Preparing your Home for Winter
While we enjoy the fruits of summer, with long days and temperatures reaching the mid-thirties, it seems hard to believe that winter is a mere two months away. If last year’s winter is anything to go on, we’ll soon be facing temperatures substantially lower than the seasonal average, torrential rains and gale-force winds. And if you were one of many home owners who spent last winter enduring perpetually leaking roofs, dripping gutters and sleepless nights, then now’s the time to take action.
As a leading provider of roofing, ceilings and partitioning throughout Southern Africa since 1931, Schelltema is ideally qualified to advise on how to fortify homes, hearts, and minds against the elements.
“Regular monitoring and conscientious maintenance of your roof coverings certainly goes a long way towards ensuring peace of mind during the winter months” said Scheltema’s Director of Roofing, Mr David Payne. “But if your home was built over 40 years ago and still boasts its original roof covering, the chances are that it has been irreparably compromised due to continual damage, wear and tear, and corrosion. And if this is the case, it may be expedient to replace the roof covering entirely, since ongoing maintenance costs may exceed that of replacement.
Scheltema, who operates extensively within the residential roofing market, offers to assess the condition of the roof, together with a report and quotation if required. They also offer expert advice regarding the type of new roof coverage required – whether clay, cement, slate tile or steel sheeting – as well as the capacity of the existing roof structure to accommodate the load.
When it comes to selecting a roofing contractor, it is imperative that home owners select a company with a sound track record, since the replacement of a roof can be a tricky and technically demanding undertaking. “Our experience within the commercial and industrial sectors, and our expansive Heritage work, means that we are able to replace roof coverings all year round, in wet and dry conditions, and with little or no disruption to tenants” said David Payne. “This is demonstrated by our recent roof replacements to maternity and out-patients department roofs at Groote Schuur hospital while these departments remained fully occupied and operational.’’
A Fully Compliant Contractor
Re-roofing is not only technically challenging, it is also subject to extensive regulations, particularly with regard to asbestos removal, insulation, and materials. Scheltema is a certified asbestos removal contractor and therefore qualified to remove and correctly dispose of asbestos slate and Big Six Profile roof-sheets. The company also guarantees its work for a minimum two year period, and all products used are both SABS approved and environmentally sustainable.
Re-roofing involves working at heights and can therefore be dangerous. “What many residents are unaware of is that when undertaking renovations, they are ultimately responsible for the safety of the workers on site, and that unless the building contractor has the correct workman’s compensation insurances in place, the home owner may be liable for costs and claims should anyone be injured during the roofing or construction process.
For this reason, it is imperative that home owners screen their contractors carefully to ensure that the company employed to carry out the works embraces responsible and sustainable labour practice. According to the company’s MD, Michael van Breda, Scheltema is governed by the rules and regulations as stipulated by the Building and Industrial Bargaining Council (BIBC) with respect to minimum wages, pension schemes, holiday pay and staff training, while their affiliation with FEM means that all Scheltema employees are registered for workman’s compensation. Furthermore, Scheltema’s longstanding MBA membership provides the homeowner with a measure of assurance to quality and standards of excellence.
Track Record and Versatility
Considering the complexities of roof replacement, home owners are best advised to engage with companies that have substantial experience in the field and who can ensure an expedient and hassle free service with minimal disruption to the home owner; that have extensive track records and credible references; that offer guarantees on both their workmanship and the products they use; and that embrace responsible labour practice and treat their workforce with respect and dignity.
“At Scheltema, we trust that our reputation and proven versatility speak for themselves. We are qualified to service the full spectrum of roofing, ceilings, and partitioning applications across the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, and whether our projects are big budget or low cost, large scale or small, straight-forward or technically demanding, we apply the same levels of passion, pride, and commitment towards ensuring complete customer satisfaction at each and every turn” concluded Michael van Breda.
To find out more about Scheltema’s expansive service offering and experience their service excellence first hand, please call 021 638-3121 or visit their recently revamped and newly re-launched website at www.scheltema.co.za.