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

Asbestos Slate Roof Repairs

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 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 Before
swimming pool restoration after
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.

Home Redecoration in Fourways

We completed this gorgeous Exterior Re-decoration in a popular Estate in Fourways. This couple spotted us doing work on another home within Estate & got us in to quote. With our beautiful dry winter weather in Jozi, it was the perfect time to tackle this project.

The home on an estate in Fourways before redecoration
The home on an estate in Fourways before redecoration
The home after we had completed the redecoration.
The home after we had completed the redecoration.

A lot of attention was paid in the prep work on this Home. When painting you have to get “canvas” you are working on100% right. Our Standard Guarantee of 7 years on our paints ensures your home will retain that fresh “just painted” look for years to come.

 

The exterior wall before work was started
The exterior wall before work was started
The finished exterior on the home in a Fourways Estate.
The finished exterior on the home in a Fourways Estate.

Don’t forget that all our Wilcote products are Environmentally & Eco Friendly. Given you peace of mind when it comes to your Family & pets.