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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 us for a free quotation, or to discuss your requirements.

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Secure Boundary Walling

robber stuckSecure Boundary walls are real barriers, usually high walls or fences, which are designed to physically prevent anyone from climbing over them and gaining access to your property.   A large majority of these boundary fences and walls include some fence topping to prevent any intruder from accessing your property.  These walls usually include some form of injurious topping like razor wire or electric wiring.

We need to carefully assess what type of boundary fence would be best suited to our property.  We have experts who can sit and discuss your requirements and explain all the advantages and disadvantages of the different fencing types.   It will help you to decide which would be best forrobber you. 

If you live in a high crime area, you need to have a more open type of fence so that if someone intrudes they can be seen by neighbours and passers-by.  Even though open fences are not as private as we would like them to be, they have the benefit of allowing people to see if there are any problems.

Boundary fences serve only to keep honest people out,  Today criminals will do anything to climb over fences, so we should make sure what would be our best option and get a reputable company to design and install our fences, as they are more suited to erect fences correctly, and to your best advantage.

If your family and property is your number one priority, then contact us today to discuss your requirements, and advise and guide you to make the best possible security choice for you and your family.

Please contact us  today for a free quotation or more information.

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Merry Christmas

christmasWe would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients, family and friends a very happy, safe and Blessed Christmas.

Please never take your safety for granted.

It is always a good idea to take a walk on the outside of your property and inspect your boundary walls or fences for any signs of damage.

If someone has tried to tamper with your walls or fences, please get it rectified immediately to prevent anyone gaining access to your property. It is best to get an professional company like Country Wide Walling to assess the damage and repair it immediately.

In the times we are living in, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

If you would like to discuss your requirements for a safe and aesthetically pleasing boundary wall or fence, please do not hesitate to contact us, or request a free quotation.

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Secure Boundary Walls Add Value

perimeter wall breakingYour boundary walls are the first thing people see when they come to view your property if you are wanting to sell.  

A drab, neglected wall will give a bad impression of your property, while an aesthetically pleasing and well cared for wall will add appeal and value to your property.

In South Africa we are all very security conscious now, and one of the non-negotiable prerequisites when buying a property, is a good security wall and steel gates.

Country Wide Walling not only design and install your walling, but also good quality swing or sliding steel gates, making your property both secure and appealing to potential buyers.

If your walls are drab and neglected you can be sure people will argue on the price of your property to bring it down to cover the installation of secure fencing and gates for the protection of the property, family and pets.night wall

Nobody wants a property where the walls look like they are about to come tumbling down and injuring kids, animals or even passers-by.   By taking good care of your perimeter walls you give a good impression and it does enhance the value and desirability of your property.

It is a good idea, if you are looking to sell your property to invest in a good security fence first, as you do not want to have people taking one look at your walls and turning away.  Walls are, after all the first impression people get when they approach your property.  We all know…first impressions are lasting.

Country Wide Walling have a large selection of walls to choose from, and one of our consultants will be happy to advise and guide you on your selection.

Please feel free to contact us today for a free quotation or to discuss your requirements.

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Planning Boundary Walls and Fences

survey pegIt is important to check the boundary walls and fences policy with your local authority, before you erect your boundary wall, or you might be saddled with penalties and fines, and the possibility of having to tear down your boundary fences.  It is ultimately up to them what you can, and cannot do, as regards your boundary walls.

Boundary walls are one of the most controversial topics facing home owners.  Two very important issues are the position of boundary walls, and the ownership of them. All properties are surveyed and pegged when land is zoned for residential use. 

Generally the pegs are removed as soon as the land is built on, that is why it is important to ensure that the boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned from the start. It may be necessary to get a land surveyor to resurvey the property, if there is a dispute between neighbours over the positioning of the boundary fences.  The land surveyor will resurvey the property according to the official diagram that is lodged with the Surveyor General in Pretoria.

surveyorcheckingwallsYou are allowed to erect a boundary fence on your own property.  This does not only apply to the fence or wall, but also to the foundations which would be wider and longer than the wall itself.   Then the structure will belong to you. On the other hand, if you and your neighbour share the cost, then the structure should be erected so that it is on both properties.

If the wall belongs to you only, the law will protect the structure, should your neighbour decide to dig down next to your wall on their side, especially if it is likely to wash away the earth when there are heavy rains.  If the neighbour wants to do some sort of excavation next to your fence or wall, they would have to erect a retaining wall which would require plans being submitted for approval.

It is always best to check with your local authority as regards the height of the walls to avoid later problems.  Generally walls are allowed up to 1.8m without a plan having to be submitted, as it would be regarded as minor building work.  Some authorities do allow up to 2.1m, but it is better to be safe than sorry, so take the time to find out exactly what it allowed, as regards height and type of walling, and security features allowed.

If you need more information, would like to discuss your requirements, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us 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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