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Fence me some privacy

Fences add value and security to a home or business, so let’s look at fences as there are many types, each with their own

unique advantages and style.

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Type of Fence Average Cost Benefits
Rock/stone $90 M Water resistant

Easy to build

Looks good

Simple

Hard to graffiti

Metal – Wrought iron $80 M Durable

Can have numerous shapes and patterns

Stylish

(will rust so needs regular maintenance)

Metal – Stainless Steel $105 M Rust resistant

Strong

Wont warp like wood can

Durable

Metal – Aluminium $110 M Low Maintenance

Strong

Versatile

Wide range of colours and styles

Cement/Concrete $300 M Low maintenance

Good sound barrier

Easily repaired

Fire resistant

Wood $275 M Can be any length, style and colour

Affordable

Durable

Glass (balustrade) $240 M Easy to maintain

Can see through, eg see the pool

Creates an illusion of bigger space

Looks good

Chain-link $165 (1x10M) Great for animals

Versatile

Durable

Can be temporary

Easy to repair

 

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Other things to remember are:

You can build up to 2 meters in height without getting planning consent from the council, but always check to make sure. In building a fence between you and your neighbor The Fencing Act sets out your rights and obligations.  It is a good idea to check property boundary lines to make sure the fence is in the right place.  If you have a pool a fence is required by law.

Applications

rock_fenceStone – Stone fencing is very stable and durable and looks great.  It can handle all weather and wont rot or be damaged by insects.  It can even withstand fire.  It’s also hard to graffiti. Requires little to no maintenance. Can be a very cheap option. A great style for homes near the sea as won’t be affected by salt spray.

Wrought Iron – very difficult to break so great for security. Easy to maintain and difficult to graffiti.  Will last a long time as it won’t rot etc but you need to watch for rust.  Great for home and business.

Stainless steel – This is great for places near the sea or rainy environments as it is resistant to corrosion.  Another great fence for security as it can’t be broken through easily if at all.  Is most used by hospitals and kitchens as it is easy to clean and low maintenance.

Aluminium – another low maintenance fence type. Is also strong and reliable and great from any property residential or balustrade_fencecommercial.  Is used to fence pools.  Is great for land that slopes as it can be made to go with the land, to “hug” the land.

Concrete – Good to use as a sound barrier for roadside homes. Is easily repaired and needs no maintenance.  Is fire resistant and bug resistant. One of the cheaper options. Able to be formed into any design

Wood – Can be made into any design or colour so great for a look you are going for with your home. Affordable. Easy to maintain and fix.  Is a great option for those caring about the environment as can be disposed of easily.

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Glass – The top option for pool fencing. Also for balconies.  Gives the illusion of a bigger space. Great for when you are needing to supervise children.  Secure and durable.

Chain-Link – Used mainly on sports fields and playgrounds.  Also used in prisons and airports. This provides security as well as visibility.  Require little to no maintenance. Durable and strong.