A custom designed Nautical Fence installed by Fencemakers, Australia
Most homeowners who make the decision to install a fence on their property do so for a specific reason. For example, you may have the desire to add security to your property, to keep your kids and pets safely enclosed in your yard, to keep wildlife out of your yard and more. While some fences may be installed purely for safety, security or other functional purposes, some homeowners may want to add a decorative element to their yard with the installation of a fence. While your own needs and desires for the fence may help you to select the right style to install in your yard, there are a few other key points to consider before you call a fencing company for installation.
Many homeowners live inside cities or towns, neighborhoods and other municipalities that do have building codes in place. Codes can vary from municipality to municipality and from neighborhood to neighborhood. However, they may affect the height of the fence, how far the fence must be setback from the road, its placement on utility easements, its color and material and more. For some homeowners, these rules may be fairly lenient. For other homeowners, however, the rules can drastically reduce and limit the fencing options available to you. For this reason, it is best to contact your neighborhood association as well as the municipality where you live to learn more about code restrictions that you must abide by.
In most cases, the fence that you build will butt up against a property line that you share with a neighbor. This means that your fence will become a fixture that your neighbor must live with as well. To maintain good relations with your neighbor, it is a smart idea to contact your neighbor about your plans to build the fence. In some cases, your neighbor may be willing to contribute to the price of the fence if it benefits him in some way. Your neighbor may have some suggestions or recommendations that you can take into account, and this can help you to keep the peace with your neighbor.
There are a variety of styles of fences that you can choose to install on your property, and with most styles, you can choose to use different materials for the installation. For example, with styles like privacy or picket fences, you can choose cedar slats, treated press board slats, vinyl and more. Even a chain link fence with a privacy screen may provide you with privacy. Consider the climate that you live in and research which materials may be more durable and resistant to the elements.
Durability and Maintenance
While the climate will affect the durability of the material you choose for your fence, other factors will also play a role. For example, some areas are more prone to wood-destroying insects. Wet climates may be more harsh on metal fences. Even in an ideal climate, however, wood fences may need to be stained and treated periodically. Privacy screening on a chain link fence may become damaged if it is placed too close to shrubbery or damage may be caused by pets and wild animals. By considering the durability and maintenance of the material that you choose, you can minimize the maintenance cost for your fence and enjoy improved aesthetic appeal for a longer period of time.
The Appeal of the Fence
If you live in a rural area and simply want to install an affordable fence to keep wildlife out of your yard, an affordable chain link fence may be ideal. Many homeowners, however, want to install a fence that will look great on their property and that will add style. There are numerous stylistic features that can be added to a privacy fence, and you can discuss those options in detail with a professional fence installation company. Other commonly used styles that boast aesthetic appeal include a picket fence and a split rail wood fence.
When selecting the right fence material and style, you may consider eco-friendly options. Eco-friendly options may be those made of recycled materials or materials that can be recycled after use. They may also be biodegradable and require minimal maintenance over time. Bamboo fencing is a smart choice because this type of wood grows quickly to minimize the issue of deforestation. The material also is more weather resistant than other types of wood and may require minimal maintenance and upkeep. You may also consider other materials like wrought iron, aluminum and recycled wood materials as eco-friendly options.
Left: Bamboo Fencing has it’s own charm. Photo Courtesy: Patty Myrick
Your budget for the fence is a factor that you cannot overlook. Fencing prices vary considerably based on factors like the material used, the height of the fence, the spacing of the posts, decorative features added to the fence and more. To save money, you may consider installing a slightly shorter fence or using a combination of materials. For example, if your home backs up to vacant or undeveloped land, you may consider installing a tall privacy fence along the sides of your yard and a chain link fence along the back of the yard. Tall bushes and shrubs can be planted along the rear of your yard if needed for additional privacy or to add decorative appeal to the yard.
A professional fencing company like Fencemakers of Perth, Australia can help you with a variety of designs (above) for your fence and install it within a short period of time.
Many homeowners consider installing their fence on their own, but there are good reasons why you should contact a professional fencing company for installation. First, it can take a considerable amount of time and effort to dig post holes and set posts. It may take you several weeks to do the same job that a fencing company can do within a day or two. Furthermore, you want your fence to look perfect and to have durable construction. Fencing experts can provide you with a variety of options including aluminium fencing which will provide you with a professional look as a finished result, and some may offer a warranty on their work. The company can also assist you in selecting the right materials and style for your yard. You can enjoy the benefits of a fence more fully and easily when you contact a professional for installation of your fence.
It’s an all too familiar news story: a child wanders into a pool area and drowns with a parent or caregiver just feet away. Someone crosses a neighbor’s yard in the night and slips and falls into the pool, drowning as a result. These types of accidents are especially tragic because of how avoidable pool accidents are with proper safety fencing. If your pool is fenced in, it’s safer for you, your family and everyone else.
Pool fencing comes in many types. Mesh wire fencing surrounds the pool with mesh wire panels, but some pool owners find mesh fencing inconvenient to use and unattractive. Chain-link and wrought iron fences are economical and sturdy but may not present much visual appeal, giving the pool a “prison” appearance in smaller yards.
Glass fences are attractive to visitors and may make a small yard appear larger. Glass safety fences have become more popular over the last few years because the materials don’t interfere with the yard’s appearance and are often more stylish than traditional mesh or plain iron fences.
Fencing, unlike a swimming pool enclosure, is usually removable. If you live in an area with periods of rough weather, such as snow, you’ll want to use fencing you can easily remove during bad weather so you can protect the fencing from damage.
Proper Installation and Features
All pool safety fences, no matter what the type, must be properly installed with the features and spacing necessary for safety. Children should not be able to climb over, under, through or around the fencing, so the fencing you select should be too tall for a child to climb over and too dense for the child to get through fence post spaces.
Fencing should be sturdy and installed deep enough into the ground so a person can’t pull up a section by applying force. Common fencing gates are either self-latching or have a manual lock or padlock. All persons who will be using your pool should know how to open and close the gate correctly.
Some areas have laws requiring safety fencing around a pool. If you live in an area with a pool fencing safety regulation and fail to comply, you may face fines and penalties. You may face a lawsuit if a person has an accident in your pool if you didn’t have safety fencing installed.
When you’re looking for safety facing, consider your needs and budget. Have the fencing professional-installed if you’re uncomfortable with doing it yourself.
Fencemakers specialize in pool fencing that will look great and help keep your pool area safe. They also offer a complete range of fences including aluminium fence, gates, steel fencing, security fencing and much more.