measure number of sheets to be used. IBR normal production width is 700mm and can even stretch to 800mm. Corrugated sheets range from 700mm-800mm wide. The width allows grooves room, which in actual fact is a measure of strength, the more the grooves the bigger the strength measure.
On length, one has to consider the overlapping room during the process of laying down the sheets. On any roof, there should be at least 20 cm of overlapping length either from the wall or on sheet laying.
Other factors like color and location are minor factors that people should consider when making purchasing behavior. The majority of buyers however, choose to focus more on pricing. Yes, lighter gauges are normally cheap but the cost of maintaining the roof are also high. There is also a threat of accidents that are posed to the roofers because the sheets are not strong enough to carry human weight on them.
Be safe, buy wisely and ask for technical help. This is why we are here as Musara and Company to help you make sound and objective buying when it comes to steel related products. As we always say, Steel Matters and either way, Its Still Steel