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Which Wall Works Best?

whichwallSouth Africans, unlike the Europeans and Americans, really value their privacy and for this reason, and for security of course, we are prone to build high walls around our properties
However, although these walls offer privacy, are they really as secure as we think? Once inside the property, the privacy offered will often work in favour of the criminal.

Most South African homes are guarded by sturdy garden walls, some of which are even topped with razor wire or electric fencing. However, the privacy that these walls offer the home's residents can really work against them in the event of a break-in, as the privacy will also be enjoyed and leveraged by the burglar once he or she has gained access to the property in question. There is no doubt that a good garden wall can act as a deterrent to criminals, but there are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing a particular type of wall – there are many different types to choose from, each with their pros and cons:
Most South African homes are guarded by sturdy garden walls, some of which are even topped with razor wire or electric fencing. However, the privacy that these walls offer the home's residents can really work against them in the event of a break-in, as the privacy will also be enjoyed and leveraged by the burglar once he or she has gained access to the property in question. There is no doubt that a good garden wall can act as a deterrent to criminals, but there are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing a particular type of wall – there are many different types to choose from, each with their pros and cons:

Palisade fencing
If you can get over the lack of privacy, the security provided by palisade fencing is one of the most cost-effective ways of securing your property. The drawback of this type of fencing is that someone can dig beneath it and gain access to your property that way, as it does not go into the ground at all. To improve this situation, it is well worth your while to build a low wall beneath the fencing, this way the uprights can be installed into the wall and then the palisade can be erected above the bricks, giving you a relatively fool-proof system of security. If someone tries to climb over the wall, it will be obvious to neighbours and once they are in, they can easily be seen from the street.

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This system is very good for homeowners looking to increase their privacy, as these walls can be erected in a very short time and for a relatively low cost. Once again, this system has its weaknesses – if you have an area of your wall covered by bush or you are in any way concealed from the neighbours or passersby, criminals can come by for a few days in a row and very cleverly bash out one or two panels near to the ground. Then they can wait for the right opportunity and crawl in underneath to gain access to your property. Once inside, the rest of the prefab wall will keep them covered. The best way to handle this problem with the least amount of expense, is to run a roll of razor wire along the bottom 70cm or so of the wall on the inside of your property. Install it and then plant a bed in front of it and allow an evergreen creeper of any sort to grow all over it to disguise it so that it won't be an eyesore.

Brick wall
If you are going to build a brick wall around your property, which is the most expensive route to go, then build a high wall. Get a qualified contractor to do the job, ensuring you have all the necessary plans drawn, as well as solid foundations and good damp-proofing. Nothing looks worse than a majestic garden wall with rising damp, destroying the paint work and plastering. At the driveway section, either build a lintel over the gate or opt for a tall gate to keep in style with the wall. Be sure to build the lintel high enough above the gate to allow delivery vehicles through, as building it too low can be a real inconvenience when you are moving or having items delivered to you. If the lintel is built too low, larger vans used for deliveries or moving will have to park outside, leaving the gate open during the process, allowing anyone to walk through during the loading/off-loading process.

Hedging
This kind of boundary "wall" takes a long time to grow and is usually grown over wire or palisade fencing. Before planting your hedge, make sure it is evergreen; otherwise your garden boundary will look ugly during the winter months. It is very good for privacy and just needs to be maintained regularly to be secure. If you buy a home with hedging on the boundary, before doing anything else, give it a good inspection for holes. Once you have secured it, keep it trimmed and well watered so it can become strong and healthy. It may seem to offer inferior security, but in reality, hedging is one of the most complicated kinds of walls to get over or through, especially if there is wire or palisade fencing at its core.

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We all love trees and fully grown leafy trees on the pavement offers a wonderful leafy suburban ambience. However, if any of the trees' branches hang over the wall, it is very important to trim them back or to cut them down. This is one of the easiest ways to gain entry to a property over any wall. All shrubs that are large enough to conceal a person should also be removed. This will protect you from the possibility of being attacked in your driveway by criminals who have been hiding behind these bushes waiting for your return. Put a few lights around the entrance to your property so as not to get any surprises when arriving home late at night. For extra piece of mind, most boundary fencing and walls can be made more secure by installing electric fencing along the entire length of the wall

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Choose a Gate To Make a Statement

Steel GateSteel GateIt is difficult to walk down the street and find a house without at least one gate these days. 

Whether it is an electric sliding gate, or a swing gate, it has become an integral part of our security to have security gates on our properties.

Gates can add an aesthetic touch to your home, depending on the design and style you choose. There are many modern steel designs to choose from, and choosing an aesthetically appealing gate will add a touch of beauty to

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your home while giving you the security you need to protect your home and family.

Adding a security feature like security gates add value to your property too, and provide you with the necessary protection to keep unwanted people out of your property, and your children and animals safe inside your property.

A little time and patience is all you need to find beautifully designed gates that are both functional and beautiful.

For a free quotation on your security gate requirements, contact Country Wide Walling today!

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Easy ideas for perimeter walls

perimeter-wallToday’s homeowner has a wide choice of options to choose from when building perimeter walls to add privacy to a garden. Why settle for ordinary when you have the alternative to add extra appeal to your home and garden.

In a country that values its privacy and security, South Africans have adopted the practice of building high walls to offer a way to escape from high crime. While high boundary walls may act as a deterrent and offer a sense of security, they also offer a would-be burglar with the privacy they need should they gain access to the property.
We may not ever reach the stage where we can enjoy the freedom experienced in other countries, but there are a variety of modern walling solutions that offer privacy and add curb appeal while still offering a level of security, without making a homeowner feel that he is trapped behind high walls.

A common sight around many homes, vibracrete or precast concrete walls have been a fast and affordable solution for enclosing a property. Cast concrete panels are supported via concrete pillars to provide both privacy and a level of security.boundary perimeter walls Nowadays you will find more attractive alternatives to the plain concrete slabs with the introduction of more decorative concrete panels and pillars.

The realistic stone effect can be manufactured in a variety of patterns to match almost any architectural style and can be customised to a specific height, or to accommodate timber or steel fencing.

Pallisade walling, whether concrete or steel, allows you to secure the boundary of a property without the need for high walls. If the area on both sides of the fence is kept free of obstructions, palisade walling or fencing offers another level of security, since would-be burglars have no place to hide.

palisadeIf you are looking at this option for walling around your property, consider the alternative of having a concrete apron or base laid at the base of the fence. This rules out the possibility of being able to dig out underneath to gain access. Alternatively, have the palisade fence fitted on top of a concrete or brick wall.

While concrete palisades offer a more affordable alternative to steel fencing, they are not as attractive. However, for the lazy homeowner they do require less maintenance.

Face brick walls, while one of the more expensive solutions for a home, are also one of the most popular choices, especially when matching walls to face brick exteriors. When properly built, a face brick wall requires no maintenance and is a solution to property walls.

However, with a face brick wall you have the option to tackle this as a do-it-yourself project, or have a professional contractor do the job for you. If you do plan to do this as a DIY project, ensure that you follow building regulations as concerns height and width, and allow for solid foundations, damp-proofing and brick course reinforcement. When built properly a face brick wall is a maintenance-free.

The popularity of timber fencing for boundary walls, particularly at the front of a property, is a growing trend as homeowners look for alternatives to brick or precast walls. Timber fencing might require more maintenance to keep it looking good, but there’s no denying that is also adds timeless style and curb appeal to any home exterior.

BELOW: Sourcing reclaimed timber for use as a fencing material will cut down on the cost if you decide to opt for a timber boundary fence. Salvage yards, auction and online sales are the places to watch for these materials.

woodIf you decide to go with the option of timber fencing, look at timber species offered for the construction and how much maintenance each species requires.

Gabions are another walling option that is growing in popularity. Again, not a cheap option but definitely one that adds curb appeal and can be incorporated into walling in so many ways.
Gabions are wire baskets filled with pebbles, rocks or stones that are stacked on top of each other to construct an extremely dry-packed stone wall. When used as retaining walls the gabions allow natural drainage without loss of strength.

Gabion baskets are available locally for the homeowner who wants to look at this as a DIY option, while several companies offer full installation services for the discerning homeowner. Not an inexpensive alternative by any means, a gabion wall is, however, distinctive and aesthetically pleasing. Installers offer a choice of rock fill, giving the homeowner the option to create a natural landscape, while some can be filled with recycled materials, or planted up with moss and soil and planted with succulents to create a soft landscaping effect

BELOW: To bring down the cost of installing a gabion wall, consider using gabions only for the lower section and installing bamboo or pole fencing for privacy at the top.

gabionBELOW: There are many ways to soften concrete or plaster walls. Plant a screen of elegant bamboo plants.

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What Paints Can You Use on Concrete?

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Though you can use any paint onplaster primer concrete, some kinds prove better suited for certain types of concrete surfaces. Learn which finishes will prove most resilient on concrete floors, statues and walls, or finish failure will prove possible. Learn how to condition the concrete for adhesion, or no type of paint will prove durable in the long run.

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  • Ordinary latex paint is well-suited for interior concrete walls. Use an eggshell or satin latex paint on concrete walls that aren't exposed to much duress. For concrete walls within weight rooms, work rooms and kids' play rooms, choose a semi-gloss latex paint that will resist stains. If you plan to paint exterior concrete walls and fences, use an exterior acrylic paint that will hold up to ultraviolet light and harsh weather conditions.

Considerations

  • No type of paint will adhere to improperly-prepared concrete. Prime vertical concrete surfaces, or the paint will eventually chip. Use a latex primer on interior walls; use an acrylic primer on exterior walls. Smooth horizontal concrete surfaces do not require a primer; however, they will reject paint unless they are treated with an acid etch.

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Plastering my Boundary Wall

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Pre cast walls are extremely popular and hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses, government institutions and departments have made use of its applications. There is however a limiting factor in terms of the look and designs available to the consumers of the product. The patterns and designs that are available, very rarely compliment the appearance of a persons’ home. Over time, precast walls can also become dirty and unsightly. These were the motivating factors that caused us to research ways and means to alter the aesthetic value of a precast wall. We have replicated many of the traditional expensive looking designs that are associated with plastered brick walls, as well as developed new designs that can all be easily and inexpensively applied to precast walls. Our market research indicates that the costs of installing a new precast wall and plastering it, are half of that of having a brick wall built. The inconvenience associated with building a brick wall is virtually eliminated.

Up until recently, pre-cast walls could not be plastered in a sustainable way. The conventional methods and plaster mixes used to plaster built brick walls simply do not work on the smooth face of pre cast walls.

The plaster often cracks and delaminates after a short time.

You need a bonding agent specifically designed to eliminate the problems associated with plastering the smooth surface of a precast wall.
Use an industrial strength bonding formula that has been specifically designed as a latex admixture for bonding plaster pre cast walls.  The addition of this revolutionary bonding formula confers numerous advantages over untreated mortars and concretes, such as:

•    greatly improved adhesion to substrates, including dense impervious concrete
•    excellent resistance to water and water vapour
•    improved toughness and flexibility
•    better resistance to frost
•    improved resistance to certain chemicals
•    diminishing dusting

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Tips on Choosing a Colour to Paint your Boundary Fence

When completing a new landscape you need to consider the impact of your boundary fences. Your garden will look its best if paling fences are painted. But getting the right colour is essential.

choosingcolourIdeally you want your fence colour to tie into your new landscape and make the garden and boundary more attractive. It is an area that is worthy of some consideration, get the wrong colour and it can make your yard look really small, lighter colours tend to have this effect as they don’t create depth.

These few tips will make selecting a fence colour easier:

  • A key feature of painting a fence is to make the foliage of your plants stand out more. So it’s best to avoid any colour that is too similar to your plant colours.
  • Light colours and warm colours visually move forwards, so avoid using these types of colours for your boundary fence as it will make your yard look a lot smaller, visually bringing it in.
  • Dark colours are often best; they won’t make an area feel small because they make green foliage stand out more giving added dimension, interest and depth to your yard.
  • You don’t want your fence to become the feature of your garden, avoid bold bright colours these are best used on an exterior feature wall to draw attention. When used on a fence it takes focus off the beautiful vibrant coloured plants and flowers.
  • Remember when using colours outside in full sun they appear a lot lighter and the undertone of the colour can look far more dominant.
  • Test sample colours on your fence, but make sure you put them behind some foliage to get a feel for what they will look like.

If you are unsure, black is best it will create the perfect backdrop for green foliage and colourful plants and flowers. It will create depth, interest and drama to your yard making it look larger and more attractive.

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5 Pro Painting Tips Every Amateur Should Know

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The goal of every painter is to paint neatly and quickly. Fortunately, there are dozens of tricks, shortcuts and trade secrets devoted to painting, many more than for any other home-improvement activity.

The goal of every painter is to paint neatly and quickly. This can be challenging. My neighbor recently spent an entire week painting his bedroom, and ended up with nearly as much paint on himself as on the walls and ceiling. And in the end, believe or not, his wife decided she didn't like the color. He's now spending most of his time outside working on the lawn. Fortunately, there are dozens of tricks, shortcuts and trade secrets devoted to painting, many more than for any other home-improvement activity. Listed below are my five favorite painting tips, gleaned from years of personal painting experience and by watching pros on many job sites. Try one or all of the following techniques and I'm sure you'll end up with a paint job nice enough to show off to the neighbors.

1. Tint the Primer

Whether you're painting interior walls or exterior siding, a coat of primer is key to obtaining professional-looking results. This goes for previously painted surfaces as well as raw wood and new drywall. Unfortunately, most homeowners never bother with primer, which explains why they end up with blah-looking paint jobs. Primer serves three main functions: First, it blocks stains and resinous knots from bleeding through; second, it provides one-coat coverage for the paint topcoat; most importantly, it improves adhesion, which greatly reduces blisters and extends the life of the topcoat.

To further enhance the coverage of the topcoat, try this pro tip: Tint the primer toward the finished color by mixing a small amount of topcoat paint into the primer. (Be sure the primer and topcoat are both latex-based or both oil-based; never mix coatings with dissimilar solutions.) This will greatly enhance the ability of the topcoat to hide the prepped surface completely, especially when painting a lighter topcoat over an existing darker color.

2. Invest in Canvasdrop cloths

I used to buy cheap plastic drop cloths to protect the floor from paint spatters. At the end of the job, I'd just roll up the paint-smeared sheets and toss them out. Then I noticed that pro painters always use canvas drop cloths. When I found out why, I made the switch. Here are just a few of the benefits of canvas:
Canvas drop cloths are durable, and rip- and puncture-resistant. They lay flat as you walk across them, presenting less of a tripping hazard; seldom, if ever, must you tape canvas to the floor. Canvas also absorbs paint drips, unlike plastic drop cloths that become slippery when spattered with wet paint. You're much less likely to pick up paint on your shoe soles from canvas. Canvas drop cloths can easily be folded around corners and doorways--something that's virtually impossible to do with plastic sheeting. Plus, canvas can be reused countless times. I always felt bad about discarding plastic drop cloths after just one use, but reusing them was messy because the dried paint drips and splatters would flake off and get all over the room. Several years ago I bought a 10-oz canvas "runner" that measures 4 ft wide x 15 ft long for about $16. It's perfect for lying on the floor against the wall or spreading outdoors over shrubs and flower beds along a foundation wall. Now, I've never had paint soak through my drop cloth, but you can buy plastic-lined canvas drop cloths that offer better soak-through protection.

3. Roll With a Pole

When painting rooms, forget the ladder and get a telescoping extension pole for your paint roller. Extension poles come in various sizes, but one that extends from about 18 in. to 30 or 36 in. offers plenty of reach for painting rooms with ceilings that are 9 ft or lower. There are also extra-long extension poles that telescope up to about 18 ft for painting cathedral ceilings and loft spaces.

To attach the extension pole to the paint roller, simply thread it into the hole in the paint-roller handle. Check to be sure your paint-roller handle has a threaded hole in its end; most of them do. The shaft of the pole telescopes out and can be locked anywhere along its length with a twist of the wrist.
When shopping for extension poles, look for one that has a soft, nonslip rubber grip and a rigid metal core. And be sure the threaded end of the pole is metal, too. All-plastic handles are too flexible, making them hard to control, and the plastic gets fatigued over time and can snap under pressure. Also check to be sure the telescoping shaft locks securely in position and doesn't collapse when forced.

paint buscket4. Paint Off a Grid

When it comes to poorly designed hardware items, it's hard to find one that matches the futility of the paint-roller tray. Here's a device meant to hold paint for paint rolling, but it spills easily, only holds a small amount of paint, is hard to carry from one spot to another, and is difficult to clean. Plus, you must place the tray on the floor, where someone--okay, me--invariably kicks it or steps in the paint.

I stopped using paint trays years ago, and have never regretted it. Now I roll paint directly from a 5-gal bucket using a paint grid, which is a rectangular, rigid metal screen that hooks onto the rim of the bucket. Start by filling the bucket about halfway with paint, then hang the grid in the bucket. Now dip half of the roller sleeve into the paint, and roll it against the grid to remove excess paint, which drips back into the bucket. At the end of the day, just drop the grid into the bucket and snap on the lid.

5. Record the Color

After painting a room, it's important to keep track of the brand name and color of the paint used, so you can buy more when it comes time to touch-up or repaint the room. I've tried a few techniques to remember paint information, including recording it in a notebook, which I promptly lost, and writing it on the side of the leftover paint cans, which I'd eventually toss out along with the information. I've since found a better way:

Before replacing the light-switch covers and electrical-outlet covers in a newly painted room, I write the vital information (brand name, paint color, paint number) onto a piece of masking tape and stick it to the back of a switch plate. And there it'll stay until it's time to repaint, when it'll be discovered by me, or--with any luck--the next homeowner

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Painting Tips

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Paint Tips, Tricks, Techniques & Expert Advice

  • All unpainted surfaces must ALWAYS be primed.
  • Prior to painting your walls a new colour, it is important to paint a white basecoat beforehand. Especially when your original colour is yellow!
  • It is essential to paint a white background on your painted or raw plaster wall when painting up colour samples for the true colour. It is highly recommended that a Primer or Undercoat be used (depending on whether it’s a new or painted wall). Having painted your colour samples you have selected, allow the colour to settle for at least 2 to 3 days and view the colours at different times in the day.
  • All lighting (including natural sunlight and artificial light) affects the colour of your paint as do shadows in a room.
  • A “tint” is when you add white to a colour and a “shade” is when you add black.
  • Colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel are complimentary e.g. red and green, whilst monochromatic colours are colours that work well with each other and are harmonious.
  • Stir paint with a flat-surfaced paddle to mix it properly.
  • Sand in a circular motion to provide the most adhesive surface possible.painting wall
  • A reflective sheen finish in a small room with low light will have the same effect!
  • Pre-wet plants or any vegetation to protect them before removing paint outdoors.
  • A Matt finish has the effect of making a small room with lots of light appear larger.
  • Sand between coats of varnish when varnishing wood to remove any exposed fibres.
  • Clean and rinse walls with Polycell Sugar Soap before applying a primer or top coat.
  • Multi-Surface Primer contains no lead, chromate, or other toxic ingredients.
  • Universal Undercoat can be thinned with maximum 10% of Mineral Turpentine.
  • Use a canvas dropcloth to cover flooring or carpets. Canvas is the better option as it won’t puncture or rip.
  • Make any necessary repairs, such as filling cracks, etc., well in advance, so these have time to dry thoroughly.
  • Make sure to cover and protect surfaces such as skirtings, woodwork and windows by taping off with masking tape.
  • The primer coat improves the adhesion of subsequent coats of paint to the specified surfaces, once they have been cleaned and primed.
  • Sugarsoap is a neutral, all-purpose cleaning agent that can be used to clean carpets, tiles, baths, toilets and cars and can even be used to unclog drains.
  • Paint walls from right to left if you’re right-handed (left to right if you’re left-handed) so that you don’t place your free hand on the wall when applying more paint to a brush or roller.
  • Does your newly-painted room still smell of paint? Ensure that the room has enough ventilation to aerate, otherwise one trick is to place saucers of vanilla essence in all four corners of the room.
  • If you don’t like the colour of your pine, stain it in a dark teak methylated spirits-based stain before you mix a white glaze.
  • If you’re working on pine or wood with a grain, sand with 120-grit sandpaper from top to bottom.
  • Before you start, check the condition of the surface you want to paint. There may be various surface problems, such as cracks.
  • Never paint over a problem! Browse through the common problems section of this website and follow the solutions provided.
  • Once you have checked your surface always remember, preparation comes first. Find your surface in the surface preparation section of this website and prepare accordingly before you paint.
  • To determine what kind of paint (water-based or solvent-based) was previously used on a surface, conduct a test patch on a small area using a cloth and methylated spirits. If the coating is removed then it is water-based; if no paint is removed then it is solvent-based!
  • Identify your surface and the corresponding products that can be used on it.
  • Choose your product according to its quality, the benefits you require, and its all-round match to the task at hand.
  • When deciding to tile first or paint first, this will depend on personal preference. Our advice would be to tile first and allow the tile cement and grouting to completely cure. Then cover the tiles with drop-sheets and masking tape before painting. It would be much easier to cover a floor when painting than to cover walls while doing the tile work.
  • Whether an existing paint coating is water-based or oil-based, the sheen level influences the preparation and paint system. New paint coatings do not adhere to any existing coating where there is sheen. For example, if you have an existing coating of water-based Double Velvet and would like to apply a new coating of the same, sanding of the sheen to a flat  / matt finish would be required.

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How to Paint a Concrete Wall

exterior wall paintPainting a concrete wall can spruce up an area or make it blend in with the rest of the area's décor. However, there are some things to consider when painting a concrete wall. You must choose the appropriate type of concrete paint, determine if the wall is sealed from moisture and apply primer prior to painting the wall. Use these tips to paint a concrete wall.

Step 1

Choose paint for your project.

  • Select paint appropriate for your outdoor project. You will need a paint that is resistant to moisture and sun exposure. Outdoor concrete paint is available for outdoor projects. However, an oil-based paint also may work for your needs.
  • Pick a paint for your indoor paint project. Basement concrete paint is available in many paint and home improvement stores, however you also can use an interior acrylic paint for the project.

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Clean the concrete wall. For exterior projects, use a power washer to rid the wall of all dirt and dust. If your project is indoors, scrub the wall with soapy water and a scrub brush instead of using a power washer.

Step 3

Repair any cracks or blemishes in your wall with concrete patch. Follow the directions to mix up the concrete patch mixture. Fill holes and use a trowel to smooth the patch to match the surface of the wall.

Step 4

Check the wall for moisture. Paint applied to a wall that is not properly sealed will not adhere properly.

  • Tape plastic sheeting to the wall. Attempt to get the sheeting as air-tight as possible.
  • Check the plastic after 24 hours. If moisture appears within the plastic, you will need to seal the wall. If no moisture is present, the wall is already sealed

Step 5

Seal the concrete wall. Roll on 1 coat of concrete sealer and allow it to dry overnight. Concrete sealer is available at most hardware or home improvement stores.

Step 6

Apply 1 coat of concrete primer. You can use rollers or brushes to apply the paint. Ensure the primer is applied evenly, whichever technique you use. Let it dry for 24 hours. If you can see the wall through the primer, apply 1 more coat.

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Paint your wall with concrete paint. Paint should be applied in at least 3 thin layers. The paint may be sprayed on, rolled on or painted on with a brush. The paint should not be streaky or show brush strokes. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

Step 8

Roll on concrete paint sealer. Cover with 2 coats, allowing it to dry between coats. Paint sealer helps the paint to adhere to the wall and last longer

Tips

  • Keep pets and small children away from your painting project. The fumes can be harmful to them. Additionally, they may rub up against your wall while you are painting it.
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment, such as gloves and goggles.
  • Make sure the area in which you are painting is well-ventilated. Concrete paint, primer and sealer have strong odors.
  • Wear old clothes to paint your concrete wall. Paint used for this project is likely to stain your clothes.

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How to paint palisade fencing

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When you go to the expense of installing palisade fencing around your home, you want it to not only provide security but look good too. Because palisade fencing is generally made of steel - it requires regular maintenance to keep it in tip-top condition. Here are some tips from Plascon Metalcare on painting and maintaining a palisade fence.

STEP 1:

Use Plascon RemovALL All Purpose Paint Remover to remove all flaking and peeling paint.This product is a brushable,water-based paint remover that is biodegradable, user-friendly and environmentally safe. It is extremely effective in removing the toughest industrial coatings, like epoxies and urethanes, from metal, concrete, wood, masonry, and brick. Any rust can be treated by using Polycell End Rust to create an impervious film on the metal. Please note that a rust remover/converter should not be used on galvanised iron.metalcare degreaser

GOOD TO KNOW

On walls with palisade panels, place newspaper under the fencing to prevent drips and runs.

STEP 2:

Apply Plascon Metalcare Waterbased Degreaser to the fence and rinse well with clean water. Allow to dry.
Plascon Metalcare Waterbased Degreaser is a non-abrasive and fully biodegradable water- and citrus-based cleaner that removes oil, grease and grime from surfaces.

STEP 3:
Use a paint brush to apply Plascon Metalcare Waterbased Primer for an extremely high protective barrier. The unique red oxide formulation gives great protection against metal corrosion and degradation.

GOOD TO KNOW
Start at the top of the fencing and work your way down. That way you take care of any drips or runs.

STEP 4:steel palisade fence

Finish your fence off with 2 coats of Plascon Waterbased Enamel for a durable long-lasting and chalk-resistant finish.
Plascon Waterbased Enamel is available in a wide range of tinted colours. Regular maintenance will ensure the lifespan of your palisade fencing and it's important to repair paint chips as quickly as possible to prevent the formation of rust. Keep the base of your palisade fencing clear of obstacles that may prevent the normal flow of water. Puddles around the base of the fence will eventually cause paint to peel and rust to set in.

Where rust stops occur - take the necessary steps as soon as possible

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Should I paint over my worn out fencing or gate?

Outdoor maintenance can make your home more welcoming,worn metal fence and it can make a big difference to the value of your home and the surrounding properties. If you have a fence and a gate around your property, it’s important to maintain the structure so that it will last and add to value of your home.

So how do you take care of a metal or timber fence or gate when it gets old or worn out and begins to rust or flake?

Your first thought might be to give it a fresh paint job so that it looks new again on the outside. Painting over rust or wood rot, however, is a very temporary fix that may only last up to one season before the rust and flaking resurface. Painting will not solve the problem. If you notice rusting or flaking, the metal or timber under the paint has worn out. Not only will your fencing look unattractive on the outside, but it will no longer be providing a protective barrier to your property as the material will be easily breakable.

So the answer to the question ‘Should I paint over my worn out fence or gate?’ is generally ‘No’.

When it gets to this stage it’s important to replace the worn out material in question, rather than using a temporary fix to solve the problem. Over a few seasons of repainting you will end up spending a considerable amount anyway, so why not address the underlying problem right away and save in the longer-term?

Go with powdercoating

When replacing the fencing or gate we would recommend going with a powdercoated steel orpowdercoating palisade aluminium option. Powdercoating is a method of treating and colouring metal that’s made to last for years, and particularly when paired with aluminium which is resistant to rust, the replacement fence and gate will be an extremely long-term investment.

What if I change my mind about my powdercoating colour?

  • Powdercoated fencing and gates are built to last so long that the reality is the reason you’ll want to update them won’t be because they’re worn out, but because you fancy a change of colour! So what happens if you want to change the paint colour on your powdercoated fencing? 
  • Painting over a powdercoated fence is absolutely possible and doesn’t have to be challenging – just follow these tips:

Choose a well ventilated area

paint and brushIf your fence is already installed and you’re painting with a brush, you’re all set: your fence is already outdoors. But if you’ve chosen to spray paint you might prefer to take your fence apart and paint it in pieces to avoid getting spray paint on your lawn or the footpath. If this is the case leave the garage door open while you paint inside, or lay down sheets in the garden and do it out in the open.

Clean the surface prior to painting

The best way to clean powdercoated fences is with a basic all-purpose cleaner. You may gently use steel wool to remove grease or dirt that won’t come off. It may be easier to clean a section of the fence, and then paint that section before moving on to the next section so that the surface is freshly cleaned when paint is applied.

Is priming necessary?

No, another benefit of having a powdercoated metal fence or gate is that it does not require any priming to paint over it like a rusty metal fence would.

Paint with spray paint or a brushspraypainting palisade

Spray painting is usually the easiest way to paint a fence or gate, but it must be done outdoors or in an extremely well ventilated area. Spray paint looks like freshly powder coated steel or aluminium when it’s finished, and only requires the painter to follow the instructions on the can. Usually, brush painting is a second option when spray painting is not feasible, or when the area for painting is not as well ventilated, but it can also be used to create the look of a grain in the fence or gate. Make sure to choose paint that is safe for outdoor use

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Tips Before You Start Painting

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1. Buy only enough paint to do the job.
Recent studies have shown that between 10% to 15% of paint bought by householders remained unused at the end of a paint job.

2. You don’t have to wash your brushes out between applications.
Water-based paints: Store brushes and rollers in plastic bags between coats

Solvent-based paints: Store brushes and rollers underwater and when ready to re-use, roll or brush water out on scrap newspaper which can be put out with your household waste

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Your Decision to Make

cement wall prison barbwireEach morning we are faced with decisions to make as we start a new day.

One important decision we need to make regarding the safety of our property and family, it what type of boundary wall or fence to erect.

There are so many options that it carod iron fencesn be really confusing, but if you speak to a professional company like Country Wide Walling, it will assist you greatly in making the best decision for your property and family.

Your boundary wall or fence is the first impression people get of your property. Make it a good one.

You want your property to be aesthetically beautiful as it also adds value to your property should you wish to sell.

By installing a good, secure wall or fence it will aid in keeping your property and family safe and secure and ensure you have peace of mind.

Country Wide Walling can offer a number of options to you, and if you discuss the options with one of our highly trained professional consultants, they can assist you in making the right decision at a price you can afford.

No matter what type of wall you are seeking, why not contact us today to discuss your requirements or to request a free quotation.

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Wall Leaning

leaning wallThere are many reasons why a boundary wall starts to lean. It could be tree roots that grow and cause heave, thus putting pressure on the wall footings or foundations.

All retaining walls should incorporate weep holes to allow water pressure to be relieved and allows any water to seep through.

It is important to have regular checks on all your boundary and retaining walls to make sure that there is no damage or leaning occurring. A garden wall that collapses can cause serious injury or even death to an unsuspecting person or animal.

Should you find any damage it is very important to have it rectified immediately.

Make sure that the wall is thick enough for its height. The ratio of height and width various around the country and weather conditions and ground conditions.

Different materials will vary and you may have to introduce forms of reinforcements to improve the stability of your walls.

Footing foundationAll walls should have adequate footings, not just shallow trenches with some concrete slopped in it.

Avoid any shortcuts in the erection of your wall or fence, as it can cause serious injury to people or animals should the walls or fences fall.

As your walling or fencing is your first line of defence, you need to ensure that you get the best possible security for your family, property or business.

It is always a good idea to consult with a professional when erecting your boundary walls or fences, and to ensure that it is the best on offer.

Whether you need a free quotation or would like to discuss your requirements, please feel free to give us a call today.

With our many years of experience, and our highly trained consultants, please do not hesitate to contact us to assist you in this endeavour.

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How To Paint a Fence

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Pick a suitable day to do the painting. Certain weather conditions are ideal for fence-painting. Pick a day with no rain in the forecast. Ideally, paint on a day with calm winds and ample cloud cover. Breezes can kick up debris that can stick to your paint job; direct sunlight makes the paint dry too fast and saps its protective properties.

Decide how you want to paint a fence.

Long fence:

  • If you have a long fence, you probably will want to use an industrial spray gun to complete the job quickly. Aim lengthwise, along the grain of the wood. Spray downwind and wear a respirapallisade fence painttor. Be sure to cover plants to protect them from overspray. Always keep a brush handy, even if you opt for a sprayer, in case you need to do any touch-up work.

Short fence:

  • If you have a smaller project, you probably can complete the job using a roller on flat surfaces and a brush for detailed, hard-to-reach sections.

  • Wrought iron fence:  Because they're often intricately designed, it's best to paint iron fences by hand to get optimum coverage. A single heavy coat of enamel or automotive epoxy paint usually is enough

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How to paint a plain precast wall

Painting a plain precast wall can spruce up an area or make it blend in with the rest of the area's décor.

Paint plain precast wall

However, there are some things to consider when painting plain precast walling. You must choose the appropriate type of concrete paint, determine if the wall is sealed from moisture and apply primer prior to painting the wall. Use these tips to paint a plain precast wall.

1. Choose paint for your project.

  • Select paint appropriate for your outdoor project. You will need a paint that is resistant to moisture and sun exposure. Outdoor concrete paint is available for outdoor projects. However, an oil-based paint also may work for your needs.
  • Pick a paint for your indoor paint project. Basement concrete paint is available in many paint and home improvement stores, however you also can use an interior acrylic paint for the project.

2. Clean the precast wall. For exterior projects, use a power washer to rid the wall of all dirt and dust. If your project is indoors, scrub the wall with soapy water and a scrub brush instead of using a power washer.

3. Repair any cracks or blemishes in your precast wall with concrete patch. Follow the directions to mix up the concrete patch mixture. Fill holes and use a trowel to smooth the patch to match the surface of the wall..

4. Check the wall for moisture. Paint applied to a plain precast wall that is not properly sealed will not adhereplain precast wall properly.

  • Tape plastic sheeting to the wall. Attempt to get the sheeting as air-tight as possible.
  • Check the plastic after 24 hours. If moisture appears within the plastic, you will need to seal the wall. If no moisture is present, the plain precast wall is already sealed.

5. Seal the precast wall. Roll on 1 coat of concrete sealer and allow it to dry overnight. Concrete sealer is available at most hardware or home improvement stores.

6. Apply 1 coat of concrete primer. You can use rollers or brushes to apply the paint. Ensure the primer is applied evenly, whichever technique you use. Let it dry for 24 hours. If you can see the wall through the primer, apply 1 more coat.

7. Paint your plain precast wall with concrete paint. Paint should be applied in at least 3 thin layers. The paint may be sprayed on, rolled on or painted on with a brush. The paint should not be streaky or show brush strokes. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

8. Roll on concrete paint sealer. Cover with 2 coats, allowing it to dry between coats. Paint sealer helps the paint to adhere to the precast wall and last longer.

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Repairing Larger Holes and Cracks

cracked badlyRepairing larger cracks or holes in Precast Concrete is quite different to repairing small hairline cracks or holes.

Before you start to repair the holes or cracks, you need to first clean the crack or hole thoroughly to remove any oil, dirt or debris plus the surrounding wall surface.

Pay special attention to the insides of the cracks or holes to make sure they are thoroughly clean to enable the sealant to adhere to the surface.

Enlarge the hole or crack just below the surface with a cold chisel and hammer.

Hold the chisel at an angle inside the crack or hole and chisel down to a depth of about 25 to 30mm. Do this the entire length of the crack and around each hole.

Reverse the angle and repeat the procedure. The whole objective is to create an inverted V shape below the surface, which is also known as undercutting.

The chiselled surface provides a stronger bond with the sealant, and the diverging angle of the crack helps keep the sealant within the crack.

Remove any dust and debris from inside the crack or hole.

cracked wallMix enough ready-mix concrete with water to fill the hole or crack and apply quickly. Use the handle of your trowel to press the mixture into the holes and cracks.

Smooth it over the surface evenly and cure the repaired spot properly before sealing with a silane-based water repelling sealer.

You are also able to chip a hole into a square shape and then insert a new block of concrete into the hole.

Our advice is that you hire a professional to do the repairs for you to ensure you have the best professional help you can find. The experts know how to fix large cracks and holes and seal it so that it will be both aesthetically pleasing, and not detract from your property value, and also long lasting.

Make the decision today to call us to discuss all your requirements with one of our highly trained consultants, who will gladly assist and advise you, or give you a free quotation.

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Are You Ready

Electric fence 3Erecting a good, sturdy fence or wall around your property is very important if you want to protect your property and family from unwelcome intruders.

Whether you already have a wall or fence, take the time to inspect it, especially from the street side so that you can get a different view of your property.

Criminals will stake out a property, sometimes for days before they attempt entering, and taking a look from their perspective will help you see whether your walling or fencing is adequate to protect your property and family.

If anyone has tried to tamper with your wall or fence, you need to fix it immediately and not leave it as it will be a weak spot in your security. Sometimes criminals try to dig under the walls or fencing, so ensure that the footing is deep enough to discourage them.

Keep curtains and blinds closed to avoid any window shopping being done. When criminals case your property they will be encouraged to find a way in if you have obvious valuables which they can see through open curtains or blinds.

Besides adding deterrents like spikes or razor wire to your walling or fencing, there are other methods to make it extremely unpleasant for anyone trying to break in.

Mohave Pyracantha FirethornPlant thorny bushes around windows, which are aesthetically pleasing, they are also able to collect DNA from blood and skin. No criminal likes to leave such evidence around and would rather find a different target elsewhere. Even torn clothing left behind will be evidence.

There are many aesthetically pleasing plants and shrubs available with the ability to deter a would be criminal with their thorns which can rip and cut them leaving enough DNA as evidence. These are the best shrubs to plant around any place where a criminal will likely try to hide or break in, such as windows.

Firethorn is one such shrub and is a really good addition to your security. Although they have very pretty flowers, their thorns are a deadly deterrent to anyone trying to climb over them.

The safety of your property and family is your no 1 priority, and besides ensuring that you have the best possible fencing or walling available, plus cameras and security companies, you need as much security as possible to deter or slow down a would be criminal and ensure that your security company can arrive to help you in time.

For the best advice on walling or fencing, why don’t you take the decision today to contact us at Country Wide Walling and talk to one of our qualified consultants.

It will be the best decision you have ever made.

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Layered Security

palisade with electric fenceOur Perimeter fence or wall and a motorised gate is our first line of defence in ensuring our home is protected. There are other security measures we can also employ to make sure our home, family and property are protected.

You should also ensure that the area surrounding your gate as well was the garage is clear of any foliage, to avoid supplying a would-be intruder with a nice safe place to hide.

Palisade and electric fencing are very effective and off-putting to anyone wanting to get into your property undetected, as palisade offers no hiding places if the area is kept clean and free of any shrubs where an intruder can hide. Electric fencing is off-putting due to the shock they will receive.

Make sure you always use a professional, like Country Wide Walling, for the erection of your walls or fences, as you will know that you have received the best possible defence for your property, and you will have peace of mind knowing that your property and family are well protected.

You should make sure that burglar bars, alarms, gates and walls or fencing and CCTV cameras are of a good, strong quality which will aid in the protection of your home and family. Speak to the professionals and discuss your requirements before you make a final decision.

They are trained to aid you and guide you to make the best possible decisions regarding your security.

There are many products out there in the market, so make sure to ask questions to enable you to reach the right decision which will also fit into your budget.

Alarm systems in your home must be checked regularly to ensure they are working properly and can be a huge asset to your security. Never become complacent and forget to arm your alarms, as they are an integral part of your layered security.

cctv camera operatingAlarm systems are the quickest way to summon help, but you need to ensure they are working optimally at all times.

CCTV cameras are also very important as they will detect any movement in your property and you will be able to see whether anyone has breached your property. Remember with all security items to do regular checks to ensure that nobody has tried tampering with any items.

For good advice and guidance, why not speak to one of our highly trained professional consultants today.

Whether you need advice or would like a free quotation, make the decision today to contact us.

It will be the best decision you have ever made.

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All Round Security

Sliding gateWe all know that fencing your property is not only a good investment, it is also an excellent security asset and off-putting to uninvited visitors.

Your fencing is not complete without a very good access gate. Steel sliding gates are a really good investment as it completes the security of your home and property.

A great advantage too is the fact that you can open and close the gate remotely, and you do not have to leave your vehicle to open or close the gate, making yourself vulnerable to being attacked or hi-jacked when you get home or leave home.

You need to do regular checks to ensure the track the sliding gate runs on is clear of any kind of debris, as even a small stone can prevent the gate from closing, and will result in the gate opening, and leaving your property vulnerable to criminals entering.

Regular checks, especially after bad weather will prevent this happening, and the gate rail can be cleaned easily.

Steel is a really good choice and is strong, sturdy and long lasting.

auto openingSteel sliding gates will not encroach on the garden, or get stuck if you have an upward sloping drive-way. Steel sliding gates can be aesthetically pleasing as well as enhancing the value of your property should you wish to sell at a later date.

Steel Sliding Gates are easy to maintain, and can be manufactured to a chosen pattern and can be painted to be pleasing and have great curb appeal.

If you have invested in a good quality fence or wall, it is advisable to round off your security with a sliding steel gate to ensure you have all round security for your home or business.

Sliding gates also take up a minimum of space as the slide to the side as opposed to swinging open and perhaps damaging plants or trees you have planted in the garden.

If you are planning the security of your home or business, and would like a free quotation, or advice, please contact us today to discuss your requirements with one of our highly trained consultants.

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