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Boundary Wall Regulations in South Africa

surveyingBoundary walls and fences are probably the most controversial topic facing homeowners. There are laws that relate to boundary walls and fences, so you need to contact your local authority, to find out exactly what you can and cannot do.

All properties are surveyed, and pegged when land is zoned for residential use, and the two most important issues are the position of the boundary wall, and the ownership of them.

Although all properties are surveyed and pegged when land is zoned, the pegs are generally removed as soon as the land is built on.

This is the main reason that it is very important to ensure that the boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned.

wall footingShould there be a dispute at any stage between neighbours, it may be necessary to get a land surveyor to resurvey the property according to the official diagram that is lodged with the Surveyor General in Pretoria.

Building a wall on the boundary is possible without building plans, if you stick to the rules and regulations, and provided it is on your property. This will give you ownership of the wall.

Building the wall includes the foundations, which will be wider, and longer than the wall itself. If you erect it on your property…it is yours.

Your walls are also protected by law from any action which might threaten its stability, e.g. your neighbours may not dig down next to your wall on their side if there is any likelihood of the earth being washed away if there are heavy rains.

Should your neighbour wish to do some sort of excavation, they will need to erect a retaining wall, or some other structure which provides lateral support to the wall. By law, the retaining wall they erect will require the necessary plans.

Should you have any questions regarding boundary walls, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Perimeter Fencing for High-Security Protection

wall securityWith security our priority, and the first line of defence around our premises, boundary fence security is vitally important. 

Appropriate high-security fencing can act as an effective deterrent to would be criminal intruders.
In today’s continued criminal climate in South Africa, we need to be sure that we have done the best we can, to defend our properties and hard-earned goods.  We pay for whatever we have in our homes, so we need to make sure that we keep everything safe from free-loading shoppers with criminal intent.

With our perimeter fencing as our first line of defence, there are various options available to us, electric fencing, electronic surveillance, CCTV systems, razor wire, etc.  In most cases we need a combination of these options to give us relative peace of mind.

Boundary security is necessary for the following reasons:

1.      Deters some intruders from gaining access
2.      Is off-putting to some would-be intruders
3.    Detects determined intruders when they attempt to access your property or try to remove anything.
4.    Delays and aids in apprehending would-be intruders

Pitfalls to Avoid

There are a few common pitfalls we can avoid to ensure our safety. trees 

  • Always repair holes, as they provide easy access.  
  • Have no trees close to fencing as they can be used to climb over the fencing. 
  • Do not leave rubbish bins out on the pavement, as they provide aid in climbing over fencing.
  • Make sure you do regular checks to make sure that nobody is secretly digging a hole under your fencing, or that someone is chipping away at your walls, bit by bit, and make sure that trees are cut back to avoid easy access if you do have them close to walls or fencing. 

The best remedy for trees is to remove them and only plant at a safe distance from all boundary security.  Plant prickly plants like the fire thorn at the base of your walling or fence, they are not plants to mess with.

Should you notice any of these things, it is wise to get it all sorted out quickly so as not to compromise all your security.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss which options are best for you, or to request a free quotation.

 

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Crime Prevention Boundary Protection

fire thornThere are many ways to make it difficult for criminals to access your property.   You need to make it as unattractive a prospect as possible.

Boundary fences need to be high and of good quality with a topping that will deter anyone from attempting to climb over.  

A good perimeter wall would be a low wall with palisades so that there is no place for an intruder to hide if they do get in.   Topping the palisades with spikes is a good idea and an extra deterrent.

Wall foundations need to be deep too, to prevent anyone digging their way in. If you need to allow for runoff water, pipes can be built into the bottom of the walls at intervals.

An excellent deterrent is to have a trellis on the top of the fence and a thorny plant growing over the trellis.   Nobody likes their hands cut to pieces, or the pain of the thorns digging in deep.  Prickly bushes and hedges around your garden can also act as a deterrent.

pyrancantha firethornTrellis won’t support weight, and besides being noisy when it breaks, it will also bring the thorny plant down on whoever is trying to climb over, and can cause some real bad damage to a would be criminal.

Pyrocanthus (aka fire thorn) is a good option, but takes a bit of time to grow properly.   A rambling rose is also good.  It is thorny but has the advantage of aesthetic appeal when blooming.

The only drawback to these plants is that they will need to be pruned to keep them looking good, but is still a small price to pay for security.

This is another idea to keep you safe and protect your property.

To discuss what would be best for you, please do not hesitate to contact us, or to request a free quotation.

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Tips on Choosing a Colour to Paint your Boundary Fence

When completing a new landscape you need to consider the impact of your boundary fences. Your garden will look its best if paling fences are painted. But getting the right colour is essential.

choosingcolourIdeally you want your fence colour to tie into your new landscape and make the garden and boundary more attractive. It is an area that is worthy of some consideration, get the wrong colour and it can make your yard look really small, lighter colours tend to have this effect as they don’t create depth.

These few tips will make selecting a fence colour easier:

  • A key feature of painting a fence is to make the foliage of your plants stand out more. So it’s best to avoid any colour that is too similar to your plant colours.
  • Light colours and warm colours visually move forwards, so avoid using these types of colours for your boundary fence as it will make your yard look a lot smaller, visually bringing it in.
  • Dark colours are often best; they won’t make an area feel small because they make green foliage stand out more giving added dimension, interest and depth to your yard.
  • You don’t want your fence to become the feature of your garden, avoid bold bright colours these are best used on an exterior feature wall to draw attention. When used on a fence it takes focus off the beautiful vibrant coloured plants and flowers.
  • Remember when using colours outside in full sun they appear a lot lighter and the undertone of the colour can look far more dominant.
  • Test sample colours on your fence, but make sure you put them behind some foliage to get a feel for what they will look like.

If you are unsure, black is best it will create the perfect backdrop for green foliage and colourful plants and flowers. It will create depth, interest and drama to your yard making it look larger and more attractive.

Contact Country Wide Walling for a free quotation and give your property value a boost

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Your Decision to Make

cement wall prison barbwireEach morning we are faced with decisions to make as we start a new day.

One important decision we need to make regarding the safety of our property and family, it what type of boundary wall or fence to erect.

There are so many options that it carod iron fencesn be really confusing, but if you speak to a professional company like Country Wide Walling, it will assist you greatly in making the best decision for your property and family.

Your boundary wall or fence is the first impression people get of your property. Make it a good one.

You want your property to be aesthetically beautiful as it also adds value to your property should you wish to sell.

By installing a good, secure wall or fence it will aid in keeping your property and family safe and secure and ensure you have peace of mind.

Country Wide Walling can offer a number of options to you, and if you discuss the options with one of our highly trained professional consultants, they can assist you in making the right decision at a price you can afford.

No matter what type of wall you are seeking, why not contact us today to discuss your requirements or to request a free quotation.

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