Aluminium vs Steel

steel gateThere are differences between the two materials you need to know about before you make your choice for a gate.

Steel is inclined to rust, whereas Aluminiuim does not

Aluminium is not corrosive but steel and even galvanised steel is, so it is prone to rust in some areas.

All joints in a steel gate may be welded but each joint is painted with a cold galvanising paint that breaks down over time.

Rust is aggravated due to bad weather conditions like rain or ice.  It does speed up the process, thus decreasing the gate's product life.  

When this happens, you are left with an eyesore at your property entrance.bent aluminum gate

Even though hot dip galvanising would eliminate the need to apply cold galvanising, large gates are not handled well by the process and could be slightly warped.

Although painting steel gates is often recommended, the fact that the gate is constantly moving can cause chips which open the steel structire to rust.

Aluminium on the other hand, is protected by a thin layer of its natural corrosion properties, aluminium oxide which is a natural, rust resistant shield, thus aluminium gates remain aesthetically pleasing for years.

Steel on the other hand is a wise choice for added security, as aluminium is easily bent whereas steel is not.

If security is your priority then steel security gates would probably be your best option.

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Which style of fencing best suits my needs?

concrete fencingThe style of fence you choose will depend on the function(s) you want it to perform. So when shopping around ask yourself what is the main thing you’re trying to achieve with your fence and gate? Is privacy a top concern? Do you need high security or just a decorative boundary? If it is decorative then what look are you going for, what architectural style do you need to match your home? Here we’ll take a look at some of these requirements and suitable styles to achieve the right look or function.

Aesthetics & Design

fencing for modern australian architecture

As mentioned above, if your fencing is mainly for aesthetics – a decorative way to mark the boundary around your property, then you want to make sure you get the look right and blend the fence into the design of your home. Below are some common home styles around Perth and what we think are good matching fencing styles:

Modern Australian Architecture

Most of the newer homes being built around Perth suburbs have a modern, minimalist external design, often with clean colour blocks and geometric shapes.

These homes look best when paired with equally contemporary fencing. Powdercoated coloured slat or panel fencing looks fab surrounding modern homes, as do some of the simpler tubular aluminium styles, such as ‘Modern’ or ‘Caulfield’ fencing or infills.

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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.

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How to Skim Coat Concrete Walls

skim coat concrete walls

Skim-coating is the process of applying a thin layer of material, such as cement, over a wall to even out the surface. This process is a good way to prepare a cracked and uneven cement wall for painting or other finishing. The procedure implemented to skim-coat a cement wall is straight forward and easy to follow. Skim-coating a cement wall takes some effort but the skill needed can be attained in a just a few minutes of doing it.

Things You'll Need

•    Plastic drop cloths
•    6-inch drywall knife
•    Skim-coat cement mix
•    5-gallon bucket
•    Electric drill
•    Stirring bit
•    Cement trowel

Lay plastic drop drywall knifecloths on the floor to protect it from the skim-coating process. Cover any items such as furniture that will remain in the room during the skim-coating.

Scrape the wall lightly with a 6-inch drywall knife to remove any loose cement or other substances stuck on the wall.

Fill a 5-gallon bucket halfway with water and add skim-coat cement mix. Mix the cement with the water using an electric drill with a stirring bit installed. Continue to mix and add the powder until it is the consistency of thick wallpaper paste.

Start at one end of the wall at the top and work your way down and across the wall's surface. Dip the cement trowel into the bucket of cement and fill the trowel halfway with cement. Spread the cement onto the wall, using the flat side of the trowel to smooth the cement. Remove excess cement using the edge of the trowel in a scraping motion. Apply a thick enough coat to cover the surface with an even coat of cement.

Allow the skim-coat to dry for 24 hours before painting

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How to Paint an Outdoor Concrete Fence

Concrete fences are typically grey and dull, making them boring and sometimes uoutdoor concrete fencensightly. To remedy this, you can paint a concrete fence, giving it colour and make it look new. Painting an outdoor concrete fence can be done alone or you can ask a family member or friend to help you. It is important to remember to use only primer, paint and sealer that is made for concrete and block. Otherwise, the paints will not bond and will flake off the fence.

Things You'll Need

•    Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
•    Bucket
•    Rubber gloves
•    Scrub brush
•    Concrete patch
•    Trowel
•    Concrete primer
•    Pump sprayer
•    Paint thinner
•    Concrete paint
•    Concrete sealer
•    Paintbrush

Mix together three parts water with one part trisodium phosphate (TSP) in a bucket.

holesPut on rubber gloves and thoroughly scrub the concrete fence with a scrub brush, cleaning away any dirt and grime. Rinse the concrete fence with plain water and allow to air dry.

Fill any holes or cracks in the fence with concrete patch using a trowel to apply the patch and to smooth it flush with the surface. Let the patch dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Pour concrete primer into a pump sprayer and apply a coat of primer to the fence. Let the primer dry completely before continuing on to the paint.

Rinse the pump sprayer with mineral spirits, then water and let air dry. Add concrete paint to the sprayer and spray on the first coat of paint. Let the first coat dry between 3 and 4 hours, then apply a second coat of paint.

Brush a coat of concrete sealer onto the fence using a paintbrush once the second coat of paint has dried.

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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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