Fences can give you peace of mind knowing they can safeguard you against intruders but it does not mean they should be boring. Before commencing with the construction, consider the purpose and desired appearance. To help you make a more informed decision, here are the top five tips to a perfect fence.
Why do you want it?
Why do you want to have a fence? Is it for privacy? To keep in pets? or to keep intruders or feral animals out of your property? If it is for keeping your pets safe inside your yard, a basic chain-link fence will serve you just fine. If you want to block noise, you need something tall and solid. If your wishes are complex – keeping the pets in the yard and blocking traffic noise whilst giving your home an extra appeal you need a more elaborate design. Bottom line, when you know why you want a fence you can choose one that work best for you.
Choose your material
A white picket fence is every Australian’s favourite but before rushing in to buy wood posts and whitewash think about the long-term commitment you are making. Like any wood products, a picket fence requires occasional sealing and staining. Wood can also wrap and rot over time. Should you want the look of wood without the elbow grease, vinyl is perfect for you. Meanwhile aluminium, wrought iron and steel are other materials you may want to consider.
Be a Good neighbour
Take into consideration your neighbours when constructing a fence. Be open and upfront about your plans. Also try not to block their views unnecessarily. If your neighbours allow it, you can opt for a party fence but only if it is agreed in writing and after property boundaries have been professionally determined.
Do Your Homework
Inquire with your homeowners association and city building code that dictate the look, height and material for your fence. It could be that the city and your neighbourhood specify that the better looking side of the fence (the side that does not show the posts and rails) be placed facing the road or other public areas. Also, know how far a fence has to be set back from sidewalks and property lines. Do not forget to inquire if your fence need a building permit.
Hire the professionals
Building a fence is more complicated than it looks and sometimes, it is better to hire the pro for a smooth and streamlined project. If you decide to do so, see the fences they have installed. This may give you the best design or idea for your own fence.
To hire the experts in constructing and installing any type of fences in Lonsdale, call Retaining Wall Industries – a trusted name in retaining wall and fence projects in South Australia at 8387 8900 or visit http://www.rwi.com.au/