Advice

1
Dec

Why is legal compliance regarding roof maintenance so important?

The roof is a structurally important and very costly component of a building and the average cost of a roof as a portion of the final building can easily exceed 25%. The costs associated with repair or replacement of the same roof structure will be even more than this due to the additional work required to establish structural integrity. This

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23
Nov

Laminated timber viable for structural applications

[Johannesburg, 23 November 2016]: As a country whose available natural resources need to be conserved and used optimally, the South African construction trade can benefit from making use of laminated timber beams for structural applications. So says Abe Stears, Managing Director of the South African Technical Auditing Services (SATAS), who offer certification and inspection services for the timber, chemical, metallurgical

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14
Nov

Your roof: Getting it right

Your roof is a structurally important and very costly component in any construction project. The average cost of a roof as a component of the final building cost can easily exceed 25% of the total cost. The cost of repair or replacement will be more than this quoted percentage due to the additional work that will be required to establish

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12
Oct

Safety overhead: The importance of roof maintenance

[Johannesburg, 12 October 2016]: Although the importance of a roof structure as a component of a building and its functioning cannot be overstated, it is possibly one of the most neglected parts of a building. While some roof systems call for less intense maintenance than others, all roofing systems should be checked periodically and maintained accordingly. The Institute for Timber

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15
Aug

Choosing a reputable timber deck builder: What you need to know

You’ve been dreaming about lazy summer days spent sipping sundowners, treading barefoot and catching some rays on your very own wooden deck for months. Problem is, you don’t have your very own wooden deck, but you really, really want one.

5
Jul

The benefits of pre-fabricated timber roof trusses

The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry, offers insight into the benefits of pre-fabricated roof trusses and how to prevent costly and potentially dangerous situations arising from having a non-compliant, site-manufactured roof installed by an erector that is not ITC-SA accredited.  

17
Jan

Useful tips for choosing a reputable timber frame builder

Sometimes we come across customers that have had disappointing experiences with timber home builders in South Africa and thus, we provide you with a few useful tips for choosing a reputable timber frame builder. Doing your homework properly will save you a lot of money and hassle down the line:   Is your builder registered with the relevant associations? Is

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17
Sep

5 Myths about Timber Construction

There are many misconceptions surrounding timber construction in South Africa. In this article, we tackle 5 common myths associated with timber construction.   A timber home is a fire hazard Some may find it surprising, but in the unlikely event of a fire, wood performs better than many other building materials. It chars and burns at a slower rate and is

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