Tips for Getting a New Fence

Getting a new fence can be a major decision. You need to have a clear idea of what you want, and the value of the new fencing as an asset to your property. Whether you’re looking for a basic suburban fence or a design feature, you need to do your homework.

The issues in choosing a fence can be complex:

* Dogs- Do you have large dogs that need to be kept in or cared for while the fencing is being erected?

* Boundary fences- You need to comply with your state’s fencing legislation which sets out the steps you need to take.

* Council issues- Are there any trees covered by any council rules or need to be protected? Do you have a fence which needs to comply with pool safety fencing laws?

* Termites and bush fires- In known white ant or bush fire prone areas you need to choose a fence that is termite proof and/or fire proof.

* Boundaries- Do you know exactly where your boundary is? This can be a real problem. You may need the help of a surveyor.

Types of fencing

* Timber paling: These are versatile, easy to work with and very flexible in types and designs. They’re still the most popular boundary fence in Australian suburbs. Treated pine is a soft green color that blends in with plants and landscaping.

* Colorbond and other brands of steel: These are extremely popular as they’re both termite and fireproof. These fences are also excellent for managing the design issues of both architectural line and colour range situations.

* Screen fencing and privacy screens: These are becoming more popular in recent years for a very good reason: They look great. Screen fencing is a great way to break up the straight lines of a large fence for design purposes.

* The classic picket fence: These can be something really special and can be built from eco-friendly plantation timber or from some of Australia’s very strong and long lasting forest timbers.

Deciding what  you need

You’ll find you have definite preferences in your fence type and style, and these are good guides to finding exactly what you need.

The fence you need will have:

* Exactly the right look for your home

* Every functional need you want

* Absolute top quality materials with a long life guarantee

* Obvious value adding characteristics based on look and functions

The best fencing is a good shopper’s guide to quality and prices, and shows you what’s possible. Do you want the materials you use to be environmentally friendly from a renewable resource? Would you prefer hardwood?

You can exercise your options to find the best solutions.

Budget and installation issues

You really can get a great, brand new, good looking fence on a reasonable budget. If you make a point of going for good quality, you’ll get good value.

The order of costs is:

1. Timber fences are cheapest.

2. Colorbond and steel are slightly more expensive.

3. Screen  is dearest, but extremely versatile.

The best way to deal with budget and installation issues is to pin down costs with a quote. You’ll find that the best fencing people will be able to help and give you constructive suggestions.

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