Choosing a new fence? Consider these 4 important things
So, you’ve decided it’s time for a new fence. Before you decide on fencing material and style, here are some important questions to ask yourself, so you don’t regret your choice further down the track.
How much maintenance am I prepared to do?
Fence maintenance is an important consideration. Aluminium, steel, composite timber, and vinyl fences usually require little or no maintenance. Timber fences are more susceptible to moisture damage and will probably need to be repainted after a few years.
Why do I need a new fence?
If you are considering a new fence for security reasons, it should be high and difficult to climb (such as a metal fence with feature spikes). You can also install a gate across your driveway to completely enclose your property.
Pets and kids
If you have pets and/or kids, you may want a fence they can’t escape through, or under or over! A solid fence is a good idea, so they can’t be distracted or tempted by anything going on outside your property. For pets that dig, choose a fence that can go below ground level so they can’t dig their way out ‘Great Escape’ style!
Most fencing options offer some level of privacy, but some more than others; steel panels are a great choice. You can also add screening to the top of your existing fence for some extra privacy – lattice panels will also allow light in.
Will it match the style of my home?
Your choice of fence should blend seamlessly with the style of your home. This can be done in several ways such as using decorative features, or something as simple as colour to match the roof, guttering and downpipes.
Does is meet my local council regulations?
Depending on where you live, there will be council regulations in place when it comes to the installation of new fencing – particularly for pool fencing. It’s very important to do your homework before choosing a new fence and it can save a lot of stress later on. Experienced and high-quality fencing businesses should be up to date with the latest regulations.