When you build anew, or refurbish an existing structure, you rely on professionals
to select the appropriate materials to ensure that your structure will be durable,
as well as attractive.
The fact that there’s now a remarkable range of grades and brands available, stands testament to how our understanding and market demand have evolved with the pace of new technology.
Time, cost and capability are a juggling act to arrive at your desired finish, but above all, cost will be the determining factor.
The single most expensive part of your average house is the roof; timber, labour, boarding and inevitably, the roof covering.
Each choice of material gives a different character and style to your building and carries its own costs of materials, complexity and time of installation.
We now live in a world, constantly influenced by
‘Home and Garden TV’, with simple, superb ideas and how to’s to create that perfect home, what to look for when you buy and how to become a DIY genius.
The caveat however,
is the Caribbean’s unique environment,
which can destroy in moments
what you worked so hard to have.
From asphalt and timber shingles, to clay, concrete and slate tiles, these coverings offer an initial stylish and robust finish, but pale in resilience to sun and winds and in the case of recycled rubber tiles, require specialist installation, inclusive of glue application and leave an odour which ‘hangs’ for a considerable time.
If you take your environment, recent weather patterns, salt blast, labour cost and capability and product longevity into consideration, you will arrive at the same conclusion as your average insurance appraiser; timber rafters, T1-11 boarding and Galvanised Roof Sheeting.
There is nothing to lament in this combination.
Within the Caribbean, this product in all its gauges, colour variables and profiles, offers the most reliable durability, breadth of choice and ease of installation.
In simple insurance terms, the higher the risk, the higher the premium. To a home insurance company, the roof is the most important part of your house. It's the gateway to far greater damage claims once it's breached.
A steel roof is an insurance benefit, not a burden.
While we are not suggesting that the style of your construction should be compromised by the shift in premiums, today’s designers and contractors look for eco friendly, cost effective structures and finishes which outstrip emerging corrosion and deterioration problems.
Steel is at the heart of strengthening and extending
the life of all buildings, while naturally resisting
the damage that nature will cause.
At ECMIL we have perfected a suite of products which assist this process, providing value at all stages of construction.
It’s not just demand, or fashion, or even the curiosities of design that drives us.
It’s our focus on the ever changing environment and how we can bring ever better technology to bear, to resist those climatic problems while providing long term reliability.
Heat, sun, water, salt, corrosion, poor treatment and lack of product knowledge are the enemies of any building.
Our products and customer support combat those, by providing the best possible technology and how to deploy it.
Talk to our sales staff today and discover
how you can rest assured with reliable steel.
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.