An often overlooked aspect of home renovations, gates and fencing are just as important as many other parts of the home. Fences and gates not only provide security (keeping unwanted visitors our, and pets and young ones in) but also is the first thing a person sees from the outside. So aesthetic appeal of your fencing is very important. Plus it compliments the house, so a bad fence can detract from the overall look of your home.
What type of fence should I have?
There are so many different styles of fences that you will definitely be able to find something that suits your personal tastes and goes with the design of your house. Paling fences, hardwoord, colourbond, steel, picket fences, balustrades, are just a few of the options you have to choose from when installing a new fence.
All of them have pros and cons so it is important to choose wisely and select a fence that will be suitable for you. Once you work out your budget, getting in touch with local fencing contractors is a smart move, as they will be able to advise you on the best solution for your personal situation. A woodturning specialist is great for creating custom timber products such as balustrades or wooden verandah posts. We recommend Pete from Traditional Turnings for any specialist timber work in your home.
Here is a brief summary of some of the features of major fencing types.
Paling Fences: Timber paling is long lasting and won't rot. It is tactile and looks good in a natural environment. It is very affordable and you can paint it if you want a different colour.
When considering timber for your fencing needs, you might also want to consider where else this can be used in your home renovation. One place is on a decking or porch. Peter White is great for extensions and have deck builders who are very reputable. A deck can be great for entertaining outdoors and using timber will ensure it lasts for years and can be painted any colour to suit your house.
Hardwood: Hardwood fences absorb less water, which means they are less likely to twist or shrink. If you live in an area with heavy rainfall this can be an important benefit. They are also stronger and denser than pine timber but more expensive. Again you can paint these fences to change their colour.
Wrought Iron: Wrought Iron fences are a unique type of fencing option. They are strong structures and can be customised into any shape or pattern. This is ideal to help suit the exact style of your home. Not only do they give an added feature to any house, wrought iron fences also provide great security. Gates can also be customised and can compliment a nice brick fence.
Recommended wrought iron gate specialist: http://www.professionalgates.com.au/
ColorBond: Colorbond fencing looks great, with a modern feel that can compliment all types of houses and landscapes. It has a smooth finish that won't splinter, which can be important if you have young kids. They are strong and secure, and won't rot or burn. They can tolerate the harshest of conditions and come in a vast range of colour options. Again they are more expensive, and can easily be dinted. So if you have adventurous, sport kids, this option mightn't be for you.