Refurbishment of FNB Stanger

Wilcote was contracted to carry out the refurbishment and waterproofing of the FNB Building in Stanger. It was found that the Building was in desperate need of Refurbishment, as the existing roof and the exterior were in a poor state.

The waterproof system was a Torch-on System. We found the Protective Aluminum Silvakoting on the Torch-on, had started to deteriorate, from the harmful UV rays. In order to refurbish this roof we had to clean down the roof and attend to all problems areas of the Torch-on. Once this has been completed we then applied of our Wilcote Infra-Red Silvakote System.

The advantages of using the Wilcote Silvakote are as follows:

  • It carries a 5 year guarantee.
  • It reflects the harmful UV rays of the sun.
  • It reduces the internal temperatures of the building.

BEFORE ROOF RESTORATION:

Flat roof before waterproofing
Flat roof before waterproofing
Roof before waterproofing
Roof before waterproofing

 

 AFTER ROOF RESTORATION:

 

Flat roof after refurbishment
Flat roof after refurbishment
After waterproofing and Silvacote treatment
After waterproofing and Silvacote treatment

On the exterior of the building, we found that there was a large amount of cracks. We then recommend a full Exterior Decoration, this included opening and sealing up all cracks with our Soudal Polyurethane Sealant. This sealer has a two ton breaking strain and therefore prevents the cracks from re-appearing. We then also proceeded to seal all parapets with our Wilbond Parapet Sealer; this prevents water ingressing into the bank. Once this was completed we then painted the exterior with our W120 Infra-Red Cool Coating.

The advantages of using this system are:

  • All cracks are correctly sealed and don’t re-appear.
  • This system creates a waterproof casing, to ensure water doesn’t enter into the building.
  • The Infra-Red Cool Coating System prevents the deterioration of the pigment in the paint, to ensure a longer lifespan of the coating.

BEFORE EXTERIOR REDECORATION:

 

FNB Stanger before redecoration
FNB Stanger before redecoration
Before painting and waterproofing
Before painting and waterproofing

 

AFTER EXTERIOR REDECORATION:

FNB Stanger after exterior redecoration
FNB Stanger after exterior redecoration
After painting and waterproofing
After painting and waterproofing

Tip of the day:

  • Ensure all flat roofs are coated regularly with protective coatings, to allow a longer life span of the waterproofing and avoid excessive costs in the long run.
  • Ensure that your building is correctly sealed to ensure no internal water damage and damp.

For any painting or waterproofing on the KZN North Coast, contact Wilcote

Why Dampproofing is Essential in Durban

It should come as no surprise that dampproofing in Durban is a serious business. Blessed with more days of sunshine than anywhere else in South Africa, the province of KwaZulu-Natal has a glorious sub-tropical climate that goes hand in hand with beaches, sunshine and relaxation.

But for Homeowners’ and Owners’ of Buildings, this weather can also mean the risk of rising damp and other related concerns. A high rainfall coupled with a high level of humidity often result in a much greater risk of damp in residential and commercial buildings. In sub-tropical regions, damp takes the form of mould, hygroscopic salts and decayed skirting boards, along with stains and other discolouration. Blistering paint, plaster bulges, mould on fabric and rotten wood can also occur when there is damp in a building, while warmer and wetter regions have a higher risk of termites as well.

These factors all play a big role in the importance of dampproofing in Durban and other areas within the warm province of KZN.

What You Need Should Know About Dampproofing in Kwa-Zulu Natal

What are some of the top things that you should consider in regards to preventing damp in this area? Here are just a few things to keep in mind…

  • High humidity and constant heat have a negative effect on buildings. Organic materials such as wood are more likely to swell and possibly rot, while metals are more prone to corrosion such as rust or oxidation. As such, the overall construction can be weakened more easily than it would in a cooler, dry region. Materials such as lime and concrete are essential to prevent damp and other problems, but the overall design of roofs, structures and walls can all play a part in damp problems.
  • Rainwater needs to be able to drain quickly off the roof. As we mentioned above, the design of the roof can go a long way in determining whether damp will become an issue. Drainage is vital in areas that receive a high level of rain, as water that is let to pond will cause major problems. Roofs should be checked often to make sure that water is discharging properly through drain pipes, and where needed, alterations should be done to keep rainwater flowing, without pooling and lying on these Buildings.
  • It is best to consult a specialist in damp proofing to do a full assessment. As each area and each property has specific characteristics, it is vital to get expert insight into the best strategy for damp prevention or treatment. A specialist will know which materials are best in a hot, humid region such as Durban and KZN Natal, while also helping to evaluate your current building structure to see what damp prevention measures are already in place, and what measures need to be added. This can save you a great deal of time and costs down the line – especially if you are situated on the coast.

The effects of damp are not limited to aesthetics. In reality, this problem can lead to serious health risks ranging from asthma to allergies, while also making it easier for bacteria and spores to spread. Children who live in damp conditions can develop health problems later in life, and many studies are being done to determine how serious the effects of damp can be on human health. Houses that have a high level of damp are also a lot less secure, with structural damage that can lead to rotten floors, foundation insecurities and many other potentially dangerous problems.

While damp is something that all areas need to prevent, it is even more essential to consider dampproofing in Durban and other humid areas of KZN Natal, as these areas have a much higher risk of dampness than other areas.

mold caused by damp
Black mould on a window sill