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Building a Concrete Future with Building Contractors

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The value of reliable, consistent and quality building services in South Africa can never be overstated. From a solid foundation to the frills of the latest styles and trends, quality building material, contractors and design makes the difference between a passable job and a great piece of work.

Building takes many forms, and covers both home and enterprise construction. While these two areas require specific skills, tools, gear and materials, there are similar designs and requirements which cover both aspects of building. Make it a point to consult your approved building contractor; asking him or her any and all questions needed for peace of mind.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the more common aspects of building, whether it be from scratch, alterations, or repairs. While you might be familiar with some of these terms, it’s beneficial to refresh your memory before setting out on your project.

  • Boundary Walls

A boundary wall allows for the separation of your property – usually a private residence – and public space. They can range from a simple gate design to a reinforced wall with almost countless forms of aesthetic design. Remember that there are laws that relate to boundary walls and fences, and as such you will need to make use of a contractor who is well-versed in this aspect of building.

  • Building Maintenance

Wear and tear is an everyday – and unfortunately unavoidable – aspect of building and construction. From rust to mildew, cracks to splits, every facet of a building, its extensions, and additional features all take strain over the course of time.

Besides doing the best job possible the first time around, there is also immense value in hiring an experienced contractor to repair walls, foundations, roofs and more. These jobs all take a different amount of time and cost a varied amount depending on the required work.

  • Demolition

Sometimes you’ve just got to say goodbye. Demolations can be anything from destroying a chimney to leveling an office block. There are a myriad of rules, legistlation and laws governing this act. We recommend first discussing the job with your local authorities before hiring a specialist contractor.

  • Dry Walling & Partitioning

Drywalls, alos known as plasterboard, wallboard, and gypsum board, make for quick and easy construction of ceilings and walls. Because of the quick turnaround and basic design, drywalling has become incredibly popular in offices. By erecting different drywalls based on the specific layout of the office, owners are able to create offices and functional space condusive to a working environment. Take note that depending on the requirements, drywalls might not be as solid as a traditional wall. However, depending on the needs of your property this should not be a major factor in your decision.

  • Home Extensions

Enough is never enough when it comes to one’s home. From an extra room to a pool or bigger garden, there aren’t many things as extending as expanding one’s home. Based on your wishes, requirements, local laws, needed material and choice of building services, these jobs can take anywhere from a day to months.

These factors are highly influenced by what you would like done, so speak to a qualified contrator to get a better understanding of what is in-store.

  • New Home Builders

Some building contractors specialise in the construction of new homes. These literally require a ground up approach, and as such it’s incredibly important to use only the very best quality material and builders. When it comes to constructing new homes, make a point of chatting to several different contractors to get multiple input, costing and advise. An imporant factor to consider is that these jobs can vary incredibly based on requirements.

  • Plastering & Plastering Repairs

Plaster, stucco or render is a building material used for coating walls and ceilings. It is manufactured as a dry powder and is mixed with water to form a paste when used. While many builders – and even homeowners themselves – are able to mix and plaster, there is a true art and technical skill involved in carrying out and completing the perfect job no matter the task.

Plaster can be relatively easily worked with metal tools or even sandpaper. These characteristics make plaster suitable for a finishing, rather than a load-bearing material, and plaster has been used throughout the ages for many purposes for exactly this reason. There are many types of plaster, the most popular being lime plaster, cement plaster, and heat resistant plaster. Chat to your hired South African building contractor for advise on which will work best for your building needs.

  • Renovation Kitchen

A kitchen is the heart of a home; where warm meals are made and memories shared. Because of this endearing idea of a home, one should always ensure his or her kitchen is up to scratch. Modern or vintage, a kitchen needs to be well-maintaned given its daily importance. A skilled contrator will be able to install various appliances such as an oven, extractor fan, plumbing and more. Importantly, he or she will be able to advise on whether items need to be completely replaced or can be refurbished.

  • Renovations Bathroom

A bathroom is a vital part of any home, and without the correct plumbing, tiling and handiwork can quickly turn into a headache. If you’ve noticed an increase in hickups, be it drainage problems or mold, it’s best to get hold of a building contractor as soon as possible become these issues quickly escalate.

  • Renovations Granny Flat

While not a not feature of every household, granny flats can be neglected when it comes to renovations. Before setting out to do major alterations or renovations, consult your local counsel to double-check whether or not it is legal for you to proceed.

  • Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are absolutely crucial for property which includes unnatural slopes. These barriers bind soil between different elevation and help prevent flooding and mudslides. There are many different forms of retaining walls, so make sure to chat to your builder as to the best fit.

Getting the Job Done

Now that you have a basic understanding of building terms, you should be better equipped to hire the right contrator for the job. Don’t forget to ask as many questions and more!

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