Currently, there is no federal or state law requiring a house to be enclosed by a fence. In fact, the closest we have to fencing-related legislation governs pool fencing. According to Mandatory Part 3.4 of the Queensland Development Code, registered swimming pools must have adequate pool fencing to protect children from drowning or any pool-related injury.
Whether or not mandated by law, investing in a fence is always a good idea. Not just because it’s a good way to keep undesirable things out but also to keep desirable things in. A good security fence for home use can stop your restless dog or unattended children from leaving the house and wandering into the path of safety risks. With the right colour and design, it can also beautify any landscape.
Once you’re convinced of how integral fences are to daily life, the next step is to choose a fence. While typical design options include picket and paling styles, choosing the right material can be tricky. But don’t fret; let this guide help you make a sound decision.
Know your home
Fence building may look straightforward, but it’s crucial to get it right the first time. For starters, depending on the material of choice, the cost of one meter of fencing ranges from AUD$75 to AUD$1,000. Seventy five bucks is already a huge amount to lose on improper fence work, let alone one grand.
Avoiding such mishaps requires gathering as much information on your home and its location as possible. The key areas include the local climate and soil structure.
First and foremost, climate can influence your fencing options. Queensland generally experiences warm winters and blistering summers, getting wetter and more vulnerable to cyclones the further north or east you go. The fact that climate change will most likely change local weather patterns in the following years doesn’t help.
Can a vinyl fence work for a home in a coastal region such as the Gold Coast? Sure, vinyl won’t corrode amid the salt-laden air, but what if it faces a cyclone as powerful as Ilsa? In the absence of extremely strong winds, how does vinyl hold under 30-plus-degrees weather? Excessive heat expansion can threaten the fence’s overall integrity.
The type of soil where the fence will be constructed also matters, as building the foundations will disturb the soil to an extent. For instance, placing untreated wooden posts on wet soil can lead to rotting, which can lead to stability issues. The problem worsens when the soil in question is clay, which drains water slower than sandy or loam soil.
Ask your neighbour
This step only applies when planning to erect a fence between your home and your neighbour’s, namely on the spot where property lines meet. Under state law, any dividing fence built on said spot will be the responsibility of both parties, so getting your neighbour’s input is important.
Fencing disputes are so common in Queensland that the state government deemed it necessary to publish this primer on settling such disputes. Unfortunately, the fencing contractor isn’t qualified to provide legal assistance in this regard, all the more reason to ensure the project goes smoothly.
If the shared arrangement involves splitting the bill, asking the neighbour about their preferred type of security fence for home use is recommended. They might not agree to expensive fence materials like steel or natural stone. If the neighbour doesn’t consent to a dividing fence, you may need to move the fence line a few inches back to avoid encroachment.
Leave the job to a pro
Any fencing contractor understands that customers want to save money on erecting fences wherever possible. Some even wonder if they can do so by doing the installation themselves (as labour costs run by the hour), to which contractors may agree—if they’re experienced enough.
For customers with little to no expertise in home improvement works, hiring a professional may be more cost-efficient in the long term. Imagine what you’re getting from the high initial costs attributed to professional work.
- Years of experience in the fencing industry
- An arsenal of necessary tools and safety gear
- Reliable advice coming from experience
- Knowledge of existing local fencing and building regulations
- Preparing the requirements for securing building approval (if applicable)
- Initiative in case something goes awry during construction
Most of these benefits are intangible, but they make sense. Reliable advice is the most vital in searching for the best fence for home properties. Even if they propose a costly fencing option, they won’t do so without visually inspecting the project site. Of course, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but pondering on theirs doesn’t cost anything.
To choose a fence that best suits any humble abode boils down to gathering information from various sources. Know the conditions where your house is located and, if building a dividing fence, coordinate with neighbours who are affected by the project.
But the most important is to enlist the expertise of professional fencing contractors Gold Coast, preferably one with years of experience under their toolbelt. Pride Fencescapes has over 20 years of experience, and our workers are fully insured. Visit our official website to learn other reasons to pick us for your next fencing project.