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Dry Rot

dry rotWe have discussed the damage that wet rot can do to a fence, but that is not the only rot to attack a wooden fence.

There is also dry rot.

The loss of protective oils over the wood surface cause the wood to dry out and become flaky and brittle, which causes your fence to fall apart.

This is called dry rot.

Your fence is exposed to sun and wind and all types of weather conditions, though exposure to especially sun is more of a problem, as all the oils on the wood get dried out and cause dry rot to take over.

To protect your fence, you need to stain it at least once a year, to replace protective oils, and prevent the fence from drying out.

power washing wooden fenceBy regularly cleaning your fence you are helping to prevent rot from attacking, thus adding years to the life of the fence.

Although it is not the most pleasant job, it does help in preventing rot. Investing time on your fence will help to lengthen the lifespan.

A high-pressure washer set on a low setting can successfully be used to wash away dirt, grime, leaves etc., This must be done regularly to protect the fence from rot.

If a fence is badly affected by dry rot, patches will start flaking and falling off. Before you can stain the fence, it has to be totally dry, and, if necessary, the sections badly affected by the rot must be removed and replaced.

Although a wooden fence is less expensive than a concrete one, in the long run, a good quality concrete prefab fence is a far better option, not only for security, but because it adds value to your property.

If your fence is badly damaged by rot, there is no other option than to replace it, and a good option would be to invest in a precast concrete fence, or wall.

If you would like more information about good, quality concrete fencing, please feel free to contact us at Country Wide Walling, to discuss your options with one of our highly trained consultants, or to request a free quotation.

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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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More Palisade Security Options

colourful palisadesPalisade fencing need not be off-putting to you because of aesthetic appeal.  There is always the option of good, thorny plants to plant at the base of the palisade to provide even more appeal and security.

Fire-thorn is always a good option for extra security, as nobody wants to mess with those thorns, but be careful if you have small children or animals, as the thorns can really be very mean, and cause pretty serious injury.

An English rambling rose is also good as it will give blooms annually and be beautiful to look at, even though the thorns can cause injury to anyone trying to climb the fence.

firethorn pyracantha berriesEuphorbia Milii or Crown of thorns is also a good deterrent.  It is a succulent, climbing shrub which can grow to 1.8m in height and has densely spiny stems.   The flowers are very pretty and come in red, pink or white, and up to 12mm wide, so it offers a very aesthetic appeal.

The sap, however is moderately poisonous, and causes irritation on contact with skin or eyes.  It causes severe stomach pain if ingested, as well as irritation of the throat and mouth, and vomiting.  No intruder would want to mess with this plant, as it can have serious consequences.

If you should use any of these plants to increase your security, make sure you wear goggles and thick gloves if you need to do any pruning of the shrubs.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements, our consultants will gladly assist you, or request a free quotation.

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Easy ideas for perimeter walls

perimeter-wallToday’s homeowner has a wide choice of options to choose from when building perimeter walls to add privacy to a garden. Why settle for ordinary when you have the alternative to add extra appeal to your home and garden.

In a country that values its privacy and security, South Africans have adopted the practice of building high walls to offer a way to escape from high crime. While high boundary walls may act as a deterrent and offer a sense of security, they also offer a would-be burglar with the privacy they need should they gain access to the property.
We may not ever reach the stage where we can enjoy the freedom experienced in other countries, but there are a variety of modern walling solutions that offer privacy and add curb appeal while still offering a level of security, without making a homeowner feel that he is trapped behind high walls.

A common sight around many homes, vibracrete or precast concrete walls have been a fast and affordable solution for enclosing a property. Cast concrete panels are supported via concrete pillars to provide both privacy and a level of security.boundary perimeter walls Nowadays you will find more attractive alternatives to the plain concrete slabs with the introduction of more decorative concrete panels and pillars.

The realistic stone effect can be manufactured in a variety of patterns to match almost any architectural style and can be customised to a specific height, or to accommodate timber or steel fencing.

Pallisade walling, whether concrete or steel, allows you to secure the boundary of a property without the need for high walls. If the area on both sides of the fence is kept free of obstructions, palisade walling or fencing offers another level of security, since would-be burglars have no place to hide.

palisadeIf you are looking at this option for walling around your property, consider the alternative of having a concrete apron or base laid at the base of the fence. This rules out the possibility of being able to dig out underneath to gain access. Alternatively, have the palisade fence fitted on top of a concrete or brick wall.

While concrete palisades offer a more affordable alternative to steel fencing, they are not as attractive. However, for the lazy homeowner they do require less maintenance.

Face brick walls, while one of the more expensive solutions for a home, are also one of the most popular choices, especially when matching walls to face brick exteriors. When properly built, a face brick wall requires no maintenance and is a solution to property walls.

However, with a face brick wall you have the option to tackle this as a do-it-yourself project, or have a professional contractor do the job for you. If you do plan to do this as a DIY project, ensure that you follow building regulations as concerns height and width, and allow for solid foundations, damp-proofing and brick course reinforcement. When built properly a face brick wall is a maintenance-free.

The popularity of timber fencing for boundary walls, particularly at the front of a property, is a growing trend as homeowners look for alternatives to brick or precast walls. Timber fencing might require more maintenance to keep it looking good, but there’s no denying that is also adds timeless style and curb appeal to any home exterior.

BELOW: Sourcing reclaimed timber for use as a fencing material will cut down on the cost if you decide to opt for a timber boundary fence. Salvage yards, auction and online sales are the places to watch for these materials.

woodIf you decide to go with the option of timber fencing, look at timber species offered for the construction and how much maintenance each species requires.

Gabions are another walling option that is growing in popularity. Again, not a cheap option but definitely one that adds curb appeal and can be incorporated into walling in so many ways.
Gabions are wire baskets filled with pebbles, rocks or stones that are stacked on top of each other to construct an extremely dry-packed stone wall. When used as retaining walls the gabions allow natural drainage without loss of strength.

Gabion baskets are available locally for the homeowner who wants to look at this as a DIY option, while several companies offer full installation services for the discerning homeowner. Not an inexpensive alternative by any means, a gabion wall is, however, distinctive and aesthetically pleasing. Installers offer a choice of rock fill, giving the homeowner the option to create a natural landscape, while some can be filled with recycled materials, or planted up with moss and soil and planted with succulents to create a soft landscaping effect

BELOW: To bring down the cost of installing a gabion wall, consider using gabions only for the lower section and installing bamboo or pole fencing for privacy at the top.

gabionBELOW: There are many ways to soften concrete or plaster walls. Plant a screen of elegant bamboo plants.

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For all your boundary wall needs, please contact Country Wide Walling today

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Which style of fencing best suits my needs?

concrete fencingThe style of fence you choose will depend on the function(s) you want it to perform. So when shopping around ask yourself what is the main thing you’re trying to achieve with your fence and gate? Is privacy a top concern? Do you need high security or just a decorative boundary? If it is decorative then what look are you going for, what architectural style do you need to match your home? Here we’ll take a look at some of these requirements and suitable styles to achieve the right look or function.

Aesthetics & Design

fencing for modern australian architecture

As mentioned above, if your fencing is mainly for aesthetics – a decorative way to mark the boundary around your property, then you want to make sure you get the look right and blend the fence into the design of your home. Below are some common home styles around Perth and what we think are good matching fencing styles:

Modern Australian Architecture

Most of the newer homes being built around Perth suburbs have a modern, minimalist external design, often with clean colour blocks and geometric shapes.

These homes look best when paired with equally contemporary fencing. Powdercoated coloured slat or panel fencing looks fab surrounding modern homes, as do some of the simpler tubular aluminium styles, such as ‘Modern’ or ‘Caulfield’ fencing or infills.

Pease contact Country Wide Walling for a free quotation on all your walling requirements.

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