4 steps to ensure peace-of-mind roofing solutions

by Ofentse Sefolo
4 steps to ensure peace-of-mind roofing solutions

Kelbrick’s Roof Trusses, which has been a MiTek licenced roof truss manufacturer since 1989, designs, manufactures and installs roof trusses according to your specifications. All shapes and sizes can be designed from attic trusses, exposed trusses, residential and commercial steel roof trusses, rafters, beams and floor beams, to only name a few.

In October 2002, Kelbrick’s became the first roof truss manufacturer in South Africa to obtain the prestigious permit (SANS 1900) from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), to apply the SABS certification mark on all the roof truss products they manufacture. The company insists on high quality, and therefore all their timber and quality control procedures are SABS approved. The company has 30 years of hands-on experience with service par excellence.

Kelbrick’s Roof Trusses shares the following key points to consider for peace-of-mind roofing solutions.

1. Use prefabricated roof trusses

Prefabricated roof trusses can only be approved when a rational design is available, confirming that material and truss design meet or exceeds the certified requirements. The timber must be structural timber and must comply with material and treatment requirements. This timber is usually marked at 1m intervals. Be aware of unmarked or black crosses, as this confirms that the timber is non-structural timber.

2. Ensure the correct engineering system is used

Ensure that the roof truss manufacturer uses a recognised engineering system such as MiTek Industries SA. The roof trusses should be designed and manufactured according to the system’s requirements. This ensures structural integrity of the roof structure.

3. Use a licenced roof truss manufacturer

Make use of a licenced roof truss manufacturer to provide you the assurance that everything will be done according to the system’s specifications. A licenced roof truss manufacturer designs, manufactures and installs roof trusses to certain specifications, based on certified standards set by a certification body such as the SABS.

4. Connecting and bracing details should be accurate

Everything that holds the roof truss structure together – including the number of nails, bolts, washers, brackets and cleats – should be accurate as indicated on the engineering design. All accessories should be stipulated on the design drawings. Make sure to check whether everything is 100%.

Don’t choose price over quality, as the cost could amount to more than was initially budgeted for. Rather employ professional, knowledgeable and experienced manufacturers. Choose an SABS registered and accredited roof truss manufacturer, with good working knowledge and a proven track record of successful roof truss projects.

Prefabricated roof trusses are the way to go, as it’s more accurate than hand-made counterparts. It will use less timber and complies with regulatory requirements. Using a registered roof truss manufacturer offers you the guarantee that systems are regularly audited and monitored.

Kelbrick’s works closely with many industry professionals – architects, builders, quantity surveyors and, of course, supply chain partners – enabling them to deliver the highest standard of quality and service to the end-users of their engineered roof trusses.

“MiTek is extremely proud to be associated with Kelbrick’s for the past 30 years. Their experience, quality standards and drive for continuous improvement make them one of the industry leaders,” says Hennie Viljoen, regional manager at MiTek Industries South Africa Pty (Ltd).

Whether you are planning a new building or are re-roofing an existing building, the company can assist. Kelbrick’s only uses MiTek’s advanced designing programmes, developed and backed by MiTek’s professional structural engineers and software development teams.

Kelbrick’s Roof Trusses
Tel: 071 676 3404
E-mail: tenders@kelbrick.com
Website: www.kelbrick.com

Prefabricated roof trusses can only be approved when a rational design is available, confirming that material and truss design meet or exceed the certified requirements.


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