Choosing a Fence with Form and Function That’s Fabulous, Too
There are so many good reasons why your choice of fencing should not just be an afterthought or considered as purely functional.
The type and style of fencing that you choose for your home can really influence the overall look and feel of the property.
Here is a look at some of the choices of fencing available and how to decide which one would be best suited to your property.
Fit for purpose
One of the first considerations is to decide what you are going to be using your fencing for.
If you are looking for fencing that is being used around a swimming pool area, there are certain rules and restrictions that you will have to adhere to when making your selection so that you are fully compliant with local government requirements for the area you live in.
When you use a company like Awards Fencing or a similarly experienced contractor, they should be fully aware of what is legally acceptable and guide you towards making a fencing choice that meets the required standard for your region.
Having proper pool fencing may sound a bit limiting but you should be able to find a style and material that works for you and is acceptable from a safety point of view. You can have brush fencing, timber battens or even glass and stainless steel fencing, as well as tubular pool fencing.
Provided they are installed correctly and are considered non-climbable with a minimum of 1200mm height, you should be able to get the style you want without breaking any rules.
Restricting your view
When you are deciding on what type and style of boundary fencing that you want, think about the views that you currently have from your property.
The type of fencing you choose will invariably be dictated by whether you don’t want to lose the open views that you currently enjoy or if you want to block out a part of the property for privacy or because you don’t like what you currently see.
You may want to think about glass balustrades if you are keen not to have fencing that detracts from your current view. They can be fitted around your veranda to provide some protection from the wind but check with your supplier, as a minimum height levels can sometimes apply so you will have to take this into account if you are going to have an air gap, which could restrict your view when seated.
Any side or back fencing is generally restricted to a maximum height of 1800mm in many areas but most local councils are often receptive to allowing screen that goes beyond this height if it helps to address privacy issues.
You should be able to use any type of fencing material that you want with your boundary fencing. Decide what you want to achieve with your fencing and take the time to consider how it will look.
The type and style of fencing can dramatically alter the look of your property and if you have adjoining neighbours, you will need to discuss your options with them, especially if you are going beyond a standard height or it may affect them in some other way.
Another point to consider when choosing your fencing is maintenance. The type of material you select will have different maintenance requirements so discuss what you are expecting with your supplier.
It makes sense to consider your options carefully before making your final choice of fencing. You should then end up with a result that could transform the look and feel of your home.
Dave Ward is a retired home construction worker and homeowner. He now likes to spend his time writing about home improvement and DIY projects to help newer homeowners have the homes of their dreams.