Country Wide Walling

Annie Rieck

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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Wall Maintenance

big treeAs walls are our security, it is a good idea to check them regularly for any damage.   Planting big trees too close to a wall can cause damage as the tree grows and the roots expand.   It is never a good idea to have big trees close to a property, thus circumventing the security your wall offers you.

Check regularly that nobody has tried to chip away at your wall to gain access and immediately have it repaired if you discover any damage.  Country Wide Walling incorporates steel reinforced modular components that interlock during the installation process, thus making them very strong and durable.

Permanent colour can be added during the manufacturing process which eliminates future painting of the walls, rendering exterior wallthem aesthetically pleasing for many years.

If you chose to paint your wall after installation, you need to check and repaint your walls when necessary to avoid them looking drab and dull and spoiling the look and feel of your property.

A good quality wall is both aesthetically pleasing and adds value to your property.   It also provides security and privacy.  Country Wide Walling manufacture and install many different types of wall, so you can choose what would best suit your needs.  

Whether it is plain concrete walls, concrete palisade fencing, or steel insert fencing, we are sure to have the right wall and design to meet your requirement. We have a range of designs and colours for you to choose from, so do not hesitate to contact us to discuss all your options and help you make the correct decision for your property, or request a free quotation.

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Common Problems with Painting Concrete Walls

Painting concrete walls can result in a few problems if the concrete wall has not cured. If the concrete cannot adequately cure before it is painted, the paint will trap the excess moisture within the concrete and the paint can peel some of the cement as it peels itself. Painting the concrete wall can also cause the plaster to not receive the water cure that it needs.

common problems

Cracks in the Wall

Before priming the wall, cracks in the concrete should be filled with a material that can withstand weather effects. If the wall plaster has a texture, then sealant should be of a matching texture. If it is not, bands of smooth surface can be seen through every coat of paint in a different contrast.

Coverage

If primer and paint is applied, it needs to be applied across the whole surface in order to have the best results. Once the primer has been applied and allowed to cure, the finish coat needs to be laid on in several thick coats. If not, the uniform color will not be attained and you will not achieve the look that is desired. Some projects do not have primer applied before the paint. Other projects may have had paint thinned so much that the coat is not even effective. This makes the wall look like it did not receive adequate coating.

Primer

In order to get the bond desired, the right primer will need to be applied to new concrete walls. This will prevent paint delamination also. There are some paints and primers in particular that needwall painting to be used together. Although cement plaster and concrete should have a coat of primer before the paint is applied, painters do not always prime concrete and plaster.

Delamination

Delamination is the process of paint peeling from a new concrete surface or cement plaster. Paint will delaminate from concrete just as it does from wood and metal. This is why the concrete wall needs to be well prepared and all application procedures need to be followed. Moisture from rain or from the concrete not curing will release from the concrete and cause cleaving.

Over Brushing the Paint

If a painter applies paint to the brown coat on cement plaster, the paint will serve as a bond breaker causing delamination. Plaster behind a coat of paint will turn soft if paint is not allowed to cure. Paint will keep the water from evaporating properly. Concrete walls need to be prepped and primed. Paint needs to be thick and not diluted.

Please contact Country Wide Walling for a free quotation today

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Stable Boundary Walls

cracksMany boundary walls are poorly built by people trying to cut costs, and not having the necessary experience and know-how skills base to build it safely.

A perimeter wall is built as a security feature to protect your family, and trying to cut costs and doing a poor job of constructing the wall can lead to it collapsing and seriously injuring a child or animal.   

If a wall falls on a child it can cost a lot of money for hospitalization and doctor’s fees.  This money would have been better invested in getting your security walls safely and professionally installed by Country Wide Walling.

Bad designs, poor foundations and also the lack of expansion joints and support pillars usually result in boundary walls developing dangerous cracks and/or collapsing.  

good boundary wallsWalls leaning over, or splitting apart or cracks in plaster, are all indications of a poorly constructed wall, and unfortunately, usually only become noticeable a long time after the builder has left the site.  You, as the homeowner believe you received a bargain priced wall, but the old saying “you get what you pay for” applies, and could lead to a loss of a lot more money should a child be badly injured with broken bones and a lengthy hospital stay.

If you are one of these homeowners, you need to keep a careful eye on the wall, and if any cracks appear, or the wall starts leaning over, it is best to pay urgent attention to the problem immediately, before anything serious happens.

The best solution is to tear the wall down, and have it professionally set up in order to not only provide security, but to avoid serious injury to a child, family member, or an animal.  In the end, this would be the safest, and most cost effective solution to a dodgy wall.

Always bear in mind that sound engineering principles also need to be applied to the design, manufacture and installation of boundary security walls.

Contact Country Wide Walling  today to discuss your requirements, and to determine what would be best for your property, or to request a free quotation.

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Which Wall Works Best?

whichwallSouth Africans, unlike the Europeans and Americans, really value their privacy and for this reason, and for security of course, we are prone to build high walls around our properties
However, although these walls offer privacy, are they really as secure as we think? Once inside the property, the privacy offered will often work in favour of the criminal.

Most South African homes are guarded by sturdy garden walls, some of which are even topped with razor wire or electric fencing. However, the privacy that these walls offer the home's residents can really work against them in the event of a break-in, as the privacy will also be enjoyed and leveraged by the burglar once he or she has gained access to the property in question. There is no doubt that a good garden wall can act as a deterrent to criminals, but there are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing a particular type of wall – there are many different types to choose from, each with their pros and cons:
Most South African homes are guarded by sturdy garden walls, some of which are even topped with razor wire or electric fencing. However, the privacy that these walls offer the home's residents can really work against them in the event of a break-in, as the privacy will also be enjoyed and leveraged by the burglar once he or she has gained access to the property in question. There is no doubt that a good garden wall can act as a deterrent to criminals, but there are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing a particular type of wall – there are many different types to choose from, each with their pros and cons:

Palisade fencing
If you can get over the lack of privacy, the security provided by palisade fencing is one of the most cost-effective ways of securing your property. The drawback of this type of fencing is that someone can dig beneath it and gain access to your property that way, as it does not go into the ground at all. To improve this situation, it is well worth your while to build a low wall beneath the fencing, this way the uprights can be installed into the wall and then the palisade can be erected above the bricks, giving you a relatively fool-proof system of security. If someone tries to climb over the wall, it will be obvious to neighbours and once they are in, they can easily be seen from the street.

concrete wallingPrefabricated concrete walling
This system is very good for homeowners looking to increase their privacy, as these walls can be erected in a very short time and for a relatively low cost. Once again, this system has its weaknesses – if you have an area of your wall covered by bush or you are in any way concealed from the neighbours or passersby, criminals can come by for a few days in a row and very cleverly bash out one or two panels near to the ground. Then they can wait for the right opportunity and crawl in underneath to gain access to your property. Once inside, the rest of the prefab wall will keep them covered. The best way to handle this problem with the least amount of expense, is to run a roll of razor wire along the bottom 70cm or so of the wall on the inside of your property. Install it and then plant a bed in front of it and allow an evergreen creeper of any sort to grow all over it to disguise it so that it won't be an eyesore.

Brick wall
If you are going to build a brick wall around your property, which is the most expensive route to go, then build a high wall. Get a qualified contractor to do the job, ensuring you have all the necessary plans drawn, as well as solid foundations and good damp-proofing. Nothing looks worse than a majestic garden wall with rising damp, destroying the paint work and plastering. At the driveway section, either build a lintel over the gate or opt for a tall gate to keep in style with the wall. Be sure to build the lintel high enough above the gate to allow delivery vehicles through, as building it too low can be a real inconvenience when you are moving or having items delivered to you. If the lintel is built too low, larger vans used for deliveries or moving will have to park outside, leaving the gate open during the process, allowing anyone to walk through during the loading/off-loading process.

Hedging
This kind of boundary "wall" takes a long time to grow and is usually grown over wire or palisade fencing. Before planting your hedge, make sure it is evergreen; otherwise your garden boundary will look ugly during the winter months. It is very good for privacy and just needs to be maintained regularly to be secure. If you buy a home with hedging on the boundary, before doing anything else, give it a good inspection for holes. Once you have secured it, keep it trimmed and well watered so it can become strong and healthy. It may seem to offer inferior security, but in reality, hedging is one of the most complicated kinds of walls to get over or through, especially if there is wire or palisade fencing at its core.

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We all love trees and fully grown leafy trees on the pavement offers a wonderful leafy suburban ambience. However, if any of the trees' branches hang over the wall, it is very important to trim them back or to cut them down. This is one of the easiest ways to gain entry to a property over any wall. All shrubs that are large enough to conceal a person should also be removed. This will protect you from the possibility of being attacked in your driveway by criminals who have been hiding behind these bushes waiting for your return. Put a few lights around the entrance to your property so as not to get any surprises when arriving home late at night. For extra piece of mind, most boundary fencing and walls can be made more secure by installing electric fencing along the entire length of the wall

Please call Country Wide Walling today for a free quotation for all your fencing needs.

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