Choosing a timber fence

A fence is more than just a functional demarcation of your property, it can provide privacy, protection, or be an aesthetic decoration for your home. There are numerous fencing styles, materials and designs available, which can make choosing a fence an overwhelming task.
The primary consideration will be the purpose of your fence. These may involve one or more of the following:

  • safety and security
  • privacy
  • screening an unsightly view
  • containing children or pets
  • reducing noise pollution
  • improving the aesthetics of your property
  • demarcating the boundary of your property

Consider the following factors before deciding which fence is appropriate for your property:

Cost

This includes the initial outlay and ongoing maintenance costs, which may be considerable for timber products, for example.

Regulations

Local councils will have guidelines on the building and repair of fences, with respect to height, materials and the distance from neighbouring properties and pavements. This is also relevant for pool fencing, where mandatory safety regulations apply.

Materials

There are a wide variety of fencing materials available. The material you choose should compliment and enhance the style of your home and property. This choice will be governed by the purpose of your fence, budget and your style and design preferences.

Options for timber fencing include

Treated Pine – Popular designs like paling fences, the most common style of fencing seen throughout Melbourne suburbs, a tough and long lasting fence. Another option is treated pine decking, for a more featured look.
Merbau Timber – Merbau decking is a versatile timber and must have if you are looking to add style to your garden. A great choice for fencing & screening.
Brush wood – Versatile material with adds a natural look to your home and garden, great for privacy and boundary dividing.
Cypress Pine – A great alternative to the popular merbau decking, long lasting and featured style fencing which is resistant to most insects and bugs.
Picket – For a traditional look picket fencing can be made in a number of styles, from the popular windsor style picket through to the pointed picket.

Neighbours

try to build a fence that is equally attractive from both sides. Also consider that the cost of a shared fence is usually divided between neighbours.

You can even use brush fencing around your pool area (provided that it is installed in a way that meets pool safety regulations) as the high salt content in the Melaleuca used helps to protect the fence from decay.

Why Use Brush Fencing?

Brushwood fencing is made from Melaleuca, and is also known as “broombrush”. The most common Melaleuca species used in brush fencing is Melaleuca Uncinata. Brush fencing is becoming increasingly popular in Australian households as it gives a great natural look, is resistant to termites, is very durable, and is practically maintenance free. It is also an environmentally friendly fencing option. Because brush fences are so tightly packed, they are great for privacy, and they also have good noise suppression qualities, which can be important if you live in an urban environment.

What You Need to Know About Brush Fencing

Brush fencing can be handmade or machine-made. Handmade fences can be made into just about any pattern and height and suit land that is sloping or flat. The handmade brush fences can be used to create curves, bends, and arches in the fencing that is not possible when using other fencing materials. These fences are made by cutting the brush (Melaleuca) to the required size and then hand packing the brush into the frame of the fence. They can be made to whatever size you require. Machine-made brush fences consist of panels that simply attach to the fence frame. Machine-made panels can be installed by a fencing professional or you can choose to do it yourself if you are confident in your skills. Machine-made panels are generally around 50mm thick and 1.7 metres high, and come in a range of widths. Brush rolls are used at the top of the fence in order to give it a more “finished” look.

Brush Fencing Can Be Used Around Pools

You can even use brush fencing around your pool area (provided that it is installed in a way that meets pool safety regulations) as the high salt content in the Melaleuca used helps to protect the fence from decay.

Grey Timber Restoration

Grey timber is discoloured timber fibre caused by the weather. To remove the grey, sand the timber back to its original colour and apply a protective coating. Deck Clean should be used to rejuvenate and clean grey, weathered timbers.

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