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.

Torch On Waterproofing

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.

How to Save Water with Eastern Cape Waterproofing

Whether you live in the wetter or dryer part of the province, Eastern Cape waterproofing is not only important to prevent damp and related issues – it is also essential to help save every single drop of water. Like the rest of South Africa, the Eastern Cape is in the midst of a water crisis.


While some regions receive rainfall over the summer months, other areas closer to the Western Cape and Karoo have typically dry summers, with rain during the winter season. Saving water has become essential, not only in this part of the country, but in every other province as well. Making sure that your home is waterproofed and protected against leaks, damp and other problems will ensure that your home stays dry throughout the year, while also preventing unnecessary leaks, drips and water wastage.

How Waterproofing Helps During a Drought

dripping-tap-needs-waterproofing.jpgHow exactly does Eastern Cape waterproofing help you save water during a dry spell? The idea seems somewhat contradictory. After all, there should be no damp when the weather is dry. But if you take a closer look at some of the factors that influence not only damp, but also leaks and wasted water, you will soon start to realise that a waterproofed home is a water wise, damp-free home.

Here are some of the ways that you can prevent wasted water with a few simple water proofing measures:

  • Check that all gutters, pipes and outdoor water sources are in working order. A blocked gutter can cause all sorts of problems; not least damp and leaks when rainfall occurs. When there is no rain for long periods, it is easy to forget that leaves and debris are constantly being added to your gutters over time. Even a single day of rain can lead to water damage if that debris is left to cause blockages. Likewise, broken pipes that are wasting water through leaks and drips will lose a great volume of water over time. Do a thorough check once a week to make sure that all outdoor water sources are working and free of blocks, drips and other faults.
  • Check that all taps and indoor water sources are in working order. That leaky tap in the kitchen or bathroom is not only annoying – it is also wasting precious water. Left unchecked, these sorts of drips can lead to damp, as well. A leaky tap or pipe in an area of the property that is not used often can go undetected for a very long time. When those hidden leaks are not checked and repaired, the risk of flooding and water damage increases. Save water and prevent water logging by doing regular checks of all taps, pipes and plumbing fixtures.
  • Check all other water sources that may be in use (including alternate water sources). Swimming pools, rain water tanks, geysers, bore holes, grey water systems and any other water sources that may be in use within your property should also be checked and maintained on a regular basis. Small problems can all too easily turn into bigger, more expensive problems when they are not resolved early. A few drops here and there may not seem like much to you, but in a day, week, month or year, those few drops start to add up.

A good waterproofing specialist will be able to help you protect your home against any and all risks, while also helping you save water. To learn more about Eastern Cape water proofing solutions, contact Wilcote today and let us know how we can help protect your home against damp and water wastage.

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.


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.

Port Elizabeth Asbestos Roof Refurbishment

Wilcote Port Elizabeth have been awarded the Phase II contract, (after the successful completion of phase I) for the Asbestos Roof Refurbishment at their bottling plant at Coca Cola Lakeside in Port Elizabeth.

 The process of refurbishing Asbestos Roofs involves firstly washing the roof down with an Eco Friendly Special Asbestos cleaning chemical in order to remove the algae and lichen growth. Because the process is a “wet process” the chances of releasing asbestos fibres into the air are minimal as we also fit asbestos filters to all rainwater downpipes. The Asbestos Regulations do however require the air to be monitored during this process of washing the roof down. The method of monitoring the air is by fitting air pumps at either end of the roof and one pump is fitted a staff member. The gauze grids on the inside of the pumps are sent to a laboratory for inspection and counting of the number of Asbestos Fibres contained therein.

 Once the roof has been thoroughly cleaned down and has dried an Asbestos Encapsulation is applied by Airless Sprayer onto the roof sheets. This process binds any loose Asbestos Fibres which may have been loosened during the cleaning process and then renders the the Roof 100% safe. The roof is then ready to be waterproofed.

 The waterproofing layer consists of the application of our Elastomeric Sealer which is applied by airless sprayer at the rate of one square metre per litre. This waterproofing layer effectively seals all hairline cracks, which tend to occur in older asbestos roof sheets and makes the roof waterproof. Because the product is designed to be elastic it expands and contracts with the roof sheets as they heat up and cool down by the ambient weather conditions. Immediately after this layer has been applied the roofing screws are sealed with Wilcote non-hardening Crack and Hole Filler. This product too has very good expansion and retraction properties and, very effectively, seals the roofing screws preventing ingress of any moisture.

 The final step of the refurbishment process is the application of the top coat. This top coat is part of our latest Technology Development in Solar Reflection where the infra red rays are reflected back up by the coating. This means that the roof sheets are kept at a cooler temperature than with normal roof coating which in turn means a saving in energy costs.

This whole process is cheaper than replacing the roof with one of the many types of metal roof sheets available and the real plus is that the refurbishment will not interfere with the day to day activities taking place on the inside. If clients were worried by the effects of Asbestos on the staff and businesses these can now be forgotten.

 Wilcote offers a guarantee on the above asbestos roof repair system of 12 Years but longer guarantees are available upon request.

Roof Repair Ideas for PE

With its reputation and nickname of the Windy City, it comes as no surprise that roof repair in PE is often required when wind, weather and wear and tear takes place.

The beautiful city of Port Elizabeth lies on a stretch of Eastern Cape coastline that boasts beaches, natural vegetation and some of the country’s most sought-after real estate. For homeowners in this part of South Africa, wind along with salt, moisture and rain are the primary issues that could cause roof damage. Luckily however, there are a number of ways that you can prevent damage from occurring, making prevention a far better (and cheaper) alternative to cure.

How can you go about reducing the need for roof repair in PE and other coastal areas? Keep reading to find out…

Top Tips for Roof Repair in PE

Getting into the habit of planning a roof inspection at least twice per year will go a long way in preventing issues from occurring in the first place. This can be done by a professional roof repair expert if you are not sure what to look for during the inspection. Spring and autumn are the best times to check your roof for signs of loose roof sheeting or screws, broken tiles, leaks, drips, damp patches on the ceiling or any other visible problems that could cause serious damage.

Some additional tips to keep in mind when it comes to PE roof repairs include the following:

  • The most common types of repairs include broken or missing “shingles”, damaged flashing near vents and chimneys, damaged or missing roof tiles and general wear and tear. In older homes, regular maintenance may be required. As roofing materials tend to wear out a lot faster in coastal areas, roof paint, metal sheeting and any wood materials used anywhere on the roof may need to be replaced or updated every few years. It is best to seek assistance as soon as you notice any potential issues. Leaving problems too late is not only risky in terms of causing bigger, more expensive issues down the line, but also risky in terms of safety. The last thing you want is a weakened roof – especially when the wind starts to pick up.
  • The cost of repairing a roof will vary depending on the type of roof you have, how bad the damage is and the size of your roof. Many roofing companies charge by section, while others may look at the overall factors involved – what materials will be needed, what the damage is, how big the roof is and how complicated the job will be. It is often worth considering investing in the best materials that you can afford; which will last a lot longer and potentially prevent the need for repairs further down the line. Ask a qualified, reputable repair expert for advice on which type of shingles is best for your home.
  • A typical roof repair quote includes materials, labour and installation. Usually, old or damaged roof sections will need to be removed, so labour comprises this task as well as the installation of new sections. It may seem more affordable to source materials and attempt the job yourself, but unless you are experienced in roofing, it is almost always simpler, faster and more cost-effective to source a repair specialist who is able to get the job done properly and safely.

With extensive experience and expertise in roof repair in PE and South Africa, Wilcote offers an affordable, reliable solution to all of your roofing, dampproofing and repair needs.