Moving forward with Strategy and Steel

In the last 18 months, Covid-19 has taken a considerable toll on supply lines to all of the islands of the Caribbean.  As virus protocols have slowed global industry, many traditional extra regional suppliers have reduced their output or stopped functioning.  Even the availability of containers has reduced.

Some regional hardware and lumber retailers are hesitant in investing in new stock.   As they tentatively find new sources for supply, in difficult economies, they are part of the knock on effect of building uncertainty.  

Retail cost, more than ever before, has become a key factor,
as prices rise to meet these new challenges.

This may appear daunting, but with no clear end to the pandemic in sight, much tighter use of existing onsite materials, with less wastage, will be the successful construction company’s new mantra.

Material wastage is always an ‘expected’ cost to owners,
often ignored in the ever present ’10% overs’.  It will become the focus of a fresh industry viewpoint, as intelligent construction will adopt precision over waste and better use of engineering science and originality, over endless poured concrete and over kill.

Exposure to the vast array of fresh tooling and retrenchment of existing construction crews, are equally necessary in a successful transition to contemporary materials, finishes and realistic costs.

Indeed design and more readily available materials may just be the innovative adjustments which architects, draftsmen and construction companies must now entertain.

The core of all good construction is based on strategy,
not just architectural plans.

Time is money and timing is everything.   

A savvy contractor, timely supply of materials and detailed groundwork, can make the budget and the construction, work like clockwork.

Whether gifted amateur or seasoned building expert, we must look to frugal, cost conscious construction, better site planning and organisation to allow the industry to move forward.

Sensible, simple and attractive design is always possible.

Strong, naturally ventilated buildings which take advantage of creative casting, siding and eco friendly water storage, solar energy and home, as living and workspace, accommodating long term social gathering and distancing.

Steel, while being the leading material for protection against the ever present Caribbean elements, is already used in many interesting ways, both internally and externally.  It’s readily available in all kinds of configurations, as roofing, siding and decoration, bringing new flair and colour to new or existing constructions.

At ECMIL we have developed a comprehensive collection of products which work extremely well together, providing practical resilience and style, from foundation to roof.

We meet the criteria for being your first stop on the way to moving past the COVID-19 contraction.  

Top quality materials, with prompt delivery across the Caribbean, at ex-factory prices.  We can even custom fabricate to order, creating frames and installations which can change the aspect of any construction.

Our materials are eco friendly,
rigorously tested and made to last.

Our highly experienced sales staff will guide you to the best possible selection of reliable steel products, with prompt shipping, direct to your site, at the most competitive prices for high quality materials.

It is time to take care of smaller projects before the Christmas season, or stock materials
to make a fresh start in January ’22.

As we move towards the end of another trying year, the future of construction in the Caribbean has already begun to embrace what the region does so well; we adapt, adjust and move forward.

Contact us today 
and begin your fresh start with reliable steel.

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NB. This article is for general information purposes only and is meant as an incentive to the reader, who should then research and seek advice from their architectural and construction professionals to confirm that the ideas expressed are possible within the building codes of their territory or within the limitations of their home's architecture. ECMIL only recommends their own products and third party products which they supply, as part of their company's roofing solutions to customers.