Ownership Of Boundary Walls and Fences

property wall designWe cannot stress enough, the importance of safe, well-built boundary walls. The safety of your property and family is your no.1 priority. Make sure that you do everything correctly, so as to avoid having the expense of tearing the wall down, and having to have it rebuilt.

When neighbours agree to share the costs of boundary walls and fences, the ownership of the walls and fences are then shared.

Even though you own your side of the wall or fence, and your neighbour the other side, neither one of you may do anything to the wall, e.g. lower or raise it, or break it down, without the permission of the joint owner.

Should the wall be damaged in any way, both owners must share the repair costs.

If the wall exists when you move onto the property, and ownership is not known, then it is presumed that the wall is jointly owned by both neighbours.

facebrick and steel insertsThe National Building Regulations state that walls or fences up to a maximum height of 1.8m are regarded as minor building work, and therefore do not require building plans.

Any wall or fence higher than 1.8m, and a maximum of 2.1m will require building plans.

If both sides make an effort to keep boundary walls in good condition, then it is a huge asset to property owners, and not a drain on their finances. Regular checks to see whether anyone has tried to tamper with the walls, is a wise action.

Having deep foundations, around 1.5m, is a very wise option, as it prevents anyone trying to dig under the walls to gain access to your property.

Always check the rules and regulations with your local municipality before you erect any boundary walls or fences.

If you would like to discuss your requirements, have any questions, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Boundary Wall Regulations in South Africa

surveyingBoundary walls and fences are probably the most controversial topic facing homeowners. There are laws that relate to boundary walls and fences, so you need to contact your local authority, to find out exactly what you can and cannot do.

All properties are surveyed, and pegged when land is zoned for residential use, and the two most important issues are the position of the boundary wall, and the ownership of them.

Although all properties are surveyed and pegged when land is zoned, the pegs are generally removed as soon as the land is built on.

This is the main reason that it is very important to ensure that the boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned.

wall footingShould there be a dispute at any stage between neighbours, it may be necessary to get a land surveyor to resurvey the property according to the official diagram that is lodged with the Surveyor General in Pretoria.

Building a wall on the boundary is possible without building plans, if you stick to the rules and regulations, and provided it is on your property. This will give you ownership of the wall.

Building the wall includes the foundations, which will be wider, and longer than the wall itself. If you erect it on your property…it is yours.

Your walls are also protected by law from any action which might threaten its stability, e.g. your neighbours may not dig down next to your wall on their side if there is any likelihood of the earth being washed away if there are heavy rains.

Should your neighbour wish to do some sort of excavation, they will need to erect a retaining wall, or some other structure which provides lateral support to the wall. By law, the retaining wall they erect will require the necessary plans.

Should you have any questions regarding boundary walls, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Installing a Boundary Wall

house without boundary wallsIf you buy or build a home, one of the most important things to do, is install a boundary wall, to protect not only your property, but also your family and possessions, as the crime rate in South Africa is very high. There is not a day goes by without hearing about attacks, or break-ins.

A boundary wall that is professionally installed, will act as a deterrent to would be intruders, and make it far more difficult for them to access your property.

With the right guidelines you will be able to install your boundary wall and have peace of mind, and the protection you so desire. We, at Country Wide Walling, will guide you to make the correct choice for your property. Our consultants are standing by to assist you in any way possible. Our goal is to always go above, and beyond what clients expect, and their satisfaction is our priority.

foundationThere are many things to take into account before building a boundary wall, e.g. design and materials. A boundary wall should always have a good, deep and solid foundation to prevent anyone from digging under it to gain access to your property.

A good foundation should be around 1.5 m deep, and wider than the wall itself.

The height of the wall is also important, as there are rules as regards height allowed in built up areas.

If you are living in a high rainfall area, the wall could become cracked, which would lead to it coming down and possibly seriously injuring someone, if there is no foundation to protect it from the ground being washed away by excess rain.

The best solution to avoid disaster, is to consult with a professional to get guidelines and advice.

Your decision to contact us at Country Wide Walling, could be the best decision you will ever make, to give you the protection you need to safeguard your property and family and give you peace of mind.

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Boundary Walls are Important

house without border fenceIf you are the proud owner of your own property or business, then you should bear in mind that it is very important to erect a good, quality boundary fence, to protect it from unwanted visitors, and to keep your children and animals safe from wandering out into traffic.

There are various designs and options from which you can choose. Boundary walls are not unsightly, and choosing your own, unique design will be both aesthetically pleasing, as well as protecting your family, business or home.

You are free to choose from a variety of options available to you, and receive the best quality available.

Here at Country Wide Walling, our aim is to go above and beyond what a client is expecting, and give them the best service and walling possible.

security fenceYou have to bear in mind, also, that there are restrictions as to height of walling. If you do not adhere to the rules, you could be fined and forced to break down the walls, and lose all the money you invested. Do it right the first time. Our consultants are fully trained and will assist you, and guide you into making the correct choices that will suite your individual requirements.

Whether you choose steel palisades, or concrete for your boundary walls, Country Wide Walling can assist you, and you can rest assured that you will have the best protection available.

If you have no boundary fencing, you should most definitely be thinking about having one installed, not just for the aesthetic appeal, but for the safety and security of your property and family.

Boundary walls need to be properly installed, to add to your safety. You do not want a slap dash installation, which could collapse and cause serious injury or even death to a loved one.

Take the time today, contact us at Country Wide Walling and discuss with our consultants what you would like to have installed, or get a free quotation.

Your family depend on you for their safety.

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Boundary Wall Elements

damaged by dampThere are many things we need to take into account when we decide to erect a boundary wall for security for our property and family. A well-built wall is a huge asset, and deterrent to would be criminals, and is our first line of defence.

The most important elements to consider when installing a new boundary wall are:

1. The Design
2. Foundations
3. Whether it is also a retaining wall
4. Adequate expansion joints
5. Drainage
6. Damp

As boundary walls are normally “free-standing”, and not part of a structure, e.g. a house, where the connected walls are self-bracing, the boundary walls are normally built without damp proof, to improve the bond between the foundation and the free-standing wall.

This often results in rising damp seen low down on plastered and painted boundary walls.

above soil levelIf you use harder, high density bricks for the lower courses, up to 150 mm above ground level, and keep the plaster above the soil, it will help prevent the damp from easily penetrating.

The water absorption of the bricks should not be more than 7%.

Concrete Palisade is a very good option to use where excess water is a problem, as it does not rust as steel would, and would also allow the water through and not keep it building up as a solid wall would do.

Keeping the plaster above the soil level will prevent it acting as a wick and drawing the water up into the upper wall. A good, solid foundation, at least 1.5 meters deep will add to the strength and stability of your wall.

To discuss your options and requirements, or to request a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our consultants will gladly assist you.

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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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