Choosing the Right Fence For Your Property
A nice fence is like a picture frame, showcasing the artwork that is your property – then again, maybe you just want it to keep the dog in and the cats out (or visa versa!). The right fence can definitely add character and style to your home. The type you choose will not only play a key role in your home’s security, but also influence its exterior design.
Colorbond fencing is very popular for new homes and subdivisions here in Perth. It comes powder coated and so doesn’t require painting and has a long life-span. It is relatively easy to assemble as the panels can slot into the posts and you can choose from a number of different heights, depending on your budget and the level of privacy required. There are a lot of colours available to choose from and also extensions (ie: lattice-style extensions for added privacy). A couple of negative things about these fences is that they dent quite easily (ie: son kicking soccer ball very hard), they can be noisy and rattle in high winds if all of the panels have any movement and they offer little soundproofing from neighbours and road traffic.
2. Asbestos Fences
Unfortunately there is still a lot of asbestos fences around Perth suburbs. Despite the health risks from inhaling asbestos fibres, there are some benefits that made this type of fencing popular before the health risks were understood: Asbestos is fire-resistant and asbestos fences are usually embedded several inches underground to reduce the spread of fires (this also makes it harder for pets and pests to burrow under). Asbestos is quite durable and offers some noise reduction from traffic and neighbours. If your property has asbestos fencing, please hire a licensed asbestos removal company to remove it and dispose of it safely.
3. Aluminum Fences
This is one of the most basic and attractive fencing types available today. It boasts a sleek look and hardly requires maintenance. You can also paint it in a color of your choice to match the exterior design of your property. Aluminum is not a very strong material, however, so it will not provide the level of security that many homeowners look for in a fence.
4. Wooden Fences
Wood is a popular fencing material over in the eastern states, but not so common here in Western Australia. It does have a warmth and character that is unique to timber. Wooden fencing can particularly look attractive with small houses, especially those in the suburbs, after all, who hasn’t admired a cottage with a picket fence before? It can also be quite sturdy in the early years, but wooden fences will eventually deteriorate under the harsh weather. They will rot and break down over time so you’ll need to maintain them proactively with oils or paints.
5. Wrought Iron Fences
Typically the ideal choice for large houses, wrought iron fences combine both strength and unique appeal. The major drawback is that they require constant upkeep to retain their beauty. In most cases, they are also custom made, so purchasing them will not come cheap.
6. PVC Fences
In contrast to its wrought iron counterpart, PVC fences is one of the cheapest options available today. They are mostly used as replacements for dilapidated wooden fences and tend to last a long time without constant maintenance. PVC fences are available in various heights and colors, so you can be sure of finding one that suits your home’s needs.
7. Chain-linked Fences
This fencing type is inexpensive, long-lasting, and requires little or no maintenance, but it does not provide much privacy and hardly adds anything to curb appeal (they look terrible!). That’s why they are generally used for properties that need to be sectioned-off, like gardens, basketball and tennis courts, or empty lots. When used in a garden, flowers, vines and shrubberies can grow and intertwine with the fence, to make it more attractive and give your property more privacy.
So Which Fence Should You Go For?
Now that you’ve seen some options, ask yourself why you need a fence in the first place and let that answer guide your decision making. While privacy and security remain the top two functions of a fence, design and creativity should never take a back seat. In addition, keep in mind that although building a fence can be a good do-it-yourself project, you will need the right tools and knowledge, as well as careful planning, because it might be one of the first things people notice about your property, so make it look good (that fact and also you don’t want unwanted pests or pets getting through).