Benefits of Torch-On Waterproofing

Torch On Waterproofing 1What exactly is torch-on waterproofing, and how can it help your roof stay protected against water and damp?

This innovation offers an alternative to asphalt roofing. Typically used on flat roofs, waterproofing membrane systems are made of sticky, viscous organic liquids. Bitumen, a hydrocarbon made from crude oil, is one of the key components of this material. Non-harmful to the environment, highly effective against water and boasting a number of unique qualities, bituminous torch-on is widely considered to be one of the most reliable tools for waterproofing contractors.

What is Torch-On Waterproofing?

Before we go into some of the benefit offered by this technology, let’s take a quick look at what torch-on water proofing is all about.

Simply put, bitumen torch-on is a specialised solution that works particularly well on flat concrete roofs. It also works well on foundation and retaining walls, flashings, parapet walls, expansion joints, corrugated and IBR roof laps and roofing screws, as well as gutters, flower boxes and water retaining structures. As a damp proofing measure, it helps to prevent the risk of water logging with the help of its water resistant surface.

Made from a mixture of bitumen and polymers, which are applied to a polyester or fibre-glass reinforcement membrane, a stronger, sturdier membrane is created to protect surfaces against damp and water. This membrane is powerful; resistant to tears as well as punctures. The final result is bitumen torch-on sheeting, which can be applied onto flat roof surfaces and then measured for an exact fit.

Torch-On Waterproofing Advantages

Some of the benefits offered by torch-on bitumen waterproofing include the following:

  • Suitable for full water immersion as well as sub-soil applications, it an ideal application for sealing box gutters and flower boxes.
  • Able to protect buildings while retaining harmony with the building’s environmental surroundings thanks to a range of mineral finishes offered.
  • Green roofing solution that offers a simple way to reduce carbon footprints.
  • Extremely long life span, with the majority of membranes offering global standards in quality.
  • Fumes released during installation are not harmful to humans and there is low noise pollution during application either.
  • Protect insulation and have the potential to reflect harmful sun rays (some products even contain photovoltaic cells that can produce solar energy).
  • Non-water soluble, non-biodegradable, non-carcinogenic and non-toxic.

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As a waterproofing contractor who always strives to offer customers the latest in technology, Wilcote is excited to offer torch-on waterproofing to our customers who want to take advantage of this eco-friendly, highly effective solution.

Infra-Red Roof Coating Tests

Wilcote Waterproofing Roofing and Painting is pleased to announce that infra-red roof coating tests that were recently conducted on our W118 Infra-red Cool Roof Coatings have been successful. This means that our innovative roof cooling coating has passed tests set forth under the US Solar Reflectance Parameters of ASTM 1980 requirements. You can download our test results.

Certified lab test methods used to determine solar reflectance are based on the US CRRC Equipment and Test Methods that are associated with ASTM C1549; ASTM 1371 and ASTM E 1980. Our flagship infra-red cool roof coating not only met the basic criteria of these standards, but passed with flying colours.

What this means to our customers is that we will continue to strive to providing the highest quality products possible, promoting environmentally-friendly products that are not only good for you and your budget but also for the planet.

About Wilcote Infra-Red Roof Coat

What exactly is the infra-red roof coat, and why is it such a big deal where green innovation is concerned?

Simply put, this roof coating uses special infra-red rays to cool buildings like never before. In military uses, infra-red is used as a way to make aircraft invisible on the radar – unable to be picked up by heat seating devices. In building, the same technology is used to provide cooling to roofs.

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One of our biggest challenges in today’s busy world is the growing risk of urban heat islands. When lots of buildings are built close together, the heat absorbed by these buildings increases the amount of heat within the area. Roof cooling helps to address this by using special pigments that reflect the harmful UV rays instead of absorbing them.

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Infra-red reflective pigments characteristically have an increased visible opacity that is only able to transmit infra-red radiation. Thin layers of roof coating are not much good in reflecting all of these radiations, meaning that some rays can still escape through the coating and into the building. The coating may seem opaque, but often it is not thick enough to reduce infra-red light.

Our highly effective product is thick enough to withstand optimal radiation, keeping your roof cool even throughout the hot African summer. This product is available in various colours – to learn more, contact your nearest Wilcote branch and find out how infra-red roof cooling can help you!

Roof Repairs in Cape Town – Preparing for the Stormy Season

Winter is just around the corner, and for many homeowners in the Western Cape, that means investing in Cape Town roof repairs. This year, instead of waiting to see whether any damp or water damage occurs, get proactive with a simple yet effective three step check that will go a long way in preventing little problems from becoming big, expensive problems.

It is no secret that winters in this part of South Africa bring their share of wind, rain, hail and other harsh conditions. The city did not get its nickname ‘The Cape of Storms’ for nothing, after all. Whether you live on the coast or further inland, preparing for the wet weather will go a long way in preventing drips, leaks, flooding, damp and other related issues.

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Roof Repair Checklist to Prepare for Winter

Don’t wait until you urgently need emergency roof repair. Some of the most important things to check include the following:

  • Gutters

Servest Box Gutter Repairs 1From late autumn all the way to late spring, Cape Town receives a high percentage of rain. One of the biggest causes of damp is blocked gutters that cause water to pool on the roof. Gutters and downpipes that are filled with leaves, branches and other debris are unable to channel water properly. As such, these fittings should be thoroughly checked and cleaned before each season to ensure that they are free of debris. It is best to leave this to the experts, who have the necessary equipment and skill to do a proper inspection and clean. If repairs are needed, they will be able to assist with these, too. They will also check that gutters are secured to the roof, and free of rust and damage.

  • Roof Tiles

roof tilesWhether you have an older home with a shingle roof, or a newer home with a modern flat roof, damaged, missing or shifted roof tiles are the quickest way to allow water to sneak inside your house. You may be able to see signs of damage from the ground, but unless you have experience in roof related repairs, it is best to leave more extensive checks to the professionals. They will be able to safely get onto the roof, know where to step (and where not to step!), what to look for and what to do when any problems are noted.

  • Flashing

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Flashing that is rusted, worn, cracked, warped or otherwise damaged can also greatly affect the overall longevity of your roof. This is one of the biggest causes of water leaks in roofs – hail, strong rain, wind and heat can all affect flashing over time. After a long, dry, hot summer, it is a good idea to check that all flashing is in good shape and able to withstand the storms to come. If any signs of damage or wear are found, it is essential to replace flashing quickly.

In need of quality roof repairs in Cape Town from a contractor that has ample experience? Contact Wilcote today to request a quote!

5 Questions to Ask Your Painting Contractor

If you have been hunting high and low for a reliable, efficient painting contractor in Cape Town or any other part of the country, you may think that finding one in your price range is the toughest part. Actually, while cost is important, there are a number of factors that can greatly affect the overall success of the painting job.

To help make the process a bit easier all round, we have put together a list of questions to ask prospective painters… before signing on any dotted lines.

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Hunting for a Painting Contractor in Cape Town? Here’s What Questions You Should be Asking.

Some of the questions that you should ask your Cape Town painting contractor include the following:

  1. Are any references from previous customers available?

A good contractor will be more than happy to provide references, testimonials or ‘before and after’ photos that showcase their work on previous projects. If none are available, it could be a red flag that past projects have not been done to the level of quality advertised. It could also be a simple case of customer feedback not being requested by the contractor, but even a small business should at least have some reports from customers. If you cannot find any feedback like this, you could also try doing an online search to see if there are any reviews to be found on social media or consumer service websites. Whether those reviews are good or bad, you will want to know upfront, before you take on the potential contractor.

  1. Is the company (and its workers) covered by insurance?

It’s horrible to think about anyone getting injured while on the job, but this is a harsh reality that should be considered well in advance. If a painter is hurt on your property, you could be held responsible if the contractor is not insured. All workers should be insured, and the company itself should also be covered for general liability, workman’s compensation, injury and any other unforeseen disaster. As uncomfortable as this question might seem, it will be a lot more uncomfortable if you don’t check to see whether the potential contractor is fully covered.

  1. How will the property be prepared for painting?

The actual painting stage is one of a few that occurs during the job. Before painting begins, walls need to be prepared. If there are any holes, cracks or other issues, these will need to be fixed before paint is added. Surfaces need to be properly scraped and sanded. Ideally, to ensure that preparation will be done properly, it is best to get a breakdown of what will be done to prepare your property for painting. Get it in in writing if you can. Find out what you can expect and how long the preparation will take.

  1. What grade of paint will be used?

 You may be tempted to cut costs by using a cheaper, lower grade of paint. In the long run, this could end up costing you far more, however. Cheaper paints result in bleed-through in a shorter length of time and do not fare as well as premium paints when it comes to wear and tear. Make sure that you know what quality of paint and materials will be used, so that the contractor can work this into their overall cost estimate. On a related note, is also a good idea to get in writing ahead of time how many coats of paint will be applied. Make sure all these details are listed in the Quotation.

  1. What is the clean-up process after work is finished?

This question is often overlooked, because homeowners assume that the contractor is responsible for removing any debris collected over the course of the job. Unless this is put forth in writing however, you may end up with old paint tins, dirty rags, bits of wood, plaster and other mess that you have to clean up yourself. Good contractors will consider these post-project details, but typically, it is the homeowners responsibility to get it all in writing and make a plan.

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Now that you have a better idea of what to ask future painting contractors in Cape Town, you should be one step closer to finding the ideal person for the job at hand! And remember, for contractors that you can always trust, Wilcote offers efficient, affordable Guaranteed Solutions across South Africa.

5 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Pool Renovation

Pool renovation in Transkei is not always as easy as simply calling in for help and having a brand new sparkling pool overnight. Whether your pool urgently needs to be refurbished, or you wish to build a brand new pool, add on to your current pool or even retile the surrounding patio area, this type of renovation is not always quick or cheap – especially if you take short cuts or underestimate the amount of work, time and funds that are needed.

Before you get those plans underway, you will first need to do a bit of preparation. This will make the job as simple and stress-free as possible, while also giving you the best results.

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Swimming Pool Restoration After

What to Consider When Planning Pool Renovation in Transkei

Some things to consider before getting your Transkei swimming pool renovation project underway include the following…

  1. Choose the right time to get the job done

This renovation job is often done as a last minute plan at the start of summer. But ideally, the best time to plan your swimming pool work is before summer. While Transkei has a generally mild climate throughout the year, summer is still peak swimming time. Get your pool ready well in advance this year by planning your renovations for autumn and winter.

Renovation experts are often busier during summer where pool projects are concerned, so it can work out to be easier all around to plan your projects for off-season times.

  1. Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve

A great way to decide what renovations you wish to complete is to collect pictures of similar pools. Use tools such as Pinterest and Google to save photos of pool features you like. Whether it is a certain type of tile around the edge, a specific shape, an overall design or any other feature, having a clear visual will go a long way in helping your renovator know what you want.

With that said, remember to set (and follow) a realistic budget. You may long for a natural looking pool that runs along your entire garden length, but it may not be practical or affordable. Get inspired by similar projects, but also ask your pool expert for advice on what they would suggest.

  1. Set a realistic time table

You should also find out how long you can expect your pool makeover to take. A quick fix will vary drastically to a full renovation, and, as such, it is important to find out exactly how long your specific work will take. Remember that many factors can affect the time needed to complete this sort of job. The materials, whether the surface is being refurbished or the exterior, and how large the pool is are just some examples.

Some parts of your garden may be off-limits while work is being done. If you have kids, this may mean that they are unable to use your garden for the duration of the project. Make sure that you know how long things will take before you get started, so that you are well prepared.

  1. Choose a contractor

Making a short list of a few contractors is the best route. Ask any and all questions that apply – how much it will cost, how long it will take, what requirements (if any) are needed and what references are offered from past customers. A good contractor will have testimonials on their website, or a project gallery that gives you some idea of how they work.

Try not to get lured in by salesmen who promise you the world. Instead, look at overall cost, quality, reputation, experience and abilities. For instance, a contractor who is able to assist with your pool repairs as well as other related tasks may end up being far more useful than one who can only assist with one project. Price is important, but value and quality are even more important.

  1. Getting prepared

Once you have chosen a contractor and proceeded with the quote approval, you will need to get prepared for the job. Be warned – pool work can be noisy and messy. You may need to keep windows shut if there is a lot of dust. The lawn may need to be dug up and prepared if you are adding a new pool or extending your current pool. It may take a week or even a few weeks for the work to be done.

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You will also need to think about the water that will fill the pool once it is done. Renovated pools are drained using special equipment (usually included in the cost) and then refilled again. During a drought, this may pose a challenge. You might have to wait until water restrictions are lifted before starting work.

Wondering what sort of ideas you could consider for your swimming pool revamp? You could add a new deck, install a water feature, add a pool bar or fire pits, or a tanning deck, add a fence, make a natural pool, upgrade pumps, add a pool house, add a spill-over spa, add an outdoor braai area, expand your pool, resurface the pool or even paint the pool a bright shade.

Use your imagination to start planning your dream pool with the help of pool renovation in Transkei.

Which Roof Repairs Will You Need Before Winter?

If you are considering roof repair in Transkei or any other part of South Africa, now is a good time to start planning. While the Wild Coast may be blessed with a mild temperate climate and fairly calm winters, the cooler time of year can bring winds and rain from time to time. Planning your roof maintenance, repair or renovation at the end of summer will ensure that you have ample time to prepare for the winter months. And, with much of the country still facing drought conditions, this is an especially good time to sort out any roofing issues you may have.

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Roofing projects are not only limited to dealing with problems however. There are many different types of repairs and renovation that may fall under this service, each offering its own benefits and goals. In this article, we take a look at some of the most common services that fall under roofing work.

Choosing the Right Type of Roof Repair in Transkei

Depending on your specific needs, and the current state of your roof, you could choose one or more of these Transkei roof repair services…

  • Waterproofing. Low pitch roofs require special waterproofing, but regular pitch roofs may also require work to fix holes or leaks. As this type of job requires professional assistance, it is essential to consult a roofing or waterproofing expert if you have experienced any leaks or damp patches coming from a damp or damaged roof. Attempting to fix it yourself can be dangerous. If you are not sure exactly what to look for or where it is safe to walk on the roof, or even where to safely climb up and down using a ladder, do not risk your safety. A professional will get the leak sorted quickly and simply, saving you time, effort and ultimately, money.
  • Roof Tile Restoration. Sometimes, over time, wear and tear may cause damage to one or more roof tiles. Specific types of tiles have their own properties, such as clay Dek-tile or other varieties of natural or man-made tile materials. As such, the restoration of a tiled roof will depend entirely on the type of tiles your roof contains. The age of your house will also affect how simple or extensive this type of job will be. In some cases, you may choose to upgrade older clay tiles to a modern alternative, or in other cases, you may want to refurbish older tiles to prevent further damage.
  • Metal Roof Refurbishment. If you have a corrugated metal, aluminium or asbestos sheet metal roof, you will require a roofing expert who is equipped to handle such material. Asbestos roof repair requires an accredited repair specialist and cannot be done by laymen. If you wish to add on to your garage or shed, or replace an old metal roof with a newer one, remove an asbestos roof or repair any holes or damage within the roof, it is best to consult an experienced expert who has a solid understanding of this type of roof.
  • Roof Cooling. Infra-red roof cooling technology was once limited to the air force and related industries, who used this special paint to make ‘invisible’ planes that could not be detected by heat sensors. Today, it is used to cool buildings by blocking the sun’s rays. Various colours are offered in our roof cool coating range, giving you the benefit of a freshly painted roof that does not retain heat. View our infra-red roof cooling page for more information about this product.
  • Roof Coating. For all other types of roof paint, coating options can be done according to your preferences and needs. For older roofs that require a new coat of paint, or roofs in high sun areas that have faded prematurely, this cosmetic job is also a good way to extend the life of roof tiles and protect your roof against damp and rot.

Whatever your roof repair needs may be, you are sure to find the help you need at Wilcote. Contact us today to tell us how we can help you get your roof ready for the upcoming winter.

5 Things to Know About Asbestos Roof Repair

Asbestos roof repair in Mpumalanga and the rest of South Africa typically applies to any work done on roofs that contain asbestos. As this hazardous material has been banned in SA, only certified asbestos removal specialists are allowed to repair, remove or handle the substance. If you have an older property that is fitted with an asbestos roof, this means that is better to call in a professional to help you get your roof fixed safely and simply.

Once considered to be a miracle substance in the 19th Century, asbestos is comprised of a number of naturally occurring silicates. Originally, this material was popular for its economic advantages, along with its sound absorption, tensile strength and its fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage resistance. At one point, it was widely used in automotive, marine, construction and scientific industries, for a variety of purposes. Over time however, studies began to show that prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres was linked to serious illnesses, which include lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

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It is this potentially deadly risk of exposure to the fibres that has led to the ban of the material all over the world. But, as many older buildings still have asbestos roofs, repairs are inevitable. Complete removal or replacement of the roof is not always a viable option, which is where specialist contractors come in to help.

What exactly is asbestos, and more importantly, what should you know about repairing a roof that contains this material? Keep reading to find out.

Everything You Should Know About Asbestos Roof Repair in Mpumalanga

Some of the most important things to note about this sort of roof repair include the following:

  1. Asbestos can some major health risks. Asbestos fibres that are inhaled into the lungs can cause major diseases, including asbestosis (scarring of the lung), lung cancer and mesothelioma (tumour growing on the lining of the lung). Early symptoms could include chest pain and shortness of breath, with respiratory failure, cardiac arrest and death becoming a risk at later stages. It may take anywhere from 15 to 50 years for symptoms to develop, from the very first contact with the fibre. No symptoms are experienced during this dormant period, and there is no cure for asbestos related illness.
  1. Illnesses are not always reported in SA. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates over 100 000 asbestos related deaths per year world-wide, with 125 million workers exposed to fibre around the world. In South Africa, some 200 mesothelioma cases are reported annually, but, due to the large size of the construction and mining sectors and the fact that SA was once a major exporter of the material, many more cases are believed to be unreported.
  1. It is not a good idea to handle asbestos without authorisation. Unless you are authorised to provide asbestos removal services, it is illegal and dangerous to attempt asbestos roof repair in Mpumalanga or anywhere else in South Africa. If you discover any signs that the roof may contain asbestos fibres, or you are not fully sure what the roof is made from, it is safer to call in a specialist to assist.
  1. Exposure is a risk when fibres are released into the air. If fibres are contained within the structure of the roof, the risk is minimised or even reduced completely. But due to the high risk nature of this material, repairs may not be conducted on any roof that contains asbestos – hammering, high pressure cleaning, drilling, cutting, patching and walking on roof tiles can all release fibres into the air.
  1. When in doubt, play it safe. If you have an older property and you are not certain whether asbestos is present in the roof or not, it is safer to proceed with caution. Contact an approved contractor who can safely repair your roof using the proper methods and equipment.
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Waterproofing contractors at work on asbestos roof repairs

Wilcote is a fully authorised asbestos removal contractor in South Africa. To find out more about asbestos roof repair in Mpumalanga, contact us today to let us know how we can assist.

How to Save Water with Eastern Cape Waterproofing

Whether you live in the wetter or dryer part of the province, Eastern Cape waterproofing is not only important to prevent damp and related issues – it is also essential to help save every single drop of water. Like the rest of South Africa, the Eastern Cape is in the midst of a water crisis.

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While some regions receive rainfall over the summer months, other areas closer to the Western Cape and Karoo have typically dry summers, with rain during the winter season. Saving water has become essential, not only in this part of the country, but in every other province as well. Making sure that your home is waterproofed and protected against leaks, damp and other problems will ensure that your home stays dry throughout the year, while also preventing unnecessary leaks, drips and water wastage.

How Waterproofing Helps During a Drought

dripping-tap-needs-waterproofing.jpgHow exactly does Eastern Cape waterproofing help you save water during a dry spell? The idea seems somewhat contradictory. After all, there should be no damp when the weather is dry. But if you take a closer look at some of the factors that influence not only damp, but also leaks and wasted water, you will soon start to realise that a waterproofed home is a water wise, damp-free home.

Here are some of the ways that you can prevent wasted water with a few simple water proofing measures:

  • Check that all gutters, pipes and outdoor water sources are in working order. A blocked gutter can cause all sorts of problems; not least damp and leaks when rainfall occurs. When there is no rain for long periods, it is easy to forget that leaves and debris are constantly being added to your gutters over time. Even a single day of rain can lead to water damage if that debris is left to cause blockages. Likewise, broken pipes that are wasting water through leaks and drips will lose a great volume of water over time. Do a thorough check once a week to make sure that all outdoor water sources are working and free of blocks, drips and other faults.
  • Check that all taps and indoor water sources are in working order. That leaky tap in the kitchen or bathroom is not only annoying – it is also wasting precious water. Left unchecked, these sorts of drips can lead to damp, as well. A leaky tap or pipe in an area of the property that is not used often can go undetected for a very long time. When those hidden leaks are not checked and repaired, the risk of flooding and water damage increases. Save water and prevent water logging by doing regular checks of all taps, pipes and plumbing fixtures.
  • Check all other water sources that may be in use (including alternate water sources). Swimming pools, rain water tanks, geysers, bore holes, grey water systems and any other water sources that may be in use within your property should also be checked and maintained on a regular basis. Small problems can all too easily turn into bigger, more expensive problems when they are not resolved early. A few drops here and there may not seem like much to you, but in a day, week, month or year, those few drops start to add up.

A good waterproofing specialist will be able to help you protect your home against any and all risks, while also helping you save water. To learn more about Eastern Cape water proofing solutions, contact Wilcote today and let us know how we can help protect your home against damp and water wastage.

Prepare for Summer with Pool Renovation in KZN

With water restrictions in place throughout many parts of South Africa, now may just be a good time to consider pool renovation in KZN. Hopefully, the province’s summer rainfall will provide relief from what has been one of the driest periods in a long time. But according to statements released by Umgeni Water in November, this may only happen in the first quarter of 2016, towards the end of summer.

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Making use of the current dry spell to get essential garden maintenance tasks such as pool refurbishment done will ensure that the job can get done in the right conditions. But with that said, you will also need to follow the current water restrictions in order to prevent water wastage. If you drain your swimming pool, find a way to reuse the water by setting up a water tank. Swimming pools should not be filled to capacity during a water shortage either, so you may need to plan your pool revamp around these rules.

Top Tips for KwaZulu-Natal Pool Renovation

Cement, tiles, grout and finishes require dry weather in order to dry. In KZN, winters are the best time for this sort of project, but all too often, it is only towards the end of year (and especially, the holiday season) that homeowners decide to renovate or fix up swimming pool issues. Whether you need your pool to be drained, resurfaced and refilled, or you are considering extending your pool or even reducing it, some tips for timing your renovations include the following:

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  • Choose a time of year that is dry, with reliable weather conditions. It’s all very well selecting a dry day, but unless you can be sure that it will not rain the following day, when surfaces need to dry out, it is best to wait until you have a week of clear days.
  • Get professional help from a contractor with experience in swimming pool projects. This sort of contractor will also be able to advise on how to make your pool more water friendly, and offer advice on what repairs are required.
  • Plan the project accordingly. Keep in mind that a project like this may not be completed overnight. There are a number of processes involved, and water restrictions can cause additional complications or delays. Plan ahead, get a realistic timeline from your pool renovator and try to be patient while your pool is being updated.

 

To find out more about pool renovation in Durban and surrounds, contact Wilcote today and let us know how we can help you transform your pool.

Wilcote Shortlisted for Eco-Logic Climate Change Award

The Eco-Logic Awards honour individuals, organisations and communities that are committed to making a difference, and Wilcote is honoured to have been shortlisted in the Climate Change category of this prestigious award.

In partnership with SABC3, and established by The Enviropaedia, the Eco-Logic Awards put the focus on sustainability, eco-friendly business practices and smart consumerism. It has been hailed as South Africa’s most ‘glamorously green’ event, with a glitzy gala dinner that is certainly proof of its glamour. Every year, members of the public have the chance to nominate their Eco-Champions, showing how each finalist contributes towards various categories. In total, there are 13 categories, ranging from Climate Change to Biodiversity, Eco-Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Recycling and Waste Management, Transport, Water Conservation, Business Green Economy Initiative, Municipalities, Eco-Community, Eco-Youth, Eco-Angel and Eco-Warrior.

Wilcote has been selected along with four other finalists in the Climate Change category, which is sponsored by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

The Eco-Awards Gala Evening will take place on Thursday 21 April 2016 at the stylish Table Bay Hotel, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

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Wilcote’s Commitment to Climate Change

As firm believers in a sustainable future, all of Wilcote’s products are manufactured according to European Standards, with stringent codes and ethics that help us maintain our commitment to the environment. When sourcing products, we use a strict system to ensure that all suppliers meet our values. Factors considered include the environment that raw materials are sourced from, the impact products have on the environment, the type of labour employed and its effect on local communities, as well as the use of solar and energy saving equipment to reduce energy consumption.

Some of the recent initiatives and products that we have achieved include the following:

  • Eco Friendly Paint Products – use and awareness of safe biocides in paint and paint products.
  • Infra-Red Roof Cooling – use and awareness of roof cooling materials and properties to reduce heat islands in urban areas.
  • Green Manufacturing Processes – use of raw materials and variable speed drives.
  • Re-use of Raw Material Containers – recycling and reuse of material containers.
  • Harvesting of Grey Water – grey water from factory used for nearby banana plantation.
  • Township Project – use and awareness of flame retardant exterior paint and sustainable roof cooling and heating solutions, as well as township franchise training opportunities.

We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our products have a minimal impact on the environment, while also striving to use and create technology that actively makes a difference to ecosystems, climate conditions and local communities. We also hope that our customers will join us in working towards making a better planet for everyone.