5 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Pool Renovation

Pool renovation in Transkei is not always as easy as simply calling in for help and having a brand new sparkling pool overnight. Whether your pool urgently needs to be refurbished, or you wish to build a brand new pool, add on to your current pool or even retile the surrounding patio area, this type of renovation is not always quick or cheap – especially if you take short cuts or underestimate the amount of work, time and funds that are needed.

Before you get those plans underway, you will first need to do a bit of preparation. This will make the job as simple and stress-free as possible, while also giving you the best results.

swimming pool restoration before
Swimming Pool Restoration Before
swimming pool restoration after
Swimming Pool Restoration After

What to Consider When Planning Pool Renovation in Transkei

Some things to consider before getting your Transkei swimming pool renovation project underway include the following…

  1. Choose the right time to get the job done

This renovation job is often done as a last minute plan at the start of summer. But ideally, the best time to plan your swimming pool work is before summer. While Transkei has a generally mild climate throughout the year, summer is still peak swimming time. Get your pool ready well in advance this year by planning your renovations for autumn and winter.

Renovation experts are often busier during summer where pool projects are concerned, so it can work out to be easier all around to plan your projects for off-season times.

  1. Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve

A great way to decide what renovations you wish to complete is to collect pictures of similar pools. Use tools such as Pinterest and Google to save photos of pool features you like. Whether it is a certain type of tile around the edge, a specific shape, an overall design or any other feature, having a clear visual will go a long way in helping your renovator know what you want.

With that said, remember to set (and follow) a realistic budget. You may long for a natural looking pool that runs along your entire garden length, but it may not be practical or affordable. Get inspired by similar projects, but also ask your pool expert for advice on what they would suggest.

  1. Set a realistic time table

You should also find out how long you can expect your pool makeover to take. A quick fix will vary drastically to a full renovation, and, as such, it is important to find out exactly how long your specific work will take. Remember that many factors can affect the time needed to complete this sort of job. The materials, whether the surface is being refurbished or the exterior, and how large the pool is are just some examples.

Some parts of your garden may be off-limits while work is being done. If you have kids, this may mean that they are unable to use your garden for the duration of the project. Make sure that you know how long things will take before you get started, so that you are well prepared.

  1. Choose a contractor

Making a short list of a few contractors is the best route. Ask any and all questions that apply – how much it will cost, how long it will take, what requirements (if any) are needed and what references are offered from past customers. A good contractor will have testimonials on their website, or a project gallery that gives you some idea of how they work.

Try not to get lured in by salesmen who promise you the world. Instead, look at overall cost, quality, reputation, experience and abilities. For instance, a contractor who is able to assist with your pool repairs as well as other related tasks may end up being far more useful than one who can only assist with one project. Price is important, but value and quality are even more important.

  1. Getting prepared

Once you have chosen a contractor and proceeded with the quote approval, you will need to get prepared for the job. Be warned – pool work can be noisy and messy. You may need to keep windows shut if there is a lot of dust. The lawn may need to be dug up and prepared if you are adding a new pool or extending your current pool. It may take a week or even a few weeks for the work to be done.


You will also need to think about the water that will fill the pool once it is done. Renovated pools are drained using special equipment (usually included in the cost) and then refilled again. During a drought, this may pose a challenge. You might have to wait until water restrictions are lifted before starting work.

Wondering what sort of ideas you could consider for your swimming pool revamp? You could add a new deck, install a water feature, add a pool bar or fire pits, or a tanning deck, add a fence, make a natural pool, upgrade pumps, add a pool house, add a spill-over spa, add an outdoor braai area, expand your pool, resurface the pool or even paint the pool a bright shade.

Use your imagination to start planning your dream pool with the help of pool renovation in Transkei.

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.


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.
Asbestos Slate Roof Repairs
Waterproofing contractors at work on asbestos roof repairs

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.

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.

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.