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Boundary Wall Regulations in South Africa

surveyingBoundary walls and fences are probably the most controversial topic facing homeowners. There are laws that relate to boundary walls and fences, so you need to contact your local authority, to find out exactly what you can and cannot do.

All properties are surveyed, and pegged when land is zoned for residential use, and the two most important issues are the position of the boundary wall, and the ownership of them.

Although all properties are surveyed and pegged when land is zoned, the pegs are generally removed as soon as the land is built on.

This is the main reason that it is very important to ensure that the boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned.

wall footingShould there be a dispute at any stage between neighbours, it may be necessary to get a land surveyor to resurvey the property according to the official diagram that is lodged with the Surveyor General in Pretoria.

Building a wall on the boundary is possible without building plans, if you stick to the rules and regulations, and provided it is on your property. This will give you ownership of the wall.

Building the wall includes the foundations, which will be wider, and longer than the wall itself. If you erect it on your property…it is yours.

Your walls are also protected by law from any action which might threaten its stability, e.g. your neighbours may not dig down next to your wall on their side if there is any likelihood of the earth being washed away if there are heavy rains.

Should your neighbour wish to do some sort of excavation, they will need to erect a retaining wall, or some other structure which provides lateral support to the wall. By law, the retaining wall they erect will require the necessary plans.

Should you have any questions regarding boundary walls, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Advantages of Precast Concrete Walls

PRE CAST COMPOUND WALL MOULD

When compared to site-cast concrete, precast does have a lot of advantages:

1.    Precast is concrete, manufactured in a controlled casting environment, making it easier to control the mix, placement and curing, then transported to wherever it will be erected.
2.    The quality can be controlled and monitored easier in a controlled casting environment.
3.    Bad weather is not a factor, as you can cast in any weather, and get perfect mixes and methods.
4.    Less labour is required.
5.    Once on site, precast can be installed immediately, as there is no waiting for it to gain strength.
6.    As you have the ability to tightly control the manufacturing process, you get an extremely durable concrete.
7.    Total construction time is less than site-cast concrete.

mouldAt Country Wide Walling, our Custom Crete precast concrete walls and fences look authentic, and our customers can build beautiful projects at affordable prices.  We design our concrete fence products to provide you with the rich appearance of stone or brick walls in a wide variety of designs and colours.

Country Wide Walling procure the highest quality moulds, and manufacture and employ the latest concrete moulding techniques to ensure you, our clients, receive a superior concrete walling solution.

Whether you need safe perimeter fencing or walling, or screening walls, Country Wide Walling can supply them at affordable prices.

Security is your priority, and we will supply you with all your needs to ensure a safe environment for your property and family.  

We have a wide range of products and designs, and one of our consultants will gladly assist you in making the right choice for your needs.

Please feel free to contact us today to discuss your requirements, or for a free quotation.

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Aren’t Precast Concrete Walls Unattractive?

decorative concrete fence panelIf you want something other than plain, and very low-cost, you can choose a decorative design which will give an aesthetically appealing look to your property and also enhance the value.

There are many options to choose from as far as precast concrete walls are concerned.

1. Plain Precast
2. Brick Precast
3. Brick and Steel Inserts
4. Palisade Fencing

There are many designs and combinations to choose from at Country Wide Walling, and our consultants will gladly assist and advise you.

1. Precast can be coloured to your choice during the manufacturing process to ensure you have a pleasing wall to enhance your property and match your style.
2. The colour will also not fade, saving you time and money on regular repainting of the existing walls.
3. Precast Concrete Walls can be used as perimeter fencing of your property, and is a neat and aesthetically pleasing way to enhance your property.
4. It can be used as a screen to maintain your privacy.
5. Precast Concrete Walling will keep small children and pets from wandering out into the streets, thus ensuring their safety at home.
6. It can be used as insulation against noise.
7. It is a good option to act as a windbreak.
8. A good security feature to prevent criminals entering your property

cracked wooden fencePrecast Concrete Walling will not rust or bend and warp, nor will is crack or rot like a wooden fence does.

The design you choose or the colour you choose will not fade with time, therefore you are investing in a good, quality and long lasting asset to your property.

Whether aesthetic appeal or security is your main objective, you will be delighted with what we have to offer at Country Wide Walling.

Our aim and objective is to meet and surpass any expectations our clients have, and we have the experience and know-how to produce what our clients expect and want.

Contact us today for a free quotation, or to discuss your requirements with one of our expert consultants. It is the best decision you can make for your family and property.

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What is With All the Noise Pollution?

Do you live in a noisy neighborhood? Concrete fences could be your solution to peace and quiet..

Country Wide Walling concrete precast palisade fencing and retaining wall in the east rand. 3It is about time to turn down the volume! Noise pollution has been a major concern of health deterioration due to restlessness and sleeplessness. We should not have to compromise our quality of life to bear with our noisy neighbors. Whether you live near a school zone, construction site, high traffic area, or any areas with excessive noise, precast concrete walls are the most effective methods of cutting down the noise! By reading this article you will understand what you can do to reduce the level of intrusive noise entering your home.

To begin, let’s understand the nature of sound waves. Sound waves are very similar to water, as it would bounce off objects and flow through holes. For instance, sound waves from cars zipping pass your home would bounce off your drive way and flow through the window that you have opened in your living room. However, unlike water, sound waves can also pass through objects that are thin and uncompressed. This means, even if you had closed your window, sound waves, that are strong enough, could also pass through your drywalls and enter your home without an invitation! We recommend using dense objects materials such as concrete to absorb or reflect sound from entering your home. Another rule to remember how sound waves travel is the “line of sight”. If the source creating the sound is in your sight, then you’ll be able to hear it! This means if you live on a hill, you may want to build a taller wall!

An important factor to look at is sound wave intensity, which is measured in decibels. The loudness of sound generally doubles when sound is increased by 10 dB. According to Harvard Medical School Health Letter, studies have shown prolonged exposure to 85 or more decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. More importantly, physiological damage can also occur at lower levels! The following chart illustrates the intensity of sound at factors of 10 dB:

0 – 1 dB
Faintest sound that can be heard
30 dB
Quiet conversation, soft whisper, quiet suburb
40 dB
Many computer hard drives range an average of 40-50 dB, soft whisper [five feet]
50 dB
Light traffic at a distance of 100 feet
60 dB
Conversation at one meter, or average street traffic at 100 feet
70 dB
TV, noisy restaurant [constant exposure], busy traffic [at one meter]
80 dB
Heavy city traffic [25-50 feet], alarm clock at two feet
90 dB
Pneumatic drill [or hammer] at one meter
130 dB
Sound vibrations felt, thunder or near a four-engine jet at thirty meters
140 dB
Gunshot blast, or jet plane take-off at close range [approximately 200 feet]

Chart: Correlations of dB levels to causality of noise.

In Canada and the United States, the maximum permitted noise exposures level for 8 hours are within 80 dB to 90 dB depending on which province or state you live in. At 80 dB, heavy city traffic is one of the most pervasive unwanted noises transmitted to residential homes! When noise pollution hit your front lawn, precast concrete fences may be an ideal solution for noise abatement to your ears.

According to National Precast Concrete Association, “concrete’s greater mass reduces sound penetrating through a wall by more than 80% compared with wood or steel frame construction”. With this being said, precast concrete walls will surely provide you the peace and quiet that you’ve been aching for. Finally, before you head out to build your precast concrete wall you may want to consider the following points:

* Understand where most intrusive noise are coming from

* Decide on the level of decibels reduction you want your sound barriers to have (not all walls provide equal noise reduction)

* Understand the maximum permissible height that you can build your sound barrier (ranges differently in each province/state, check with your municipality)

* Determine the thickness of your sound barrier (thickness usually equates with price)

* Determine the design your sound barrier (some precast concrete fences have holes, which would not be ideal in reducing noise level)

Sources:

http://wordinfo.info/unit/620/ip:1/il:D

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1046429,00.html

http://precast.org/2011/02/quiet-please-2/

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Cleaning Precast Retaining Walls

addingcolourOur retaining precast walls can have permanent colour added to the wet concrete during the manufacturing process, which will ensure that future painting will be unnecessary.   You do have the option to have the fences stained or painted at a later date as a design feature.

If your fence is looking dirty or drab, you can clean the fence to make it look new again.   Over time dust and dirt can build up on the fences, and will need to be cleaned.

Even though precast retaining walls are made to withstand the elements, it does not mean that over time they will not begin to show wear, especially if not sealed properly.   Mould and mildew can grow over time, as unsealed walls absorb moisture.

PowerWashingA good foam cleaner can be applied to the walls and left to dig deep into the surface.   A power washer will do a really good job of cleaning the wall.   We recommend a sealer is applied once the wall is properly dry to prevent any further moisture stains on the walls.   

Our walls are sealed as part of the manufacturing process to keep them looking good for many years, but scratches and chips can cause moisture to seep in.

We recommend repair, or replacement of any sections damaged, as this will prevent deterioration of the walls.  Sealing the walls properly is a high priority to extend the life of the walls.

As our walls interlock, we can replace any damaged sections and ensure you have the best looking walls for many years.

If you would like to discuss your wall requirement, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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