Concrete Wall Panels

precast panelsConcrete wall panels are used for many applications, and are an affordable option for both residential and commercial properties.  Boundary walls are a good security option, but that does not mean we need to put up with lopsided, unsightly or badly designed walls.

Boundary walls should be an extension of the architecture of your buildings.  It should add value and aesthetic appeal.  Good boundary walls do add value to your property, besides being a deterrent to unwelcome people wanting to access your property.

For security reasons, a boundary wall should not be built to eye level.   That would just encourage people to look over the wall, and is easy to scale.  If you want security then a high wall with razor wire is a good option.brick iron

When you have a precast concrete wall and wish to paint it, it is a good option to take into account how close the wall is to the building.  If the wall is close, then white is not an option to use, as the sun reflects off white and would make the house or building even hotter.   Neutral or slightly darker colours are a better option.

Boundary walls can be made more eye-appealing by planting shrubs or flowers that will give it a good aesthetic appeal.  Do not plant big trees close to boundary walls, as that would provide a good option for anyone wanting to gain access to your property.

It is always better to get a professional to design and install your walling, as the result would be of a high standard and last for many years.

If you have any queries, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Painting Concrete and Masonry Surfaces

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What You'll Need

•    Power washer
•    Bleach or mildewcide
•    Scraper
•    Wire brush
•    Safety goggles
•    Gloves
•    Face mask
•    Tri-sodium phosphate
•    Plastic bucket
•    Scrub brush
•    Concrete patch
•    Paint
•    Floor texture
•    Brush cleaner
•    Primer/sealer
•    Tape
•    Plastic wrap
•    Brush
•    Roller
•    Roller covers

You can use a fresh coat of paint to bring new life to an old basement, an exterior masonry wall, brick, or even a garage floor. With proper preparation, painting surfaces like these can be simple, and the end result will be worth the effort.

Step 1 - Clean the Surface

As with most painting projects, preparation is the biggest key to your success. If at all possible, ppressure washingower wash the surface first. This is the fastest and easiest way to remove old paint and any debris that will interfere with new paint. Use the power washer with some bleach or mildewcide if there is mold or algae present. However, you may be working inside, or in a place where the mess of a power washer isn't appropriate. If that’s the case, tackle cleaning with a scraper and a wire brush instead.

After all of the loose paint and debris has been removed, make sure that the substrate is clean. Any oil or grease on the masonry surface will bleed through the paint, causing discoloration, and possibly interfering with the longevity of the paint job. Use tri-sodium phosphate, also simply known as TSP, to clean the concrete surface before applying any product. Put on safety goggles, gloves, and a face mask; then, mix your TSP cleaner in a bucket according to the manufacturer’s instructions and scrub it onto the surface with a scrub brush to remove any grease or oil and ensure that your paint will stick well.

Step 2 - Make Any Repairs

Ireparing concretef you have any defects in the surface to repair, use a simple, ready-mix concrete patch to fix them after you clean. Refer to the manufacturer's recommendations when trying to assess how long the patch should dry before being painted.

Step 3 - Select Your Paint

When choosing your paint, the most important thing to keep in mind is location. Where is the paint going to be applied? When you’ll want to use interior over exterior paint—or vice versa—is fairly self-explanatory. Many manufacturers actually do make specific masonry paints, and some are even designated as floor paints, so you shouldn't have a hard time finding what you need if you pay attention. There are also additives for your floor paint that can give it some texture or grip. This material is inexpensive and doesn't change the color but does prevent the slips that can occur when wet feet hit a slippery floor. Some kits also come with decorative chips that are added as the paint is applied.
If you are using an oil-based paint and primer, you will need mineral spirits or paint thinner to clean your brushes, and most likely yourself.

Step 4 - Seal and Prime

Almost any masonry surface needs to be both sealed and primed before the paint is applied. The sealer is often clear, but keeps moisture from coming through the concrete. This is especially true in basements, which tend to hold moisture anyway. If you are not sure whether your basement has been sealed or not, tape all four sides of a square of plastic kitchen wrap onto the floor and leave it for 24 hours. If the floor hasn't been sealed, you will see condensed water between the plastic wrap and the floor that has evaporated up through the concrete. Check with a paint store or your local home improvement store’s paint department when selecting your products. Buy a quality masonry sealer and a primer that complements it. Use the two-step process of sealing and priming to build a strong, water-resistant foundation for your paint.

Step 5 - Paint the Surface

After your sealer and primer coats are completely dry, apply the paint. Use a paint brush to do detail work such as around windows and trim or baseboards. You alsopainting conrete wall need a brush for cutting in along the walls when painting a floor. A roller can be used to do the bulk of the painting, but make sure to read the manufacturer's recommendations as to what size nap to use. At least 3/4-inch or one-inch nap is recommended. Buy at least three roller covers, one each for the sealer, primer, and paint.

Apply several thin coats, rather than trying to apply one very thick coat, as paint actually forms a harder surface when thin coats are laid on top of each other. One thick coat often results in a gummy or soft surface. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly; this is often called “curing.” It means that the paint has dried through all the layers down to the original surface. Paint dries to different thicknesses, or “mils,” depending on its sheen and makeup. The thicker the mil of the paint, the longer this process can take. Paint applied to floors or walls in basements may have a longer curing cycle.

After your final coat of paint is applied, allow the paint to cure for the recommended time. If the paint is on the floor and you don't let it dry long enough, it may dry with footprints that will never go away.
Painting a masonry or concrete surface, be it walls or floors, inside or out, can give new life to your home. A space that may once have been dank and dirty can now be bright and clean. You can actually increase the amount of livable space you have just by adding some paint.

Contact Country Wide Walling for a free quotation

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Best Kind of Paint to Use on Concrete

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As mediums for painting go, concrete is not one of the better ones. It transfers moisture from the ground or surrounding dirt, and it breathes and sucks up paint like a kid with a soda. Concrete requires special paint that contains binders that contract and expand right along with the surface.

Do not use oil-based or acrylic house paints on concrete or you’ll just have to paint it all over again, because acrylic paints peel, crack and just can’t take the abuse that concrete patios, sidewalks and driveways undergo.

For more information and a free quoatation, please contact Country Wide Walling today.

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Choose Wisely

yellow pre cast boundary wallBrick has always been the common choice for walls, being both sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, however prefab concrete has proven to be the better solution.

Concrete, in general, has great advantages over other materials when it comes to installing boundary walls or retaining walls.

There is Precast Concrete and Standard Concrete

Prefab walls are manufactured in a controlled casting environment, which makes it easier to control the mix, placement and curing.  It is cast in reusable moulds or forms which are then cured in a controlled environment and transported to the site and lifted into place.

Standard Concrete is poured into site-specific forms and cured on site.

This shows that Prefab is a really good option, as the site is cleared quickly, and the aesthetic beauty of your home is not impeded by having to wait for the concrete to cure before the site is cleaned and cleared.

The setting up of a Prefab Concrete Wall is far quicker and less messy, and you have the benefit of your property being quickly restored to it’s previous beauty.

prefabricationPrecast Concrete Walls are very durable and are resistant to mould, fire, rot and termites and other natural hazards.

There is no or very little maintenance required.

Colour can be added during the manufacturing of the Precast Concrete, so over time it is not necessary to repaint the walls as there will be no fading or flaking of paint.

With a good, deep foundation, it also prevents anyone from digging under your wall to try and gain access to your property.

If you would like to discuss your options, or request a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Are You Covered

electric fence extentionWith the release of crime statistics in our country, it is obvious that crime has escalated at an alarming rate this past year.

Many people are looking at improving their security in a bid to prevent becoming another crime statistic.

Whether you have concrete or prefab walling, or palisades, you are able to add an electric fence as a further deterrent to would be intruders, and an electric fence has now become a common sight in South Africa.

If you wish to extend the height of your walling or fencing, then adding an electric fence is a very good option, but always ensure that the correct fence is added and that the installation is correctly done.

cctv cameraElectric fences are used to detect, deter and delay an intruder from entering your property illegally, plus a high voltage shock should be enough to discourage anyone attempting to access your property uninvited.  It also allows your back-up security company to respond timeously.

Energizers supply the fence with power and come with batteries so that they operate even when there is a power outage.

The more security you have, the safer you will be.  It is also a good idea to have infrared sensors installed.

It is advisable to install an electric fence on a wall or fence that is not less than 1.5m high as this will prevent injury to animals or children.   The electric fence should also have at least 8 strands of electric wire to discourage any attempts to tamper with it.

Should you wish to install a new wall or fence or to extend an existing one, please feel free to contact us and discuss your requirements with one of our consultants, or request a free quotation today.

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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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