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!

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.

5 Things to Know About Asbestos Roof Repair

Asbestos roof repair in Mpumalanga and the rest of South Africa typically applies to any work done on roofs that contain asbestos. As this hazardous material has been banned in SA, only certified asbestos removal specialists are allowed to repair, remove or handle the substance. If you have an older property that is fitted with an asbestos roof, this means that is better to call in a professional to help you get your roof fixed safely and simply.

Once considered to be a miracle substance in the 19th Century, asbestos is comprised of a number of naturally occurring silicates. Originally, this material was popular for its economic advantages, along with its sound absorption, tensile strength and its fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage resistance. At one point, it was widely used in automotive, marine, construction and scientific industries, for a variety of purposes. Over time however, studies began to show that prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres was linked to serious illnesses, which include lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

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It is this potentially deadly risk of exposure to the fibres that has led to the ban of the material all over the world. But, as many older buildings still have asbestos roofs, repairs are inevitable. Complete removal or replacement of the roof is not always a viable option, which is where specialist contractors come in to help.

What exactly is asbestos, and more importantly, what should you know about repairing a roof that contains this material? Keep reading to find out.

Everything You Should Know About Asbestos Roof Repair in Mpumalanga

Some of the most important things to note about this sort of roof repair include the following:

  1. Asbestos can some major health risks. Asbestos fibres that are inhaled into the lungs can cause major diseases, including asbestosis (scarring of the lung), lung cancer and mesothelioma (tumour growing on the lining of the lung). Early symptoms could include chest pain and shortness of breath, with respiratory failure, cardiac arrest and death becoming a risk at later stages. It may take anywhere from 15 to 50 years for symptoms to develop, from the very first contact with the fibre. No symptoms are experienced during this dormant period, and there is no cure for asbestos related illness.
  1. Illnesses are not always reported in SA. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates over 100 000 asbestos related deaths per year world-wide, with 125 million workers exposed to fibre around the world. In South Africa, some 200 mesothelioma cases are reported annually, but, due to the large size of the construction and mining sectors and the fact that SA was once a major exporter of the material, many more cases are believed to be unreported.
  1. It is not a good idea to handle asbestos without authorisation. Unless you are authorised to provide asbestos removal services, it is illegal and dangerous to attempt asbestos roof repair in Mpumalanga or anywhere else in South Africa. If you discover any signs that the roof may contain asbestos fibres, or you are not fully sure what the roof is made from, it is safer to call in a specialist to assist.
  1. Exposure is a risk when fibres are released into the air. If fibres are contained within the structure of the roof, the risk is minimised or even reduced completely. But due to the high risk nature of this material, repairs may not be conducted on any roof that contains asbestos – hammering, high pressure cleaning, drilling, cutting, patching and walking on roof tiles can all release fibres into the air.
  1. When in doubt, play it safe. If you have an older property and you are not certain whether asbestos is present in the roof or not, it is safer to proceed with caution. Contact an approved contractor who can safely repair your roof using the proper methods and equipment.
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Wilcote is a fully authorised asbestos removal contractor in South Africa. To find out more about asbestos roof repair in Mpumalanga, contact us today to let us know how we can assist.