Back to the future 8 July 2014 – Waterproofing and maintenance essential for West Coast


Cape Town’s options of best places to live have grown considerably over the last 15 years. Parklands is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing residential areas in the Western Cape and has seen a steep upward growth in the development of complexes bringing with it the local business opportunities for many. With this residential expansion comes an obligation to maintain buildings from extreme weather fluctuations that is so prominent along the unprotected West Coast.

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According to painting, waterproofing and construction company, Indawo, the West Coast bears the brunt of approaching cold fronts and, coupled with high winds and sea spray, buildings in this region are at risk. Indawo managing director, Geoffrey Jäck, warns building owners to establish a maintenance plan and fund to ensure that timeous repairs are done to avoid larger costs arising from neglect.

With such a high prevalence of incessant rain, wind and excess sea spray reaching far inland, Parklands is vulnerable to these harsh climatic conditions. One such complex, De Zuide Werf, administrated by its managing agent Property Principals Cape, has ensured that their maintenance has been taken care of before another expected wet winter set in. Property Principals Cape representing the Body Corporate recently commissioned Indawo to undertake minor remedial and structural repairs and redecorate and paint the exterior structure of the complex.

Jäck says that the aesthetics of this complex is well known and precise attention to detail ensured that this was maintained. The De Zuide Werf body corporate takes pride in being able to assure investors of a secure investment and a structured maintenance plan adds significant value to this. The fact that the project was undertaken well before the winter rain means that the complex is protected during a, little later than expected, threatening rainfall season.

Redecoration of De Zuide Werf included:
• Remedial and structural repairs to the complex
• Repairs to boundary walls
• High pressure cleaning of tiled roofs to clear out all debris that could pose a threat to the structures waterproofing system.

The option of Parklands living is growing in popularity. It boasts sought after views of Table Mountain and offers residents access to the best of all conveniences including shopping malls, restaurants, schools, activities and an area rich in natural biodiversity in the nearby Rietvlei Nature area.

Jäck concludes, “Parklands has seen a significant rise in developments in the area. Complex living is popular in this suburb but bodies corporate need to ensure that they pay attention to the maintenance of outer structures to protect buildings from a harsh climate. Moisture ingress is considered to be one of the leading causes of interior and exterior damage to buildings along the West Coast.”

Indawo Painting and Waterproofing can be contacted on 021 941 5000 or email

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