With a strong reputation and vast footprint, MiTek Industries is further enhancing its success with its latest light-gauge steel roof truss system
MiTek Industries is a diversified global supplier of builder products, collaborative software, engineering services and manufacturing equipment to the residential, commercial and industrial construction sectors. MiTek’s passion for its associates’ well-being and its customers’ success is the company’s hallmark. MiTek, which was founded in 1955 and has been a Berkshire Hathaway company since 2001, has operations in more than 40 countries on six continents.
‘Together with our customers, suppliers, trade partners and associates we seek to pursue our vision: living and working in celebration, our vision is for MiTek to be in every structure worldwide,’ says Hennie Viljoen, regional marketing manager at MiTek.
MiTek is an industry leader in every market it serves worldwide – providing collaborative software, innovative connector products, off-site manufacturing and quality services for a better way to build. ‘We aim to deliver unrivalled software, products and services to our customers, giving them a recognised competitive advantage. Our customers’ success drives our success,’ says Viljoen.
MiTek serves its customers (and the industry) by helping them to continually streamline business workflow and optimise structural framing. It does this by applying the company’s industry-leading software, off-site manufacturing equipment, innovative structural connections, expertise and experience to help solve problems and reduce unnecessary materials waste, time and labour. The relationships the company has built set it apart. MiTek lives out a genuine, core passion for serving its customers, and builds trust as a partner on their journey through uncompromising commitment to helping customers succeed – immediately, and in the long run.
Take Ultra-Span, for example. Ultra-Span is a light-gauge steel roof truss system that is both lightweight and compact for easy handling and economical transportation. Light-gauge steel offers a wide range of benefits when compared with conventional construction using other framing materials.
There are advantages in terms of quality, cost, durability and speed of construction. Reduced wastage, lower logistical costs and earlier occupation offer cost savings. The low mass per square metre of this roofing system ensures savings on the supporting structure as well as on transportation and erection costs. What’s more, it is vermin-proof and non-combustible.
Engineered designs are calculated using MiTek’s state-of-the-art 20/20 software and provides economical roofing solutions. ‘Large sections or an entire roof can simply be pre-assembled on the ground and hoisted into position onto a building’s walls – making this one of the most viable systems, with a large range of applications up to a clear span of 40m,’ according to Viljoen. ‘Supported through a substantial network of licensed truss suppliers, Ultra-Span is equally ideal for all local and export applications where it can be pre-assembled or site assembled.’
He adds that the business objective for Ultra-Span is to rapidly expand the specification, usage and sales of our current and emerging Ultra-Span solution in all of our key markets around the African continent. ‘The common market segments that present the greatest opportunities for this expansion are low-cost housing projects, and light-industrial and large-span structures,’ he says. ‘We are experiencing a lot of new interest in Ultra-Span, throughout the African continent over the past few years, and we continue to grow our presence in various markets.’
A recent industry trend is to combine Ultra-Span light-gauge steel with hot-rolled steel supporting structures. This opens a world of opportunities in terms of exceeding limitations in span and other project challenges. MiTek also sponsored the 2019 SAISC Steel Awards Light Steel Framed Building category. In 2010, 2015 and 2017, MiTek-licensed fabricators won this highly coveted category with Ultra-Span projects.
When it comes to large-span structures, MiTek has proven many times over that its Ultra-Span light-gauge steel roofing system is very much the product of choice and it has been widely utilised successfully on various commercial projects. It is often believed that light-gauge steel structures cannot really compete with timber nail-plated roof trusses on the low-cost market. However, quite the opposite is often true.
Light-gauge steel structures at the lower roof pitch of 17.5 degrees for tiles are usually more cost-effective, due to the greater strength of steel versus timber and all sundry materials being supplied in exact lengths, thereby leaving no wastage. The roof trusses can also be supplied in ‘kit form’ with all components in the exact required lengths needing only on-site assembly, or they can be supplied in pre-assembled form.
Again, the saving here comes from larger truss spacings (1.1m to 1.2m centres) than timber trusses, which in turn means more roofs can be transported on the same delivery, and roof erection is quicker due to fewer and lighter trusses than their timber equivalent.
A further site advantage, especially on large, low-cost housing sites is the inherent resistance of light-gauge steel to warping in poor weather conditions. And because the materials are non-combustible, there is a reduced risk of theft or vandalism.
ADVANTAGE OF ULTRA-SPAN
Elegant, simple system, with all members straight and true for a level roof
Span capability from small, low-cost to large 40m clear span commercial structures
Ultra-Span trusses can be supplied in ‘kit-form’ (low-cost housing or other remote projects)
Longevity of product due to galvanised coating plus inherent properties of non-combustibility, resistance to borer and fungus attack
Lower weight reduces transportation costs and improves handling and erection
Ease of truss manufacture with screws and electric fixing tool directly on-site or in factory conditions
Ultra-Span is backed by a professional engineering and estimating department. Engineered designs are calculated using state-of-the-art, in-house-developed software that provides economical solutions