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3 Fencing Materials for Residential and Commercial Properties

If your mind is not already made up about what specific type of fencing you are going to install around your property, choosing from the several options available out there can be a daunting responsibility. Fencing types can be classified in so many different ways. One of the more popular classifications is by construction material used.

Here is a look at some fencing types commonly featured in many residential and commercial properties across Australia.

Wood fencing

Where a natural look is desired, wood fencing tops the list. Wood's rustic appeal blends in much better with the outdoor environment than any other material. Wood fencing can be high-end, moderately priced or low-cost depending on the tree species used and quality of finish. Achieving custom fencing designs is a lot easier with wood because the material can be easily cut into various styles, shapes and sizes.

A common issue that many people have with wood fencing is its susceptibility to rot and insect attacks. To address this issue, manufacturers of wood fencing usually treat the wood with preservative. In addition to the treatment, the manufacturers also paint or stain their finished products to provide them with protective coatings. However, expect to repeat the painting or staining job every couple of years.

Vinyl fencing

Vinyl fencing is built to last and can generally outlast wooden fencing. It maintains its original colour for a lifetime and therefore does not need to be repainted or refinished. Cleaning a vinyl fence is easy, as basic household cleaning techniques and products will clean well. Water or moisture damage is not an issue with vinyl fencing because vinyl is rust-free and does not rot. But expect to pay more for vinyl compared to wood.

Metal fencing

The traditional choice of construction material for metal fencing is wrought-iron. Wrought-iron is used to make anything from ornamental fencing to tall, spiky barriers that provide high security. This type of fencing is a common feature in old homes. These days, however, wrought-iron fences are being replaced with aluminium and steel fences, which have better performance characteristics. Fences made from aluminium and steel offer superior protection against rust attacks, an issue that is common with the classic wrought-iron fencing.

And, thanks to advances in metal fabrication processes, a good metal fence will require almost no routine maintenance attention, aside from occasionally touching up any areas where the protective finishing peels off so as to prevent corrosion.

There are other material choices for your fencing. The purpose of the fence, the general style of your property and the local climate will all have a role to play in the selection of a suitable fencing material. Research thoroughly research before purchasing a fencing for your property. Contact a fencing contractor to learn more.