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A Criminal’s Tips

There are things a criminal finds very off-putting when they are scouting for a house to break into.   We are all aware of the high crime rate in South Africa, so here are a few tips from a burglar to avoid making your house an easy target.

Make sure there are no thick shrubs or trees around your house, especially near windows or burglar proof your gardendoors.

Avoid privacy fences as they provide easy hiding places for criminals and they are safe from being detected by anyone passing by your house.

Make sure you have good exterior lighting. A very good option is a motion sensor floodlight, as it will immediately let you know that something is going on.

Keep your car in the garage, especially if it is a new or expensive model, and keep your garage locked.

It is a good idea to avoid exposing your assets inside the house through a window.  It is very easy for passers-by to see what you have, and is an open invitation to any would-be intruder.  Keep curtains or blinds closed.   

If you have purchased new items, don’t just discard the boxes and packaging on the pavement.  It is a dead give-away. 

Rip them up and conceal them to avoid advertising to passers-by.

Remember, no burglary is spur of the moment.  A criminal will case the neighbourhood and take note of the times when you leave and come home, how many residents there are, and whether there is anyone home at all times.

motion sensorsMake friends with your neighbours, and if any of your neighbours does not go out to work, it is a plus for you as it will make your house less of a risk for breaking into.

Do not leave things like ladders or wheelbarrows or any item which can be used to climb lying around.  You can be sure it will be welcomed by an intruder and make it easier for them to either get in, or to get out for a quick getaway.

A couple of dogs are a big bonus.  Even little yappers.  It is very off-putting trying to break in and a dog is barking consistently.   Little yappers are a very good addition to your security.

Don’t put up a specific security company sticker, as there are criminals who could know how to disable the security of a specific company.  Get a general generic sticker instead.

A good boundary fence with added protection like electric fence or razor wire or even a topping is your first line of defence.  Make sure you get your security as tight as possible and keep your home and family safe.

If you need fencing or walling, or would like a free quotation, please feel free to contact us today and speak to one of our highly professional consultants.

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Keeping it Clean and Tidy

newly paintedWe all know that a boundary wall is a necessity and no longer just an option as it was in the past.

Boundary walls are our first line of defence, therefore we need to ensure that that are always in pristine condition to ensure the best first line of defence in our security systems.

Take regular walks around your garden to inspect your walls to ensure that there are no cracks or damage to your walls.

There are tilow boundary wallmes when ground has sunk due to excessive rainfall, and this can cause the walls to sink and crack, therefore it is a very good idea to ensure that the foundation and footing of your wall is sufficient to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

Always ensure that there is no debris accumulating against your walls, as this can cause fungi to develop and spoil the beauty of your walls.

For security reasons, make sure that there are no bushes or trees growing near the walls to offer a hiding place to intruders.

Unless you have tinted walls, then you will need to repaint at least once a year to ensure that you retain the aesthetic beauty of your walling.

If your walls are a bit low, then raising them is an excellent decision to make, and we at Country Wide Walling are true experts in the task. If you need to discuss the raising of your walls to ensure you are making the right decision, then please feel free to contact us and discuss it with one of our highly trained consultants, or request a free quotation.

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Wet Fence Rot

wet rot on fenceIf you have a wooden fence, one of the things that can give you problems is rot. There are different types of rot, and you need to know which one is affecting your fence, to enable you to treat it, or to prevent it happening.

We all know that there are still some people who prefer wooden fencing to the more secure concrete or steel. It is for this reason that you need to take care of your wooden fence to prevent rot from destroying it.

Wet rot is the result of the bottom of the fence being in constant contact with moisture, and is usually accompanied by a damp smell, which is pretty unpleasant.

Wet rot can also have a black fungus growing from it Once this fungus has taken hold of the wooden fence, it is extremely unpleasant to smell, and is also spongy to the touch.

Sometimes the wood will look fine in the front where it has been treated, but the back is rotting away. The bad, musty smell is a dead give-away where wet rot is present.

bad wet rotIf the wet rot dries, the fence will generally disintegrate, and the fence will also become warped.

It is a good idea to use treated wood fencing, although will increase the cost of the fence substantially.

If you need to repair a fence with wet rot, it may be necessary to cut out or replace the badly affected sections. The wood also needs to be completely dry before it can be treated. When you use treated wood, it is far more resistant to rot, with the draw back being the costs involved.

Although a wooden fence is aesthetically pleasing, it does not supply the necessary security which is needed to protect your home and property.

There are many options in prefab concrete fencing or walling, and many equal, or even surpass the aesthetic quality of a wooden perimeter fence.

Before you make your final decision about the type of fence you would like to erect, why not take the time, and contact us at Country Wide Walling, to obtain more information about the quality, and aesthetic beauty of a good, quality, well manufactured concrete fence or wall, or request a free quotation.

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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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Happy New Year 2021

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With 2020 coming to a close, we, at Country Wide Walling wanted to reach out and send our best wishes to you and yours.

If you are making New Year's Resolutions, please remember the most important one of all.

The safety and security of your family, property, staff and clients.

We urge you to ensure you have the best Perimeter Fence available for you protection.  

cwwDo not allow the season to make you complacent.   Take walks around your property to ensure that nobody is tampering with your fencing or gates.   It is a good idea to also take a walk on the outside of your property at least once a week, thus ensuring that any attempts are immediately spotted.   If such tampering or attempted tampering has occured, we urge you to get any damaged caused fixed immediately.

It is a good idea to contact one of our consultants to discuss your requirements, and that would best suite your property.

A perimeter wall should also be aesthetically pleasing so as to enhance the value of your property.

Please do not hesitate to contact us today to discuss your requirements or to request a free quotation.

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Best Service Ever

We had our Concrete Palisade Fencing Erected by Country Wide Walling in July 2015. Although our fence was only 235m long, we were still treated as if we were one of their top clients. Service, efficiency and cleanliness were a priority for me, and Country Wide Walling delivered in all these aspects. If you want the best concrete palisade fencing company in the industry, then Country Wide Walling is the right fencing company for your walling projects.

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