The building terminologies in Nigeria have been a problem to the novice due to improper understanding of what some terms mean. When a builder says Cameroon zinc, some clients do misunderstand it to be the normal short span aluminum roofing sheets, which is rather called Cameroon Aluminum roofing sheets or Cameroon sheets in a short form. However, that is not actually true when it comes to dealing with the sellers or manufacturers those roofing sheets.
The difference in meaning for the both had been a source of confusion and a loophole for some builders to dupe their clients.
For the record, Cameroon zinc can be referred to as the normal corrugated iron sheets made in Cameroon and imported into the country, the roofing sheets differs from other types of roofing sheets of their category because they were made of an alloy of aluminum, iron, and zinc, and the combination these metals in the making of the roofing sheets, made it become very resistive to corrosion and rust attacks, such that they can last for years without any rust appearing on any of their parts.
The above advantage of the Cameroon zinc made it be preferred that the conventional zinc corrugated iron sheets which are usually prone to rust and corrosion attacks after few years of their installations. The Cameroon zinc sheet has the same size, bundle quantities, and span embossing designs to that of the conventional zinc corrugated iron sheets, and their bundle quantities are usually 20 pieces per bundle but the prices of the two types differ greatly with the Cameroon zinc having high price than the other.
However, the Cameroon aluminum roofing sheets have a great difference with the Cameroon zinc both in size, material, color, cost, bundle quantity, and span design, etc. The popular short span aluminum roofing sheets in the Nigeria markets is what builders & dealers refer to as Cameroon aluminum roofing sheets, the reason for that does not actually mean that the sheets were made and imported from Cameroon like the Cameroon zinc, rather it is because the designs of the roofing sheets came out as the first pure short span aluminum sheets bearing different colors and span embossing design like the Cameroon zinc though they were different in size. It is later than the span embossing designs of the short span aluminum roofing sheets started having differences with the normal zinc sheets.
When it comes to sizes, prices, and bundle quantities, etc. you will need to go through our previous posts related to this topic. Meanwhile, the two roofing sheets have proven to be rust and corrosion resistant roofing sheets in Nigeria and they both offer average market prices per bundle when compared to other roofing sheets, they may be termed as the middle categories of roofing sheets which is why most average citizens use them for roofing.
Besides the above-mentioned differences, you will observe that some terms in our previous posts referred to the Cameroon aluminum roofing sheets as Cameroon zinc, the reason is that when it comes to describing the name does not really matter to the builders rather, what they care most is the size of the roofing sheets you want, how resistant will they be to rust & corrosion, and the amount of money you can afford to buy the bundles of roofing sheets, these criterial will help the builder to choose the right sheets and then prescribe the proper name to the market dealers or manufacturers. But to a layman understanding, Cameroon zinc is most times misinterpreted and usually called Cameroon aluminum roofing sheets and vice versa.
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