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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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What is With All the Noise Pollution?

Do you live in a noisy neighborhood? Concrete fences could be your solution to peace and quiet..

Country Wide Walling concrete precast palisade fencing and retaining wall in the east rand. 3It is about time to turn down the volume! Noise pollution has been a major concern of health deterioration due to restlessness and sleeplessness. We should not have to compromise our quality of life to bear with our noisy neighbors. Whether you live near a school zone, construction site, high traffic area, or any areas with excessive noise, precast concrete walls are the most effective methods of cutting down the noise! By reading this article you will understand what you can do to reduce the level of intrusive noise entering your home.

To begin, let’s understand the nature of sound waves. Sound waves are very similar to water, as it would bounce off objects and flow through holes. For instance, sound waves from cars zipping pass your home would bounce off your drive way and flow through the window that you have opened in your living room. However, unlike water, sound waves can also pass through objects that are thin and uncompressed. This means, even if you had closed your window, sound waves, that are strong enough, could also pass through your drywalls and enter your home without an invitation! We recommend using dense objects materials such as concrete to absorb or reflect sound from entering your home. Another rule to remember how sound waves travel is the “line of sight”. If the source creating the sound is in your sight, then you’ll be able to hear it! This means if you live on a hill, you may want to build a taller wall!

An important factor to look at is sound wave intensity, which is measured in decibels. The loudness of sound generally doubles when sound is increased by 10 dB. According to Harvard Medical School Health Letter, studies have shown prolonged exposure to 85 or more decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. More importantly, physiological damage can also occur at lower levels! The following chart illustrates the intensity of sound at factors of 10 dB:

0 – 1 dB
Faintest sound that can be heard
30 dB
Quiet conversation, soft whisper, quiet suburb
40 dB
Many computer hard drives range an average of 40-50 dB, soft whisper [five feet]
50 dB
Light traffic at a distance of 100 feet
60 dB
Conversation at one meter, or average street traffic at 100 feet
70 dB
TV, noisy restaurant [constant exposure], busy traffic [at one meter]
80 dB
Heavy city traffic [25-50 feet], alarm clock at two feet
90 dB
Pneumatic drill [or hammer] at one meter
130 dB
Sound vibrations felt, thunder or near a four-engine jet at thirty meters
140 dB
Gunshot blast, or jet plane take-off at close range [approximately 200 feet]

Chart: Correlations of dB levels to causality of noise.

In Canada and the United States, the maximum permitted noise exposures level for 8 hours are within 80 dB to 90 dB depending on which province or state you live in. At 80 dB, heavy city traffic is one of the most pervasive unwanted noises transmitted to residential homes! When noise pollution hit your front lawn, precast concrete fences may be an ideal solution for noise abatement to your ears.

According to National Precast Concrete Association, “concrete’s greater mass reduces sound penetrating through a wall by more than 80% compared with wood or steel frame construction”. With this being said, precast concrete walls will surely provide you the peace and quiet that you’ve been aching for. Finally, before you head out to build your precast concrete wall you may want to consider the following points:

* Understand where most intrusive noise are coming from

* Decide on the level of decibels reduction you want your sound barriers to have (not all walls provide equal noise reduction)

* Understand the maximum permissible height that you can build your sound barrier (ranges differently in each province/state, check with your municipality)

* Determine the thickness of your sound barrier (thickness usually equates with price)

* Determine the design your sound barrier (some precast concrete fences have holes, which would not be ideal in reducing noise level)

Sources:

http://wordinfo.info/unit/620/ip:1/il:D

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1046429,00.html

http://precast.org/2011/02/quiet-please-2/

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Concrete Fencing

Concrete palisade fencing 002Precast concrete pallisade fencing has change drastically over the last 20 years. It is no longer the big clunky industrial monolith of the past. With the advance in precast walling and moldings, concrete pallisade fencing can take many shapes, forms, and designs. Precast concrete pallisade fencing is a long term fencing solution.

Pros: Durable and long lasting, a high quality concrete pallisade fence can last past 50 years. Revolutionary changes in recent years has allowed the precast concrete fence to enter the residential markets. Precast concrete fences can take lots of abuse, provides high security and privacy value, and require little to no maintenance; thus, saving money down the road. Precast concrete fencing can also adds sound abatement qualities to provide peace of mind at home.

Cons: Up front cost for precast walls tends to be higher than other fences. Furthermore, styles are limited to what manufacturers can offer.

Maintenance: A high quality concrete fence should require little to no maintenance, but always check with manufacturers for exact details. Most manufacturers offer limited lifetime warranty on their products.

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