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Why You Should Invest in Gate Automation For Your Home and Business

Homes without high walls are unheard of in South Africa. We live in a society where crime has become part of everyday life. And while it’s unfortunate, we have to do everything we can to protect our family.

Getting out of the car to open the gate might not be too much trouble and relatively safe during the day. But what happens when you get home after dark? It becomes a tremendous safety risk. Which is why it is better to invest in quality, reliable gate automation.

Gate automation won’t stop crimes like hijackings or break-ins from happening but it might hinder perpetrators and make them choose an easier target. Harsh as it may seem, these days it’s all about survival of the fittest.

It’s a no-brainer that gate automation is a necessity for your home, but what about your business? Below are 3 benefits of gate automation for your business premises:

  1. Security

Once again, the number one reason is for the safety and security of your staff members.

  1. Convenience

No doubt, pressing a button to open a gate is incredibly convenient.

  1. Reduced staff

Appointing someone to open the gate every time an employee enters the premises will cost you extra money. Money you could save when you install gate automation.

Where to find a reliable gate automation and palisade fencing contractor in Pretoria

Techno Pave is a paving specialist in Johannesburg and Pretoria. But paving isn’t the only service they provide. Steel carports, palisade fencing and gates, as well as gate automation are all on offer.  With nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, it would be challenging to find anyone more qualified to hire for your project.

Put the safety of your family or employees first by installing gate automation at your home and business. Get in touch with Techno Pave for a free quote today.

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5 “Facts” About Concrete That Simply Isn’t True

Concrete can be used to build nearly anything. From driveways to complete buildings, it is a robust and versatile material. Concrete plays a significant part in construction, however, there are many myths that are still believed to be true by many people. We are here to give you the facts so you can make an informed decision when choosing your construction material in the future.

  1. Concrete is always grey in colour

Concrete typically starts out as grey but it doesn’t necessarily have to end that way. If you add mineral colours to the concrete mixture while wet and blend it thoroughly, it will give the concrete a different colour when it sets.

  1. Acid can be used to strip sealant from concrete

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Since acid is a chemical, it can cause severe damage to the concrete. Under no circumstances should you use acid to strip concrete from sealant. Instead, use a sealant solvent or stripper.

  1. Cement and concrete are the same things

People use these terms conversely but the truth is that cement is an ingredient in concrete used to create concrete paving.

  1. Concrete isn’t porous

Even the densest type of concrete is permeable. Substances like liquids and vapour can easily penetrate concrete. How long it will take for them to pass through will depend on the density of the concrete.

  1. You can lay concrete in all weather conditions

Concrete, while remarkably durable, won’t fully dry unless poured in the right weather conditions. Extremely hot or freezing conditions may prevent the concrete from setting properly.

That’s five concrete myths busted. If you need more information about concrete paving or require an obligation free quote, get in touch with Techno Pave paving specialists in Johannesburg today. Our friendly team is ready to help!

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4 Reasons Why You Need Bollards for Your Business

Bollards are short vertical posts that can be permanent or temporary. These sturdy little posts act as a barrier between the vehicles on the road and the worksite or pedestrian area. Below are some reasons why you might want to consider installing bollards on your business premises:

  1. Traffic control

Bollards are both a visual and physical barrier and come in various shapes, colours, sizes and designs. Security bollards protect your property and employees by creating a controlled traffic setting.

  1. Impact Protection

Barriers around the perimeter will protect your property from unwanted clutter and hassle. While other options like concrete blocks or fences are valid, bollards allow for clear pedestrian flow while restricting vehicle access.

  1. Security

In recent years vehicle ram-raids have become more popular and an increased concern for store owners. Perpetrators crash a vehicle into a building to gain access. This threatens the safety of both customers and employees and can cause significant damage. Installing bollards will discourage this type of behaviour, reducing the security risk.

  1. Parking regulating

Bollards for parking are often overlooked but it can be a costly mistake if you don’t install them. You can improve security and reduce the likelihood of accidents in your parking lot by strategically installing bollards.

The most common places to install parking bollards include:

Handicapped Parking

Every parking lot has to include special reserved parking for handicapped people. To avoid misuse, bollards should be put in place to ensure availability.

Reserved Parking

For a more temporary solution, you can invest in removable parking bollards. These are designed to offer a visual deterrent more than accident protection.

Restricted and Expanding Parking Spaces

Temporarily removable bollards are also great for expanding and restricted parking spaces. When the need arises to accommodate a large crowd for a special event, bollards can be used to section parking off.

If you’re in the market for bollards, then Techno Pave is the company to contact. With nearly two decades of experience in the building and construction industry, you can rest assured we know our business inside out. Get in touch for a free quote today!

4 Home Renovations That Will Actually Increase the Value of Your Property

Home renovations can cost quite a lot these days, especially if you use qualified and experienced contractors. Because it requires an investment on your part, you need to make sure it actually adds to the value of your property without over-capitalising.

You might want to do renovations to make your property more alluring for potential buyers in future or perhaps you simply want to update or extend your home to fit your growing needs. Whatever the reason, know that some renovations won’t add to the value of your home. So let’s look at those that will:

  1. Extensions

Adding square meterage to your home will always add value to your property. Families grow, needs change. So why should you settle for something that doesn’t suit your current needs? Adding an extra bedroom, extending your living area or creating an entertainment area, indoors or outdoors, will definitely increase the value of your home.

  1. Kitchen upgrade

One surefire way to add value to your home is to renovate the kitchen. The kitchen plays a vital role when buyers make a decision on which home to purchase. A little extra touch, like adding a wine refrigerator or hidden power outlets, will go along way.

  1. Master bathroom renovation

In case you aren’t aware, the master bathroom is one of the most vital selling elements of your home. The bigger and brighter, the better. Keep the surfaces smooth to make cleaning easier.

  1. Outdoor living space

The feeling of entertaining outdoors during summer months is hard to beat. A comfortable outdoor space with proper paving won’t only add value to your home but increase its relaxation factor.

Renovating your home can be exciting yet stressful, especially if you use amateur building contractors for the job.

Whatever your reasons for improving your home, make sure you use one of the best construction companies in Pretoria for the project. Techno Pave has nearly twenty years experience in the paving and construction industry and offers reliable service at affordable prices. Get in touch for a free quote today!

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Is Palisade Fencing Really the Safest Option for Your Property?

People install fences on their property for various reasons such as privacy, aesthetics and security. While aesthetics are important, it should never be the primary reason for your fence type since it might not do as good of a job in keeping your home safe.

It’s important to consider the purpose of the fence before you make your final decision on which type to install. Additionally, you should take into account the amount you’re able to spend to get the job done.

Because there are so many fencing options, it can be quite tricky to find the best fence. Which is why you should consider hiring a professional fencing company.

If security is your primary concern, you’ll want a fence that can’t be climbed over or bypassed or provide hiding space for intruders. Horizontal bars can give intruders a way to move up fencing and should be avoided as far as possible. It’s also important to check with your homeowners’ association whether they have specific guidelines or rules regarding your fencing.

Benefits of Palisade Fencing

Palisade fencing is a simple yet aesthetically pleasing fence type. Because they are barred, they will enable you to see outside your property but maintain safety and security.

Palisade fencing requires little maintenance so you don’t have to worry about the upkeep of your fence.

This type of fence offers incredible strength and durability so you can rest assured and know that your family is protected from criminals. It is difficult to climb over and equally difficult to cut or damage making it a secure barrier.

Palisade fencing come in various heights according to your needs and the purpose of the fence. If it’s purely for security purposes, the height of the palisade fencing can be increased to deter intruders.

As you can see, palisade fencing has many benefits and is an excellent choice for home and business security, while adding value to your property.

Techno Pave provides palisade fencing in Pretoria and surrounds. If you want to protect your family get in touch with our team for a free quote today.

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Invest in Your Home by Building a Carport

If you’ve ever carried groceries out of your car in the rain or found sun spots on your brand new car, you’ll know the value of having a carport for your car. A carport doesn’t have to take away from the aesthetics of your home. In fact,  Techno Pave can design a carport that will provide you with the needed shelter without taking away from the style and beauty of your home.

Below are three reasons why a carport is a great investment for your home.

Protection

Cars are not cheap! Cars with faded interior fabric or sunspots on the exterior will lower the value of the car. But the sun isn’t the only culprit. Bird droppings can cause serious damage to your vehicle’s paintwork. To protect your car from birds, the sun and other elements like hail, you might want to consider investing in a carport.

Convenience

A carport will make it much easier to unload the groceries from the car, especially during rain or hail storms. No more soaked groceries, clothes or hair. Additionally, the shade offered by your carport will lead to a cooler car during hot summer months. A carport ultimately adds to the comfort of our lifestyle.

Value

While cars are expensive, houses are even more so. Which is why it’s important that any addition to your property should add to the value and aesthetics. Make sure the contractor you hire will design a high-quality carport that will be a financial asset and draw potential buyers should you sell your home in the future.

When investing in your home, it’s crucial to hire a reliable and trustworthy contractor with plenty of experience. This will ensure you get the best value for money. Techno Pave meets all of the criteria mentioned above including affordability, making them a prefered supplier in Johannesburg.

If you are in the market for a carport in Johannesburg and surrounding area, get in touch with the team at Techno Pave for a free quote today!

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5 Things to Consider When Deciding Between Pavers and Concrete for Your Patio

Adding a patio to your home is an exciting venture but because of all the decisions you have to make, it can be challenging as well. The most important decision you’ll need to make is choosing the patio flooring. You’ll have many options to choose from but for this article, we’ll look at the two obvious ones: Pavers and Concrete. Both options have pros and cons which you’ll need to consider before making the final decision.

Appearance

A simple grey slab is the most basic concrete patio. But it doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the design when you choose concrete. You can design the top surface to look like pavers and you can even mix a colour into the concrete.

Pavers have the most flexibility when it comes to appearance. You can choose from various stone/brick colours and patterns. The depth of its texture exceeds the appearance of it when you opt for stamped concrete.

Maintenance

Concrete offers lower maintenance than many other paving options but does require some maintenance. Regular cleaning with a pressure washer is needed to keep it looking good. Additionally, you’ll have to reseal it every 2 to 3 years. The upside is that you won’t be faced with weeds since it’s one solid surface.

Pavers are a low maintenance patio surface option that will require only sand replenishing between stones as needed. While you might be faced with weeds, you can use it to your advantage and add a touch of landscaping charm to the patio flooring.

Durability

Both options are extremely durable. That said, pavers go a little further in that department since the pavers settle individually. While it’s possible to break a paver by dropping something really heavy on it, you’ll only have to replace the broken paver.

Flexibility

Concrete slabs offer little opportunity for changes and require demolition to remove it. Pavers, on the other hand, is easy to modify making it a versatile option. You simply pick up individual pavers and move them to create the shape you want. It’s also easy to expand by adding more pavers.

Cost

You have to consider not only installation but maintenance as well when comparing the cost of these options. Concrete tends to be cheaper than pavers at the installation stage but pavers require less maintenance down the line.

In the end, it comes down to personal preference but with the considerations mentioned above, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.

For an obligation free quote from paving specialists Pretoria, get in touch with Techno Pave today.

3 Benefits of a Tar Driveway for Your Home

When faced with the task of choosing your new driveway, it can be a challenging decision. There are many things to consider such as the type of product to use, your budget for the project and which contractor to hire.

Product options include tar, paving stones, concrete and even gravel. While every one of these has their pros and cons, a tar driveway far exceeds the other options which is why it might just be the right option for you. Below are the benefits of choosing a tar driveway.

#1 Affordable

A new driveway can be quite expensive and if you choose the wrong product, it will affect you many years into the future. Tar is extremely cost-effective. It offers all the functionality and durability you need from a driveway at a fraction of the cost. You will continue to save money on your tar driveway since it will last longer and doesn’t require regular maintenance.

#2 Aesthetically Pleasing

A tar driveway offers a beautiful and elegant finish to your property. Tar goes perfectly with any type of home so whether you have a modern home or an old country style home, tar will accentuate the style. There are various options available to enhance a tar driveway such as cobblestone edging or using hedges to create a spacious homely atmosphere.

#3 Low Maintenance

A tar driveway requires very little maintenance unlike a lot of other driveway options. With regards to cracks and swelling in the driveway, there’s minimal wear and tear. Tar is essentially maintenance free and requires no reseal in its lifetime making it an obvious choice.

When it comes to choosing a contractor for the project, going with an experienced professional is your best bet. Techno Pave has extensive experience in paving and tar surfacing Johannesburg and surrounding areas.

Get in touch with Techno Pave for a free quote today!

Does Temperature Affect Your Paving?

Paving is extremely durable and can easily withstand thousands of kilograms of weight. However, it does come with its own set of vulnerabilities. Temperature is one of them. Many areas in South Africa experience extreme temperature variations throughout the year which can have a negative effect on roads, parking lots, patios and driveways.

According to paving specialists, this is what happens to your paving with each temperature element.

Cold Temperatures

While we don’t have much snow in winter in South Africa, temperatures can fluctuate above and below freezing. In areas where it rains in winter, water seeps into the cracks. Once the temperature drops, the water freezes and expands, making the crack bigger than it was before. This process will not only widen cracks that already exist but cause extensive and dangerous damage such as potholes.

Hot Temperatures

In certain parts of South Africa, we can expect temperatures well over 40 degrees Celsius in summer. This causes the pavement to expand. If it expands too much, it will crack. The crack will only become bigger over time which will cause even bigger problems.

Additionally, cracks allow water to accumulate and over time erode subsurface layers. The result of this is air gaps and the moment weight from a vehicle is applied to the top layer, the pavement will form a hole.

Rain and Hail

Rain is problematic for your pavement in winter but if the area is on a steep slope, it can be even worse. In the event of asphalt paving, rain will wash down the liquid asphalt and after time disintegrate the top layer of the material. This will cause the paved area to become aggregate and rock over time.

For more information about paving or for a free quote, get in touch with the paving specialists at Techopaving today.

 

Can You Install Pavers on Top of Concrete?

There are various reasons why homeowners would opt for a concrete patio. It’s economical, fast and fairly durable. However, it isn’t really pleasing to the eye and the day you wish you installed paving instead of concrete might come a little sooner than you think.

The good news is that, YES, you can install paving on top of your concrete. This will instantly add style to your home. But, before you do, there are some requirements your patio has to meet:

No huge cracks

You can’t install paving over concrete if it has noticeable cracks in it. When the ground underneath gets hot or cold, it’s movement could shift and counteract the paving, leaving you with a disastrous outcome.

Door threshold need to have enough height

Before adding another layer of building material, you need to consider the height of your door threshold. If there is room for another layer in the form of paving, then you can go ahead.

Installing paving over concrete will save you time and money since you won’t have to destroy the existing concrete layer and do away with rubble. You also won’t have to create a base of compacted sand before you can lay your paving.

If you’re still not sure if paving are the right choice for your patio installation, talk to paving specialists in Johannesburg about your options. The team here at Techno Pave has extensive experience in the paving industry as well as related industries such as kerbing, tar surfacing and road marking.

We also offer other services like steel fencing, gate automation, subsurface drainage systems and earthworks. And with almost 10 years experience, you can be sure we know what we’re doing and the customer service is world class.

For more information or for a free quote, get in touch with Techno Pave today.