Please feel free to browse our advice column. We hope that the information provided is beneficial to your needs.
Please take note that this is an "Advice Column", and as such does not necessarily depict any services that we offer.

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.

  770 Hits

Precast Perimeter Fencing

precast boundary wall installationWhen deciding on fencing the perimeters of your property, it is good to keep in mind that Concrete Walling is the most cost-effective option, and is installed four times faster than other walling types, thus providing the security and privacy you require sooner.

Concrete walling is manufactured in a controlled environment, and is therefore uniformly of a high standard and good quality.

paintingPrecast walling is virtually maintenance free as is. You can, however, choose to have it coloured, either during the manufacturing stage, or sealed and painted to match the aesthetics of your property.

If you choose the latter option, you may need to repaint when the colour fades, or is damaged. Precast walls generally blend in well with the environment.

There are many designs and options to choose from, and it is always a good decision to discuss your requirements with a consultant, or specialist. We, at Country Wide Walling, take pride in our workmanship, and endeavour to give only the very best to our clients. We also give a two-year guarantee on our products.

To complete the security of your property, we will also install either steel swing gates, or steel sliding gates. This means you need have a contractor on site once only, and you will receive a complete all-round service.

Contact us today to request a free quotation, or to speak to one of our consultants, who will gladly assist you to make the right decision for your property.

  1052 Hits

Steel Gate Safety

sliding steel security gateMaking sure our homes or businesses are safe by installing good quality walling or fencing is not our only priority.

We also need to ensure that we have strong gates which are working properly.

To ensure the gates are in good working condition, it is advisable to check them regularly to ensure they are functioning as they should be.

Check regularly that there is nothing on the gate tracks to prevent it from closing properly, e.g. mud or debris. Once the gate is stopped from closing by any obstacle, it will merely open again, and will then give easy access to your property.

anti vandalismYou can also install an anti-vandalism bracket on your gate, to prevent anyone from tampering with it, and thus giving easy access. Another good idea is to have an anti-crashing kit fitted which links to your alarm system. This will ensure that the alarm is activated should anyone try to tamper with the gate.

Whether you choose steel swinging gates, or steel sliding gates, always check to see that they are in proper working condition.

Steel gates are a very good option, as they do not offer easy access to your properly as would for instance a wooden gate.

If you would like more information on steel sliding gates, or steel swing gates, or for a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us at Country Wide Walling. Our consultants will be happy to assist you

  1298 Hits

Repairing Larger Holes and Cracks

cracked badlyRepairing larger cracks or holes in Precast Concrete is quite different to repairing small hairline cracks or holes.

Before you start to repair the holes or cracks, you need to first clean the crack or hole thoroughly to remove any oil, dirt or debris plus the surrounding wall surface.

Pay special attention to the insides of the cracks or holes to make sure they are thoroughly clean to enable the sealant to adhere to the surface.

Enlarge the hole or crack just below the surface with a cold chisel and hammer.

Hold the chisel at an angle inside the crack or hole and chisel down to a depth of about 25 to 30mm. Do this the entire length of the crack and around each hole.

Reverse the angle and repeat the procedure. The whole objective is to create an inverted V shape below the surface, which is also known as undercutting.

The chiselled surface provides a stronger bond with the sealant, and the diverging angle of the crack helps keep the sealant within the crack.

Remove any dust and debris from inside the crack or hole.

cracked wallMix enough ready-mix concrete with water to fill the hole or crack and apply quickly. Use the handle of your trowel to press the mixture into the holes and cracks.

Smooth it over the surface evenly and cure the repaired spot properly before sealing with a silane-based water repelling sealer.

You are also able to chip a hole into a square shape and then insert a new block of concrete into the hole.

Our advice is that you hire a professional to do the repairs for you to ensure you have the best professional help you can find. The experts know how to fix large cracks and holes and seal it so that it will be both aesthetically pleasing, and not detract from your property value, and also long lasting.

Make the decision today to call us to discuss all your requirements with one of our highly trained consultants, who will gladly assist and advise you, or give you a free quotation.

  772 Hits

Are You Ready

Electric fence 3Erecting a good, sturdy fence or wall around your property is very important if you want to protect your property and family from unwelcome intruders.

Whether you already have a wall or fence, take the time to inspect it, especially from the street side so that you can get a different view of your property.

Criminals will stake out a property, sometimes for days before they attempt entering, and taking a look from their perspective will help you see whether your walling or fencing is adequate to protect your property and family.

If anyone has tried to tamper with your wall or fence, you need to fix it immediately and not leave it as it will be a weak spot in your security. Sometimes criminals try to dig under the walls or fencing, so ensure that the footing is deep enough to discourage them.

Keep curtains and blinds closed to avoid any window shopping being done. When criminals case your property they will be encouraged to find a way in if you have obvious valuables which they can see through open curtains or blinds.

Besides adding deterrents like spikes or razor wire to your walling or fencing, there are other methods to make it extremely unpleasant for anyone trying to break in.

Mohave Pyracantha FirethornPlant thorny bushes around windows, which are aesthetically pleasing, they are also able to collect DNA from blood and skin. No criminal likes to leave such evidence around and would rather find a different target elsewhere. Even torn clothing left behind will be evidence.

There are many aesthetically pleasing plants and shrubs available with the ability to deter a would be criminal with their thorns which can rip and cut them leaving enough DNA as evidence. These are the best shrubs to plant around any place where a criminal will likely try to hide or break in, such as windows.

Firethorn is one such shrub and is a really good addition to your security. Although they have very pretty flowers, their thorns are a deadly deterrent to anyone trying to climb over them.

The safety of your property and family is your no 1 priority, and besides ensuring that you have the best possible fencing or walling available, plus cameras and security companies, you need as much security as possible to deter or slow down a would be criminal and ensure that your security company can arrive to help you in time.

For the best advice on walling or fencing, why don’t you take the decision today to contact us at Country Wide Walling and talk to one of our qualified consultants.

It will be the best decision you have ever made.

  609 Hits