Choosing the right fencing for your home

Installing a fence on your property should be a fairly straight forward job if you have a reliable fence installer. But, before you get to that point, the type of fence you choose can be a challenge if you’re not sure what you need or want.

Building a fence has its benefits – it offers security, can enhance your verge appeal, creates more privacy and even provides protection from the natural elements. The type of fence you choose can visually make a big difference to the appearance of your home.

If you’re planning to install a new fence, or replace an existing fence on your property, here’s some top tips from Mackson’s experienced team of Perth fence installers

Why are you building a fence?

Firstly, what your reason for needing a fence? This can help determine the type of fencing solution you choose. For example, do you need a fence for security purposes? Do you need a sturdy gate to keep your children or pets safe? Do you want to screen off areas of your house for more privacy? Is it to fence off your pool area? Do you need to protect your home from tough weather conditions?

Choosing a fence style that suits your property

The design of your home can also guide you architecturally as to the style of fencing you choose. Not all types of fencing will necessarily suit your space or be appropriate. While the appearance of your fence or gates may not be important to you, it should seamlessly blend into your surroundings to create an aesthetically pleasing exterior, as it has the potential to increase the value of your home. 

Some of the popular material options include Colorbond panels, aluminium slats, tubular fencing, garrison fencing and modular walls. At Mackson, we manufacture and supply a wide range of fences in Perth. Browse our gallery for some inspiration.

Where are you building your fence?

It’s important to consider where your fence is going and also its terrain. Depending on where your fence is going, you may need to apply for a building permit or get approval, so it’s best to check with your local council first in case you need to submit an application prior to building. Also, if your new fence is likely to impact your neighbour, it’s a good idea to have a quick chat to them and let them know what you’re planning to install.

Is your land flat or sloping? Installing a fence on a flat surface will always be easier than sloping ground, so this is something you should take note of, as some fencing solutions may be better suited for different levels of land. 

Ongoing fence maintenance

Some fences, like Colorbond are virtually set and forget once installed and require minimal maintenance, while others need a little more commitment to maintain. For example, a white picket fence is quintessential and impressive, but it’ll require some staining or sealing from time to time to keep it looking fresh. They can also warp or rot over time.

How much time do you have?

The time factor is another important consideration, as some types of fences take longer to install than others. When do you want your fence to be fully installed, and can this be achieved based on the fencing solution you’re looking at?

What’s your budget?

Some fencing materials are more expensive than others, and that includes the installation too. If you have a fairly small budget, consider fencing materials that are more cost effective, or which installation methods are less labour-intensive ( therefore less expensive). The team at Mackson can work with your budget to find an affordable fencing solution without comprising on quality.

DIY or professionally installed fence?

Unless you’re an experienced fence installer, not all fence types are easy to put together. While you do save on installation costs by building your own fence, if you’ve never installed a fence before, it might be a job better left for the experts, to avoid any costly fixups later on. 

For the DIY handymen, Mackson also supplies easy to install DIY Colorbond gate kits and slat gate kits.

By doing a bit of homework, you’ll find the right fencing solution for your Perth home. And, if you do need a little helping hand, our friendly and experienced team are always available to guide you through the process.

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