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Tips on installing your roof Buying a good roof is not just enough to ensure that your home will end up looking good. The installation process plays a key role in bringing out the desired look.Here are a few things to look out for when installing your roof: 1. Always ensure that your installer (fundi) is trained and understands the application of the roofing product you plan to use. Roof installation is a critical factor in determining how your house will look. When settling for a roof installer, establish how long they have been in the business to ascertain their understanding of roofing systems. Ask for previous projects handled to act as references before committing to use them to install your roof. Professional installation is crucial to ensure a neat and beautiful look. 2. Make sure you trim any overhanging branches from trees hanging over your house to ensure that none of them breaks off and damages your roof. 3.Ensure that you have the necessary safety equipment necessary for your roof installers on site. Working on a roof can be demanding and dangerous if you don’t have the right set of skills and tools needed to get the job done safely. 4. If you have curved parts on your roof designs, opt for cranked/crimped roofing sheets. Cranking allows you to have a uniform roof cover without the risk of having many joints which often lead to leakages. 5. During the installation process ensure that the screws are fixed on the rib as opposed to the trough. Rain water often flows through the trough. 6. Use recommended fixtite screws to install your roof. Nails and other screws are often galvanised and they end up rusting over time. The exposure to rust on your roof creates weak points which often cause leakages.
PROJECT SHOWCASE Date complete: March 2017 Project:FAIR ACRES ESTATE, PHASE 2 GPS / location: Karen/Langata Area, Nairobi Architect: DIMENSIONS ARCHITECTS Roofing Contractor: NIDCON CONTRACTORS LTD Roofing Material: LIFESTILE Stone-coated Tiles Developer: MR. J. S. MATHENGE Profile: LIFESTILE WAVE Special features: The current phase of the project is a gated community of 16 Villas set in the upmarket suburb of Karengata, South-West Nairobi. The developer sought to build on the success of the sold-out phase 1 where they used a different roofing supplier. Having just refreshed a marketing campaign for its premium LIFESTILE brand that hinged on its enduring value and lasting beauty, MRM made approaches to the Architect, Developer and Contractor for the project’s supply, one of its first multiple unit prospects. From a test of various stone-coated brands, MRM had confirmed LIFESTILE’s primacy over others in coating adhesion, fade-resistance & consistency and these results went a long way in winning over the project team and confirm its coming of age against stiff competition from dominant market players. MRM’s key message of demonstrable product quality, its market heritage & track record and its promise to ‘always be there’ in comparison to product importers cut it out as a trustworthy partner with whom to build long-standing relationships. ADDITIONAL NOTES: The architect sought continuity of the contemporary design language already established in the earlier phase of the project to appeal to the targeted urbane middle-class within a market that is increasingly spoilt for choice. Differentiation from the common red tile colours was critical to their product offering and MRM met this expectation with LIFESTILE wave in chocolate finish. The eventual look and feel is one of elegance and modernity. The earthy chocolate gives the complex a grounding and harmony within its natural wooded setting. MRM’s flexibility with just-in-time supplies over the year-long project implementation phase was a delight to the team. For further information, or for permission to use this photograph, please contact: marketing.mrmroofing@safalgroup.com or 0788202020 MRM has service centres & branches in Nairobi, Mombasa, Thika, Kisumu, Kisii & Eldoret
Factors to consider when buying roofing sheets (mabati) in Kenya Are you wondering how to choose the best roofing solution for your home? The roof is the most prominent and outstanding feature of any house. This is the reason why several factors should be taken into consideration before buying your roofing sheets and roofing accessories. Below are some of the things to look out for when you decide to buy your roof cover. 1. Quality and durability- How long will your roofing sheets last? Before you look at the price of the roofing material, be keen to ask your roofing solutions provider about the quality and durability of the roofing sheets. When it comes to steel roofing, ensure that the sheets have an Zincal (Aluminium-Zinc) base coating as opposed to just a galvanised base. This will allow your roof to last longer by protecting it against harsh environmental conditions. Look out for a roof that will not only give your home timeless elegance but also save you future repair and replacement costs. 2. Coverwidth- How wide are the roofing sheets? Did you know that the width and length of your roofing sheets affects the total cost of your roof? Using wider roofing sheets reduces the number of sheets you use per square meter which in turn reduces your ultimate building cost. When comparing various roofing sheets, always remember to check the effective cover width. Wider sheets also reduce the overlaps and joints made on the roof which in turn prevents points of weakness (a common cause for leakages). 3. Trusted Supplier-How long has the roofing supplier been in the industry Key to note is the supplier of the roofing sheets. Look out for a supplier who not only understands the roofing industry but also has been in the industry. A trusted supplier will be able to walk you through from the buying stage until the installation stage. MRM has a pool of trained roofing installers all over the country who could be recommended for proper roof installation.
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