Fences are a great investment for homeowners because of the security, privacy, and aesthetic appeal it adds to your home. With proper maintenance, you will be able to maximise the money you paid to have your fences installed. However, we all know that in Australia, it seems like summer never stops. The hot weather and the humidity greatly affect the condition of the fences around your home. In order to save on maintenance and repair expenses, it’s best to choose a fencing material that can withstand extreme weather conditions, whether it is hot weather or long rainy days.
Types of fences available in the market today
Obviously, most fences are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, but some materials are stronger and more resilient than others. Here is a list of fencing materials and a description of how good they are at withstanding extreme weather conditions.
Wood: Wood is known to contract when exposed to cold and expand when exposed to heat. If you are planning on using wood for your fences, it is best to choose a type of wood that will not crack or rot when exposed to weather changes. You can also opt to have your wood oil-treated and stained in order to help it withstand the weather better.
Western Red Cedar is a type of wood choice perfect for fencing because it doesn’t sustain damage when it contracts or expands. Southern yellow pine is also a good lumber choice since it is treated with chemicals which make it more resistant to rot and bugs. You can also try cypress, cedar, redwood, or tropical hardwoods since these are naturally resistant lumber.
Vinyl: If you want a good wood alternative, then vinyl is the fencing material you should choose. It is easy to maintain, environmentally friendly, and durable in both hot and cold weather. It will become less flexible when exposed to colder weather conditions but will not break unless hit with an unusual impact. Vinyl also does not fade, crack, peel, chip, or rot even when under the sun’s rays for a long period of time.
Aluminium: Unlike wood, aluminium does not warp, rot, or develop mould. It also does not need special attention in order to withstand water damage. It does not rust which means that you can maintain your fence’s structural integrity and aesthetic appeal for many years. The aluminium used in fencing materials is treated with a specialised powder to keep out water and moisture.
Chain Link: Because of how chain links are designed, the rain and wind is able to pass through your fences. This prevents damage from the weather. For a more durable chain link fence, be sure to use aluminium or zinc alloys for your latches and fasteners since these materials do not rust.