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