Country Wide Walling

Annie Rieck

Uses For Precast Concrete Fences, and Walls

perimeter wallThere are many uses for precast concrete fences and walls.

Precast Concrete Fences and Walls are an excellent choice for perimeter walls. They not only mark the boundaries of your property in a neat and aesthetically pleasing way, but also add value to your property.

Precast Fences and Walls add security to your property as well as offering a screen to maintain your privacy. The only thing to avoid, is giving intruders a place to hide if they should breach your property.

Small children and pets can be kept safe in your yard, and will be prevented from wandering out and getting lost or end up on a road amid traffic.

pool securitySwimming pools can be cordoned off to prevent accidents, especially if you have small children.

The uses of Precast Fences and Walls are widespread and a useful contribution to any property, as they can also act as windbreaks or serve as a retaining wall on steeply graded plots of land.

With all these advantages in mind, it would be a very wise decision to erect Precast Walls and Fences around your property.

It will probably be the best decision you have ever made.

Please feel free to contact us today to discuss your requirements or to request a free quotation.

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Annie Rieck

Aren’t Precast Concrete Walls Unattractive?

decorative concrete fence panelIf you want something other than plain, and very low-cost, you can choose a decorative design which will give an aesthetically appealing look to your property and also enhance the value.

There are many options to choose from as far as precast concrete walls are concerned.

1. Plain Precast
2. Brick Precast
3. Brick and Steel Inserts
4. Palisade Fencing

There are many designs and combinations to choose from at Country Wide Walling, and our consultants will gladly assist and advise you.

1. Precast can be coloured to your choice during the manufacturing process to ensure you have a pleasing wall to enhance your property and match your style.
2. The colour will also not fade, saving you time and money on regular repainting of the existing walls.
3. Precast Concrete Walls can be used as perimeter fencing of your property, and is a neat and aesthetically pleasing way to enhance your property.
4. It can be used as a screen to maintain your privacy.
5. Precast Concrete Walling will keep small children and pets from wandering out into the streets, thus ensuring their safety at home.
6. It can be used as insulation against noise.
7. It is a good option to act as a windbreak.
8. A good security feature to prevent criminals entering your property

cracked wooden fencePrecast Concrete Walling will not rust or bend and warp, nor will is crack or rot like a wooden fence does.

The design you choose or the colour you choose will not fade with time, therefore you are investing in a good, quality and long lasting asset to your property.

Whether aesthetic appeal or security is your main objective, you will be delighted with what we have to offer at Country Wide Walling.

Our aim and objective is to meet and surpass any expectations our clients have, and we have the experience and know-how to produce what our clients expect and want.

Contact us today for a free quotation, or to discuss your requirements with one of our expert consultants. It is the best decision you can make for your family and property.

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Annie Rieck

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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