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5 tips for choosing the right fence

When it comes to choosing the right fence for your home or business, there are many factors to take into account, including the style, finish, colour, and the level of maintenance and privacy you desire. 

The issue of cost also comes into play. Would you rather pay less upfront now for a solid and affordable fence? Or would you rather dig deep now and enjoy the benefits of a stylish and durable fencing solution which is guaranteed to last longer? 

Ultimately, the choice will come down to what you hope to achieve out of a new fence, and how much you’re willing to spend to reach those outcomes. 

To make the decision a little bit easier, here’s 5 tips to help you choose the right fence for your property.

1. Give yourself enough privacy

Most fencing options offer some level of privacy and separation from the surrounding area. Some fences offer a higher level of privacy than others, although this often comes at the expense of having a nice view. 

Some examples of this include timber fencing, panel walls, and boundary fencing, which either have the panels extremely close together or the fence itself is comprised of solid wall panels that completely hinder the view.

One way to strike the right balance between privacy and enjoying the view is to install an adjustable privacy screen. This type of fencing can be built as a standalone fixture, or as part of an existing fence, and it features individual louvres which can be manually adjusted to optimise the level of privacy, sunlight, and airflow.

2. Go for an eye-catching yet appropriate style

There are many key characteristics that define the overall look and feel of a fence. Such as the choice of material, colour, shape of the individual panels, presence of decorative features (i.e. 3D lattices, ball caps or posts), and how seamlessly the fence blends in with the property itself. 

Any one of these traits can make or break the overall look of your fence, and even a great looking fence can look out of place if it is mismatched with the wrong style of property.

By far the most crucial detail to get right is the colour. While there’s no hard and fast rules, you’ll have to decide if you want the fence to either: match the existing colours found on the property (i.e. colour of the gutter systems, support posts, pavement, walkways, doors and window frames), or choose a completely different colour on purpose to promote a strong contrast.

If you’re unsure, relax. When you arrange a consultation with your local fencing expert, they can guide you through the full range of colours, and help you choose a palette that harmonises with your place.

Contact Dunn & Farrugia today for more tips on choosing the right fence for you.

3. Security and peace of mind without compromise

While the primary purpose of security fencing is to keep intruders away and protect your valuables, this benefit doesn’t have to come at the cost of good looks.

These days, security fencing comes in a range of styles, colours, and finishes to ensure the final product matches your home or business. On top of this, you can choose from a range of post cap styles – including capped, reverse crimp, or cranked security – in order to dissuade potential intruders.

If security fencing is not your style, you can also choose more visually appealing types of fencing, such as privacy screens and louvres, garden fencing, picket fencing, and boundary fencing. All of which offer varying levels of security while also separating you from the neighbours and giving your living space some extra privacy. 

If you care for livestock or cattle, then post & rail farm fencing is a great way to divide your property, and prevent your live stock from escaping or gaining unwanted access to restricted areas.

4. Level of maintenance

Different types of fencing require different levels of maintenance. Choosing the right fence could save you a lot of time and hassle in the near-future.

Timber fencing is the most demanding, as you must re-stain and re-paint it once every few years to prevent the risk of rot, warping, discolouration, and termite infestation. Of course, timber fencing also adds a sense of warmth and charm that few products can replicate, thus increasing the appeal and value of your home.

Less demanding yet equally stunning materials include aluminium and steel. Unlike timber and iron, aluminium is less vulnerable to rust, corrosion, and warping, so you don’t have to worry about moisture and sunlight causing damage later on. 

Meanwhile, steel fences are treated with a durable layer of powder coating, which is specially designed to resist the effects of atmospheric corrosion such as rust, rotting, and warping. 

To keep your steel fence in great shape, it is recommended you clean it once every six months with soap and clean water.

5. Stick to a budget

While it may be tempting to choose the most affordable fence upfront now, this may not be the wisest choice in the long run. 

Fencing made from cheaper materials may be more susceptible to wear and tear, and you may be limited by the amount of customisation options, resulting in a less visually appealing fence. In fact, a poor looking fence may even reduce the value of your property as opposed to raising it.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to get the fence of your dreams. 

For instance, the cost of timber fencing ranges anywhere from $75 to $125 per metre for treated pine and hardwood paling fencing. While PVC or vinyl fencing can be as low as $40 per metre for a standard two rail fence. 

Keep in mind, more affordable options like timber will be higher maintenance. But, if you’re willing to put in the time to keep such fences in great shape, then you’ll be thrilled with the results.

Interested in having a new fence installed at your home or business? Contact Dunn & Farrugia today for a FREE measure and quote. Our friendly team will help you choose the right fence for you.

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