Infra-Red Roof Coating Tests

Wilcote Waterproofing Roofing and Painting is pleased to announce that infra-red roof coating tests that were recently conducted on our W118 Infra-red Cool Roof Coatings have been successful. This means that our innovative roof cooling coating has passed tests set forth under the US Solar Reflectance Parameters of ASTM 1980 requirements. You can download our test results.

Certified lab test methods used to determine solar reflectance are based on the US CRRC Equipment and Test Methods that are associated with ASTM C1549; ASTM 1371 and ASTM E 1980. Our flagship infra-red cool roof coating not only met the basic criteria of these standards, but passed with flying colours.

What this means to our customers is that we will continue to strive to providing the highest quality products possible, promoting environmentally-friendly products that are not only good for you and your budget but also for the planet.

About Wilcote Infra-Red Roof Coat

What exactly is the infra-red roof coat, and why is it such a big deal where green innovation is concerned?

Simply put, this roof coating uses special infra-red rays to cool buildings like never before. In military uses, infra-red is used as a way to make aircraft invisible on the radar – unable to be picked up by heat seating devices. In building, the same technology is used to provide cooling to roofs.


One of our biggest challenges in today’s busy world is the growing risk of urban heat islands. When lots of buildings are built close together, the heat absorbed by these buildings increases the amount of heat within the area. Roof cooling helps to address this by using special pigments that reflect the harmful UV rays instead of absorbing them.


Infra-red reflective pigments characteristically have an increased visible opacity that is only able to transmit infra-red radiation. Thin layers of roof coating are not much good in reflecting all of these radiations, meaning that some rays can still escape through the coating and into the building. The coating may seem opaque, but often it is not thick enough to reduce infra-red light.

Our highly effective product is thick enough to withstand optimal radiation, keeping your roof cool even throughout the hot African summer. This product is available in various colours – to learn more, contact your nearest Wilcote branch and find out how infra-red roof cooling can help you!

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.


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.


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.

TSR Levels on Infra-Red Cool Coating

One of the many roofing services that we offer here at Wilcote is infra-red cool coating, which is an innovative technology that helps to provide cooling to buildings and structures. This technology has been proven to be extremely effective in preventing urban ‘heat islands’ – an occurrence that is caused by the sun’s rays reflecting on manmade surfaces such as roofs, which in turn results in increased temperatures.

A very important part in the effective usage of infra-red roof cooling lies in ensuring that products and technology used in the process meets certain standards. TSR (Total Solar Reflectance) measurements are used to meet these standards, and measure the amount of solar radiation that is reflected by the sun.

Before we discuss TSR levels and their importance, it is first a good idea to understand exactly why infra-red coating for roof cooling is becoming essential in our cities and towns.

Temperature increases in densely populated areas is thought to be caused by air pollution to some degree, but the sun’s rays that are absorbed by buildings also plays a major role in this heating process. The light reflectance value of roof coatings and paints used on buildings has a direct effect on how these rays are absorbed. Technology suchas infra-red has been successfully used in many different instances, but in the paint and roofing industry, it has proven to have significant impact on reducing the amount of heat absorbed by coated surfaces.


What Are TSR Measurements?

Simply put, Total Solar Reflectance (TSR) uses a percentage or decimal figure to show the amount of infra-red radiation that is reflected from a surface, such as a roof. The higher the TSR level, the higher the reflectance. Roofing companies and paint and coating manufacturers need to be aware of these levels before they are able to make claims on how much light can be reflected by the products they offer. Light reflectance levels are measured through visible and invisible colour spectrums – particularly the infra-red spectrum where light is absorbed. Needless to say, it is impossible to measure such levels by the human eye. Instead, special measurement tools are used.

Through the use of standards that govern TSR measurements, and the use of colour measurement tools that allow these levels to be accurately measured, it is possible to determine the exact value of TSR in roof coating products. These measurements are based on US standards that differ from SABS standards used in South Africa.

Measuring tools include the Solar Spectrum Reflectometer, which features a selectable solar measurement spectrum that correlates to standard global and beam normal solar irradiance models. This tool delivers accurate measurements on various materials, including surface reflectors as thick as 6.4mm. Solar reflectance or absorptance is shown to 0.001 units, with a 0.003 unit repeatability.

How Do TSR Levels Affect Infra-Red Cool Coating Products?

TSR levels on all Wilcote infra-red cool coat products meet the following US standards:

  • ASTM C1549. Standard Test Method for Determination of Solar Reflectance Near Ambient Temperature Using a Portable Solar Reflectometer.
  • ASTM E903. Standard Test Method for Solar Absorptance, Reflectance, and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres.
  • ASTM E891. Tables for Terrestrial Direct Normal Solar Spectral Irradiance Tables for Air Mass 1.5.

Learn more about our infra-red roof cooling technology to see exactly how it works, and contact us if you have any queries at all regarding these innovative solutions.

The Use of Biocides in Paint Products

The South African Paint Manufacturers Association (SAPMA) recently appealed to government to discount the inclusion of biocides as a listed ingredient in paint products, stating that listing ingredients that require extensive registration could result in disrupted paint production.

What exactly are biocides, and why are they making waves?

Used in water based paints, they are used to preserve paint, and are highly regulated in many parts of the world. An important thing to note is that not all biocides are dangerous or toxic. Those that contain Diuron and/or Carbendizim as active ingredients are proven to cause eco-toxicity, while others are safe for use. These types have been banned in Europe, but are still used in other areas – including South Africa. Companies such as Wilcote, who wish to ensure that their products meet European standards, need to spend extra costs to utilise non-harmful biocides that help paint maintain a longer shelf-life without causing undue risk to the environment. Products that we use that contain only non-toxic biocides include ROCIMA 101 technical disinfectant, and ROCIMA 350 – an eco-friendly dry film biocide. Both of these products have the advantage of added protection against fungi and mould, without the risk of toxins.

How Are Biocides Used in Paints?

Roughly 80% of water-based paints produced in South Africa use some type of biocides to ensure a longer shelf life. Another name for paint that includes biocidal ingredients is anti-fouling paint. Biocides are commonly used all over the world to prevent biological deterioration in both wet and dry paint.

There are different types of biocides – “in-can” types that protect paint itself as well as the ingredients from going off or decaying; plus a “dry film acticide” that protects the painted surface from fungi and algae growth, particularly in damp areas and warm coastal areas.

Why Are Certain Paint Biocides Considered Dangerous?

Biological poisons by nature are dangerous to various life forms – both microscopic and visible to the naked eye. A great deal of care is needed during the handling of such products, with special protective clothing and tools needed during production. Disposal of this type of paint is even more risky, with marine ecosystems paying the highest price for the use of toxic ingredients in such products.

Because we fully support the use of environmentally friendly paint products and painting services, Wilcote is committed to providing customers with quality paint products that can always be trusted.


Top Tips for House Painting in Limpopo

There is no doubt that it can be easier (and more effective) to get expert help for house painting in Limpopo, choosing the right colour for your home can be one of the most challenging steps of the entire process.

Paint can make all the difference to how your home looks. From simple neutrals all the way to modern brights; deciding on a colour is not as easy as you may think… especially as there are so many options out there. A good painting contractor will be able to help you find the best paint, and will ensure that the paint is applied expertly, but when it comes to exterior paint colour selection, it’s up to you to make the right decision.

Today, we will offer some tips on selecting the right colour for exterior house painting, to make it easier to know what to do (and what not to do).


Try These Smart Tips for Exterior House Painting

Whether you are seeking house painting services in Limpopo or anywhere else in the world, these tips should help you choose a colour that is just right for your home and neighbourhood.

  1. Consider Colours

tins-of-paintMany people assume that unique colours will cost more than standard colours, but this does not always have to be the case. Your painter can often get paints at a far better rate than you would get, as professionals know where to get their supplies at wholesale or discounted prices. Depending on the type and brand of paint that is used, you will often find that the actual colours cost much the same within each range. That means that it often costs the same to use a neutral shade as it would to choose a bright shade.

  1. Look at Existing Colours

What we mean here is the colours that exist on your home’s exterior that cannot be altered. These will act as a good guideline when choosing colours for the areas that can be changed. Fixed colours could include brick that you do not wish to paint over, roof colour and anything else that cannot easily be changed. If your roof is blue for example, you would need to consider colours that will not clash against the blue.

  1. Consider Accents

Then there are the accents, which are exterior features that can be changed. These include things like window trims, doors and other features that you wish to highlight. Painting these in a contrasting or complementary colour helps to emphasise and add detail. Make sure that you only focus on accents that you want to highlight however – drawing attention to features such as gutters, strangely placed windows or ugly air-con units will not have the same effect as drawing attention to your entryway!

  1. Consider Trends (But Don’t be Ruled by Them)

 Exterior paint trends tend to stay in place for far longer than interior colours. This is good news, because it means that you can consider ‘trendy’ colours knowing that they will not suddenly become last year’s news. Look at home websites and décor magazines to get ideas, but do not be ruled by current trends. What is most important is finding a colour that works for you – not one that everyone is raving about.

  1. Keep the Neighbours in Mind39389847_s

Another thing to consider is the general colours used in your neighbourhood. If most of the houses in your road or area are neutral, for example, painting your house a vivid red may result in your home looking out of place. This can have a negative effect if you ever look at selling your home, and can also lead to unwanted problems with neighbours who do not share your creative vision.

  1. Light or Dark?

Which is better: a lighter shade or a darker shade? Generally speaking, lighter colours add the illusion of space, while also making the home appear more inviting. Darker colours can make a house look impressive, and can be used in different ways to add impact, such as on the lower part of the house or as an accent colour.

  1. Consider the Landscaping

The expression ‘blending in to the environment’ should not always be taken literally. If you have a garden that is full of mature trees or a lot of greenery that lies close to the house, painting the house green may result in the house blending in so much that it is hard to see. A very bright colour on the other hand may seem overly bold if you do not have much of a garden. The trick is to find a balance.

  1. Plan, Plan and Plan Some More

You do not want to make any hasty decisions when house painting is concerned. The best way to ensure that you end up with a colour that you love is to take the time to plan properly. Before you call in the painters, you can do a test on a small section of wall and trim to see how it looks. Give it a day or so to see the colours in daylight and in the evening, and from there, you will be able to determine whether the colours are right.

Once you have selected your preferred external paint colours, you can relax and call in the expert painting contractors, who will be able to begin your home’s makeover. For quality house painting in Limpopo and many other regions across South Africa, Wilcote offers free no-obligation consultations and many years of experience.

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.

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

Exterior Painting In Joburg North

When Painting the EXTERIOR of your home in Joburg north, here are some things to take into consideration:

Good Quality exterior painting, will drastically increase the value of your home. From choosing the best paint colours to the preparation of your home’s exterior, we’ve got you covered to ensure your exterior re-decoration is a pleasure and will increase the overall value.


  1. Remember Mother Nature.

Plan ahead – it’s better to undertake the Exterior Redecoration of your Building, during the drier Seasons. Should this not be possible, then some delays can be expected.

  1. Quality Tops Price Every time

Better quality paint means you will have better coverage first time round & you won’t have to Re-paint every year. Paint technology has really improved over the years with colours guaranteed to last longer than before. Don’t skimp on paint with a cheaper brand, as you are bound to encounter trouble further down the line & eventually pay more. All our Wilcote products carry a guarantee for lasting quality and our enviro-friendly solution.

  1. Preparation is Key

Paint won’t adhere to dirty or badly prepared surfaces. We take our time in the preparation of all the surfaces to be painted. This ensures that all cracks, plaster work & any other unsightly areas, are prepped properly to create a solid surface, for our paint to adhere better, and last longer.

  1. Keeping it Clean

It’s our aim to keep our Customers happy, especially with the care we take in our preparation work. We take great care to cover the paving, including bushes & any other plants, whilst we are painting. All Wilcote products are Eco-friendly so we take great pride, in this advanced technology, by providing a safe & happy environment for you, your family & your pets.

  1. Colour Perfection

If you live within an Estate & are planning to do a colour change, you should advise your Body co-operate Trustees, as sometimes, there are very strict rules in place, when it comes to the look of the Estate. Our recommendation, when making these changes, is to choose one of the Colours, from our Colour Worx Fan-dek and if required, we can brush selected colours on sections of your wall, with these colour choices. With the colour options, on your wall, you can eliminate any grievances, down the road.

We can match any colour your heart desires, no matter the brand. Our priority is to ensure you, our Client are happy…long into the future. If you are considering undertaking exterior painting in Joburg North, contact us to get quality product and superior painting contractor service.

5 Tips for Painting Your House in Cape Town

House painting in Cape Town can be a challenge at times – particularly when it comes to houses that are situated near the sea. But even the areas further inland have to deal with the ever-changing climate conditions that range from hot sunshine to strong winds, hail storms and heavy rain. As such, house exteriors often see the most wear and tear.

Whether your home is in need of a fresh coat of exterior paint, or you simply feel like making a change, it helps to get some inside information on house painting in Cape Town.

Best Advice for House Painting in Cape Town

Take the stress out of exterior painting with these simple but effective tips from the expert painting contractors at Wilcote.

  1. Choose the best quality paint you can afford. Exterior paint is not designed to last forever. In coastal regions, deterioration can happen a lot faster than inland regions. Sun, sea, salt and wind will all affect how long exterior paint lasts; while hail, rain and those famous Cape storms will also affect the longevity of exterior paint. Choosing the best quality paint that you can get is therefore essential in order to keep exteriors looking good for as long as possible. Look for Promoted Adhesion Pure Acrylic Exterior paint, from reputable Suppliers, (acrylic latex exterior paint) or other paint that allows you to do power cleaning without affecting the overall colour and condition too much.
  1. Plan carefully around the weather. In the Western Cape, the weather is known for changing frequently and often suddenly. But wherever possible, try to plan ahead so that you get enough time for paint to dry. The hot, dry summer months are often ideal for this type of project, especially when temperatures reach the mid-thirties. Painting in spring or winter however may not be the best idea – unless you can be sure that the clear weather will hold out for at least a day or two. (Your profession Contractor will assist in this area).
  1. Do a proper prep before getting started. If you live near to the sea, or in an area that has a lot of dust or moisture, prepping is vital. Even in the middle of the suburbs, prepping is important. Do a proper spray down and make sure that there is no build-up of sea salt and dirt that will stop paint from sticking to walls, window frames and door frames.
  1. Smooth out surfaces and apply a primer. Depending on the condition of the current paint, you may need to apply a primer before starting the paint layers. Uneven wall finishes, bumpy patches and other imperfections can all be smoothed over with proper Professional products and Solutions. To ensure that paint can be applied without any problems. If the walls are in good condition however, and the current paint is not in such bad shape, you can skip this step and start painting after prepping and cleaning.
  1. Consider bringing in the experts. If you are willing to tackle this often-challenging job on your own, the best way to start painting is to go from top to bottom, using rollers and brushes. Often, it is far simpler and more effective to consider a professional, who has ample experience with exterior painting in Cape Town. This will ensure that the job is done properly from start to finish, leaving you free to focus on all the other things you want to do. Good professional Companies give credible Guarantees, as well.Often, professional contractors are able to give expert advice to ensure a longer-lasting result, too, which can end up saving you a lot more money and time further down the line.

With extensive experience in dampproofing, roofing and painting in Cape Town and other regions within the country, Wilcote is your ideal choice for a job well done, with exert advice and long term eco-friendly Solutions. The Professional Solution.