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.

Prepare for Summer with Pool Renovation in KZN

With water restrictions in place throughout many parts of South Africa, now may just be a good time to consider pool renovation in KZN. Hopefully, the province’s summer rainfall will provide relief from what has been one of the driest periods in a long time. But according to statements released by Umgeni Water in November, this may only happen in the first quarter of 2016, towards the end of summer.

The same pool aftre a special Wilcote restoration.

Making use of the current dry spell to get essential garden maintenance tasks such as pool refurbishment done will ensure that the job can get done in the right conditions. But with that said, you will also need to follow the current water restrictions in order to prevent water wastage. If you drain your swimming pool, find a way to reuse the water by setting up a water tank. Swimming pools should not be filled to capacity during a water shortage either, so you may need to plan your pool revamp around these rules.

Top Tips for KwaZulu-Natal Pool Renovation

Cement, tiles, grout and finishes require dry weather in order to dry. In KZN, winters are the best time for this sort of project, but all too often, it is only towards the end of year (and especially, the holiday season) that homeowners decide to renovate or fix up swimming pool issues. Whether you need your pool to be drained, resurfaced and refilled, or you are considering extending your pool or even reducing it, some tips for timing your renovations include the following:


  • Choose a time of year that is dry, with reliable weather conditions. It’s all very well selecting a dry day, but unless you can be sure that it will not rain the following day, when surfaces need to dry out, it is best to wait until you have a week of clear days.
  • Get professional help from a contractor with experience in swimming pool projects. This sort of contractor will also be able to advise on how to make your pool more water friendly, and offer advice on what repairs are required.
  • Plan the project accordingly. Keep in mind that a project like this may not be completed overnight. There are a number of processes involved, and water restrictions can cause additional complications or delays. Plan ahead, get a realistic timeline from your pool renovator and try to be patient while your pool is being updated.


To find out more about pool renovation in Durban and surrounds, contact Wilcote today and let us know how we can help you transform your pool.

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.

Everything You Need to Know About Summer Waterproofing and Damp Proofing in Umhlanga

Summer is just about here at last, and for those in need of waterproofing and damp proofing in Umhlanga, now is the time to make sure that any and all damp problems are sorted before the temperatures, humidity levels and rainfall levels start to rise.

If you have begun to notice some tell-tale signs of water damage – mould, mildew, damp spots, wet walls or unexplained leaks – make sure that you get in a professional damp proofing company in as soon as you can, so that you can get things under control immediately. If you simply want to ensure that your home is protected against damp and water however, you can do a few basic checks yourself or get some help to water and damp proof your property ahead of the summer rains.


Top Tips for Umhlanga Waterproofing and Damp Proofing

Getting right to it, we have put together a few useful tips to help you plan for the hot, wet summer season.

Top tips for Umhlanga damp proofing and waterproofing include the following:

  1. External. Make sure that there are no blocked pipes, gutters or other structures outside that could cause leaks during the rain, keep foliage away from exterior walls, check that sprinklers and watering systems are not facing the walls, check that rain cannot collect against exterior walls and do a check for any signs of leaks, holes or damage to walls, window frames, door frames, ventilation grates and other potential entry points.
  1. Internal. Make sure that baths, showers, sinks and toilets are working without leaks or drips, check that you have extractor fan over stove and in bathroom, look for signs of mould or damp, look for wet patches on ceilings or walls or floor, check inside frames on windows and doors, replace seal of frames as needed and consider dehumidifiers for damp parts of the home, such as bathrooms or laundry rooms.
  1. Other. When in doubt, contact a professional to give you an accurate evaluation. For roof checks, it is safer and simpler to hire a dedicated damp expert. Do a follow up check after the first rains, to see that everything is still in order and no leaks have appeared. Check garages and outside structures, as well as exterior and interior areas.

By taking the time to perform these checks before the rains begin in earnest, you will save yourself plenty of time (and money!). When little problems are left unchecked, they do not stay little for very long. With that in mind, get summer ready with waterproofing and damp proofing in Umhlanga, and keep your home dry, ventilated and free of water damage.

Damp Proofing in Durban: Preparing for Summer

As winter begins to make way for spring, homeowners across KZN are starting to think about damp proofing in Durban in order to prepare for the wet season ahead. While much of the rest of South Africa has its rainy season in winter, the subtropical regions of KwaZulu-Natal get the most rain in the hot summer months. The combination of extreme heat and humidity can be a major pain for homeowners – especially when it comes to avoiding (and treating) damp.


How can you get your home protected against damp, and what else do you need to keep in mind as summer approaches? Let’s take a look…

Damp Proofing Tips for Durban Homeowners

rain-on-roofDurban damp proofing works much the same as it would anywhere else in the world, except for a few important differences. For winter rainfall areas, many of the checks done to prevent dampness are done in May or June. For summer rainfall areas, August and September are a good time to check that the home is protected against potential leaks and issues. Some tips for homeowners to keep in mind include the following:

  • External checks. The usual suspects for damp issues include gutter and pipes, as well as the roof itself. It is not always easy to notice potential problems when the weather is dry, but cleaning gutters with a hose is one way to check that everything is free of leaves and debris. A professional damp prevention service will be able to do a full check – this can go a long way in giving you peace of mind once the rains begin, and could also save you a fortune if any problems are spotted earlier rather than later.

  • Windows and doors. Whether your home is old or newer, checking windows and doors for any signs of leaks, gaps or other issues is also important. Loose putty, cracks in the glass and various other problems can all become bigger, more expensive problems in the long run. A good damp expert will be able to check windows and doors as well as other problem zones in your home, and will also be able to advise on the best course of action. If you are doing checks yourself, make sure that there are no spaces for damp or water to enter and make a note of which windows may need to be resealed.

  • Sneaky Signs. Sometimes, it is not always easy to spot trouble areas – especially if there are no visible signs. Sneaky signs include mould, mildew, damp spots, ‘sweaty’ walls, electrical problems, funny smells and rooms that feel humid when they should not feel that way. Checking ventilation is important, but if your home is older and does not have a damp proof course (DPC) built into the foundation, it can be tricky to spot these signs without professional expertise.

Waiting until summer begins can make it harder to prevent small problems from becoming serious headaches, even if you do not think that your home is at risk of damp. And, with consequences that include health risks and other serious problems that go far beyond cosmetic complaints, underestimating the value of damp proofing in Durban can end up costing you a lot more than you bargained for in the long run.

Refurbishment of FNB Stanger

Wilcote was contracted to carry out the refurbishment and waterproofing of the FNB Building in Stanger. It was found that the Building was in desperate need of Refurbishment, as the existing roof and the exterior were in a poor state.

The waterproof system was a Torch-on System. We found the Protective Aluminum Silvakoting on the Torch-on, had started to deteriorate, from the harmful UV rays. In order to refurbish this roof we had to clean down the roof and attend to all problems areas of the Torch-on. Once this has been completed we then applied of our Wilcote Infra-Red Silvakote System.

The advantages of using the Wilcote Silvakote are as follows:

  • It carries a 5 year guarantee.
  • It reflects the harmful UV rays of the sun.
  • It reduces the internal temperatures of the building.


Flat roof before waterproofing
Flat roof before waterproofing
Roof before waterproofing
Roof before waterproofing




Flat roof after refurbishment
Flat roof after refurbishment
After waterproofing and Silvacote treatment
After waterproofing and Silvacote treatment

On the exterior of the building, we found that there was a large amount of cracks. We then recommend a full Exterior Decoration, this included opening and sealing up all cracks with our Soudal Polyurethane Sealant. This sealer has a two ton breaking strain and therefore prevents the cracks from re-appearing. We then also proceeded to seal all parapets with our Wilbond Parapet Sealer; this prevents water ingressing into the bank. Once this was completed we then painted the exterior with our W120 Infra-Red Cool Coating.

The advantages of using this system are:

  • All cracks are correctly sealed and don’t re-appear.
  • This system creates a waterproof casing, to ensure water doesn’t enter into the building.
  • The Infra-Red Cool Coating System prevents the deterioration of the pigment in the paint, to ensure a longer lifespan of the coating.



FNB Stanger before redecoration
FNB Stanger before redecoration
Before painting and waterproofing
Before painting and waterproofing



FNB Stanger after exterior redecoration
FNB Stanger after exterior redecoration
After painting and waterproofing
After painting and waterproofing

Tip of the day:

  • Ensure all flat roofs are coated regularly with protective coatings, to allow a longer life span of the waterproofing and avoid excessive costs in the long run.
  • Ensure that your building is correctly sealed to ensure no internal water damage and damp.

For any painting or waterproofing on the KZN North Coast, contact Wilcote

Why Do You Need Swimming Pool Refurbishment in KZN?

You may think that winter is not the ideal time for swimming pool refurbishment in KZN, even if winters in this part of the country are warm and mild. Preparing for the hottest season is best done when the weather is a bit cooler, as this will allow you plenty of time to get your pool in tip top shape.

Refurbishing a swimming pool could mean any number of pool related repairs or additions. Resurfacing is one of the most common aspects of refurbishment, but there are other aspects that you may need at some point as well. You may want to fix up the edge of the pool, you may want to build or fix a dam, reservoir or even a natural swimming pool, or you may want to add some water features or other decorative features that add visual impact to the pool. Whatever the case, having a pool that is in good shape is essential to get the most out of the pool. If your pool is looking the worse for wear after a long summer, it may be a good time to look into getting it renovated.

Everything You Need to Know About Swimming Pool Refurbishment in KZN

Some of the main things that may be needed when seeking swimming pool refurbishing in KZN include the following:

  1. Pool Resurfacing

This process is the best way to give your pool a whole new look, fix up worn or cracked plaster or update the surface to a more modern style. Over time, the surface of any swimming pool starts to wear. This can lead to the inside of the pool looking rough, and often, it may also feel rough underfoot. Old pools are especially in need of resurfacing. With a number of modern materials available, you do not have to limit yourself to old-fashioned plaster either. There are many different finishes on offer too, allowing you to change the colour of the pool floor and walls or even add decorative details.

  1. Waterline Tile

This process applies to the tiles that are placed alongside the pool, next to the patio, bricks or grass. Often, homeowners choose to include this within the pool resurfacing project so that the entire pool is revamped at once. But if you are happy with the pool itself, and less happy with the border, you could have the waterline tiles changed. If there are any leaks or cracks, retiling may be needed after repair. For best results, speak to an expert in pool refurbishment and dampproofing so that you know what is required.

  1. Dams and Natural Pools

A number of commercial properties such as game farms may use dams that need to be build or maintained. Natural pools, reservoirs and swimming dams are also becoming more popular for residential homes as well – especially in areas where plots are larger or in rural locations. These pools can be renovated much like traditional pools, using high grade cement and other materials to ensure that the pools are water proof and lined with modern materials such as fibre-lining or marbelite.

Now that you have a better idea of what is involved in the process, you can start looking for a trusted expert who can help you get started. With plenty of experience in water proofing, painting and swimming pool refurbishment in KZN and other parts of South Africa, Wilcote is your perfect choice, every time.

A pool on the South Coast before restoration
A pool on the South Coast before restoration
The same pool aftre a special Wilcote restoration.
The same pool after a special Wilcote restoration.

Why Dampproofing is Essential in Durban

It should come as no surprise that dampproofing in Durban is a serious business. Blessed with more days of sunshine than anywhere else in South Africa, the province of KwaZulu-Natal has a glorious sub-tropical climate that goes hand in hand with beaches, sunshine and relaxation.

But for Homeowners’ and Owners’ of Buildings, this weather can also mean the risk of rising damp and other related concerns. A high rainfall coupled with a high level of humidity often result in a much greater risk of damp in residential and commercial buildings. In sub-tropical regions, damp takes the form of mould, hygroscopic salts and decayed skirting boards, along with stains and other discolouration. Blistering paint, plaster bulges, mould on fabric and rotten wood can also occur when there is damp in a building, while warmer and wetter regions have a higher risk of termites as well.

These factors all play a big role in the importance of dampproofing in Durban and other areas within the warm province of KZN.

What You Need Should Know About Dampproofing in Kwa-Zulu Natal

What are some of the top things that you should consider in regards to preventing damp in this area? Here are just a few things to keep in mind…

  • High humidity and constant heat have a negative effect on buildings. Organic materials such as wood are more likely to swell and possibly rot, while metals are more prone to corrosion such as rust or oxidation. As such, the overall construction can be weakened more easily than it would in a cooler, dry region. Materials such as lime and concrete are essential to prevent damp and other problems, but the overall design of roofs, structures and walls can all play a part in damp problems.
  • Rainwater needs to be able to drain quickly off the roof. As we mentioned above, the design of the roof can go a long way in determining whether damp will become an issue. Drainage is vital in areas that receive a high level of rain, as water that is let to pond will cause major problems. Roofs should be checked often to make sure that water is discharging properly through drain pipes, and where needed, alterations should be done to keep rainwater flowing, without pooling and lying on these Buildings.
  • It is best to consult a specialist in damp proofing to do a full assessment. As each area and each property has specific characteristics, it is vital to get expert insight into the best strategy for damp prevention or treatment. A specialist will know which materials are best in a hot, humid region such as Durban and KZN Natal, while also helping to evaluate your current building structure to see what damp prevention measures are already in place, and what measures need to be added. This can save you a great deal of time and costs down the line – especially if you are situated on the coast.

The effects of damp are not limited to aesthetics. In reality, this problem can lead to serious health risks ranging from asthma to allergies, while also making it easier for bacteria and spores to spread. Children who live in damp conditions can develop health problems later in life, and many studies are being done to determine how serious the effects of damp can be on human health. Houses that have a high level of damp are also a lot less secure, with structural damage that can lead to rotten floors, foundation insecurities and many other potentially dangerous problems.

While damp is something that all areas need to prevent, it is even more essential to consider dampproofing in Durban and other humid areas of KZN Natal, as these areas have a much higher risk of dampness than other areas.

mold caused by damp
Black mould on a window sill