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Stable Boundary Walls

cracksMany boundary walls are poorly built by people trying to cut costs, and not having the necessary experience and know-how skills base to build it safely.

A perimeter wall is built as a security feature to protect your family, and trying to cut costs and doing a poor job of constructing the wall can lead to it collapsing and seriously injuring a child or animal.   

If a wall falls on a child it can cost a lot of money for hospitalization and doctor’s fees.  This money would have been better invested in getting your security walls safely and professionally installed by Country Wide Walling.

Bad designs, poor foundations and also the lack of expansion joints and support pillars usually result in boundary walls developing dangerous cracks and/or collapsing.  

good boundary wallsWalls leaning over, or splitting apart or cracks in plaster, are all indications of a poorly constructed wall, and unfortunately, usually only become noticeable a long time after the builder has left the site.  You, as the homeowner believe you received a bargain priced wall, but the old saying “you get what you pay for” applies, and could lead to a loss of a lot more money should a child be badly injured with broken bones and a lengthy hospital stay.

If you are one of these homeowners, you need to keep a careful eye on the wall, and if any cracks appear, or the wall starts leaning over, it is best to pay urgent attention to the problem immediately, before anything serious happens.

The best solution is to tear the wall down, and have it professionally set up in order to not only provide security, but to avoid serious injury to a child, family member, or an animal.  In the end, this would be the safest, and most cost effective solution to a dodgy wall.

Always bear in mind that sound engineering principles also need to be applied to the design, manufacture and installation of boundary security walls.

Contact Country Wide Walling  today to discuss your requirements, and to determine what would be best for your property, or to request a free quotation.

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Aluminum versus Steel Gates

There are many factors to consider when deciding which gate would be the best option for you.alumiium gate

1.   Opening Size
2.   Security Level
3.   Horizontal Slide
4.   Swing Gate
5.   Vertical Lift.
6.   Ornamental Gate
7.   Standard Gate

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Probably the most important factor is whether you want steel or aluminium gates.  Even though these materials may seem similar, there are differences in physical properties and internal mechanisms which are crucial to helping you make your final decision.

Once you have thoroughly researched your options and are satisfied with your choice, you are ready to proceed with the design, construction and installation of your gates.

We will discuss the differences next week to help you with your decision.

For more information or a free quotation, please feel free to contact Country Wide Walling

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Cantilever Vs.Ground Track Security Gates

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 Sliding security gates require less space to operate than swing gates and also offer better security, this makes them a good alternative to swing gates.  Sliding security gates come in two types, cantilever and ground tracked.

Cantilever Gates

Cantilever gates need no track to operate as they are gates hanging on horizontal posts.  They can be hung behind a wall perimeter and work silently.   They require more space and are more expensive to buy and install than tacked gates.

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Ground Tracked Gates

There are two main components for ground tracked gates.  Firstly there is the rail on which the gates slide and which is embedded in the ground spanning the opening, and it is advisable to keep the rail free of debris at all times.  The surface where you lay the rail must be properly leveled.  Secondly, there are the wheels below the gates which help the gate to slide smoothly on the rail track.

Both the ground track and cantilever gates offer their own advantages and disadvantages, so you should always consider carefully which gate is best for your property before making your choice.

For more information, or a free quotation, please feel free to contact Country Wide Walling and we will gladly assist you.

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Advantages Of Motorized Security Gates

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Let us look at some of the advantages of security gates, and at the different types that can help you make a statement..

The main advantage of security gates is that it offers an important form of security. If you choose a hard material type - like steel - your gates will remain strong and in place with correct maintenance.

For your safety and peace of mind it is a huge advantage to have well placed security gates. Security gates not only work to keep people out, but it also keeps children and pets safe in your yard.

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You can rest a little more assured that your children are safe in your home and there is no danger of them wandering out into traffic.

motorised gateGates fitted with electric gate motors are a convenient security feature to add to your home. Driveway security gates fitted with an automatic motor allows you to enter and exit your property without having to physically leave your vehicle.

This is a huge security feature for you.

Security gates, especially motorised gates at the driveway entrance, will most definitely add value to your property.

Looking for a custom security gate design? Contact Country Wide Walling today for a free quote.

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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

Please call Country Wide Walling today for a free quotation for all your fencing needs.

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