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.

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.

Top Tips for House Painting in Limpopo

There is no doubt that it can be easier (and more effective) to get expert help for house painting in Limpopo, choosing the right colour for your home can be one of the most challenging steps of the entire process.

Paint can make all the difference to how your home looks. From simple neutrals all the way to modern brights; deciding on a colour is not as easy as you may think… especially as there are so many options out there. A good painting contractor will be able to help you find the best paint, and will ensure that the paint is applied expertly, but when it comes to exterior paint colour selection, it’s up to you to make the right decision.

Today, we will offer some tips on selecting the right colour for exterior house painting, to make it easier to know what to do (and what not to do).

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Try These Smart Tips for Exterior House Painting

Whether you are seeking house painting services in Limpopo or anywhere else in the world, these tips should help you choose a colour that is just right for your home and neighbourhood.

  1. Consider Colours

tins-of-paintMany people assume that unique colours will cost more than standard colours, but this does not always have to be the case. Your painter can often get paints at a far better rate than you would get, as professionals know where to get their supplies at wholesale or discounted prices. Depending on the type and brand of paint that is used, you will often find that the actual colours cost much the same within each range. That means that it often costs the same to use a neutral shade as it would to choose a bright shade.

  1. Look at Existing Colours

What we mean here is the colours that exist on your home’s exterior that cannot be altered. These will act as a good guideline when choosing colours for the areas that can be changed. Fixed colours could include brick that you do not wish to paint over, roof colour and anything else that cannot easily be changed. If your roof is blue for example, you would need to consider colours that will not clash against the blue.

  1. Consider Accents

Then there are the accents, which are exterior features that can be changed. These include things like window trims, doors and other features that you wish to highlight. Painting these in a contrasting or complementary colour helps to emphasise and add detail. Make sure that you only focus on accents that you want to highlight however – drawing attention to features such as gutters, strangely placed windows or ugly air-con units will not have the same effect as drawing attention to your entryway!

  1. Consider Trends (But Don’t be Ruled by Them)

 Exterior paint trends tend to stay in place for far longer than interior colours. This is good news, because it means that you can consider ‘trendy’ colours knowing that they will not suddenly become last year’s news. Look at home websites and décor magazines to get ideas, but do not be ruled by current trends. What is most important is finding a colour that works for you – not one that everyone is raving about.

  1. Keep the Neighbours in Mind39389847_s

Another thing to consider is the general colours used in your neighbourhood. If most of the houses in your road or area are neutral, for example, painting your house a vivid red may result in your home looking out of place. This can have a negative effect if you ever look at selling your home, and can also lead to unwanted problems with neighbours who do not share your creative vision.

  1. Light or Dark?

Which is better: a lighter shade or a darker shade? Generally speaking, lighter colours add the illusion of space, while also making the home appear more inviting. Darker colours can make a house look impressive, and can be used in different ways to add impact, such as on the lower part of the house or as an accent colour.

  1. Consider the Landscaping

The expression ‘blending in to the environment’ should not always be taken literally. If you have a garden that is full of mature trees or a lot of greenery that lies close to the house, painting the house green may result in the house blending in so much that it is hard to see. A very bright colour on the other hand may seem overly bold if you do not have much of a garden. The trick is to find a balance.

  1. Plan, Plan and Plan Some More

You do not want to make any hasty decisions when house painting is concerned. The best way to ensure that you end up with a colour that you love is to take the time to plan properly. Before you call in the painters, you can do a test on a small section of wall and trim to see how it looks. Give it a day or so to see the colours in daylight and in the evening, and from there, you will be able to determine whether the colours are right.

Once you have selected your preferred external paint colours, you can relax and call in the expert painting contractors, who will be able to begin your home’s makeover. For quality house painting in Limpopo and many other regions across South Africa, Wilcote offers free no-obligation consultations and many years of experience.

5 Tips for Effective Damp Proofing in Polokwane

The capital of the Limpopo Province may have weather that is more dry than wet, but that doesn’t mean that damp proofing in Polokwane is something you can afford to ignore. Even dry, warm cities and regions may find signs of damp at some point or another. And, with the serious risks that dampness has for health as well as your home’s structural integrity, damp proofing should be something that every homeowner is aware of – however dry the area may be.

There are three types of damp that can occur. The first is rising damp, which comes from the ground up. The other type of damp is penetrating damp. This type of damp is caused by plumbing problems or defects in the building’s water system. The final type of damp is condensation and this is typically caused by steam and poor ventilation.

What does this mean for those dealing with mould, wet patches and other issues, and how do you know when it is time to get help with damp proofing in Polokwane?

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When Do You Need Polokwane Damp Proofing?

Damp proofing is often needed when visible signs of damp are noticed. These signs can take the form of mould, mildew, dark stains on a ceiling or on the wall, but could also include non-visual clues. If a room often smells like a wet dog, it always feels cold or it simply seems to be humid even when the rest of the building is dry, you may need to call in a damp removal expert.

The good news is that you can prevent excessive dampness from setting in, before there is a need to call in the professionals. Some of the best tips to prevent damp include the following:

  1. Get a full inspection of the property. A specialist such as Wilcote who offers local services in Polokwane is your best bet to ensure that the inspector knows the area’s climate and potential damp risks. This inspection can be done yourself, but it is not always easy to spot signs of damp or identify any possible issues that could become bigger in time. A professional will know what to look for, while also giving you practical advice on how to prevent dampness from taking root.
  1. Invest in a damp proofing system if there is not one already in place. Many newer homes are built with a special system in place that prevents dampness. Older homes however may not have such an advantage. These systems can be installed by your damp proofing expert. As an excellent investment that will see you through every season for years to come, the costs involved will be worth every cent.
  1. Take care during the rainy season. Even though Limpopo does not get a huge amount of rain, summer rainfall is still fairly common. Make sure that all gutters and water pipes are kept clear of dirt and leaves, and that they are positioned away from the house. Pipes and gutters that are too close to walls can cause problems when it rains, so it is best to check these carefully.
  1. Reduce condensation. This is easier than you think. Adding an extractor fan in the bathroom is a simple way to reduce steam from condensing on walls and the ceiling. Wherever possible, it is also important to open windows after showers, baths and other instances where hot water is used. Laundries and basements should be kept dry too – either with ample ventilation or an extractor fan.
  1. When in doubt, seek professional help. Once mould and mildew are seen, it may be too late to prevent dampness. But, you can still minimise the damage by calling an expert who is able to sort out the problem before it gets worse. In the long run, it will cost you far less to bring in someone who has experience in damp removal than trying to fix it yourself.

Looking for experienced, skilled specialists to assist with damp proofing in Polokwane (or other parts of South Africa too, for that matter)? Contact Wilcote today, and let us know how we can assist.

Granor Passi Roof Repairs in Polokwane

Granor Passi is a fruit juice and fruit juice concentrates manufacturer. It has four factories is Limpopo, and one in Cape Town with offices in Johannesburg. The main plant – which was the first factories here in Polokwane – was built between the 1940s and 1960s Due to the age of the plant, they have a lot of need for our services.

We have been doing maintenance and roof repair with Granor Passi in Polokwane for over 6 months now and they are very pleased with our work quality, reliability and response time to their ”emergencies”.

The roof we just did for them is over one of their many cold storage rooms. The roof was badly rusted and perforated in places. The solution I offered them was to restore the roof as we did their Workshop and Yoghurt roofs in May 2014. So in badly rusted areas where the rust has perforated the sheets, we cut those sheets (all the badly rusted areas were on the end laps) and fitted slip sheets extending 0.3m over the purlin.

 We treated the overlaps with WS4 and squeezed some soudal in the overlaps. We used descalex in places, then high pressure cleaned the roof then spot primed the roof and all the newly fitted sheets

 A final coat of W130 was sprayed over the roof. (W130 left over from the Yoghurt and Workshop roof).

 We have a very good working relationship with Granor Passi and number of jobs lined up with them for roof repairs and painting in Polokwane.