What’s the Best Time of Year for Waterproofing in South Africa?

In the vast spectrum of home maintenance tasks, waterproofing often ranks pretty low on the excitement scale. Yet, it’s one of those things you absolutely can’t skimp on, especially in a country like South Africa, where the weather can be as unpredictable as trying to catch lightning in a bottle. So, when exactly is the best time of year for waterproofing?

The best time of year for waterproofing

First, why does your home need waterproofing?

Most buildings undergo waterproofing and painting when they are first constructed. The mistake that many homeowners make is believing that they will never need to confront waterproofing again.

Unfortunately, time takes a toll on any building and general wear and tear can deteriorate your home’s waterproofing systems. These are some of the signs that you need to call a waterproofing expert to assess your home:

  • Bubbling paint on interior or exterior walls

  • Damp spots appearing on your ceiling

  • Mould and mildew

  • Roof leaks during rainy weather

  • Wet or damp walls (especially in basements)

  • Rotting wood

  • Disintegrated, cracked or crumbling roof tiles

Consider your rainfall patterns

Although it’s the rainy season that produces annoying roof leaks and damp walls, it’s not necessarily the best time of the year for waterproofing and painting.

In areas with summer rainfall, such as Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and Mpumalanga, we generally recommend applying waterproofing during the dry season, which would fall in late autumn or winter. However, it is possible to waterproof your roof or walls during the wet season, as long as the work is done on non-rainy days. This might prolong the project’s timeline, but it certainly beats living with a leaky roof all season long.

Dry Season Advantage

Winters are typically drier on the Highveld, making the conditions ideal for waterproofing South African homes. Waterproofing during dry months helps ensure that the materials have ample time to cure and form a strong barrier before the onset (and interference) of heavy rains and increased humidity.

Get Things Done in a Flash

One of the perks of tackling waterproofing during winter is the speedy turnaround time. With fewer rainy days to contend with, professionals can get the job done more efficiently. Plus, the cooler temperatures of winter can actually help certain waterproofing materials set firmer, ensuring your home is protected quickly.

Plan Smart for the Wet Season

Many homeowner or building insurance policies will only cover water damage events if routine maintenance has been done on your building. Having your building inspected and fully treated in winter means that you can enter the summer season with confidence that:

    1. Rainy weather isn’t going to be a problem.
    2. Extreme wet conditions will be covered by your insurance.

Don’t let water damage get you down

When deciding to apply waterproofing in any season, particularly in winter, there are key considerations to remember.

Firstly, assess the structure’s condition and identify areas prone to dampness, such as basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. These areas are particularly susceptible to moisture penetration and require special attention.

Secondly, consider the type of waterproofing materials best suited for the specific needs of the structure. Waterproofing a roof will require completely different materials and applications to that of a foundation or boundary wall – options range from liquid-applied membranes to cementitious coatings, each offering different levels of protection and durability.

Ultimately, consulting with local experts or professional waterproofing contractors is advisable to determine the most suitable timing and recommendations to protect your home or office building. A professional painting and waterproofing contractor can provide guidance, based on regional climate patterns and your property’s unique needs.

Contact Jukka today to schedule a consultation, and ensure your house stays dry and in tip-top shape all year round.