There are a number of alternative sheet metal products on the market and an important part of the roofing game is to know your product. LCP Roofing uses top-of-the range ZincAL® and Colorplus® coil supplied by Safal Steel and rolled by Safintra Roofing. Both companies form part of the Safal Group, the largest steel roofing company in Africa.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the type of sheet metal to use and these are based on the specific parameters of a given project.
ZincAL® and Colorplus® consist of rolled steel continuously hot dipped into a mixture of 55% Aluminium, 43.5% Zinc and 1.5% Silicon Alloy.
2. Quality Assurance
Safal Steel subjects their products to the highest global standards that include the following systems:
- ISO quality system testing
- Quality inspection during production
- Quality assurance of the finished product (SABS product quality conformance)
- Artificial weather testing
- Live test sites
To ensure quality, Safal Steel conducts numerous tests per product to ensure mechanical properties and coating performance. These include:
- Hardness testing
- Tensile and yield testing (MPa)
- Elongation (%)
- Impact testing
- Bend testing (0T to 3T)
- Coating mass (g/m²)
- Cupping test
- Lock forming test
- Cross hatch
- Scratch test
- MEK rub test
- CIE lab values and gloss %
3. Atmospheric Exposure
Safal Steel tests all products to ensure excellent performance under the influence of the harsh South African weather. All product exposure time periods are predetermined according to various coating categories and at fixed temperatures:
- Colorplus® is exposed to UVA and UVB rays
- All products are exposed to salt fumes
- Live test stations have been installed at various locations to compare performance under everyday weather conditions
4. Thermal Attributes
5. Product Selection
Safal Steel and Safintra provide a guide to their product selection for Colorplus®. This selection is based on the coating classes recommended for the different regions in South Africa:
In conclusion, products are tested and guaranteed to the fullest extent to provide for every need and every project.
Blog post compiled by Tamarin Botha, LCP Roofing Sheeting Estimator.