Setting Boundaries

surveyingIt is surprising that there are many people who do not know where the precise edges of their property boundaries are.

Sometimes boundaries are lost because the property has changed hands over the years.  You cannot just assume that the boundary is consistent with the existing fences that are surrounding it.

The basis of many disputes between neighbours is the exact location of the boundary of a property, or the perceived belief that a neighbour is encroaching on your property, either knowingly, or unknowingly.

In general the boundary fence belongs to both owners, and if necessary can be checked by a surveyor.

If a new fence needs to be erected, or an old one needs to be repaired, the cost should be split equally between the two neighbours.  Both property owners have a responsibility to keep the fence in good condition, and neither neighbour is allowed to remove the fence without the permission of the other neighbour.

There are some basic rules which apply to boundary fences.  

If you wish to remove or replace an existing wall or fence, it is very important to first consult with the neighbour.  Never attach anything to a fence without consulting with the neighbour.

The same applies if you wish to raise the fence/wall for more security, e.g. attaching lattice to the fencing.

angry neighbourAlways talk to your neighbour about anything pertaining the boundary fence/wall.  Ask for any agreement to be given in writing.

Should your neighbour be difficult and refuse to do their share, it is always best to first seek legal advice.
Talking to your neighbour is the best way, and will prevent any hostilities and unpleasantness.

As we have said before:   Good fences make for good neighbours.

Should you wish to erect a new wall or fence, or raise and existing one, please feel free to contact us and speak to one of our highly trained consultants.  They will be able to advise you on what would be your best option.

Or contact us for a free quotation today.

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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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Concrete Palisade Fencing for Security

stormWith our harsh climate and high crime rate in South Africa, Concrete Palisade Fencing has become the material of choice, as it can not only withstand harsh weather and wear and tear, it also has the benefit of being see-through, meaning that nobody can sneak up to your property unseen.

Another benefit is that Concrete Palisades have no scrap value, unlike metal, which can be stolen and sold as scrap.

Concrete Palisade fencing marks the boundaries of your property in a neat and aesthetically pleasing way, at the same time screening your home and garden, thus providing security and maintaining your privacy.

little kids running street 21063594We all know that small children and pets love to wander, and we need to keep them safe, and prevent them from wandering out of your yard into the streets, and into danger from traffic.

We would all love to have high, solid walls around our properties to ensure our privacy, but the drawback is that it also provides privacy to intruders, as, once they have found a way in, they cannot be seen from the outside by anyone passing by, or even security on patrol.

Because our products use integral colour, your palisade fence will stay looking beautiful for years to come. Permanent colour can be added during the manufacturing process, which means your palisade will remain beautiful for many years.

At Country Wide Walling we take pride in our workmanship, and endeavour to exceed our clients expectations.

Contact us at Country Wide Walling today to discuss your requirements, or to request a free quotation

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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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Foundations

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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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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.

WE OFFER YOU:
Direct from factory
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Our own contractors
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Clean site on completion
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Witpoort Estate,
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East Rand, Gauteng,
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