Annie Rieck

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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Annie Rieck

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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Annie Rieck

Concrete Security Walls

ready made wallConcrete walls can be decorative and not just a dull grey structure as we imagine.   During the manufacturing process, permanent colour can be added to the wet concrete mix to ensure that the colour will be permanent, and the walls will not need to be painted in the future.
Alternatively, the walls can be painted at a later stage,, to incorporate the desired colour to complement the design of the property or wall.    

Concrete is the perfect walling material as it does not rust like steel, and is very limited maintenance, as well as being very durable, stable, and long lasting.

Why settle for ordinary, when you can have a wall that is not only strong, durable, but also aesthetically pleasing.   In South Africa we value our privacy and security.   We tend to build high walls as a sense of security and a deterrent to would be criminals.   It is therefore a good idea to have a concrete fencerazor wire of about 2.4m and top it with palisade, razor wire, barbed wire, or electric fencing.  

Unfortunately the high walls also offer criminals a good way to be undetected once they are in your property.  There are many aspects of security to take into account when deciding on a security wall for our properties, therefore it is a good idea to discuss all pros and cons with an expert who can advise and guide us to make the correct choice for the safety of our family and property.

Country Wide Walling are walling specialists and can give you expert advice and guidance, to ensure you have the best security possible.

If you would like to speak to a consultant or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will gladly assist you.

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Annie Rieck

Sinking Concrete

Sinking ConcreteIf you notice any of your concrete structures sinking, the problem is probably due to the fact that the concrete was erected over poorly compacted soil, and is therefore susceptible to settling and cracking over time.   

Water will penetrate below through the cracks and erode the base material.  These structures, whether it be your boundary walls, driveways or floors will become dangerous and can cause someone to trip and be seriously injured.

The water will also then be diverted towards your house and can destroy the aesthetic beauty you once had.  In other words, it will cause you property to be just plain ugly.

The solution would be Polyjacking.  Polyurathane Slabjacking.  High density polyurethane gets injected below the sunken structure as a two-part polymer.  It is an expanding foam which will fill open voids and stabilize loose soil while it raises and levels the sunken structure.

sinking houseThe concrete structure now has a new lease of life.  Polyjacking is the cleanest and most effective method to use to repair sunken concrete structures.

This method is good, quick and very long lasting and also reduces any future settling of the concrete structure.

Country Wide Walling take care and pride in any erecting which is done by us, and foundations are an important element to ensure your boundary walls are sturdy and well erected, with a good, deep and solid foundation.

Should you require a new wall or fence, or would like to raise or repair an existing one, or would like to request a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us today

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