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No Place to Hide

green palisadeWhether you choose palisade or solid walls, your main concern is security for your property, family and belongings.

There are many options for security walling, and a lot to take into account when choosing what is best for you.

Not only do you want security, aesthetic appeal is also a must, as it enhances not only the look of the property, but also the value.

treesShould you choose palisade fencing, there are also options available to you. Palisade fencing comes in concrete, or steel.   Palisade is a great off-putter to would be intruders, as it offers no privacy or hiding places for them once they enter your property, but it is also not as private for you as a solid wall would be.

The fact that it offers no cover for intruders is a good reason to use palisade, as intruders can easily be seen from the road

You should always use either a low brick fence as base, or a concrete apron on which to build your palisade, as you do not want intruders being able to dig under the fence to gain entry. Make sure you have a good foundation, so that it is too difficult to dig under to gain access to your property.

Palisade can also be used as a topping on brick or concrete walls.  This will prevent children or animals from slipping out of your property and getting into the traffic, as well as being off-putting to would be intruders.

Always make sure that you do not have trees growing close to your boundary walls, as this is an easy way for intruders to gain entry.

Do feel free to contact us today to speak to one of our consultants, or to request a free quotation.

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Wall Maintenance

big treeAs walls are our security, it is a good idea to check them regularly for any damage.   Planting big trees too close to a wall can cause damage as the tree grows and the roots expand.   It is never a good idea to have big trees close to a property, thus circumventing the security your wall offers you.

Check regularly that nobody has tried to chip away at your wall to gain access and immediately have it repaired if you discover any damage.  Country Wide Walling incorporates steel reinforced modular components that interlock during the installation process, thus making them very strong and durable.

Permanent colour can be added during the manufacturing process which eliminates future painting of the walls, rendering exterior wallthem aesthetically pleasing for many years.

If you chose to paint your wall after installation, you need to check and repaint your walls when necessary to avoid them looking drab and dull and spoiling the look and feel of your property.

A good quality wall is both aesthetically pleasing and adds value to your property.   It also provides security and privacy.  Country Wide Walling manufacture and install many different types of wall, so you can choose what would best suit your needs.  

Whether it is plain concrete walls, concrete palisade fencing, or steel insert fencing, we are sure to have the right wall and design to meet your requirement. We have a range of designs and colours for you to choose from, so do not hesitate to contact us to discuss all your options and help you make the correct decision for your property, or request a free quotation.

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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.

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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.

Please contact Country Wide Walling for a free quotation today

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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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