On roofing materials and ceramic tiles – Manila Bulletin

There are revised product standards for roofing materials and ceramic tiles. I understand that the new guidelines came into effect on April 16, 2021.

Roofing materials product standards promote safety and quality, while mandatory certification of ceramic tiles is a form of restrictive government regulation.

For the information of consumers, building materials are listed as the main item, which may have recommended retail prices in normal times and a prescribed price cap in times of disaster and emergencies.

I will educate consumers on what to look for when purchasing roofing materials from their favorite barangay hardware stores and hardware depots.

I will also discuss markings, markings, thicknesses and dimensions in addition to product standards or the PS mark.

Consumers should look for the label ” Use only for roofing “. This applies to all fire-dipped metal-coated and pre-painted galvanized coils and sheets for roofs.

A minimum total coating thickness of 0.4mm A negative tolerance is not required for all steel coils and sheets that are intended for the manufacture / manufacture / reshaping of roofing materials.

All hardware stores and home depots are required to take random and on-site measurements of roofing materials that are available for sale. You use a Caliper instrument to measure the minimum total coating thickness of a roofing material. Consumers should require that the roofing materials they purchase conform to the labeling and labeling, as well as the overall coating thickness. These two items must be requested by consumers in retail stores. Otherwise, go to another store.

Nationwide product testing, sampling and testing are carried out by the implementing agency to support the updated standard. The updated product standards mitigate the on-and-off arguments when a disaster hits a location and destroys the roofing of houses – be it through inferior roofing materials, the installation method or simple and simple force majeure. Hopefully the total coated thickness of the roofing materials of 0.4mm corresponds to the desired thickness for product safety and quality.

The second set of building materials is ceramic tile. Mandatory certification of product standards for ceramic tile was restored this year through a process known as Import Commodity Clearance, or ICC certification. I do not agree with this restrictive business policy.

I remember that I wrote a letter to the newly promoted director of the implementing agency, in which he was asked for information and justification of the results of the product tests of the last few years, from which it emerges that during the period in which the products are out of duty Having taken a tremendous amount of substandard ceramic tiles brought into the country has been certification. I remember that ceramic tiles were classified as non-hazardous products and are safe materials and formed the basis for removal from mandatory product certification. I have not received an answer or information. In the absence of data, it can be assumed that there was no such derogatory data for substandard ceramic tiles. However, I learned that imported ceramic tiles were subject to protective tariffs in addition to the mandatory product certification. Indeed, a highly suspicious and twice as bad restrictive decision made by the ceramics industry.

I have also determined that there is no provision that requires product testing, sampling and testing by the implementing agency by a recognized ceramic testing laboratory, unlike roofing materials. Indeed, recognized consumer organizations across the country may be able to participate in product sampling and testing. This collaboration is one of those commitments to strengthen consumer organizations in the context of Asean consumer protection. An ad hoc panel may be empowered to monitor the market, purchase samples, and send them to accredited laboratories for review. Market surveillance teams need to be organized that can go to the retail stores and include other products at the same time. It is no secret that we consumers hardly receive any information about the results of product tests and seals of safety products that are subject to mandatory certification.

Given the above bureaucratic red tape and restrictive guidelines, I will provide practical and safety tips to consumers with the aim of reassuring consumers that ceramic tile is safe for the intended use.

First of all, consumers should be informed that wall tiles should not be used for floor tiles and that kitchen and toilet tiles should be installed in the kitchen and toilet.

Second, proper installation is required, especially if you live in a flood-prone area.

Thirdly, you can prevent slipping and falling accidents by regularly cleaning the floor tiles of dirt and moisture.

Fourth, if you are a consumer who prefers highly decorative tiles, make sure that visibility is not compromised in the dark or in sunlight.

Fifth, ask about warranty rights for defective tiles and find replacements at no additional cost.

Atty. Vic Dimagiba, AB, LLB. LLM

President, Vs Consumers Inc.

[email protected]

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