If you have been looking about of late, you will have realized that roofs of buildings are becoming pronounced in their exotic design and size. The good news is that this trend is for good reasons. The roofs are not just improving the scenery, but are also being used to improve house ventilation, hold a water tanks, solar energy panels or even provide extra space for another room for keeping personal effects. These is why some people and entities are willing to spend more on it ,not only to keep head turning but to make the sum of the parts of the building contribute more value to the built environment than in years past. Talk of killing many birds with one stone!
All credit goes to roofing system suppliers for their readiness to innovate and deliver ingenious product that meet the expected and un-perceived needs of the consumers. You only need to say it and taada!!…the supplies is delivered, whether your building will sport flat or pitched roofing system.
These suppliers , manufacture or stock all roofing materials ranging from corrugated iron sheets , wood shingles , stone coated roofing tiles to asphalt shingles ,not to mention roofing accessories . In Kenya the top nine roofing systems merchants and manufacturers are:
1.Mabati Rolling mills (MRM) ltd.
Mabati rolling mills a.k.a MRM is as subsidiary of SAFAL GROUP headquartered in Mauritius and has global ambitions exporting as it does to Asia, Europe and America. The Company has taken matters new economy into its own hand – it own online store going by the name Roofing Africa.com
MRM manufactures Steel roofing sheets and tiles in a rich variety of colours. It’s products that have made name for themselves include Galsheet Resincot iron sheets ,Cover Max iron sheets,Dumuzas Iron sheets,Lifestile tiles, and Elegantile tiles.
Other products are anti-vermin, and weatherproofing products, rain water harvesting products like flashing and ridge caps and accessories like Fasteners
Factory Prices start at Kshs 452 per meter for Galsheet Resincot corrugates iron sheets.
2.Corrugated Group ltd.
Corrugated group ltd is a local company that began operations way back in 1958.In those early days, it was trading as Venus metal ltd. As we speak now the company is still going strong with a factory in Mikindani, along Mombasa -Nairobi road.
Corrugated Group ltd manufactures galvanized (covered with a layer of zinc – for protection against corrosion and rust) corrugated sheets. Specifically it makes gauges 32,30,28 and 26 silver and coloured corrugated sheets ,box profile corrugated sheet(the troughs are wide apart), ridges and gutters. The standard lengths for the sheets are 2 m, 2.5 m and 3 meters.
3.Royal Mabati mills ltd.
If you wish to touch base with this company you will need to charter a flight or a cab to Kitengela Town on the outskirts of Nairobi city. Royal Mabati mills ltd manufactures steel roofing sheets and tiles.
Some of its product that flying off the shelves of hardware stores include-box profile mabati(troughs are wide apart), corrugated iron sheets, Bricktile (the base is steel and enamel),Roman longtile (the base is Aluminum Zinc and silicon base),Industrial sheets, and Euro Tiles .
Royal Mabati also manufactures accessories like roofing nails and rubber washers.
4.Maisha Mabati Mills Ltd.
Maisha Mabati mills ltd is a subsidiary of Devki Group of companies and has a factory is in Ruiru town which is located between Thika town and Nairobi city.
It manufactures coloured galvanized corrugated iron sheets. Some of its product making a pretty mint for the company are silver and coloured Corrugated sheets, Box maisha mabati(the troughs are wide apart), Maisha alu-zinc mabati, Maisha mabati cover and Maisha tiles.
5.Space & Style ltd.
Space & Style is a locally owned company that was founded in year 2002.The company has made name for itself as high quality supplier of building and construction materials that improve the quality of life and scenery of the built environment.
The company has also earned a lot of social capital because of the work it has done and continue to do in up-skilling Masons through its awesome Fundi Maalumu program.
Space & Style distributes and sells Decra roofing systems, Fortiza Roofing systems, Steel structures, floor lamination, and rain water harvesting systems, fiber cement, and Bituminous waterproofing membranes.
Also it sells roofing shingles-Bituminous shingle that is flexible and weather resistant.
REXE is local company which is the authorized distributor for all IKO industries products in Kenya and the region. The company has Offices in Kilimani –Nairobi.
REXE is a specialist roofing systems supplier , meaning the company deals in roofing systems only .Some of its products that it has installed for high flying customers are Laminated shingles, Stone coated roofing tiles and waterproofing membranes for flat roofs, balcony ,floors ,pavements and flashing on roofs.
IKO industries is a family owned company established in 1951 in Canada with 37 plants in North America and Europe. The company is reputed for its exemplary customer care and inspiring corporate culture and manufactures roofing systems, waterproofing and insulation materials.
Specifically IKO makes and sells asphalt roofing shingles, Ice and water protectors, underlayments, starter strip, hip and ridge cap shingles and insulation boards. Also it manufactures commercial roofing systems.
It’s a vertically integrated company meaning it owns most of the raw materials that is used in production in its plants, guaranteeing high quality and durable products.
8. Fortiza roofing systems.
Fortiza roofing system is a product manufactured by Fletcher building group – a New Zealand company founded in 1909. It is one of the world’s largest manufacturer of stone coated roofing tiles and accessories. The steel tiles are coated with aluminum zinc and given another layer of stone coating to give them an appealing look at reasonable cost.
The tiles come in variety of colours and sizes. Accessories include roof ridge hip, box barge and side flashing. Fortiza roofing system have fire retardant and come with after sale service.
9.Decra roofing systems.
It’s also product designed and manufactured by Fletcher building group ltd- one of New Zealand’s largest multinational companies. The product is made from steel coated with Zinc aluminium alloy to extend the durability of steel six times. The tiles are coated with natural rock chipping embedded in base coat that is then covered with an acrylic over-glaze
The tile can be cut and bend at the roof ridge and hips to provide full overlap with flashing sheets. This eliminate the need for additional waterproofing and burglar retardant measures. They are also strong, durable and lighter than concrete or clay tiles reducing dead weight on load bearing walls.
The company also manufacture Decra steel shingles, which are coated with stone chipping that eliminate the need for plywood substrate required for traditional shingles. They are also lighter and particularly suitable for cement roof cladding.
The new kid on block for this company is the Decra steel shakes -that look like the traditional cedar wood shakes. This roofing material is made of steel coated with stone chipping but has the deep grain profile of Cedar shakes. This produces the natural look of a timber roof.