There are various factors that determine which kind of roof to use for your house.


In hot desert-like climates where rainfall is low, flat roofs are very common. Areas such as North-Africa have alot of these roofs.
A flat roof is not eactly’flat’. It usually slopes at an angle of 5 to 10 degrees.
This angle can not be noticed easily and helps to drain water during cleaning or after rainy weather.
In traditional African societies, communities living in Arid areas of Kenya such as Maasai, Samburu had their shelters made of flat roofs. This is because rain is not common in thses areas.

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In rainy climates, the roof becomes steep. In snowy regions such as Northern Europe, the roof is very steep[over 45 degrees] so as to drain away snow.

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In traditional African societies which live in rainy regions such as Kisii,Mount Kenya and Coast, the thatch roof is very steep[over 60 degrees] so as to increase the surface runnoff of rain water.


Roofing materials vary depending on the budget.
In Kenya, thatch roof is the cheapest at KES 180 per square meter.

It is followed by Iron sheets. The thinnest grade in the market at the moment is Gauge 32 which costs about KES 210 per square meter.
Gauge 30 costs about KES 240 per square meter and Gauge 28 pre-painted costs approximately kes 500 per square meter.
Concrete roofng tiles cost around KES 400 per square meter.

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Clay roofing tiles cost around KES 630 per square meter at Mombasa. These have the advantage of being light-weight and since they are made of natural clay with no added paint, their rain-watter runnoff can be consumed without any health issues as compared to the others wheich have paint .

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Paint contains Lead which is harmful to the human body.
Stone coated steel roofing tiles such as Harvey, Decra are in the range of the most expensive and cost approximately KES 1500 per square meter.These are usually gauge 26 in thickness and hence give a lifetime guarantee.

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Their light weight also gives savings to the timber supporting trusses which will be less than when supporting heavier concrete tiles.

Curved and cylindrical roofs require special types of materials such as copper and bituminous felts. These felts can take the shape of the roof easily.
Copper felt is expensive. This is usually copper in colour when new and turns greenish as it ages.

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Hipped roofs are best laid using tiles since with tiles, there will be less cutting and hence less wastage.
Some steel roofing suppliers in Kenya can supply curved roofs.

Gable roofs can be done using any type of roofing products.
Some buildings such as Highlands restaurant at Afya Centre, Nairobi have glass roofs. These give nice views but are expensive to put up. A square meter of 10mm structural glass costs approximately kes 2,800.

The steepness of the roof can also be used to control cost. The more steep the roof, the more the surface area and hence the more the cost. Some roofing tiles such as Mangalore design require steep roofs to make sure that the rain water surface runnoff is fast and hence no leakages.
Recreational facilities such as tourist lodges which require rustic natural finishes will opt for the thatch roofs which can be patterned to various designs. Also, hardwood plank roofs are also common for these kind of recreational buildings. An example is the KWS Headquarters along Langata Road.

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Use of Diamond House methodology effectively reduces the costs by 58%.

Frank Gichuhi

Tel. 0721410684

Francis Gichuhi (692 Posts)

Architect Francis Gichuhi . B.Arch. University of Nairobi. Registered Architect, Kenya. Member, Architectural Association of Kenya. Contacts. email Telephone +254721410684



  1. Victor
    January 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I like the decra roofing but the price is too high, is ther any rooff giving that look but not as costly?

    • lean huang
      June 16, 2016 at 3:44 am

      Dear Victor,

      This is Lean from China, as top 1 roofing system manufacturing, our roofing tile has great quality with never fade surface and at least 50years guaranteed by documents promised.

      Best Regards

    • September 22, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Hi, Victor,my name is Rose,from Shanghai Metals and Materials Co.,Limited mainly produce stone coated metal roof tile,quality assured and competitive price, if any interested , contact us.

  2. sam ogando
    January 31, 2011 at 9:34 am

    currently building a house in western kenya where can i get this decra tiles

    • Geoffrey sagwe
      September 12, 2014 at 9:01 am

      For me I couldn’t do Decra in Western part of Kenya with the heavy rainfall the coat will wear out so fast. Will go for heavy mabati gauge clay tiles

  3. Janet
    February 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

    victor and sam, i work for a company that sells roof tiles that are affordable same category as decra but more affordable. you can contact me,

    • geoffrey
      July 4, 2014 at 8:12 am

      hi janet? May you tell which shop i can buy those tiles in mombasa. May you also give me your contacts please. I live in mombasa likoni area and would like to renovate our family house. Thank you

    • July 23, 2014 at 7:29 am

      where are you janet, i seriously need affordable tilles
      my number is 0712993227

      • September 22, 2016 at 11:44 am

        Hi Ronald,
        Nice to meet you.My name is Rose from Shanghai metals and materials Co.,limited mainly produce stone coated roof tiles. High quality and competitive price, if interested, contact us.

    • Stanley
      August 6, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Your contact

    • john
      August 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Am interested in the same for how much?

      • patricia nduta
        September 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

        Hej Janet,
        Am interested in those roofing tiles. Pls let me know where l can buy them in mombasa or in Ukunda.

    • kin
      August 9, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Where can I get and your contact

    • October 29, 2014 at 5:49 am

      we are a manufacturer of color coated steel coil and metal roofing sheet ,if you have interest,pls contact m,e !

    • ALEX
      January 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Am looking for medium cost roofing material.

    • tom nyabuti
      June 26, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      I am tom. I am building. I need roofing material. Building in NBI. I am keen on tiles.

    • Omari
      October 16, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      I also need such sheets in two months

  4. joaquim
    February 8, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Kindly give us a rate, brand and contact

  5. Jimmy
    March 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    @ Janet ,please give your contact details. i need roofing material of that nature you have described.

  6. Anthony
    March 14, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Dear Janet,

    I am building in Kibwezi and would also like to use the decra roof for my home.

    Kindly provide me with your contacts so that I can compare prices.

    Alternatively, if Jimmy, Joaquim and Victor have Janet`s contacts, I will happy to get them from you guys too.


    Anthony K.

  7. francis
    March 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Hey janet,

    Pliz give your contacts,i have the trusses already decra tiles went up looking for alternative

  8. Chris Wasike
    March 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Good day, I’m building a house in Kimilili municipality in Bungoma county. Initially the structure was designed to take portuguese clay roofing tiles (heavy in weight and high on timber) but now I’m scouting for better and cheaper alternatives that will also allow me to harvest rain water for drinking and other purposes.

    Kindly advise,


    • Mr. PHARESE RATEGO Phares Rat E
      June 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Please Janet, get me your contact and quotations asap. I am about to make a decision on the roofing materials for my house. Treat this as very urgent please.
      Pharesh from Rusinga Island, Mbita.

  9. james otuke
    April 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

    i am resident of mombasa. am really interested in having tiles. may i know where you are found in mombasa?thank u

  10. china metal roofing
    May 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    china stone coated metal roofing factory is looking for distributors worldwide.

    amarican standard,economic price!

    • Alaiz
      June 9, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Please contact me

  11. jonah
    June 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

    can you pliz mention to us the prices of the roofing tiles

  12. Frank Wanjofu
    July 7, 2011 at 11:59 am

    you are doing a good,keep up the fire burning

  13. jim
    August 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

    @janet gimme your contacts pliz

  14. Roselyn Achieng
    August 19, 2011 at 9:48 am

    We have very affordable stone-coated steel roofing tiles with excellent features.

  15. ali
    September 2, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I need janet’s contact. Roofing has become very expensive

    • frank
      September 3, 2011 at 6:41 am

      Hi Abida. Janet’s contacts are here
      0720 902780. Her pricing is not cheap either.
      Its easier to do away with the expensive roofing all together and adopt the Diamond House Technology. See details here
      We can design the house for you using the a4architect Diamond House concepts.

  16. Victoria
    October 13, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I need decra tiles-green colour kindly connect me to possible suppliers.

  17. millicent
    October 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Building a four bed roomed house how much would it cost me to roof with decra tiles

    • October 19, 2011 at 3:52 am

      Hi Milicent. Each house has a different roof surface area. Unless i know your roof surface area, i cant be able to assist you with the exact cost. On average, decra costs around KES 2300 to fix[materials plus labour]. Assuming your roof surface area is 200m2, this will be 460k. Assuming your roof surface area is 100m2, this will be 230k.

  18. October 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Hi interested parties,i work for Jumbochem (K) Ltd a company that manufactures roof and floor underlay materials using polyethelene foam that has thermal,sound and cooling effects.
    It is locally available here in Nairobi.
    Kindly contact me on or the above e-mail adress


  19. October 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Hi interested parties,i work for Jumbochem (K) Ltd a company that manufactures roof and floor underlay materials using polyethylene foam that has thermal,sound and cooling effects.
    It is locally available here in Nairobi.
    Kindly contact me on or the above e-mail address


    • October 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      I will. How much is the cost per m2?

  20. October 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Good stuff, am sure we can team up to offer Kenyans roof solutions.
    Keep it up

  21. thomas kamuyu
    October 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    hi all
    i can assist in procerement of roof products at reasonable price based in nairobi

  22. November 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Please contact us for quality stone coated tiles, using italian ceramic chip, and composed of Zinc, aluminium and steel. Our email is We are committed to providing quality roofing materials and at reasonable prices.

  23. November 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    very detailed research into the market.
    many above need stone coated, the most expensive staff, of course it looks nice. However, all of you should consider insulation roofing, as it has so many advantage compare to all metal roofing. This product can last 25years above, and can get you 5-10degrees lower in house temp. have a look at my blog

    And the most important much cheaper than stone coated.

  24. February 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    i’m purity and we do produce stone coated roofing tiles at affordable price so if you need them or you want to confirm anything contact me.

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  26. April 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Anyone in Nrb with ideas on where to get the cheapest versatile roofing sheets, give me some 411 …… 0733-xxx380 asap

  27. Bob
    April 11, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Looking for the best material for the following building materials
    1. sealing my roof.I don’t want or like hard board because they leak and makes the board look really bad
    2.sliding windows

    • leonard evayo
      June 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Building supplies is the authorized importer and distributor
      of Roofing Sheets and tiles in Kenya.
      Eco has partnered with Onduline group from France to provide
      competitive and economic solutions for the most complex roofing problems
      and to offer cost effective roof building solutions.
      This innovative product has gone a long way in reducing associated costs
      such as transport costs, handling and erection costs and future roof
      maintenance costs.
      Due to its flexibility and toughness, Onduline Sheets and Onduvilla tiles
      can either be installed on timber, steel, concrete or as wall cladding.
      We offer free technical support on the roof truss design to suit any type
      of building.
      Exclusive advantages for your roof
       100% WATERPROOF- 15 years warranty
       SAFE & ECOLOGICAL- Contains no hazardous chemical Eg. Asbestos
       COST EFFECTIVE- Easy to transport and install
       INSULATION- High insulation and sound absorbency values
       DURABLE- Corrosion lifetime warranty
       STRONG- Withstands high wind speeds and loads
       VERSATILE – Easy to cut, shape and fix
       FLEXIBLE- Does not break or bend during transportation or fixing
       LIGHTWEIGHT- Only 4 kg/m2

  28. April 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Decra Roofing tiles are only available in Kenya ….

    • May 4, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Hi Winnie,
      I hope you are fine. You can put up a paid roofing tile advert on If interested, call me on 0721410684 for rates.

  29. agwamboful
    May 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

    i am building a house in rongai. And am looking for Decra roofing sheets. Anyone with information can help me cause am putting up the roof in the next one week. Give the location, size of each sheet and the price.

  30. Sam Wachira
    April 14, 2014 at 11:01 am

    If there is anyone around the Mount kenya region who is interested in quality, less costly stone-coated roofing tiles, my company Esteemed Homes Ltd. has been commissioned by Tactile Roofing to be their authorized distributors within the Laikipia region. I will give you discounts and at the same time youu are assured of quality during installation as I do the supervision as a builder.

    • Maina peter
      March 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Your contacts please am nyeri based and need the tactiles asap.

  31. nkarisah
    August 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Currently ,the in thing in owning a home is ISSB,I know is the past blogs you have discussed this mode of construction but I believe not in depth.So my request to you is please can you give me more in sight into interlocking bricks for I wish to go this way in constructing my dream home in Kilifi.Also in ISSB how many floors can I go with this technology?

  32. Pharell waffubwa
    October 4, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Hey I wanna know about the price and the sizes of Decra Ruffing Sheets, am in Bungoma building and will be ruffing in a months time. Any one with good information around Chwele.

    December 3, 2014 at 11:07 am

    what is the cheapest cost can you get on one tile of conceret decra and from which company????????

    December 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Am currently doing a residential house in western and wanted to confirm where to find versatile 3m roofing iron sheets urgently and at what price per piece please. Regards

    January 12, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    hi am building i want to use decra sheet.

  36. richard otieno
    December 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    i m in the upper lower income bracket earning a net of 70,000 sh. my desire is to own a modest 2 b/rm hse. hw can u assist me achieve tht dream? thank you Sir.

  37. Brian
    July 30, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Can someone give me a current price guide of approximately what it costs per sq metre to replace an existing Makuti roof on the coast. All input appreciated

    • eri
      August 31, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Mr Brian, i am Eng Eric. Makuti roofing will cost ksh190 per sq meter. I have been doing several bq for modern hotel in the coast region.for more information call me

  38. Esther
    November 14, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Am selling low cost Decra roofing tiles.

  39. January 19, 2017 at 1:47 am

    HI Francis :
    This is Joanna who has contact you 2014 once .
    How is your roofing business going ?
    we would like to do roofing business together with you .

    pls check our website below

  40. Bart
    February 3, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    We would like to replace our existing makuti roof. We are situated in Watmu! Can anyone help us with an approximation of the costs and/or interesting contacts?
    Thanks Bart

  41. IVY MUGO
    April 24, 2017 at 12:34 pm


    I would like to know the differences between Metal roofing and Mabati roofing.

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