Property maintenance & refurbishment

keyboard_arrow_upHow to clean the Solent fans in your house in a few easy steps
keyboard_arrow_downHow to clean the Solent fans in your house in a few easy steps

Solent, being the expert on fans, know how important it is to have a clean fan during peak seasons. You can’t see it when they’re spinning around but fans tend to collect a lot of dirt, especially if they’re in or near a kitchen where steam and grease can be a magnet for dust. So […]

keyboard_arrow_upSunningdale Shopping Centre gets a makeover
keyboard_arrow_downSunningdale Shopping Centre gets a makeover

The residents of Umhlanga were treated to a much-needed makeover of their local popular attraction, Sunningdale Shopping Centre. Built more than 20 years ago, the refurbishment of the shopping centre was long over-due. 1074m² of Marmoran products were used on the exterior of the retail establishment, with 1.5mm of Permacrete being used as a protective […]

keyboard_arrow_upDrywall construction used in Africa’s biggest museum
keyboard_arrow_downDrywall construction used in Africa’s biggest museum

In a building project that took three and a half years and R500 million to construct, Cape Town’s iconic 1921 skyline Grain Silo was transformed into a much talked-about space that now hosts the most extensive collection of contemporary art from the African continent. Crucial to the redevelopment of this heritage site into the recently […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe solution to messy shop renovations
keyboard_arrow_downThe solution to messy shop renovations

Re-tiling is a great way to update the look and feel of a retail outlet, improving the general aesthetic appeal of the environment.  But, just like opening shop for the first time, a renovation can be a combination of stress and excitement, and can put immense strain on sales performance.

keyboard_arrow_upTile directly onto existing tiles with Renovate
keyboard_arrow_downTile directly onto existing tiles with Renovate

The newest product from Saint-Gobain Weber is Renovate, a tile adhesive with a distinct set of benefits, one of which allows renovators to tile directly onto existing substrates without priming – a first for South Africa. This innovative product boasts a distinct set of benefits including quick setting (in only six hours!), waterproofing and tiling directly […]

keyboard_arrow_upA walkover for Sikafloor Garage
keyboard_arrow_downA walkover for Sikafloor Garage

To repair and coat all the imperfections in the floors, Sikadur-43 ZA (20 kits) and Sikafloor Garage (Telegrey, 450x5l) were specified. Sikadur-43 ZA is a three-component repair and filling mortar based on a combination of epoxy resins and selected high strength aggregates while Sikafloor Garage is a two-part, water-dispersed, epoxy resin-based coating suitable for concrete, […]

keyboard_arrow_upVictaulic offers cost benefits to commercial building sector
keyboard_arrow_downVictaulic offers cost benefits to commercial building sector

Signs that the recovery in the South African office sector is becoming increasingly fragile should alert developers to place even more emphasis on avoiding unnecessary costs during the building, expansion or maintenance of office buildings.

keyboard_arrow_upCost effective generators that meet any need
keyboard_arrow_downCost effective generators that meet any need

With South Africa’s current load shedding problems generators are no longer a luxury, they have become a necessity. Goscor Power Products’ generator portfolio comprises machines that combine quality, reliability and efficiency to ensure a rapid return on investment. Goscor generators present end-users with an affordable solution by delivering balance between high performance and low input costs.

keyboard_arrow_upTAL grout now available in 2 kg bag
keyboard_arrow_downTAL grout now available in 2 kg bag

TAL now supplies its tried-and-trusted Wall and Floor grout range in a 2 kg packaging option. This is ideal for the DIY enthusiast as it can improve the productivity and efficiency in their tiling projects.

keyboard_arrow_upFoundation underpinning prevents structural collapse
keyboard_arrow_downFoundation underpinning prevents structural collapse

Gauteng Piling recently strengthened and stabilised the foundations of an upmarket residence in the Irene Farm Villages security estate in Centurion. Using traditional underpinning methods, a Grundomat hammer was used to drive the pipe into the ground to secure the new underpinning foundation.

keyboard_arrow_upProfessional fixing solution for small applications
keyboard_arrow_downProfessional fixing solution for small applications

Sika is extending the packaging range of their high-performance Sika MaxTack fixing solution from the 280ml cartridge to the new 100g MiniUP sausage tube.

keyboard_arrow_upCFRP laminates strengthen Sandton renovation project
keyboard_arrow_downCFRP laminates strengthen Sandton renovation project

Zenprop, the new owners of a building at 6 Valley Crescent in Sandton, Johannesburg, required extensive demolition and renovations. The project entailed full teardown and rebuild of some sections of the building, resulting in floor slabs and roof slabs requiring reinforcement to strengthen the remaining structure.

keyboard_arrow_upRemote multi-campus energy management
keyboard_arrow_downRemote multi-campus energy management

The former University of Port Elizabeth installed a Johnson Controls Metasys building management system (BMS) in the 1970’s. In 2005, NMMU was formed through the merging of three institutions: the University of Port Elizabeth, the Port Elizabeth Technikon and Vista University.

keyboard_arrow_upQuick-fix tape solution for sealing and repair
keyboard_arrow_downQuick-fix tape solution for sealing and repair

Sika has launched MultiSeal-ZA, a self-adhesive, bituminous sealing tape, laminated on one side with aluminium foil.

keyboard_arrow_upMapei provides solution for waterproofing fire tanks
keyboard_arrow_downMapei provides solution for waterproofing fire tanks

With its comprehensive range of waterproofing products, Mapei South Africa offers the local construction industry internationally proven solutions for all waterproofing challenges.

keyboard_arrow_upProtecting and nourishing wood
keyboard_arrow_downProtecting and nourishing wood

Woodgard, produced by Dulux, is a simple solution that offers deep penetrating weatherproof wood treatment, as well as ultimate protection for both interior and exterior wood surfaces.

keyboard_arrow_upResidential test shows Cobra heat pumps maximise energy and cost savings
keyboard_arrow_downResidential test shows Cobra heat pumps maximise energy and cost savings

Cobra Watertech has long recommended its heat pumps as an energy efficient alternative to standard electric geysers and has now demonstrated exactly that, with an informal, comparative test of a heat pump versus geyser element revealing massive energy and cost savings.

keyboard_arrow_upA wooden deck for all seasons
keyboard_arrow_downA wooden deck for all seasons

Plascon has launched Woodcare Natural Deck Coating, an advanced water-based formulation designed to penetrate deep into the wood for maximum protection.

keyboard_arrow_upSpecialist contractor values international accreditations
keyboard_arrow_downSpecialist contractor values international accreditations

The Gordon Verhoef and Krause (GVK) group of companies, comprising Gordon Verhoef & Krause and GVK-Siya Zama, specialists in the construction, renovation, restoration and recycling of buildings, has recently attained its ISO 14001 environmental management accreditation, becoming one of the first, medium-sized organisations in its sector to attain this certification.

keyboard_arrow_upDow Corning sealants used in the rebirth of Lusaka’s iconic skyscraper
keyboard_arrow_downDow Corning sealants used in the rebirth of Lusaka’s iconic skyscraper

Dow Corning structural glazing sealants, distributed in South Africa by a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, were chosen by applicator, Preplan, as preferred products to be used on the facades of one of the most notable Zambian building projects in recent years; the refurbishment of Lusaka’s Society House.

keyboard_arrow_upCleaning and sealing windows and façades
keyboard_arrow_downCleaning and sealing windows and façades

When it was decided that First National Bank’s building in Cape Road, Port Elizabeth, was to become the new regional headquarters for the bank, a multimillion rand renovation and expansion project began. Atlantic Glass and Aluminium, manufacturer, supplier and repairer of glass and aluminum products, was awarded the contract to refurbish the façade of the building and Sika was selected as a key supplier. 

keyboard_arrow_upSpecialist restoration skills for KZN lighthouses
keyboard_arrow_downSpecialist restoration skills for KZN lighthouses

These days, lighthouses not only serve their core purpose of guiding sailors safely; they have also become tourist attractions for visitors to South Africa’s coastal regions. As a result part of the country’s history is shared with the world, jobs are created and funds generated contribute to the tourism industry and the economy.

keyboard_arrow_upRepairs and rehabilitation at Stellenbosch University’s Tygerberg campus
keyboard_arrow_downRepairs and rehabilitation at Stellenbosch University’s Tygerberg campus

The University of Stellenbosch awarded the multimillion rand renovation contract for its buildings on the Tygerberg Campus, which is home to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, to Drake & Scull Facilities Management. The work is being executed by The Construction Co. The campus had seen only minimal repairs carried out over the past 35 years and the university recognised the need for extensive renovation.

keyboard_arrow_upFaçade repairs and rehabilitation
keyboard_arrow_downFaçade repairs and rehabilitation

When Megchem Engineering & Drafting Services bought the ageing Gert Sibande building in Secunda, Mpumalanga, it contracted Corrotech Coatings to tackle the rehabilitation work required on the building. Having worked with Sika previously, Corrotech Coatings invited local Sika sales representative, Jacobus Pretorius, to the site to advise on the most suitable Sika products to use.  The rehabilitation project, which ran through November 2011, involved the removal and reinstallation of 3 500m of façade joints as well as sealing the building’s main expansion joint. The Sika products used were Sikaflex AT-Façade and the Sikadur-Combiflex System. 

keyboard_arrow_upImproved hot water system at Nelspruit Prison
keyboard_arrow_downImproved hot water system at Nelspruit Prison

Advanced Industrial Technology – Ai-Tec – a company that specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of industrial and commercial equipment, has recently completed a project for the Department of Correctional Services that involved the replacement of the existing boiler at the Nelspruit Prison. Arnold Retief, a director of Ai-Tec, says, “A new John Thompson 1.8 ton horizontal boiler, which uses steam as an efficient source of heat generation, has been installed at the prison to improve the hot water system at the establishment. This modern boiler system provides steam to the kitchen, laundry and hot water supply at the prison. With an improved steam output the boiler provides for more efficient heat generation.”