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Colorbond Fencing versus Timber Fencing

Settling the Great Debate: Colorbond versus Timber Fencing

If you plan on setting up a boundary fence around your property, you have two choices to consider: COLORBOND® fencing vs timber fencing.

Understandably, each type of fence has their pros and cons. In order to reach a fair conclusion, you need to consider your budget, style preference, tolerance for ongoing maintenance, and a few other key factors. By being able to fairly weigh the benefits of each one, you’ll have a better chance of making the right choice.

Let’s settle this debate once and for all by comparing what these fences have to offer.


Unsurprisingly, COLORBOND® steel is renowned for its superior strength. The material is made from galvanised steel and given a durable powder coated finish. As a result the steel will not rot, flake, peel or warp. Plus, it’s naturally resistant to pests and termites, while also being fire rated to help keep your property safe – ideal for bushfire prone regions.

In saying this, timber is no slouch, either. Most timber fencing is made of treated pine, which is highly resistant to extreme weather and chemically treated to resist pests and fungi. However, timber fencing is more prone to rot and warping, and does require more maintenance to stay in good shape.

For advice on choosing between COLORBOND® fencing vs timber fencing, contact Dunn & Farrugia today.


Once your COLORBOND® fence is installed, you barely have to lift a finger to keep it in pristine condition. All you have to do is wash it down with warm soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge. You also don’t have to repaint or re-stain it either. So you can spend more time on the weekend doing the things you love!

Timber fencing, on the other hands, needs a bit more TLC. Over time, the timber posts will degrade and require a touch up. You may need to apply extra paint, oil, or varnish depending on the advice of your installer. You’ll also need to apply sealant to protect the fence from water. All in all, this means you’ll have to buy extra supplies and set aside some time on the weekend to fence duties.

Visual Appeal

Featuring clean vertical lines, a distinct lack of gaps, and a sheen glossy appearance, COLORBOND® fencing provides a tough, modern look that complements any style of property. And, with over 22 colours to choose from inspired by the glorious Australian scenery, you can choose a light, bold, or subtle colour tone that reflects your personal taste.

If you’re after a classic look that’ll never go out of style, timber fencing is also a great choice. The shades of light and dark brown emit a sense of warmth and nostalgia that few other fences can replicate. Plus, the unique combination of horizontal and vertical slats helps set it apart from other fences.


With a tall height and next to no footholds, a COLORBOND® fence is difficult to climb and therefore great for security. And the lack of vertical gaps mean you can enjoy the privacy of your own backyard. Plus, when combined with a secure and latchable gate, you’ll never have to worry about intruders.

Despite being a distinguishable feature of timber fencing, the horizontal slats make it easy to climb and access your property. This makes timber fencing a bit harder to recommend for security reasons. Adding insult to injury, timber slats can be easily snapped or dismantled by a burglar – and without making much noise, either.

Contact Dunn & Farrugia Today

Now that you have a better idea of whether to choose COLORBOND® vs timber fencing, talk to the experts at Dunn & Farrugia. One of our friendly contractors will come to you, recommend the best product for you, and give you an obligation-free quote.

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