Regular maintenance on a property asset is a necessary and smart thing to do if you want to protect your investment. Maintaining the building ultimately results in saving money over the long term and prevents a situation where such a property asset deteriorates to the point where the owners need to incur enormous costs to remedy the effects of neglect over time.
Island View is a sectional title building situated near the beach in Milnerton and as a result of this location, environmental conditions like the wind and the salty ocean air contributed to the breakdown of the paint system. In addition, the sandy base of the building caused a lot of movement in the foundation and this caused structural damage over time as well as water ingress.
Aesthetically, the building needed the following redecoration done: new glass balustrades, new wooden decks on the top floor, removal of tiles between floors, re-plastering of the walls where tiles were removed and new paint colours.
The redecoration process took place in four stages and was conducted by a few teams. Firstly, the construction team needed to remove the old balustrades and the tiles from the front of the building. After this was done, the area was re-plastered.
The next step required the redecorating and painting team to commence with remedial work, including a number of areas where the plaster was delaminated and attending to vertical cracks. These areas were repaired using the latest Sika specification which is a globally recognised specification guide for roofing and waterproofing.
Expansion joints are extremely important to minimise structural complications for this building, again due to the sandy foundation and resultant movement in the foundation. Some of these expansion joints were delaminating and had to be correctively re-cut to address the problem.
A new four-coat paint system was applied, using Prominent Paint’s Nuklad product as the two topcoats. This is an extremely strong flexible paint which is well-suited to this environment and we believe this system adds an additional 2 years to the building’s maintenance cycle (a normal paint system would only be able to last 3 years under these conditions).
At the same time, our waterproofing team was carrying out maintenance on the flat roof with the torch-on system. Re-torching of the delaminated areas and other worn away areas were needed, plus the flashings needed to be repaired and properly re-attached to ensure a proper, sustainable waterproofing and to add a finished look to the roof.
Lastly, the glass teams fitted new balustrades to lend the building a more updated and modern appearance.
We believe that with regular property maintenance, the new system will last 5-7 years however, it is important that the body corporate be more attentive to the ongoing maintenance needs of this building, given their proximity to the ocean and the resultant environment effects.
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