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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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Don’t Attract Criminals

Wall ThiefResearch has shown that building high walls is actually not good security.

You ask why? The answer is simple.

If you are living behind high walls for privacy and security, your ability to see what is going on outside your property is impossible, and it works both ways. You can’t see out, and security companies or police cannot see in.

If an intruder gets access to your property they are then shielded from being seen by anyone on the outside of your property, and can then happily go about their criminal activities without anyone being alerted to their presence.

Having palisade fencing on a lower wall gives people on the outside the opportunity to see the criminal and alert the security or police. It could save your life and the lives of your family.

Crime is escalating, and good security fencing is your first line of defence. Stop making your property attractive to would be intruders.

prefab and palisadeSouth Africa is renowned for having an extremely high rate of violent crime. For example. In the mid 1990’s, South Africa’s murder rate was 6 (six) times higher than that of America and 20 (twenty) times higher than that of Britain. Since 1995 South Africa has ranked in the top 6 (six) countries for violent crime.

Don’t become a statistic, with help and advice from the Professional Consultants at Country Wide Walling, you can choose the best security perimeter fence or wall for your property.

Better to be safe than sorry. Whether you need a new fence or wall, or wish to raise existing walls or fences, our Consultants will gladly assist you.

Do not hesitate to contact us today for advice or a free quotation.

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Retaining Walls

weep holesRetaining walls are designed to keep the area behind the wall relatively dry. The design must route the water away from the back of the wall.

A sloped yard is a gardener’s worst nightmare. A retaining wall with proper drainage is the best option, and will have any serious gardener smiling again.

A build-up of water behind a retaining wall is not only destabilizing, it is potentially downright dangerous.
Weep holes in retaining walls are an excellent way to release water pressure.

Retaining walls leading to drainage ditches generally have weep holes built in right at the base of the walls.

A weep hole or a weep brick is a small opening that allows water to drain adequately. Weep holes or bricks are always located at the bottom of the wall to allow for the drainage and to overcome surface tension.

Weep holes can consist of small diameter plastic, clay or metal pipes extended through the walls to enable water to escape from the backfill.

Hollow plastic or metal tubes can be used for weep holes in retaining walls, keeping the spacing between the tubes to about 41cm apart.

installing weep holesThe installation of the tubes must be done at an angle to allow water to drip out. There are other methods, but the tubes are definitely your best option. The holes must not be too small or they may not allow the air to circulate and the moisture will not vent out properly.

As you can see, a retaining wall with proper weep holes is a huge benefit to any gardener and household. Make sure when you have a retaining wall installed that the weep holes are correctly positioned and sufficient to enable them to release all tension from moisture on the wall.

Should you wish to discuss your options regarding a retaining wall, or would like to install or raise an existing wall or fence, please do not hesitate to contact us today to speak to one of our consultants, or to request a free quotation.

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Please Fence Me In

WallandpalisadeThere are various reasons for installing a fence or wall around your property.

Security is a high priority, but privacy. and animal and child proofing have their place on the list.

One reason that is not often mentioned, or is overlooked, is the ability of a good, quality fence or wall to add distinctive character and aesthetic beauty to your property.

Before you make the final decision on which type of fence or wall would be best for your property, it is a good idea to take time and consider all the reasons you need a fence, then decide which option would be best suited to your property.

There are many options available, but prefab concrete is probably your best option, especially if security is your major concern.

We all know about the escalating crime in our country, and concrete walls make a very good barrier and using concrete palisade will ensure that you can see out, still have privacy, and that there are no hiding places for potential criminals.

To give a pleasing ambience to your prsolarledkightingoperty at night, lighting can be mounted in your fence post caps. This will serve as a welcome to guests, create a pleasing atmosphere outdoors when you are entertaining, and will also ensure that you can better see if anyone is lurking outside your property.

A good option would be LED or solar-powered lights.

Make sure to take a regular walk around your garden and check your walling or fencing to make sure that it is always in tip-top condition.

Concrete can be coloured during the manufacturing stage, so this will aid in keeping your fence or wall looking good for many years. If you have a painted wall or fence, there are many colours you can use to enable your wall or fence to blend into the surroundings, and will also be aesthetically pleasing, which will add value to your property.

If you are unsure of what would best suit your needs, why not give Country Wide Walling a call to discuss all options available, which will aid you in choosing the right walling or fencing for your property. Our highly professional consultants will gladly assist you.

Whether you need new walling or fencing, or would like to raise an existing wall or fence, contact us today to discuss your requirements, or request a free quotation.

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High Hedges and Neighbours

neighboursWhen you plan your walling it is best to discuss it with the neighbours, so as to avoid annoying them so they go and report you.

If you are doing it together then you can carefully plan what to use and how best to set it up. You do not want to obstruct your view, or your neighbours, as it is extra security to be able to see through to each other’s property in case help is needed.

If you are using wall toppings, and decide on plants, you need to use something very thorny to prevent anyone accessing your property over the top.

The only drawback is when you need to prune the plants. Always wear adequate protection, including goggles, to prevent injuries to yourselves.

The last thing you want is a thorn in your eye.

bad bush1Plants can be added above fences in boxes, with trellis to climb over. That way, they won’t obstruct the view, but will make it extremely difficult for anyone to climb over without serious injury.

Hedges are a deterrent, but they also offer protection to criminals who have found a way to get into your property, as they can then hide from neighbours or passers by.

An English rambling rose is also a good plant to use, and has the benefit of beautiful, abundant fragrant roses. The rose thorns are vicious to say the least and very copious, making it impenetrable.

Nothing is absolutely guaranteed to keep anyone off your property, especially if they come prepared. But the hassle they will have will give you ample time to summon help.

Bottom line is, do everything in your power to keep your family and property safe, even if it does mean extra work to prune and train plants correctly.

Why not contact us at Country Wide Walling to discuss your needs with our highly trained consultants. They will gladly advise, guide and assist you, or simply request a free quotation.

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