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# How to Calculate or Estimate Longspan aluminium roofing sheets.

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• How to Calculate or Estimate Longspan aluminium roofing sheets.
• ### How to Calculate or Estimate Longspan aluminium roofing sheets.

ZellaHyday > 08-30-2018, 01:12 AM

Refer to old articles of aluminium roofing sheets, they come in rolls of average of 600mm to 1300mm depends on the manufacture and specifications. As stated in previous articles, the aluminium sheets comes in rolls at the factory just like toilet rolls but with different widths and thickness based on specifications.

Calculating the roof required could be done by calculating the surface area in square meters of the area covered by the aluminium and for some companies it could be calculated in meter lengths ,knowing the width which is 600mm above as constant.

For a simple gable roof as shown in pic 1 with length of 25.2m. First you must know the height of roof from the section.

For this sample we  are taken the eight to be 3meters (10 feet)to know the length of leaf “x” or “y”

Gable Roof
Gable Roof
section of roof Remember the pythagoras theorem

x2=32 +6.12

x=6.8m

Hence the  area  of  roof  is (6.8  i.e  x)+6.8  i.e y) multiply  by  length  25.2m=342.72m2

If  the width of the roof comes  in 600mm or 0.6m, the  length of  the roof   require will be  342.72/0.6m

=571.2 meters length

So for some companies they could give their quotations in meter length so just ask for the width of the rols and follow steps above.

hip roof plan fig 3 For a complex roof like pic 3 above, then you can  opt to do a fast estimate  based on the linear area covered as shown by roof plan as it may be a bit complex and difficult, so you can divide the roof plan to sections of rectangles or squares as it may applies –(four right angles). Then add  the areas together and add 10% of the same area, because the higher the  roof, the more the plates , and the  more complex the roof the higher the numbers of offcuts which will also increase the numbers of aluminium /plates required . So for pic 3 ,add areas of rectangles A,B,C and D which is the big center.

i.e (8.2m x 1.2m)+(1.2mx8.2m)+(1.2mx8.2m)+(22.8mx12.2m)=311.28m2

Now  for a more accurate and scientific calculation, you must know the height of the roof , have the basic knowledge of calculating area of a triangle  which is ½ base x height . And Pythagoras theorem to know the  side of any triangle . Also remember the area for a rectangle is simply length multiplied by breadth.

Assuming the height of roof is 3meters as as previous in fig. 2, and taken the   major part  D as a simple  gable roof  (check the different sections on plan fig 3) and ignoring the hipped or bevelled section.

section of roof x2=32 +6.12

x=6.8m

So area of roof as previous is ( 6.8m+6.8m) multiply by length 22.8m=310m2