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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.

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Safe and Stable Boundary Walls and Fences

BrickFrostDamageBoundary walls and fences need to be properly erected to avoid falling and causing serious damage to people, even broken bones.

Foundations need to be deep and strong, sufficient expansion joints and piers (support pillars) need to be erected, as walls can develop unsightly and at times, dangerous cracks.

Free standing boundary walls and fences should be carefully checked to ensure that they are stable and well constructed.

A free standing wall without the necessary support will start to lean and be unstable, and have unsightly cracks, and will need urgent attention to avoid disaster.

Sometimes people try to cut costs and just hire builders at random to erect their walls and fences. Without a proper skills base and inadequate budget, the chances are that you will have to pull down the walls and have proper, safe fencing or walling erected.

boundary walls designIn the long run it is better to get professionals like Country Wide Walling to erect your walls and fences, and in so doing, saving all the hassle and expense of having to tear down an unsteady wall or fence, and redo it.

Poorly built walls will soon be noticeable, but by then the builder will have left the site. Cracks in plaster, or walls splitting or leaning over, are not what you want or need. What you thought is a bargain, will now cost you a whole lot more.

Remember the old saying “you get what you pay for”.

This sure applies to badly constructed walling or fencing, with little or no foundation or support.

Do not take chances with the safety or security of your family, contact us at Country Wide Walling today, to discuss what would be best for you, your family and your property, or for 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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Happy New Year 2020

happy new yearWISHING  ALL OUR CLIENTS, FRIENDS AND FUTURE CLIENTS A HAPPY AND SAFE 2020!  

Every New Year begins with “out with the old and in with the new!” That’s appropriate with a lot of things but not safety.

So, this New Year’s, your resolutions should include a promise from yourself to your family, and others that you will do everything possible to protect everyone at work and at home. Keep that promise just one day at a time and pretty soon the year 2020 will go by as another safe year.

Along with all the new hopes and promises that the New Year brings, Hope it also brings us a lot more opportunities to work together to ensure your family, home and business is safe and secure.

Anti Climb Rotator SpikesWe all know that South Africa is experiencing a surge in crime, so we need to go to any lengths to protect what is precious to us.

Perimeter Fencing is always a first priority to prevent unwanted access to your home or business.  An important aspect of perimeter fencing should be to avoid giving criminals easy access to your property by not ensuring the footing of your perimeter fence is deep enough to avoid them digging under them.

Fencing can be supplemented with razer wire, electric wire and other options like cameras etc., to make it less alluring to would be criminal elements,

You would do well to also ensure no hiding places for criminals should they gain access to your property.  If your perimeter fencing is see-through then people on the outside will be able to see what is going on inside your property and whether there is anyone there who should not be there.

We advise that you speak to one of our highly trained consultants to discuss what would best suit your property to ensure your safety.

Please do not hesitate to contact us today to discuss your requirements or to request a free quotation.

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Perimeter Security Fencing

security wallSecuring our properties with good security fencing is now a prerequisite in South Africa.   We are all aware of the high crime rate, and to keep our family and property safe is our number one priority.

High boundary walls seem to be the best option, but do you know, criminals love high walls.  They can scale the walls and enter your property, and once there they are invisible to neighbours and passers-by.  

Having a low wall with steel palisade fencing inserts is a good option, although it does limit your privacy if that is your main concern.  The low wall will prevent small children and animals from wandering out into the streets, and the palisade will give you a perfect few of all passers-by and anyone attempting to enter, and if you have devils fork razor wire or electric wiring on top, it will be a good deterrent.

A solid wall is not a deterrent to criminals, unless you have electric wiring or razor wire at the top to stop thempalisade climbing over.  There are many options for secure boundary fencing, and we need to explore each option before making a decision as to which fencing is best suited to our needs.   

It is always a good idea to make provision for 100mm drainage pipes every few metres to provide drainage for surplus groundwater that might otherwise dam up behind the wall.  Drainage pipes are very good, especially in high rainfall areas.

If you have any queries, or would like a free quotation, please contact us today.

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