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Strategic Planning

planning a wallBoundary walls and fences must be strategically planned to give you the best security you can get for your business or home.

You need to ensure that boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned. Usually neighbours will share the costs involved in erecting a boundary wall or fence, but there are times when one neighbour will refuse to have anything to do with erecting the wall or fence between the two properties.

Make sure that you then erect the wall or fence on your own property. You may need to bring in a surveyor, as the pegs from the original surveyed land will have been removed.

You will still be able to erect your wall or fence, the only requirement will be that you erect it on YOUR property only. In no way must it encroach on an unwilling neighbour’s property, and that includes the foundation which is wider and longer than the wall itself.

The wall or fence will then belong to you only..

Your neighbour is prohibited from doing anything on his side which may threaten the stability of the wall or fence. For instance, he/she may not dig down next to your wall on their side if it will weaken or threaten the stability of the wall.

Should they wish to do some sort of excavation on their side, they will have to erect a retaining wall, or some other structure that will provide lateral support to the wall. A retaining wall will require plans

bad neighbourShould ownership be shared, then the wall will be erected on the boundary of both properties, and all costs will be shared equally. Ownership will also be shared equally.

The ideal foundation should be 1,5m deep and wider than the wall or fence, so that it can provide a strong support for the wall or fence, and it is also an excellent deterrent to anyone attempting to dig under the fence or wall to breach either property.

It is always better to plan well before implementing, as it helps in avoiding any errors which can prove costly if mistakes are made, and the wall or fence has to be broken down and replaced.

If you need advice, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our expert consultants will gladly assist you.

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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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Raising Boundary Walls

Plain Precast WallingA boundary wall is a must-have today, and we need make sure to inspect the walls regularly to ensure that it is always in pristine condition.   Walls need to be kept clean and free of any debris which can accumulate and cause fungus to form and spoil the aesthetic beauty of your walls.

If you have a wall that is painted, then repainting once a year is a sure way to keep it looking beautiful.

If you have a concrete boundary wall that has become sunken, the reason could be that the wall was constructed over poorly compacted soil and stone, making it susceptible to settling over time.  

It is therefore recommended that walls be erected by a professional company such as Country Wide Walling, to ensure a proper foundation is laid for your boundary walls to avoid expensive problems occurring over time.

damaged wallingAs the walls sink and crack and joints open, it leaves it open to water penetration which over time erodes the base material, and makes is more susceptible to damage.   

A wall that has sunken more than 200mm would most probably have to be replaced, which is an unnecessary expense, which could have been avoided if the fence or wall was properly and professionally installed.

A fence that has not sunken less than 200mm can be raised and stabilized.  Country Wide Walling specialize in the raising of walls, and are professionals in their field of expertise.

Why not contact us today for more information, to discuss your best options, 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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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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