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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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Electrified palisade fences

electrified palisadeAn electrified palisade fence is a steel or aluminium palisade fence used as a defensive barrier for the protection of property, particularly in isolated regions.

Typical construction

Electrified palisade fences are usually made from painted mild steel, galvanized steel, stainless steel or aluminium. Typically the fences are 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in). All electric fences have energisers which send high voltage electric pulses through the palisade, usually at a frequency of 1 Hertz (one pulse per second).

Uses

The two most common uses of electrified palisade fencing is in protecting isolated property and in the defence of high security facilities. Palisade electric fences are used in most countries, particularly where there is little vegetation to short circuit the fence or where the costs of security personnel is high in relation to automated security equipment.

Isolated property is vulneelectrified fencingrable in that it is difficult or time consuming to send security personnel to respond and so must be self sufficient with an automated security system. The electric pulse is a strong deterrent for criminals, while the palisade fence is mechanically stronger than a typical steel cable electric fence being able to withstand impact from wildlife, small falling trees and wildfires.

South Africa

Due to the high levels of crime in South Africa, it is common for residential houses to have perimeter defences. The City of Johannesburg promotes the use of palisade fencing over opaque, usually brick, walls as criminals cannot hide as easily behind the fence. In the City of Johannesburg manual on safety one can read about best practices and maintenance of palisade fencing, such as not growing vegetation in front of palisades as this allows criminals to make an unseen breach.

For a free quotation, please contact Country Wide Walling.

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