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.