9 changes to sectional title legislation you can't afford to ignore

There's a new legislation in town and according to Property 24, there are nine things you have to know about the changes. “Certain changes will have to be made in the management of sectional title schemes effective on the date that they are published in the Government Gazette, which is envisaged will be the 7th October 2016,” said Michael Bauer, general manager of property management company IHFM, last year. The changes are now in place and as follows:

 

1. Establish a reserve fund

At this point the amount suggested for each sectional title scheme to set aside is 25% of the budgeted annual levy figure. The aim of this fund is to cover costs of future maintenance and repairs to common property. Some large items to consider in sectional title maintenance could be roofing maintenance, repairs and re-roofing and/or electrical maintenance. Metro Roof can help.

 

2. Notify the ombudsman of a domicile

The chief ombud, local municipality, and local registrar of deeds need to have the domicile registered. so that if cases are brought against bodies corporate by owners or vice versa, there is one address by which to serve notices.

 

3. Assist schemes to recover arrear levies

The regional ombud can be approached to help in cases where trustees are finding it difficult to recover arrear owner contributions.

 

4. Certify changes of levy contributions

When the levy amounts are to be changed, this must be certified in writing. 

 

5. Limit proxies

There will be a limit on the number of proxies held per person and a person will not be able to be proxy for more than two members.

 

6. Remedy an inability to obtain either a special or unanimous resolution

In future, the chief ombud can be approached to assist in cases where there is a stalemate in achieving either a special or unanimous resolution.  

 

7. Assist where there are differing management or conduct rules

In cases where the rules have been substituted, added to or changed, the chief ombud must approve these and a certificate will be issued to that effect.

 

8. Ensure the safe storage and delivery of management and conduct rules  

All the rules must be made available at all meetings and given to people who are new to the scheme, whether owners or tenants.

 

9. Keep track of occupancy changes

The body corporate of sectional title schemes must be notified of details of any change of ownership.

 

At Metro we have a number of services that could be of interest to section title holders and property managers alike:

· Annual roof maintenance agreements. 

· Roof inspections detailing over all condition, areas of concern, life expectancy.

· COC inspections.

· Energy Audits.

 

Contact us on 086 101 4653 for more information or email info@metroroof.co.za.


Noordhoek property gets a large solar panel installation

Our Metro team of experienced roofers and engineers, was recently commissioned - above several competing companies - to complete a large solar panel installation for a property in Noordhoek. This followed our successful roofing project in Kommetjie in March amidst a stream of other projects. As a company, we're moving from strength to strength and thrilled to be gaining recognition for our expertise in the fields of roofing, solar, electrical and green solutions. We’re passionate about serving our customers and providing solutions which ensure that their homes and properties are safe, warm, and environmentally friendly.

 

 

Our extensive knowledge gained from years of practice in the roofing trade made us the ideal team for this solar panel installation job in Noordhoek. We installed the Kliplok roof compliance with strict procedures to safeguard the warranties from Global Roofing, which usual provide in excess of 10 years cover. As is our standard practice when installing solar panels, we also ensured that a fully qualified electrician was on site throughout, and the strictest safety protocols were implemented.

 

The result of this installation is made up of a 96 PV Solar Panels (30 kWatt) system, on flat rail mounting structures, installed onto the north-facing roof of the building. Metro supplied and installed the rail, bracket and mounting system including and a new circuit and a three-phase isolator to feed the inverter from sub Db board in the storeroom. This will ensure that this large property will always have plenty of power and hot water without ever encountering another utility bill.

 

We believe that there is no project too big or small for us to tackle. If you're in need of solar panel installation, roofing, an energy audit, green solutions or electrical work, contact us on 086 101 4653.


Ceiling, truss and insulation designs with Metro

Join us for a quick lesson in ceiling, truss and insulation design. We subscribe to the school of thought which suggests that the more the customer knows the better the communication can be. Why? Because the supplier and customer then speaks the same language. Today we’re looking at the different types of ceiling and truss designs available and how different insulation complements this.

 

Some of the types of ceiling designs and finishing effects available include IsoBoard, IsoPine, cncealed, insulated or exposed. It can often seem overwhelming when you think of having to speak to and understand a building contractor. However, when broken down, the terms you need to know aren’t that complicated at all.

 

Let’s dig a little deeper (or build a little higher):

 

Concealed ceilings ensure that the trusses are hidden. Exposed ceilings are internal areas which have the roof trusses visible. Exposed ceilings give more volume to the room as the ceiling is much higher than a standard flat ceiling. What’s interesting is that you do still require a ceiling but it’s installed above the roof truss with some form of insulation. How do you decide on the insulation?  Depending on the covering type and ceiling used. 

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Some options for exposed ceilings can be as follows:

- Plaster board: this has a smooth finish which is then painted - insulation is required above it.

- Tongue and groove timber: this is installed in strips which link together. You can choose to paint or stain them and insulation is required.

- IsoBoard: this is a rigid bulk thermal insulator board.

- IsoPine: this has 100 mm centre grooves that route down the length of each board to look like the tongue and groove wood effect.

If you’re renovating or doing a complete roof makeover, we can help. Call us on 086 101 4653 for a quote or to find out more about roofing solutions.


Project turnaround in Kommetjie

We recently completed a project in Kommetjie to re-roof an area of approximately 305 m2 on an existing residential house. While this might sound like a simple task of strip and replace, a lot more than that goes into something like this. That said, our team of professionals jumped at the challenge and efficiently finished the work to an excellent standard thanks to their expert skills and experience.

 

This project took place in several distinct stages over the course 10 days. It started with stripping of the existing asbestos roof covering and installing additional timber purlins to rafters. This support was absolutely necessary to sustain the new sheeting. Next, we installed an FR 405 insulation barrier over the timber purlins. This allowed us to re-sheet the entire roof, including dormer windows, with 0.53 corrugated COLORBOND Ultra roof sheeting.

 

Lastly, we designed and installed technical roof flashings. The flashing work and waterproofing of this Kommetjie property was very technical due to the bespoke dormers and sky lights. We were please with the professional finish, and the client confirmed that they were deeply satisfied with a job well done.

 

If you think your house might be in need of a re-roof, contact us on 086 101 4653 for an analysis and free quote.


Roofing: the good, the bad, the ugly

When you think about home maintenance, you seldom think of roofing. Sure, interior decorating, gutter flow, flooring and plumping come to mind, but it's easy to overlook the overhead. If your roof goes though, very little that can stand unharmed. Although home maintenance - roof maintenance specifically - is expensive, it is always cheaper to prevent than repair.  

 

We've broken down the good, the bad and the ugly of roofing to help you know what you should look out for:

 

Sheeting 

All of our sheeting is custom cut in a factory, and where cutting is required on site this is done with hand clips. We do not use angle grinders or other cutting tools on roof sheets as we have found that these lead to premature corrosion, residue of metal filings on the roof and untidy work.

 

We always use the manufacturer’s specifications for fixings to ensure warranties remain valid and no premature corrosion of sheets occurs. We believe that your home is an asset and should be taken care of accordingly.

 

Flashing work

Every roof is different, and therefore it makes sense that they require custom designed flashing. Flashing isn't a formula that can be copied and pasted from one roof to the next - water resistance construction is a science. Standard flashings do not always provide the adequate overhang, appropriate bends and suitable water channels for your individual roof.

 

Our roofing professionals have been designing flashings for over 20 years and always create to suit the roof pitch, angles and joints. If you look after your roof, you can rest assured that your home is covered.

 

Waterproofing

Different roof areas require various waterproofing solutions. These vary from bitumen-based torch on waterproofing to uni flash or acrylic membranes.

 

It is not best practice to put waterproofing directly onto horizontal roof sheeting, because this creates condensation, premature corrosion and ultimately it will leak. The use of customised metal flashings and a waterproofing seal are a better option here. We always assess and install the best solution for your roof.

 

Timber 

Corners and joints should make use of a miter cut rather than a right angle joint. The miter cut is neater and the overhang of the fascia board may be inclined to rot through possible water penetration if a right angle joint is used.

 

We are invested in making your roof as safe as possible. If you would like us to assess your roof, call us for a quote and a recommendation. If your roof is more than two years old, we'd recommend getting in touch to talk about the best solutions for home maintenance. Call us on 086 101 4653 or send an email to info@metroroof.co.za today.


Metro quoting app on tech’s cutting edge

For a company to remain relevant, it’s important to be on the cutting edge of trends and movements. Metro prides itself in keeping up with these both locally and internationally. One of these trends is the prominence of the use of technology through every level of a business. For us, it’s from the moment you pick up the phone until we put that final finish on your home.

 

Our quoting app is one of our most notable achievements in keeping up with the drive of tech in the roofing, construction and electrical industry. It’s a system we use that ensures an accurate costing of a project according to the specs you give us. The app operates on the back end of the website, which means it isn’t seen by you, but our team is professionally trained to make the most of it for your benefit.

 

We are proud to have a consistently quick turn around on all quotes. What is the process for that to happen? One of our professionals visit your site to do a physical inspection. With an accurate roof sketch and room layout you’ll receive a roof, solar or electrical quote using our custom-designed quoting app.

 

This app allows us to streamline our accuracy and productivity, saving us both time and saving you money. This also gives you the guarantee that you’re given a fair and industry-competitive quote. The app also puts us on the map in terms of being competitive – not only locally, but internationally as well.

 

Metro exists to give you, our customer, a solution for all your roofing, electrical and solar needs. Want a quote? Contact us today and we’ll get back to you with a quote to fit your specifications. Call 086 101 4653 or email us at info@metroroof.co.za.



Tokai Estate Solar Project

Metro recently completed a roof top solar project at Tokai Estate in Cape Town's Southern Suburbs. We couldn't be prouder of the outcome. 


The rooftop solar solution comprises 148 solar PV panels, with an output capacity of roughly 45kWh of energy. The project took eight days to complete and will help supplement the Tokai Estate's energy needs with clean green energy. The solar system is a grid-tied solution with numerous inverters to convert the DC power into AC for consumption on site. The system has been installed with Power Optimisers to enable remote monitoring of each panel from a tablet, smart phone or PC.


The Tokai Estate is a newly built luxury retirement village in the Western Cape, with breathtaking views of Constantiaberg. It was developed by Faircape using contractors such as Murray & Roberts. The new building site required the highest safety standards,professionalism and attention to detail, making Metro Solar an ideal candidate to do the solar job. The clips and fixings were installed to insure minimal disruption to the newly install roof and most importantly maintain all the warranties and guarantees that come with a roof of this nature. Hopefully the results speak for themselves.


A huge thanks goes to the team that worked diligently and tirelessly to make this project such a success. Take a look at the project below:


Use Metro for your solar installation in 2017

Solar roof installations should be well-installed by a professional for them to have solid, long-lasting foundations. However, what good is a rooftop solar installation on a damaged or leaky roof? Solar installations have become increasingly popular, which is great news, but unfortunately we often see situations where the person who did the job didn’t take the condition of the roof into account.


As with most things, rather ensure a job is done properly the first time than having to deal with problems at a later stage. It goes without saying that you will save a lot of money if you don’t have to fix something every year. The same goes for the installation of a solar roof. Instead of using a company that only focuses on the installation, rather get a professional roofer such as Metro who can make recommendations and will consider all aspects. This way you can rest assured that your solar installation will be durable, safe and effective.


One of the most important things to inspect is the state of your roof – consider how old it is and when last maintenance was done. If your roof is in a bad condition, it will most likely not work with solar panels. The best thing is to fix that problem first. The last thing you want is for the solar installation system to outlive your roof. Why? Because you’ll have to pay to remove and reinstall the panels when maintenance needs to be done.


As with most construction and maintenance work, another important aspect to consider when getting solar installations done is the health and safety of the professional workers during the process. Workers will have to work at a height with heavy equipment, as well as DC currency which is very dangerous. If the panels get installed incorrectly, for example if the wrong brackets are used, this might lead to voided warranties from manufacturers.


Lastly, a professional roofer will always be sure to protect your roof and will consider every single element, such as storm water and risk of water leakage to make it as safe as possible in the long term. Metro has industry-leading in-house solar and electrical professionals that allows us to install solar systems and electrical requirements. All the while, the team takes the roof needs and specifications into account. 


Chat to us about getting solar panels installed on your roof in the new year. Our team of skilled professionals will design, supply, install and commission a solar system to suit your specific needs, enabling a more sustainable lifestyle. Call us on 086 101 4653 or send us an email to info@metroroof.co.za.


What a wonderful world in a Wendy house

Metro has recently started a new venture to complement our roofing service; we can now create a dog house or Wendy house if requested. Both these houses are made of cycles palettes, offcuts and roof sheets. They are well-insulated to keep pets warm when it gets chilly and to protect children when it’s cold and they still want to play outside.


The well-designed Wendy house is durable, can withstand strong wind and protect your little ones from the harsh summer sun. Choose how big you want it and we’ll make the perfect little Wendy house to keep them entertained all day – in a safe and fun way.


There is also a lovely story behind our new venture. As a roofing company in the southern suburbs, we are always looking at ways to up skill the youth. This initiative is a great way for us to introduce a mentorship initiative for roofers that are new to the industry. The practise their sheeting and flashing work under the watchful eye of our mentors and have a finished product they can be proud of. Further more our work hours depend a lot on the seasons and the weather. This can sometimes create a financial strain on our workers. This initiative helps to utilise create employment when there would be any.


The dog house includes a water catchment system for when there is rainfall. It catches and stores the rain drops so it can be used as drinking water. As far as water restrictions go in the Cape, this is a great way to save water and make use of the rainfall. They’re the perfect hideout for dogs who spend most of their days outside the house.


We offer a customised service so contact us for a quote at 086 101 4653 or email us at info@metroroof.co.za.


Electrical installations: we’ve got the power

The electrical installations of your home have the power to make or break your property. Faulty electrical work can result in fire, personal injury, damage to possessions and very costly repairs needed. It depends on how they’re installed, maintained, and repaired when a fault does occur.
 
These are the key electrical installation issues to look out for when you’re installing, maintaining or repairing circuits and systems:
 

  • Ensure that any electrician who comes to work on your property has a full wireman’s license. This guarantees that all electricians adhere to the same standards of excellence and safety.
  • Ensure that the company they work with, or for, is registered with the European Compliance Academy (ECA) and can provide CoC certificates upon completion of electrical installations. If the company don’t comply, this can lead to more damage in the long run and ultimately additional, unnecessary costs. This compliance is particularly important if you plan on selling the property.
  • Ensure that all workers have been trained in appropriate Health Service Executive (HSE) protocol including fire fighting and first aid. This alleviates the risk of anyone – workers, visitors, owners – getting hurt on site.
 
If the above conditions are satisfied, here are some basic questions to further assess your electrical installations:
 
1. Is the chasing work laid out in a logical, efficient way?
Does the conduit in the wall run across the middle?
Are the conduits undamaged before they are closed up in the wall?
Has the correct wiring been used?
Have SABS-approved switches, sockets and lighting been used?
Has a City of Cape Town electrician approved the CoC?
Are all distribution board circuits separated correctly?
 
It’s not always easy to tell the state of the electrical installations in a property; if you are uncertain, contact us and we’ll perform a full energy audit for only R290. Call us on 086 101 4653.


Safety first with Metro

“Safety is not a gadget but a state of mind,” said safety expert, Eleanor Evert.

 

At Metro, safety is at the forefront of whatever we do. Not only does it give our team and clients piece of mind, but it adds to our overall professional approach to roofing, solar and electric projects.  We provide roof and electric safety training to all our teams in compliance with construction regulations in the industry. We approach each project we work on with focus and a sense of professionalism allowing us to innovate and deliver impeccable work.

 

To run our business sustainably and professionally, and to ensure our workers’ safety while ensuring the best possible service, we strive to maintain these key parameters at all times:  

 

·      All our professional roofers, solar and electrical installers have been provided with training for working at heights, first aid, fire, etc.

·      All our teams have been issued with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect them on site.

·      We stay up to date with workmen's compensation, in the event of unwanted accidents.

·      We comply with the Labour Act.

·      We have workmanship and public liability insurance in place to give our clients peace of mind.

·      All our employees are registered with the Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC). We recommend that clients check that all workmen on site are registered to avoid any liabilities.

·      Given the size of our business, we are VAT registered and comply with all SARS requirements and submissions.

·      We provide our staff with the correct well-maintained and industry-standard tools to do the job as well as possible and maintain our certificate of compliance.

·      All old sheets are recycled to avoid dumping as much as possible.

 

Should you have any questions regarding the measures we take to ensure that every project is done in a safe manner, please send an email to info@metroroof.co.za. 


Make the most of solar this summer

Summer has already made itself at home in the Mother City and we couldn’t be happier after the months of cold. As seasons turn it’s always good to take a step back and reflect on the kinds of energy your home or business will need – and how much! The question we’re tackling today is:

 

How can you make the most of solar energy in summer?

 

We can already rule out the need for heaters, electric blankets and too-hot geysers from the equation, but what racks up the numbers in summer?

 

Here’s a breakdown of what household appliances use the most electricity in summer:

·         Fridge (50 kWh per month)

·         Air conditioner (1.8 kWh per hour)

·         Ceiling fan (0.075 kWh per hour)

·         Swimming pool pump (1.5 kWh per hour)

 

If you’re a business, you will use anywhere between 5 000 to 50 000+ kWh in a year, according to Make It Cheaper. So what is the solar solution? What does this mean for property owners in the coming months of sunshine and heat in terms of solar energy, your carbon footprint and going green?

 

Does hotter weather mean more energy?

 

Sunshine plays a major role in solar energy production. That said, excessive heat is not good for solar panels – the cells effectively lose efficiency which reduces how much energy is produced.

 

What buildings generate the most solar energy?

 

The location of the building and size of the solar panels you have affect how much solar energy is made. Ultimately, the buildings that have access to the “most sunshine” and the “most roof space” will generate for electricity and energy consumption.

 

If you’re looking rather to simply make more efficient use of your current systems, we’ll do an energy audit for just R290 and a COC inspection for just R390. For us it’s more than just using energy and electricity effectively, it’s about making sure the circuits and systems are well-designed, professionally-installed and cost-effective.

 

Considering all that, solar installations are the perfect solar solution to create an even more energy-efficient and green property, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint overall. Our team of skilled professionals will design, supply, install and commission a solar energy photovoltaic system to suit your specific needs enabling a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Call us today on 086 101 4653, email us at info@metroroof.co.za or fill in this simple form to get a quote: http://metroroof.co.za/contact.

 

 


5 tips for metal roofing and energy consumption

More than ever, homeowners are looking for ways to consume less energy in their homes. Whether through recycling or simply reducing use, we’re more environmentally conscious than ever before. Not just that, lower energy consumption means a decrease in utility bills – this is great news over the long-term! Something that is possibly overlooked when it comes to taking reductive measures is the correct instalment of metal roofing. At Metro, we always strive to make use of the most cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions. Here are five tips to ensure that you metal roofing is properly geared for careful energy consumption:


Introducing Silas – Metro team leader and family man

At Metro, we’re all about team work. We pride ourselves on using everyone’s skills, expertise and experience to give our customers the best possible roofing, electrics and solar services, while maintaining a healthy and fun environment for all our employees. We love telling you more about the people behind the hard work that happens and so today’s staff feature is on Silas Kunaka. Silas is a husband, a father to his young daughter, Nicole, an avid Chelsea fan and one of our team leaders.


Light up your home with Metro

Good electric lighting is of utmost importance in all areas of your home. Metro offers you various Cape Town electrical installation services and solutions, and strives to make your house as energy efficient as possible by creating a safe, visually appealing and comfortable environment. Achieving stylish and effective lighting design essentially means putting light where it is needed and eliminating light where it is not.


Get your family interested in LED lighting

The big question is: Have you got LED lighting installed in your home? If not, then why not? LED lighting is one of the easiest, most effective ways to improve your home. Not only does it save you money, it’s healthier and more “green”. If you need help convincing your family to get LED installations done, here are some useful insights to make your point:


Education and electricity can change the world

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” And we couldn’t agree more. But what happens when education is hindered by lack of resources like electricity? What happens when eager minds are met with mediocre facilities?

 

We are incredibly excited to be working on a Cape Town solar project for Umnqophiso Pre-Primary School & After Care Centre, getting involved on a very practical level. How? By installing solar power systems and renewable energy power sources. We have three Metro roofers, two Metro electricians and project management staff working to make a positive impact in the lives of these young children, the lives of their families and the lives in the community.


Metro roof projects around the Western Cape

At Metro we are committed to always providing our clients with the best possible service – even if it requires us driving the extra mile and taking our staff into more remote areas out of Cape Town. Some of the areas that we have recently completed roofing work include Hermanus, Riebeek-Kasteel and Tulbagh. This blog post will give you a bit more detail about each project and how we went about making this possible.