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When to Replace Your Fence

rotIf you have a wooden fence, the repairs and upkeep costs can start to skyrocket as time goes by. There are signs to look out for, to indicate when replacing would be the better option.

Should your wooden fence be past it’s best years, and constantly in need of repair, take note of the signs, and invest in a fence which will last for many years without the problem of constant repairs and upkeep.

1. Rot
2. Warping
3. Damage
4. Leaning
5. Loose Fasteners
6. Discolouration

No matter how frequently you fix your fence, age and climate are a huge factor in determining the life of the fence.

need new fenceWhen the repair costs escalate and it costs more to keep repairing the fence than replacing it, then you know the fence has reached the end of it’s life time, and it would be more cost effective to replace it.

Investing in a prefab concrete fence or wall is a really good decision, and well worth the investment.

Although there are still people who prefer wooden fencing, they are not as long lasting as a good quality concrete prefab fence, or wall, that is coloured during the manufacturing process, so never needs to be repainted to keep it looking aesthetically pleasing.

It is a really good option to install concrete fencing, whether palisade, plain or a pleasing design, as the maintenance is nearly non-existent, therefore your initial investment is well worth the money.

If you would like to discuss your requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us and speak to one of our consultants, or, request a free quotation.

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Remove Algae, Mould from Walls or Fencing

AlgaeKeeping your boundary wall looking good is very important, as it is the first thing people see, and you want them to have a good impression of your property, especially if you are considering selling.

Besides rot, your fence can also be attacked by Algea, Fungas, Moss or Mould.

These can cause rot on wooden fences and do make concrete fencing or walling very unsightly.

There are various ways to remove this from your fencing, and we take a look at some of them to assist you to decide which method would best suit you.

All these growths thrive in similar environments, so you need to know what each is.

algae 2Algae is usually green and looks slimy when it is wet, and it is also slippery when wet.

Mould is a type of fungus and develops from airborne spores and usually grows in damp, warm conditions.

Moss has stems like a feathery house plant.

To clean and remove these from your walls and fences, you have choices on how to do it.

If you choose to manually remove this from your fence, then you can use a solution of 1 (one) part chlorine bleach to 3 (three) parts water.

You will need a good, stiff bristled brush.

Wet the wall and then use the brush and solution to vigorously scrub the area. Rinse off with plenty of clean water.

When bleach comes into contact with Algae or mould, it will immediately start to kill the cells, which can then be removed by vigorous scrubbing.

If necessary, repeat the process to ensure that all algae or fungus has been properly removed.

There are also commercial cleaners on the market if you would rather go that way.

Whatever method you choose, rinsing well with clean water is very important.

power washerThere is also a much easier method. Power Washing.

You can spray some of the bleach and water solution on the walls and then use the power washer to wash well. The pressure of the washer will remove any algae, mould or fungus from your walls far more easily.

Even though it is far easier to use a pressure washer, there will always be a lot of debris to clean up after you finish. If you find it is a bit too much to do alone, there is also the easy option.

Get a professional to do it for you, as they do know what to do each step of the way.

If you need to discuss your fencing options, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Prevention is Better than Cure

algae on wallIf you live in a hot, humid climate, with plenty of rain, chances are that your walls are exposed to too much dampness, which in turn gives algae and fungus, and even moss, a foothold to grow and spread.

There are ways to prevent and combat this.  

When your walls are erected, always make sure there is a good drainage system in place to prevent the water damming up against the walls.

Cleaning your walls regularly is a sure-fire method to prevent any algae or fungus attacking your walls.

Over time, algae can even discolour your walls, making them unsightly and spoiling their aesthetic beauty.

Do not allow grass, weeds, leaves, or any debris to build up next to the walls, as these will retain the water, which in turn will keep the walls damp, making them prone to algae and fungus attacks.

Avoid planting any shrubs close to the walls, as this will facilitate water retention, which in turn will keep the walls damp, thus encouraging algae and fungus growth.

Regular inspection, and cleaning of the walls, will ensure that any chips or cracks are quickly seen.  

wall with drainage panelChips and cracks are ideal conditions to give algae a foothold to grow, so always fix these as soon as possible.  This will also help in avoiding the expense of removing, or even having to replace badly effected areas on the walls.

There are wall designs which incorporate good drainage, and these are the best to erect in hot, humid and rainy areas.

Prevention is always better than cure.  If there is no algae, there is no need for a cure.

If you would like more information on good, quality concrete walls and fences, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us at Country Wide Walling, to speak to one of our consultants today.

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Commercial Property Security

perimeter securityIt is not only our homes that need to be walled to improve safety and security for our family and property. Our place of business also needs to be fenced in to provide security for our staff and business.

A good, quality perimeter wall will add to your security for your business premises, and, together with other security features, will heighten the safety of all who work for you.

You not only need a good design, but also the strength of a really well manufactured walling, or fencing system. Good, well operating gates are also necessary. Your business is your livelihood, so you do need to take extra care to avoid unfortunate incidents with potential criminals.

The lives of those employed by you are your responsibility, so installing the best possible security to protect them is of the utmost importance, and also ensures your employees can do their work, without any stress of attack. Here, in South Africa, we can no longer take any unnecessary risks with security.

perimeter security solutions 3To get the best for your commercial property, it is advisable that you contact a professional, to advise and guide you as to what would best suite your needs.

A good quality, well manufactured precast wall, or precast palisade is always your best option, and, together with strong, well made steel gates, will greatly enhance your security, and peace of mind.

Your security is your priority. Your satisfaction is ours.

If you would like to learn more, why not contact us at Country Wide Walling today, to speak to one of our highly trained, professional Consultants or request a free quotation today.  

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Precast Perimeter Fencing

precast boundary wall installationWhen deciding on fencing the perimeters of your property, it is good to keep in mind that Concrete Walling is the most cost-effective option, and is installed four times faster than other walling types, thus providing the security and privacy you require sooner.

Concrete walling is manufactured in a controlled environment, and is therefore uniformly of a high standard and good quality.

paintingPrecast walling is virtually maintenance free as is. You can, however, choose to have it coloured, either during the manufacturing stage, or sealed and painted to match the aesthetics of your property.

If you choose the latter option, you may need to repaint when the colour fades, or is damaged. Precast walls generally blend in well with the environment.

There are many designs and options to choose from, and it is always a good decision to discuss your requirements with a consultant, or specialist. We, at Country Wide Walling, take pride in our workmanship, and endeavour to give only the very best to our clients. We also give a two-year guarantee on our products.

To complete the security of your property, we will also install either steel swing gates, or steel sliding gates. This means you need have a contractor on site once only, and you will receive a complete all-round service.

Contact us today to request a free quotation, or to speak to one of our consultants, who will gladly assist you to make the right decision for your property.

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