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Safintra Roofing Q&A Published in “Construction Business Today”- a famous construction & real estate magazine.


 “Green compliant, economical, multifaceted benefits”

 A global player entrenched in the Indian market, Safintra has always offered sophisticated products in the Indian market. In an exclusive interview to Construction Business Today, JL Das, Chief Operating Officer, Safintra Roofing India Ltd, discusses his outlook for the Indian market.




 Which segments in construction sector are the biggest demand drivers?

 Roofing is an integral part for Warehouse. Therefore the growth of the roofing industry is directly proportional to the growth of warehouse sector. Here experts have spoken about the state-of-the-art roofing systems for modern warehousing facilities. Industry sources estimate demand for warehousing to grow at an annual rate of around 9 per cent over the next five years. Growing number of factories, poultry farms, architectural buildings, cold storages and development of special economic zones are other key demand drivers for roofing market with focus on thermal insulation and energy conservation.


Emerging tech trends in Cladding & Insulation introduced by Safintra.

Safintra has introduced its standing seam product called SAFZIP 400 and also clip lock product as SAFLOK 700 as an appropriate sustainable roofing solution for the segment of modern roofing. Safintra is a global brand for roofing and a member of Safal Group of companies. Since 2008, Safintra has presence with its manufacturing facilities in Maharashtra near Mumbai in India. It has global offerings for all modern and advance roofing solution including standing seam roofing and clip lock system. Standing seam and clip lock roofing products are latest technology for concealed roofing solution. Besides, we do have conventional roofing products which are traditionally a roofing solution with screw fixing mechanism. Standing seam roofing systems is an advanced roofing solution globally. Safintra has mobile roofing solution for standing seam roofing. For example any large installations if the roofing sheets are very long and cannot be transported on road, the machine can be sent to the site for the ease of installing longer length roofing sheets. Also its machines can produce curved and tapered roofing sheet to fit into any type of complex roofing requirement.


Green virtues of your products

 While the initial cost might be high for steel roof/wall sheet, but the durability and the absence of a need for a second or a third roof makes metal roofing a preferred choice. Cool metal roofing, a cost effective and environment-friendly roofing is found in the form of unpainted metal, pre painted metal and granular coated metal roofs. Both painted and unpainted metal roofs exhibit sustainable reflectance value in even the harshest environments. Solar panel on roof sheet is a brilliant roofing solution - green compliant, economical and multifaceted benefits; altogether offered in a neat package.

 According to a research report, the green roofing trend is in more demand and is expected to enhance the growth as the green roofing helps the building save energy. The aspects of metal roofing supporting green compliances were offsite manufactured, recyclable materials, and durable. Supported by products like sandwich panels and other insulation add-ons, these roofs gained popularity as they emerged as a low maintenance solution, which meant among other things saving on water for washing.

 Scope for addition of skylights or other low energy lighting solutions like LED catered further for energy bill reduction. At industrial and other suitable sites, accessories louvres and wind driven roof ventilators bring in a fresh breath of air into stuffy work areas that too at near zero operating costs.


How sophisticated is the Indian market in terms of technology?

They have great fire resistance, hence one finds them in majority of industrial buildings. Metal roofing can last upto 10-20 years depending upon surrounding environment. There are high quality paint systems/ coatings used on metal roofing to resist chalking and fading of their colours. Simultaneously, these paint systems help in shedding off the dirt and resist the growth of fungal matter leading to low maintenance too. In severe wind conditions, it has been found that metal roofs outlast other roofing products. With coatings of various colours and patterns, and availability in a number of profiles, metal roofing offer extensive design flexibility to architects.

 There is no denying the strength of metal roofing and they are amongst the lowest weight roofing products - a benefit in seismic areas and in retrofitting projects. This also reduces the load on the structure. Most metals can be recycled without losing any valuable properties leading to eco-friendliness. Installation and construction is easy and quick and in many cases metal roofing can be installed over existing roofs also, saving costly tear off. Metal roofs reflect heat effectively, thus minimise the heat of absorption leading to lowering of air conditioning costs.


Approximate volume/value of the Indian market.

 The most commonly used metal roofing materials include steel, aluminium, copper, zinc, and titanium. Metal alloys in different colours, styles and textures are also available. Approximate market volume in India for steel roof sheet application is 8.15 lakh tonne.


Your outlook for the Indian market

Roofing remains an important aspect of the construction industry. Today roofing systems are not just used for protecting the house from inclement weather but also to offer sustainable construction.

For years, residential sector contributes to be the largest consumer of roofing products along with good market share and it has remained one of the major factors to drive the roofing sector growth. Today the time has changed! Apart from residential, increase in the development of commercial buildings, hotels, and malls are propelling the growth for roofing sector. According to a research report, the global roofing market has to grow at a CAGR of 6.96 per cent during the period of 2016-20.

Considerations for Metal Roofing: Cost, process of installation, time-frame, aesthetics, project suitability, location, present trends in the industry. One also needs to look at the budget, the availability or eventual transportation costs and the overall sustainability of the use of metal.   


construction business today September 2016