Level up your property’s look and feel with decorative metal fencing
The main purpose of fencing is security, but that doesn’t mean your fencing has to look plain and boring. There are plenty of fencing options today that can turn yours into the highlight feature of the home. With decorative fencing back in fashion, Australian fencing installers and manufacturers such as Chainwire Fencing are now offering more designs than ever.
2 main types of metal fencing
Decorative iron fencing
The most popular decorative fencing is made of wrought iron. Depending on the homeowner’s taste, it can be simple or elaborate and come mostly in black. Decorative iron fencing creates a durable and stunning border around the property and can be mixed with other materials such as brick, stone, or concrete for a unique look.
Decorative fence wires
If iron feels a bit heavy on the eye for your taste, woven wire is the obvious decorative metal fencing choice – other than the posts and frame, the entire enclosure is simply made from wire which allows plenty of light in. Available in a plethora of styles and colours, wire fences are comparatively affordable and very long lasting. Chainwire Fencing is on hand to install your metal fence, if you’re in Newcastle or Lake Macquarie, NSW.
How to choose the right decorative fencing
More than just a barrier, a fence protects a private space and enhances curb appeal, which is why one of the most important aspects of fencing is its design. Here are 5 of the most popular fence designs options:
If privacy is the primary purpose of installing a fence, the height should be at least 1.8m tall. However, that doesn’t mean it has to look like an army camp. Garden materials and lush greenery can soften the look of a privacy fence and create a natural atmosphere.
To prevent passers-by from peeking through, privacy fences for front yards should be solid. Small slats in between can still maintain privacy but won’t make the enclosure look like a fortress. To ensure fencing is up to code, make sure the installer complies with Australian fencing standards.
Like the privacy fence, security fencing is designed to keep intruders out. This means building a fence that is too tall to climb with no footholds. However, it doesn’t have to look like a prison fence.
Security fences are often designed with a height of 2.4m, but a fence that tall can look disproportionate to the rest of the neighbourhood. Adding slats or trellis on top can soften the imposing appearance. Metal fences are great for combining security and style. Wrought iron fences that arc outward are impossible to scale but still maintain an appealing view.
Easy Access fencing
If you value your privacy but don’t want a fence that is heavily guarded by lock and key, the solution is a type of fence that blocks the view from the outside but allows easy access from the inside. This way there is no need to lock and unlock the fence when entering the garden. Another option is to stagger and overlap the fence to create a passageway while maintaining privacy.
A long fence around a vast property can look bland and monotonous. One way to jazz up a massive enclosure is to install a stepped fence. As the name implies, a stepped fence looks like steps of stairs when complete. Each length of fencing is at a different height to go along with the landscape. This breaks the monotony of the design and is the perfect solution for sloping ground.
If safety and security are not a problem, choose a decorative fence. They may be low and easy to scale, but the curb appeal and landscaping will flatter any home design. Of course, the most popular decorative fence is the classic white picket fence.
While most decorative fences are made of wood, designers sometimes mix them up to create a modern look. Fencing made of bricks and wrought iron is an intriguing choice.
Installing decorative fencing does not have to break the bank. Wire, PVC, vinyl, and aluminium fencing are all affordable options. Often, the difference between good and bad decorative fencing is not in the cost of the materials but the skill of the installer. Speak to a member of the team at Chainwire Fencing, for more information.
How to choose a fence style
Installing a fence is a big decision and it’s not something that can be easily replaced if you change your mind. Fencing should be able to protect the property and its occupants and, at the same time, enhance the look of the home. Here are five things to consider when choosing a fence.
- The architectural style of the home
- Security add-ons
The architectural style of the home
Whether the home is of Victorian, Georgian, or Contemporary influence, the fence around it must complement the style of the structure. If the fence design for that particular era is not available, work out a custom style that fits the character of the home.
Colour can either make the fence a standout feature of the home or a complementary element that blends with its surroundings. When considering colour, try matching it to something in the house – the roof, the window, the walls, or the garden.
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to fencing material. Wrought iron, aluminium, steel, PVC, vinyl, and timber are just a few. Each material has its benefits and drawbacks. When choosing the fencing material, consider its purpose, budget, and the environment.
Modern fences are now equipped with security systems to deter intruders. Fence-mounted intrusion detection systems, alarm sensors, double-cylinder deadbolts, and video intercoms can all be part of an automated system that ensures convenience and peace of mind.
Wood fencing is the most difficult to maintain. Every few years, it requires staining and painting to prevent warping, discolouration, and termite infestation. On the other hand, iron does not rot, but it can be vulnerable to rust. Steel fences are prone to rust too, so they are powder coated to resist the effects of atmospheric corrosion.
Aluminium, however, is less likely to rust, warp or corrode – making it a good fencing material for homes in high humidity regions. Among all types of fencing, chainwire fencing is probably the easiest to maintain. Just wipe them down every six months to keep them in great shape.
Contact your trusted Newcastle fencing specialist to discuss your fencing options
Are you looking for quality fencing that’s custom-designed to your specific requirements? If you’re in Newcastle and Hunter, contact Chainwire Fencing. Our team will see to it that we install top-quality fencing that fits your property’s style and needs. Call us today on (02) 4023 5416 or email us at email@example.com for enquiries.