There are many aspects to waterproofing and if it is to be effective over the long-term requires specialist skills so that all the sub-tasks can be done correctly with the appropriate materials for maintenance projects to be completed properly.
The building required two maintenance projects: firstly, waterproofing and secondly, a coat of paint was applied to restore this relatively new building to peak condition and to preserve it over the next eight to ten years.
The current waterproofing was inadequate and needed to be upgraded quite substantially as most of the balconies were leaking. The process required us to remove each slide door in order to build a 100mm upstand so we could achieve the correct detail underneath the sliding door. The upstand was built from wood and then needed to be waterproofed by torching Malthoid on top of the newly-built upstand. The leaking balconies had to be completely stripped. Cleaning and preparing the balcony surface is essential to ensure that the waterproofing products will adhere and last over time. The balconies were waterproofed, using the heat-infused Malthoid system. Once this was done, the balconies were screeded and tiled to complete the job. Screeding is regarded as important step in the process as it has a high durable and resistant to humidity. Tiling is the finishing step and can lift the appearance of the floor as well as serve functional requirements.
When a coat of paint is applied to the walls, it serves two purposes. Firstly, it protects the building from the corrosive effect of the elements and secondly, it preserves and enhances the exterior over time. The first step was to clean the walls by water jetting the building, raking out or opening all the cracks and repairing it with the correct structural solutions. The expansion joints also needed to be repaired and resealed. A full coat of primer was applied, followed by two top coats of Prominent Paint’s Nuklad. This paint is perfect for buildings in wet environments as its flexible and strong; protecting the building against heavy rain when needed. The building was transformed from a yellow-beige colour to a modern grey building with white trim, applying a full three-coat painting system.
This challenging job required four different teams collaborating on the maintenance solution and the time needed for each step. For the waterproofing part of the job, we teamed up with an aluminium door team. It was tricky from a timing point of view as the door needed to be removed in the morning and replaced in the evening without creating a security risk overnight. Time management and constant communication with the client were extremely important components of completing this project successfully. Our painting team was onsite for 12 weeks, supported by the waterproofing team and finally the tiling team, who all completed their jobs on time and without difficulties.
This much-needed maintenance project has added real value to the longevity of the building as a sound investment managed by the trustees on behalf of the owners. As a result, the structural integrity of the building is better protected and preserved for the well-being of its residents and guests.
About MCM Painters
MCM Painters is a professional contractor 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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