FEATURES Precious cargo aboard How cargo is delivered plays a huge role in the longevity of a roof. So how should roofing materials be transported? By Ntsako Khosa Some trucking companies specialise in transporting roofing material. R oofing materials which are damaged due to transportation issues can often go unnoticed upon arrival or before installation and it can cause serious problems in the long run for the client and building occupants. “Incorrect handling and storage, particularly where metal roofing is profiled off-site, is often the cause for customer dissatisfaction. Damage caused by bending, incorrect storage or scratches are of particular note,” says Safintra. Vee Singh, general manager of Dezzo Roofing, says that safety of the load and of other road users are top priority when transporting roofing materials. “When transporting large span trusses, height 22 SEPTEMBER 2017 RESIDENTIAL // COMMERCIAL // INDUSTRIAL restrictions under roadways and bridges come into play therefore proper route planning is key to avoiding accidents,” he says. Hiring experts who know how to handle and manage goods throughout the entire process is essential to ensure that materials arrive safely on site. “Skilled labour must be employed to carry trusses off the truck,” says Singh. Sammy Manefeldt from Africa Transport Solutions (ATS) also stresses the importance of working with customers to minimise damage during transportation. “As with any product being transported, you must consistently work together with the customer to ensure the product is properly packed onto palettes and wrapped correctly,” he says. Proper offloading is as important as delivering a load, to ensure the connection points do not have undue stress. Handling roofing material In most cases, roofing materials are manufactured off site and delivered for installation and many materials are high quality, therefore, special care is required. Safintra recommends that metal roofing in particular be must be kept dry during transit and storage. Failing which, moisture can collect between stacked sheets and cause significant damage and erosion therefore greatly reducing service life.