Choosing the Most Suitable Roof Tile Supplier for Your Roofing Needs
If you are currently busy with a building project, renovating your property or replacing your roof, you will have to give careful consideration to the roof tile supplier that you choose. Not everyone is able to provide you with quality products and great service delivery. It is therefore essential that you do some work to find the most suitable roof tile supplier for your project. There are a lot of roof tile manufacturers and suppliers in South Africa, and you have to ensure that the one you choose will be able to provide you with products that are suited to the African climate, and that their products are of high quality, functional, easy to maintain and durable.
Tiles have been a preferred roof cladding since around 10 000 BC when the Chinese started to make them by hand. They have since been developed and improved to perform well in particular climatic conditions, and the tiles we use today are mass produced by manufacturers that invest significantly in research and development of new tiles. This means that buyers now have a wide range of choices when it comes to the perfect tiles for their roofs, and tiles are available in a large variety of shapes, sizes, materials, colours and shades. Architects and builders now use them not only to provide a durable form of roof cladding, but also to enhance particular designs or to create a specific aesthetic.
Industry developments have improved tiles to the extent that they are now better than ever, and tiles are now designed with more than just durability in mind. They are now designed to distribute weight better and allow for a better balance of mass across the roof structure. As a result, it is possible to avoid certain challenges when it comes to the integrity of a roof, and it also ensures that the roof is waterproof, attractive and effective over long periods of time. It is also now possible to preserve the style, design and authenticity of a building with high-quality tiles, and some expert knowledge from your roof tile supplier can help with making the correct choices.
It is very important to find a roof tile supplier that not only stocks high-quality tiling, but one that also knows about the science of the manufacture and proper use of tiles. Unsuitable suppliers may recommend the wrong type of tile for the roof structure or deliver after a due date, and scope creep or roof malfunctions could occur. Before making a decision, it is important that a few factors are taken into consideration.
- Do your homework: Research is important and there are masses of information on the internet. Do not, however, make the mistake of choosing a supplier just because they seem okay on the internet. Take a good look at their pedigree, work history, types of products that they supply, their levels of expertise when it comes to the types of roof tiles they typically install, and obtain client references if possible. A good roof tile supplier will not hesitate to put you in touch with previous clients if you insist on personal references.
- Value for money: Building projects are expensive, but no building can function without a roof. It is therefore important to find a product that is not only highly functional and durable, but also provides value for money in the medium to long term. Going with the cheapest option may work in the short term, but problems may arise and in the long term, you will be stuck with a cheap roof that doesn’t work properly. Get a quote from your roof tile supplier who will measure the roof area and work out exactly how much the roof should set you back. Also ask them to include information about delivery, installation, maintenance and problem solving.
- Customer service: It goes without saying that a good customer service ethic is needed for a good relationship with your roof tile supplier, and they should be able to provide you with top-class service long after the cheque for the tiles has cleared. Choose a supplier that has long, stable relationships with repeat clients, and ask about a service level agreement.
To find out more about how to find your perfect roof tile supplier, call our experts at Marley Roofing. We are on standby to help you, and provide all the advice and products you need for your new roof!