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.