This established block in Gardens needed a complete redecoration including remedial work, spalling, plaster, waterproofing and painting.
Too many cooks in the kitchen
The topic we want to touch on in this blog is about working with other contractors. We find that often trustees tend to call contractors haphazardly as and when they are needed without really thinking about how they want the different contractors to work together. Without a project manager to work out a plan and schedule for everyone involved to follow as well as setting quality benchmarks, the result is often like having too many cooks in the kitchen!
For example, when one team has access to the building and another team arrives, who is responsible for the health and safety of the second team when they are using scaffolding initially erected for the first team? If somebody gets hurt in this scenario, there will be a rather complicated – and expensive – scenario for the body corporate to unravel.
Project managers save money
We recommend that the trustees – or better yet, a project manager – meet with all the contractors together at the start of the project to communicate requirements, set priorities and establish a plan to work together in a methodical manner. When there is more than one contractor on site, a project manager or quality control manager really helps to keep everyone organised and on schedule. It also helps to have a neutral person that can communicate with both parties – the contractors and the trustees – without taking sides and acting as a sort of intermediary.
While a project manager is an additional expense to the trustees, the reality is that it actually saves a lot of money to have someone whose role is to ensure that the project runs according to a schedule and uphold the quality of the work.
Waterproofing and spalling
As the building’s design includes a lot of horizontal tops – this makes water ingress far more common – quite a bit of waterproofing was necessary to secure the surfaces. All horizontal tops were coated with fibre force. While the rest of the elements will be able to last quite a few years, it is important that the trustees see to it that the horizontal tops are coated every few years in order to keep up the waterproofing maintenance of the building.
Painting and choosing colours
The process of choosing a paint colour can be quite an arduous one. It helps when the trustees narrow down the choices to 3-4 colours before putting it out to a vote. If there are too many samples – we once presented 15 samples! – it prolongs and complicates the process in quite a disruptive way.
Regarding painting, we applied a four-coat system to the walls. This included a full prime coat, followed by a fibre coat that contains a waterproofing compound and to finish off, two top coats to give it a beautiful polished look.
About MCM Painters
MCM Painters is a professional company that specialises in painting, waterproofing and structural repair work in Cape Town and surrounding areas. As a local market leader with 15 years of experience in the business, we take great pride in our work and provide the highest quality workmanship at a competitive price. We guarantee our work, including manufacturer guarantees, for five years.
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