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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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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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Remove Algae, Mould from Walls or Fencing

AlgaeKeeping your boundary wall looking good is very important, as it is the first thing people see, and you want them to have a good impression of your property, especially if you are considering selling.

Besides rot, your fence can also be attacked by Algea, Fungas, Moss or Mould.

These can cause rot on wooden fences and do make concrete fencing or walling very unsightly.

There are various ways to remove this from your fencing, and we take a look at some of them to assist you to decide which method would best suit you.

All these growths thrive in similar environments, so you need to know what each is.

algae 2Algae is usually green and looks slimy when it is wet, and it is also slippery when wet.

Mould is a type of fungus and develops from airborne spores and usually grows in damp, warm conditions.

Moss has stems like a feathery house plant.

To clean and remove these from your walls and fences, you have choices on how to do it.

If you choose to manually remove this from your fence, then you can use a solution of 1 (one) part chlorine bleach to 3 (three) parts water.

You will need a good, stiff bristled brush.

Wet the wall and then use the brush and solution to vigorously scrub the area. Rinse off with plenty of clean water.

When bleach comes into contact with Algae or mould, it will immediately start to kill the cells, which can then be removed by vigorous scrubbing.

If necessary, repeat the process to ensure that all algae or fungus has been properly removed.

There are also commercial cleaners on the market if you would rather go that way.

Whatever method you choose, rinsing well with clean water is very important.

power washerThere is also a much easier method. Power Washing.

You can spray some of the bleach and water solution on the walls and then use the power washer to wash well. The pressure of the washer will remove any algae, mould or fungus from your walls far more easily.

Even though it is far easier to use a pressure washer, there will always be a lot of debris to clean up after you finish. If you find it is a bit too much to do alone, there is also the easy option.

Get a professional to do it for you, as they do know what to do each step of the way.

If you need to discuss your fencing options, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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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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