Author: Senga Van Zyl

Wall Cemcretes

1.) Walls 1.1) Wall Finishes 1.1.1) Cemcote What is Cemcote? A finely ground mixture of white Portland cement, pigments and chemicals. It is supplied in powder form requiring mixing with water on-site to produce a smooth, flowing coating which sets rock hard. Benefits For interior and exterior use  Brush-on or trowel-on application Durable and weatherproof  […]

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Floor Cemcretes

1.) Floor  1.1) Floor Finishes 1.1.1) Colour Hardener What is colour hardener? A granolithic concrete material that is floated into fresh screed or concrete which colours, strengthens and creates durable surfaces for the concrete floors. It is a special blend of cement incorporating very hard-wearing aggregates, lightfast pigments and effective which set rock-hard. Benefits Can […]

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Aluminium vs. Wood Windows

Are you looking to replace the windows in your home or business? Deciding which framing material you want is an important decision you shouldn’t take lightly. Your selection will impact the installation’s cost, durability, energy efficiency, maintenance requirements and more. Compare wood windows and aluminium windows, two popular material choices, to see which one suits […]

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Is your builder NHBRC registered?

The NHBRC is governed by the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act, 1998 (Act No.95 of 1998). The Act states that the NHBRC’s role is to: (a) Represent the interests of housing consumers by providing warranty protection against defects in new homes; (b) Regulate the home building industry; (c) Provide protection to housing consumers in respect […]

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Rain brings relief, but keep on saving

Good rain has fallen in the province in recent weeks, but consumers will not feel the relief on their wallets. Anton Bredell, the Western Cape MEC for environmental affairs and development planning, said this week, although dams are on the rise, the drought is not over yet. "The province is getting winter rain, so the […]

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Residential water restrictions explained

Insufficient rainfall and fast declining dam levels have led to the current drought in Cape Town. We need to work together to change the way we use our water. Find out about commercial water restrictions. Find out about commercial water restrictions.  Water restrictions Level 6B water restrictions include: A daily limit of 50 litres or less per person whether […]

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Factors that delay building projects

So many people think that builders are the only reason, that a project has delays. But there are many more factors that play a role. Classification of Delay Delays in construction are caused by several factors. Ahmed et al. (2003) grouped delays into two categories – internal causes and external causes. Internal causes arise from the […]

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Different Types of Bricks

FBS – FACE BRICK STANDARD Clay bricks that are selected or produced for their durability and uniformity of size and shape. NFP – NON-FACING PLASTERED Clay bricks suitable for general building work that is to be plastered FBX – FACE BRICK EXTRA Clay bricks that are selected or produced for their durability and high degree […]

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How does underground water tanks work?

Underground water tanks, are designed specifically for underground use based on their rotationally moulded design and application. These tanks are often required for property owners who need water storage but cannot have a tank visible on the surface, or to preserve land use and space. The underground installation also protects the tank and contents from […]

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Different Types of Cladding

WHAT IS CLADDING? ▪ Cladding is a type of "skin" or extra layer on the outside of a building. ▪ It can be attached to a building's framework or an intermediate layer of battens or spacers. CLADDING USES ▪ It is mainly used to stop wind and rain from entering the building. ▪ Cladding can also […]

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Why Cavity Walls?

What is a Cavity Wall? Cavity walls are constructed with two separate walls for single wall purpose with some space or cavity between them. These two separate walls are called as leaves of the cavity wall. The inner wall is called as internal leaf and the outer wall is called as an external leaf. The […]

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How to choose a home builder

If you're in the market for a new home, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home. Here are some tips to help you choose a builder: Make a list of all the builders Once you have thought about the type of house you want, you can create a list of […]

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