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WHY STONE COATED ROOFING TILES (METROTILES) AND ALUMINIUM ROOFING SHEETS CANNOT REPLACE CORRUGATED ZINC ROOFING SHEETS COMPLETELY IN NIGERIA

new and latest building with stone coated roofing tiles (metro tiles)

Whenever it comes to roofing in Nigeria, it is a matter of choice, money, skill, design, and buildings within the surrounding. The reason many builders recommend stone coated roofing tiles (also known as; METRO TILES) and aluminum for roofing are usually due to the buildings around the new building. Many places in Nigeria that are newly developing have no option than to use aluminum roofing sheet or metro tiles due to the existing buildings within the neighborhood, for the reason that it has become a culture for us to feel “belonged” a lifestyle that will not reveal one's financial statue to his or her intending neighbor, therefore; to belong one have no option than to raise his or standard to that of the neighbor. This is the major reason many new buildings are opting for the popular aluminum roofing sheets despite its huge and increasing market price alongside stone coated roofing tiles.

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Back in the 90s, almost all the houses in the country were roofed with corrugated zinc sheets. The reason is that of its availability, affordability, and strength. Within those periods only a few houses can be found with aluminum roofing sheets, it was like having a ratio of 100:1 in that regard. However, as time went by; some started adapting the idea of aluminum roofing sheets due to their discovered durability of the sheets. But its cost discouraged many people from buying it, and due to the low demand, the importers of the aluminum sheets were very few across the country. Without knowing what actually happened which may be termed as a combined and organized advertisements and awareness campaigns from those importers on the benefits of the sheets the demand sky rocked just within few years such that many importers went into it and some firms located their factory in the country so as to meet up with the huge demand which automatically became a disadvantage to the earlier zinc roofing sheets. Though they both are still in every market in Nigeria today, their demand and prices differ greatly.

modern buildings with aluminum roofing in Nigeria

The recent roofing sheet or panel which is challenging the popular ones like aluminum, zinc, asbestos and plastic roofing sheets is the stone coated roofing tiles. It is believed that stone coated roofing tiles (also known as; METRO TILES) had been existing in China, this can be revealed from many china movies shot in the past, though the material it was made with may differ from the material of the modern type. However, this roofing sheet has come to dominate Nigeria building and roofing industries as the competition is now set between it and the aluminum sheet alongside the Cameroon zinc.

According to our market survey stone coated roofing tiles (also known as; METRO TILES) cost times two of its equivalent in the aluminum roofing sheet, which means; if it can take you N500,000 to roof your building with an aluminum roofing sheet, then it can take you up to N1 million (N1,000,000) to roof the same building using the stone coated roofing tiles. However, despite the price gap the aesthetic look and prestige that stone coated roofing tiles (also known as; METRO TILES) offer exceed that of the aluminum by far especially in modern buildings in Nigerian. It is for this reason that many new hotels built across the country are going for the metro tiles, what a displacement to the popular aluminum roofing sheets.

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old building with zinc roofing in Nigeria

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Notwithstanding all the competitions, the Cameroon zinc and other corrugated zinc roofing sheets still have their place for low-income earners, replacement on the roofs of old buildings, economic buildings, a temporary fence at building or construction sites, etc. which has made it impossible to be displaced in the roofing market competition.

 

Originally posted 2018-02-13 13:19:28.

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