From bamboo to Chainwire, we discuss the types of fencing material available to you
Fences provide security, privacy, and curb appeal to your home and. with proper maintenance, these enclosures can last for years – making them a valuable investment but, in Australia, where it can get hot and humid all year, the weather can significantly impact the condition of your fences.
So, when researching fencing options, choosing the best material that can withstand the hot weather and long rainy days of New South Wales is crucial, which is why the team here at Chainwire Fencing Specialist have made this fact file.
While all fences are designed to provide basic protection against the elements, some materials are more resilient than others. Below are the most common types of fencing materials available in NSW.
Wooden fences are popular in the Australian countryside. They are often styled like a classic picket fence, with minimalist vertical or horizontal rails or a decorative lattice pattern. The problem with timber fencing is that wood expands when exposed to heat and contracts when exposed to the cold. Timber is also susceptible to termites and tends to age faster than other fencing materials.
When installing a wooden fence, it is best to choose a type of wood that is less likely to rot and cracks when the weather changes. These include Western red cedar, Southern yellow pine, cypress, redwood, and tropical hardwoods. As a final touch, have them oil-treated and stained for enhanced weather resistance.
Vinyl is an excellent alternative to wood, when it comes to fencing. vinyl is easy to maintain and holds up well to both hot and cold weather. Although it loses some of its flexibility when exposed to extreme cold, vinyl does not break unless hit with sudden impact. Vinyl also does not crack, chip, fade, peel, or rot even under the hot sun for long periods.
Wrought iron is a traditional fencing material that gives a home a striking and elegant curb appeal. While it is strong and durable, wrought iron does not provide adequate privacy and security as passers-by can easily see through the fencing. Wrought iron fencing also requires yearly maintenance to stay free from rust.
Aluminium fencing has the same stylish wrought iron look but is relatively low maintenance, rustproof, and can be powder coated to withstand different weather conditions. Also, unlike wood, aluminium does not rot, warp, or develop mould as the powder coating can keep out water and moisture.
On the flip side, aluminium is not the strongest of fencing materials. Therefore, it is ideal for areas that do not require tight security.
Extremely durable and long-lasting, brick walls are a traditional type of fencing for yards. They can also be combined with other materials such as wrought iron for a more appealing look. Brick fencing, however, is not as flexible as other materials since it cannot be relocated. It also occupies more space in your property which reduces land area.
Steel fencing is a popular choice for Australian homes because of its sturdiness, excellent security, and affordability. However, steel is always vulnerable to rust. Steel fencing must be coated with quality primer and oil-based paint and topped with a galvanised or powder-coated finish to improve resistance against rust. With proper maintenance, steel fencing can last a very long time.
Bamboo is the most eco-friendly material of choice for fencing. It exudes a peaceful, nature-inspired vibe that is surprisingly durable – bamboo can last up to 20 years! In addition, it is naturally resistant against termites and is much stronger than most types of wood. However, bamboo fencing may not be a great choice if security is a priority.
Similar to bamboo fencing, brushwood has a natural appearance that goes well with Zen-like Australian landscapes. Brushwood fencing blends well with rustic exteriors and provides excellent soundproofing and privacy. However, brushwood tends to attract termites and can be dangerous when installed in bushfire zones.
Glass fencing is perfect for a modern home. It is sleek, elegant, and offers a great view beyond the main property without compromising safety.
Frameless glass fencing offers phenomenal views for homes near the ocean, allowing homeowners to maximise the scenery from their homes. Australian Standards requires toughened glass for this type of fencing to make it more resistant to breakage and, if it does break, the glass will not shatter into dangerous shards.
Although toughened glass is relatively safe, it is not unbreakable. Families with small children and pets may therefore be at risk of accidentally breaking the glass and getting injured. Privacy is another issue as glass fencing allows outsiders to see through it.
Chainwire fencing, also called chain link, is a durable, affordable way to protect land and home. This enclosure option features galvanised steel wires resistant to rust and corrosion, which requires minimal maintenance.
With steel wires forming a chain link, these fences allow rain and wind to pass through without damaging the enclosure. It’s best to install rust-resistant aluminium or zinc alloys for latches and fasteners to ensure that Chainwire fences are able to withstand extreme weather for years.
Chainwire fencing may not be too popular due to its plain appearance but a little creativity can go a long way in improving it. One option is to allow shrubs or vines to grow along the fence for a refreshing touch of green and improved privacy. Adding barbwire on top of the Chainwire fencing also prevents intruders from going over the fencing.
Call Chainwire Fencing Specialist for weather-resistant fencing solutions in NSW
With plenty of choices available for fencing material, selecting the best option for your property can be overwhelming. Before calling an installer, it is best to write down all the specifics you need to consider – including budget, purpose, aesthetics, and maintenance. Once you have all this information, talk to our fencing specialist for expert assistance on all your fencing needs.
Here at Chainwire Fencing Specialist, we provide fencing solutions for homes, farms, schools, railroads, sporting fields, correctional facilities, and industrial complexes. As the premier Chainwire fencing specialist in NSW, we have years of experience developing bespoke fences for any enclosure application. Call us on 02 4023 5416 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org today for enquiries. Alternatively, click here to send us an online message with your contact details attached and we will get back to you at your earliest convenience.