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Installing a Boundary Wall

house without boundary wallsIf you buy or build a home, one of the most important things to do, is install a boundary wall, to protect not only your property, but also your family and possessions, as the crime rate in South Africa is very high. There is not a day goes by without hearing about attacks, or break-ins.

A boundary wall that is professionally installed, will act as a deterrent to would be intruders, and make it far more difficult for them to access your property.

With the right guidelines you will be able to install your boundary wall and have peace of mind, and the protection you so desire. We, at Country Wide Walling, will guide you to make the correct choice for your property. Our consultants are standing by to assist you in any way possible. Our goal is to always go above, and beyond what clients expect, and their satisfaction is our priority.

foundationThere are many things to take into account before building a boundary wall, e.g. design and materials. A boundary wall should always have a good, deep and solid foundation to prevent anyone from digging under it to gain access to your property.

A good foundation should be around 1.5 m deep, and wider than the wall itself.

The height of the wall is also important, as there are rules as regards height allowed in built up areas.

If you are living in a high rainfall area, the wall could become cracked, which would lead to it coming down and possibly seriously injuring someone, if there is no foundation to protect it from the ground being washed away by excess rain.

The best solution to avoid disaster, is to consult with a professional to get guidelines and advice.

Your decision to contact us at Country Wide Walling, could be the best decision you will ever make, to give you the protection you need to safeguard your property and family and give you peace of mind.

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Boundary Walls are Important

house without border fenceIf you are the proud owner of your own property or business, then you should bear in mind that it is very important to erect a good, quality boundary fence, to protect it from unwanted visitors, and to keep your children and animals safe from wandering out into traffic.

There are various designs and options from which you can choose. Boundary walls are not unsightly, and choosing your own, unique design will be both aesthetically pleasing, as well as protecting your family, business or home.

You are free to choose from a variety of options available to you, and receive the best quality available.

Here at Country Wide Walling, our aim is to go above and beyond what a client is expecting, and give them the best service and walling possible.

security fenceYou have to bear in mind, also, that there are restrictions as to height of walling. If you do not adhere to the rules, you could be fined and forced to break down the walls, and lose all the money you invested. Do it right the first time. Our consultants are fully trained and will assist you, and guide you into making the correct choices that will suite your individual requirements.

Whether you choose steel palisades, or concrete for your boundary walls, Country Wide Walling can assist you, and you can rest assured that you will have the best protection available.

If you have no boundary fencing, you should most definitely be thinking about having one installed, not just for the aesthetic appeal, but for the safety and security of your property and family.

Boundary walls need to be properly installed, to add to your safety. You do not want a slap dash installation, which could collapse and cause serious injury or even death to a loved one.

Take the time today, contact us at Country Wide Walling and discuss with our consultants what you would like to have installed, or get a free quotation.

Your family depend on you for their safety.

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Boundary Wall Elements

damaged by dampThere are many things we need to take into account when we decide to erect a boundary wall for security for our property and family. A well-built wall is a huge asset, and deterrent to would be criminals, and is our first line of defence.

The most important elements to consider when installing a new boundary wall are:

1. The Design
2. Foundations
3. Whether it is also a retaining wall
4. Adequate expansion joints
5. Drainage
6. Damp

As boundary walls are normally “free-standing”, and not part of a structure, e.g. a house, where the connected walls are self-bracing, the boundary walls are normally built without damp proof, to improve the bond between the foundation and the free-standing wall.

This often results in rising damp seen low down on plastered and painted boundary walls.

above soil levelIf you use harder, high density bricks for the lower courses, up to 150 mm above ground level, and keep the plaster above the soil, it will help prevent the damp from easily penetrating.

The water absorption of the bricks should not be more than 7%.

Concrete Palisade is a very good option to use where excess water is a problem, as it does not rust as steel would, and would also allow the water through and not keep it building up as a solid wall would do.

Keeping the plaster above the soil level will prevent it acting as a wick and drawing the water up into the upper wall. A good, solid foundation, at least 1.5 meters deep will add to the strength and stability of your wall.

To discuss your options and requirements, or to request a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our consultants will gladly assist you.

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Safe and Stable Boundary Walls and Fences

BrickFrostDamageBoundary walls and fences need to be properly erected to avoid falling and causing serious damage to people, even broken bones.

Foundations need to be deep and strong, sufficient expansion joints and piers (support pillars) need to be erected, as walls can develop unsightly and at times, dangerous cracks.

Free standing boundary walls and fences should be carefully checked to ensure that they are stable and well constructed.

A free standing wall without the necessary support will start to lean and be unstable, and have unsightly cracks, and will need urgent attention to avoid disaster.

Sometimes people try to cut costs and just hire builders at random to erect their walls and fences. Without a proper skills base and inadequate budget, the chances are that you will have to pull down the walls and have proper, safe fencing or walling erected.

boundary walls designIn the long run it is better to get professionals like Country Wide Walling to erect your walls and fences, and in so doing, saving all the hassle and expense of having to tear down an unsteady wall or fence, and redo it.

Poorly built walls will soon be noticeable, but by then the builder will have left the site. Cracks in plaster, or walls splitting or leaning over, are not what you want or need. What you thought is a bargain, will now cost you a whole lot more.

Remember the old saying “you get what you pay for”.

This sure applies to badly constructed walling or fencing, with little or no foundation or support.

Do not take chances with the safety or security of your family, contact us at Country Wide Walling today, to discuss what would be best for you, your family and your property, or for a free quotation.

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Foundations

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What You'll Need

•    Power washer
•    Bleach or mildewcide
•    Scraper
•    Wire brush
•    Safety goggles
•    Gloves
•    Face mask
•    Tri-sodium phosphate
•    Plastic bucket
•    Scrub brush
•    Concrete patch
•    Paint
•    Floor texture
•    Brush cleaner
•    Primer/sealer
•    Tape
•    Plastic wrap
•    Brush
•    Roller
•    Roller covers

You can use a fresh coat of paint to bring new life to an old basement, an exterior masonry wall, brick, or even a garage floor. With proper preparation, painting surfaces like these can be simple, and the end result will be worth the effort.

Step 1 - Clean the Surface

As with most painting projects, preparation is the biggest key to your success. If at all possible, ppressure washingower wash the surface first. This is the fastest and easiest way to remove old paint and any debris that will interfere with new paint. Use the power washer with some bleach or mildewcide if there is mold or algae present. However, you may be working inside, or in a place where the mess of a power washer isn't appropriate. If that’s the case, tackle cleaning with a scraper and a wire brush instead.

After all of the loose paint and debris has been removed, make sure that the substrate is clean. Any oil or grease on the masonry surface will bleed through the paint, causing discoloration, and possibly interfering with the longevity of the paint job. Use tri-sodium phosphate, also simply known as TSP, to clean the concrete surface before applying any product. Put on safety goggles, gloves, and a face mask; then, mix your TSP cleaner in a bucket according to the manufacturer’s instructions and scrub it onto the surface with a scrub brush to remove any grease or oil and ensure that your paint will stick well.

Step 2 - Make Any Repairs

Ireparing concretef you have any defects in the surface to repair, use a simple, ready-mix concrete patch to fix them after you clean. Refer to the manufacturer's recommendations when trying to assess how long the patch should dry before being painted.

Step 3 - Select Your Paint

When choosing your paint, the most important thing to keep in mind is location. Where is the paint going to be applied? When you’ll want to use interior over exterior paint—or vice versa—is fairly self-explanatory. Many manufacturers actually do make specific masonry paints, and some are even designated as floor paints, so you shouldn't have a hard time finding what you need if you pay attention. There are also additives for your floor paint that can give it some texture or grip. This material is inexpensive and doesn't change the color but does prevent the slips that can occur when wet feet hit a slippery floor. Some kits also come with decorative chips that are added as the paint is applied.
If you are using an oil-based paint and primer, you will need mineral spirits or paint thinner to clean your brushes, and most likely yourself.

Step 4 - Seal and Prime

Almost any masonry surface needs to be both sealed and primed before the paint is applied. The sealer is often clear, but keeps moisture from coming through the concrete. This is especially true in basements, which tend to hold moisture anyway. If you are not sure whether your basement has been sealed or not, tape all four sides of a square of plastic kitchen wrap onto the floor and leave it for 24 hours. If the floor hasn't been sealed, you will see condensed water between the plastic wrap and the floor that has evaporated up through the concrete. Check with a paint store or your local home improvement store’s paint department when selecting your products. Buy a quality masonry sealer and a primer that complements it. Use the two-step process of sealing and priming to build a strong, water-resistant foundation for your paint.

Step 5 - Paint the Surface

After your sealer and primer coats are completely dry, apply the paint. Use a paint brush to do detail work such as around windows and trim or baseboards. You alsopainting conrete wall need a brush for cutting in along the walls when painting a floor. A roller can be used to do the bulk of the painting, but make sure to read the manufacturer's recommendations as to what size nap to use. At least 3/4-inch or one-inch nap is recommended. Buy at least three roller covers, one each for the sealer, primer, and paint.

Apply several thin coats, rather than trying to apply one very thick coat, as paint actually forms a harder surface when thin coats are laid on top of each other. One thick coat often results in a gummy or soft surface. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly; this is often called “curing.” It means that the paint has dried through all the layers down to the original surface. Paint dries to different thicknesses, or “mils,” depending on its sheen and makeup. The thicker the mil of the paint, the longer this process can take. Paint applied to floors or walls in basements may have a longer curing cycle.

After your final coat of paint is applied, allow the paint to cure for the recommended time. If the paint is on the floor and you don't let it dry long enough, it may dry with footprints that will never go away.
Painting a masonry or concrete surface, be it walls or floors, inside or out, can give new life to your home. A space that may once have been dank and dirty can now be bright and clean. You can actually increase the amount of livable space you have just by adding some paint.

Contact Country Wide Walling for a free quotation

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