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About Youngman

Youngman Roofing and Insulation have been serving local construction professionals and DIY homeowners for over 35 years. From those early days, it has always been our vision to be an one-stop solution . As the business expanded, we continued to add to our product offering and eventually started supplying more and more to the industrial and commercial sectors.

Our footprint expanded with our growth by the addition of the Ottery branch, Southern Cape Branch, Gauteng branch and recently our West coast Branch to the Youngman Roofing Group. Our head office remains in Maitland in Cape Town where we continue to happily serve a broad client base.

Every branch has a unique offering to their respective local markets, but with the same friendly and professional service-delivery attitude that has made Youngman Roofing and Insulation the success it is today.

30+ years

9 provinces

3 countries

230+ staff

Our locations therefore enables us to deliver an efficient service throughout South Africa. Youngman Roofing manufactures IBR, Corrugated and Concealed Fix profiles which are available in the following materials: Galvanised, Zincalume®, Zincal, Clean COLORBOND™, Colorplus and Colorbond™ Ultra. We are a leading supplier of all Insulation material including Youngtherm, Acoustisorb and are authorised distributors of Lambdaboard. We are authorised distributors of Palram polycarbonate sheeting in a variety of profiles, including IBR, corrugated and Big 6.

Our estimating department offers the service of pricing plans and bills of quantities at tender stage with a responsible follow-up service of on-site measurement on completion of the roof structure. This has the benefit of eliminating wastage and reducing costs. We also offer a comprehensive and professional consultancy service.

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Our History


We first opened our doors in 2004; serving local construction professionals and DIY homeowners. Even in these earlydays, it was always our vision to to be a one-stop shop. As the business grew, we continued to add to our product offering and started supplying more to the industrial and commercial sectors. We also moved to new premises just around the corner to house our expanding manfacturing division.

Today, our factory shop is still based in George’s thriving industrial area at 7 Fabriek Street. From here, we now service the entire Southern Cape region, with weekly deliveries to areas including Plettenberg Bay, Knynsa, Oudtshoorn, and Mossel Bay.

In 2014, we became a member of the Youngman Roofing Group. Established by Youngman Roofing and Sheet Metal Works, this group has a growing national footprint. Its Head Office in Maitland, Cape Town, is also home to a roll forming plant, which manufactures IBR, Corrugated and Concealed Fix roofing profiles.


Estimating Services:

Our estimating department offers the service of pricing plans at tender stage with a responsible follow-up service of on-site measuring on completion of the roof structure. This has the benefit of eliminating wastage and reducing costs. We also offer a comprehensive and professional consultancy service.

We offer this estimating service at the following stages:

  • Off plan
  • On-site, which includes physically measuring the roof area, as well as supplying technical advice.

Delivery and off-loading:

We are able to supply and deliver, with our own deliver vehicles, roof sheets up to 15m in length. Delivery of longer sheets, up to a maximum length of 22m can be arranged by special request at an additional cost.

Youngman Roofing has always operated with various size delivery vehicles and our smaller delivery vehicles allow us to carry out emergency deliveries which are so often required in this industry.

Frequently asked questions

Can you deliver my order?

We deliver to the following areas: The Greater Western Cape Area, Eastern Cape, Southern Cape, Gauteng and Pretoria. There is a cost for this service. Please contact us to find out more.

What profile should I use?

The pitch of the roof is the biggest deciding factor. There are numerous trains of thought on this issue and the decision is based on numerous technical factors. However a very good rule of thumb is the following:

  • 1-5 Degree fall: Concealed fix sheeting i.e. Snaplok or Diamondek
  • 5-8 Degree fall: IBR
  • 8+ Degree fall: Corrugated
Are steel roofs noisy in rain?

Many people enjoy the sound of rain falling on their steel roof. For those who don’t, rain noise can be reduced if a foil and glass fibre blanket is used as the insulation material. This foil and glass fibre insulation blanket is installed between the roof frame and the roof sheeting and it performs two jobs. It keeps your home cool in summer and warm in winter, and it also acts as a sound deadening device, by reducing the amount of noise transmitted through to the inside of your home.

Can colour material be installed upside down?

No. The performance of the product will be affected by the different film thickness and UV absorbance capabilities of the backing coat on roofing products, however, there are double sided products available for applications where the reverse side will be visible.

What is swarf and should it be removed?

Swarf is the term given to the steel debris arising from cutting or piercing operations, and mostly comprises of fine steel particles mixed with abrasive. However, in this context swarf may also be taken to include any other discarded steel objects such as rivet shanks, nails, screws and nuts, which may come in contact with the roof sheets.

Swarf particles, if left on the surface, will corrode and cause rust stains which will detract from the finished appearance of a project. These stains are often mistaken for early deterioration of the roofing and walling itself.

Won't a steel roof be hot?

No. In summer a lightweight roof made from steel causes less heat to be radiated into your home because it cools down faster at night. And in winter, the same steel roof, properly insulated, helps keep the heat inside. This can result in reduced cooling and heating costs.

How important is to follow Palram's general recommendations on product usage?

Very. Palram recommendations for the storage, installation and general treatment of products is drafted to ensure that the product’s quality and serviceability are met to the full extent, and following these recommendation ensures that the product warranty isn’t void.

Does Palram's products keep the 'heat' out?

To a certain extent. Palram sheets are available in a variety of colours each with its own heat and light transmission properties. While most Palram sheets block 100% of harmful UV radiation, there are variations in heat and light transmission. Clear sheets allow most solar light and heat through while opaque colours are more reflective. In case excessive heat buildup is a concern, we offer several products that outperform conventional heat/light ratio: Solar-Control sheets, SUNLITE SLT, SUNLITE CL, SUNTUF SMART and more.

How long do Palram sheets last?

Palram supplies individual product warranties against most types of failures. The life expectancy can be as much as 30 years, depending on professional installation practice and environmental factors like air pollution, winds, and erosion by sand particles.

How do I cut Palram's sheets?

Easily. Palram sheets may be cut with either a circular saw (using a very fine blade, e.g. plywood, etc.) or a jig saw. For best results it is often better to cut a few sheets at a time to reduce vibration. Also, if using a toothed circular saw blade, better results may be seen running the blade backwards. Sheets may also be cut by hand by carefully using tin snips or a utility knife. For further information please refer to our product manuals.

What should I use to clean my panels?

Warm water with a mild household detergent should be sufficient to clean Suntuf or Sunlite panels. Wipe off any remained dirt with a soft cloth and wash again. NEVER use a solvent based cleaner (ammonia, etc.). AVOID using sponges or brushes that can scratch the panels surface.

In roofing with corrugated panels, what are purlins and closure strips?

Purlins are cross members running across the rafters of your structure. Closure strips match the corrugation pattern of the panels and are attached to the purlins.

In roofing with corrugated panels, where should I start?

You can choose to install left to right, or right to left, or start at the middle and continue to both sides. It is recommended to always advance against the dominant wind at the site. Never start at both sides, or at any two separate points.

How should I store packed sheets?

Store in a protected, shaded, ventilated site, with no direct exposure to sunlight and winds. In outdoor temporary storage cover with opaque protective film, and avoid PVC films and heat-absorbing materials.

Please note: Surface protective films that cover sheets are highly sensitive to heat and direct sunlight. Excessive heat and direct sunlight before taking off the film can cause gluing of that film to the sheet surface, after which it will not be practically possible to remove it from the sheet.

Do plastic roofing sheets really block UV radiation?

Some of them do. Rigid PVC and polycarbonate sheets are practically opaque to UV radiation, making them a perfect barrier against this harmful radiation. On the other hand, acrylic roofing sheets generally transmit a considerable portion of the UV radiation.

If polycarbonate sheets block UV radiation, why is there a 'UV side' to face outwards?

Polycarbonate blocks UV radiation by absorbing it. This absorption mechanism might degrade the material, and the sheet has to be protected against it. Protection to the sheet is achieved by coating it with a special material that converts the UV radiation into heat that emits to the external air layer.

In order to protect the sheets, they must be installed with the marked UV protective layer facing outside. Although sheet products can also be UV protected on both sides, most of the sheets are protected on one side that is marked clearly.

What is R-Value?

When choosing thermal insulation, r-value is the best indicator of performance and is the most important factor.

The r-value represents the insulation’s resistance to heat flow (m².K/W) at a given thickness. The higher the r-value of the insulation, the better its performance will be.