SEEING YOU FROM ABOVE

Construction Week|April 2020

SEEING YOU FROM ABOVE
Roofing and cladding systems are increasingly becoming novel. Let’s know what they are
MOLLY R

A roof over one’s head, is a nice way of feeling protected. But for the well-heeled, it’s the kind of roof that matters. Very often, one does not spend time thinking about the home’s roof, and that’s a good thing. The only time a roof gets one’s attention is when it’s damaged or leaking. And while a roof’s main objective is to protect and weatherproof the house, don’t underestimate the impact roofing can have on the style and appearance of your home.

The roofing industry in India has witnessed a paradigm shift over the last few years. The main reasons for focused consideration for roofing could be attributed to the growing industrial applications and consumers in general being dissatisfied with existing conventional options. Both cases demand value from roofing investments. This has given an impetus for various roofing materials, especially metal roofing, due to the many virtues it offers to the end customer. The apartment culture has certainly taken over the residential market in major cities of India, but there are several minor/remote pockets that thrive on constructing individual homes.

Mahendra Pingle, deputy general manager - market development, Tata BlueScope Steel, says, “In Himachal Pradesh, most of our segments are ruled by residential applications. Our colour coated steel perfectly suits the hilly rugged terrains of the North as well as North East, withstanding the rigours of high winds, snow, hail and torrential rains. The same is the case with extreme weather temperature such as Tamil Nadu and Central India, where people prefer our roofing solutions due to its thermal efficiency. The sectors we primarily focus on are industrial, infrastructure, warehouse, institutional and commercial. From metro stations, airports, manufacturing facilities to schools, colleges and resorts, our roofing solutions are most preferred by architects looking for design flexibility, low maintenance, durability and speed of construction.”

For the company, major potential is in industrial and warehouse sector where metal cladding is preferred covering around 80% of the market share within roofing industry including walling, rainwater goods and accessories, façade, ceiling and liner panel applications. It has been servicing to all progressive sectors in India for more than over two decades by supplying quality roof and wall cladding products and solutions with world class installation practices and will continue to tap newer, diverse markets for the coated steel industry.

OVER THE TOP

Today, people are spoilt for choice and there’s a wide variety of roofing materials available. They’re all suitable for both new construction and re-roofing of existing homes. The type of roof one chooses will depend on several factors, including the home’s architectural style and one’s personal preference and budget. Where one lives should also be considered since certain types of roofs are more prevalent in certain regions of the country. For example, clay tile roofs are popular in the southeast and southwest, but not very common in the northeast or Midwest regions.

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