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Get it Right: Installing the Fence and Gate that Suits You

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The fence and the gate are important to your property. It gives you privacy, blocks unsightly views, defines your property, and protects your kids or pets at home.

Fencing is a great project to start especially if your property doesn’t have one or if the current one is in poor condition. This article will answer a client’s frequently asked questions about the project.

Who do I hire?

Installing a fence is not always a DIY project. It is recommended to hire a fence contractor, a landscape architect, or a designer who can help you design and install the fences for you. You can also ask for help from a friend with building experience. Remember, hiring a professional assures you that you’re not blindsided by unforeseen problems.

We suggest that you contact at least three professionals and ask for cost estimates and their lead time. Seek for professionals who are knowledgeable and updated of the building codes in your area. Ask them if they can handle the required permits or if they offer a warranty. Request for their portfolios so you can see the quality of their work.

How long before a project is completed?

Lead times are tight and firms with the shortest one always get the project. However, installation times vary depending on the chosen fencing material, perimeter of the property, and the condition of the land. Designers and contractors need time to plan for any custom fence to a steep, dangerous property or a designed landscape.

When is the best time to start?

Professional builders tend to get fully booked in the warmer months. Avoid this summer rush through contacting the builders ahead of time and scheduling your project in spring or fall. Doing so assures you a builder who takes their time to finish your project, avoiding the ones who rush a project to get to the next.

How do I choose the best fencing material?

When deciding on a fencing material, think about the material’s cost and longevity.

1. Timber fencing 

Cedar and redwood are available building materials. These are the most budget-friendly but it requires regular sealing to protect it from the weather. Ipe wood, the timber that is as tough as nails is also a great fencing material but it is a lot more expensive.

2. Vinyl or PVC fencing 

Compared to wood, PVC fences last longer and require less maintenance. It doesn’t splinter but it gets brittle if subjected to frequent freezing and thawing.

3. Powder-covered Aluminium fencing 

Installation and materials needed in this type of fencing costs higher than the first two. It’s extremely weather-resistant, thus making it the best choice for areas near the swimming pool

4. Frameless glass fencing

If your budget allows, glass around the pool looks more stylish and elegant compared to aluminium.

glass fence around the pool

5. Brick 

Bricks are extremely durable and flexible building design materials. Paint them or combine them with other building materials to achieve unique designs.

painted brick and wood as a fence

6. Concrete fence

This is the top choice if you prioritise security for your property. Concrete fences are solid, fine-looking, and easily built. Being readily available to local shops, this is affordable.

concrete fence and wooden gate

7. Weathering steel

This fencing material looks stunning as it gets older. It develops a protective rust-like patina after several years of exposure to the environment. Suppliers across Australia sell these in sheets.

8. Iron bars

Wrought iron is the most expensive and the most durable fencing material available. It lasts for decades! Iron fences are great security home features but it is prone to rust.

Should I tell my neighbours or the subdivision about this project?

If you have close neighbours, it is a common courtesy to discuss your plans of building a new fence. This is to prepare them for the noise or for possibly blocking their view.

neighbors and their party fence

In some instances, neighbours decided to build a party fences. If this happens, produce a written agreement for you and your neighbour. You will also need a land surveyor who will determine each property’s boundary before you can start construction.

You should also consult with the homeowner’s association of your village or subdivision. They may have rules or preferred materials, height, of colour for fences.

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