Are you looking to add or upgrade to a new fence? With so many modern home fence design options to choose from, deciding on the type of fence to build on your property can be a little overwhelming!
But not to worry, we’ve put together a compilation of all the things you need to know when choosing the right fence. By the end of this article you’ll be able to tackle that fencing project like a pro!
Modern fence by ModularWalls in South Yarra, Victoria
How to choose the right fence design
First things first, let’s identify some important key factors to get started!
1. Know your Purpose
Knowing what your fence needs to do is an important first step in choosing a modern home fence design. Are you looking for more privacy from your neighbour’s prying eyes? You’re not alone!
Many homeowners share the same common fencing goals. Popular reasons include security, privacy, noise reduction, aesthetic framing or simple boundary demarcation.
2. Type of Materials
Next, choose the type of material that appeals to you. Take into consideration your budget, environment, home’s aesthetic and outdoor lifestyle. Work around your budget and go for one that’s within your range, so you won’t end up with a hefty bill beyond your means!
3. The Right Height
What’s the right fence height? Should you go for a taller or shorter fence? If it’s the aesthetics you’re after, any height would suffice but if you’re looking for privacy, security or noise reduction – we say, the higher, the better!
Remember to keep in mind your local council fencing regulations in your area. Backyard fences are usually up to 6 feet or 1.8m high; if you want it taller, you might need council approval first.
4. Fence Transparency
Do you want to completely block people from seeing through your fence? If yes, solid boundary walls are your best bet! It’ll give you the privacy you’ve been craving! Whilst glass or wire fencing is perfect for those with stunning natural surroundings.
5. Lasting Durability
When choosing a fence, always make sure that you opt for longevity. A fence is a considerable time and money investment, so it’s best to go with an option that will last throughout the years.
Boundary fencing ideas
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Boundary fences are one of the most overlooked details of a backyard, yet they have the ability to frame your home and give your backyard an instant face lift. Here are some options to consider:
Timber! So beautiful and yet one of the most affordable fencing options on the market. In fact, prefabricated fence panels will cost you even less, because there is a lower labour investment involved.
However, they aren’t the most durable material, and are highly susceptible to termites and rot – not to mention, they are unsuitable in bushfire zones. With these limitations in mind, many homeowners are looking for a more ‘Aussie-proof’ option.
Metal fencing is another cost-effective fencing solution. Adequate for simple boundary fences, it is a popular choice for those in termite-prone areas or bushfire zones.
However, as far as modern home designs go, aesthetics are definitely not their strongest suit as it offers no acoustic protection or privacy.
Metal fences are also unsuitable for coastal homes, as the proximity to marine environments usually result in rapid corrosion.
Concrete brick walls! These walls offer a high-end appearance, heightened security and excellent noise reduction (avg 40db reduction). With so many benefits, they are considered the premium fencing option, and can be quite expensive; especially if you’re after a rendered finish.
Environmentally speaking, they are incredibly durable, with only a few weak points.For flood prone or cyclonic wind regions, specialised footings and drainage designs can drive the price tag up even more.
Additionally, over time, ground movement will cause eventual cracking and crumbling of the structure, which can be costly to repair.
Modular walls and fencing systems
This fencing type has slowly revolutionised Australian backyards since its invention in 2003!
Modular walls are designed to mirror the premium aesthetics of rendered brick and give traditional brick walls a run for their money as they are up to half the price of traditional rendered masonry.
Combining the post and panel construction of timber or metal fencing, they are incredibly easy to install! They take only a quarter of the install time of rendered brick.
In fact, they are closer to bricks in terms of acoustic capabilities, delivering around 20-25dB noise reduction, and can be customised to include integrated retaining, lighting, slats or infills, letterboxes and more.
DIY fencing or professional fencing installation?
The DIY revolution is still going strong! Many homeowners are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to home improvement projects. But is fencing a project that can be DIYed?
The answer depends on the fence design you choose. Many of these options, like timber, metal and modular fencing are very DIY friendly. Brick, on the other hand, is a very precise and detailed job, requiring specialist trades and is best left up to professionals.
Modern fencing inspiration
If you’re after more information, check out ModularWalls’ blog where they have an extensive library of inspiration and informative resources, including their complete guide to fencing projects, fencing cost comparisons and a guide to fencing disputes with your neighbour.
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