Melanie Hearse - 4 Jan, 2019

How to keep your fencing up-to-date

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Often overlooked during a renovation planning process, fences form a frame for your home and can make or break your home’s curb appeal. Here are the popular fencing trends for 2019.

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Far from just delineating the boundary of your property, fences provide security, privacy and enhance your home’s curb appeal and are usually the first glimpse of your home’s style. Bearing this in mind, the choice of material and style should complement the period and aesthetic of your home.

Motorise it

According to Lance Lucas, qualified fencing specialist at Garmisch Fabrications, listed on hipages, increased security and privacy are big considerations when it comes to fencing. “In general, rendered brick fencing and motorised sliding gates for the front of the property are the most popular choice for those who can afford it.”

For front yards and driveways, sliding gates with fast motors are increasingly popular, according to Ivan Grahovac of Powered Gates Australia. “These gates open at twice the normal speed, which is especially useful for driveways on main roads or for longer gates,” he says.

Also popular are Bluetooth mobile phone apps, like Omgate, which turn your smartphone into a remote control to open your driveway gate.

Cheap but sleek

PVC is a fencing trend that remains popular, Lucas says. “PVC fencing is being used more and more. This popular plastic fencing has a Hamptons feel, making it in demand as the style is very on-trend at the moment. It’s not the strongest fence available, but it looks great and is relatively cheap,” he says.

As a bonus, it’s easy to keep clean and keeps its appearance longer than painted wooden paling fences. 

In terms of pricing, PVC or vinyl fences are around $40 – $90 per metre, while a treated pine timber slat fence is closer to $280 – $350 per metre, tubular metal fencing is around $180 – $350 per metre, and powder-coated aluminum slat fences are around $95 – $155 per square metre.

Colour blocking

Colorbond coated steel remains a popular fencing trend, being lightweight, durable and low maintenance. It comes in 24 contemporary colours, and can also be painted to match your home’s exterior colour scheme.

The industrial look of Colorbond fencing can be softened with plants or the use of lattice and vines to break up the solid expanse. Cost wise, Colorbond is around $65 – $100 per metre of fencing, making it one of the cheaper options.

Choosing the right fencing installer

The best way to determine what fencing option is right for your home and suitable for your budget is to source quotes from local tradespeople. One of the more convenient ways for tech-happy renovators to source these quotes is via the hipages app, which allows you to describe your job with a photo, get up to three reliable quotes, message your trade directly and pay, all in one place.

Houzz is another great place to start looking for professionals to help find and install your fencing.

Apart from materials and installation, the cost of new fencing can be affected by the following factors:

  • The height of the fence
  • Soil type and land contours
  • The amount or length of materials required (longer runs may attract a discount)
  • If painting or staining of timber fencing is required
  • The type of foundations required for supports
  • Removal of older fencing

It’s best to discuss all these elements before proceeding with a fencing project, so no unexpected surprises crop up.

If you’re still not sure what type of fencing is right for you, visit your local trade display centre for more inspiration, or talk to a landscape architect – as well as plants and outdoor living spaces, they can also provide advice about what fencing will provide maximum style for your budget.

Words by Melanie Hearse.

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