The quality of your front fence is important as it keeps your place for the safety of your kids as well as keeping the intruders out. Before going for the cheapest fence, ensure it is “hard to climb” and “built to last” to avoid intruders from going over or through. The more solid and secure your fence is, the better it is to avoid kids squeezing through or under it. The safest materials are either wrought iron fences or steel due to their strength and durability. Be careful with wooden fences and gates especially for your kids as wood has a tendency to warp throughout the years.
Despite the trend to have a fancy fence, ensure you pick one that is easy to maintain. For instance, we suggest to not go for a timber fence as they’re predisposed to warping, require frequently painting, can be infected by termites and rot if the wrong timber has been used.
- Ensure it suits your house’s current design
Before purchasing a new fence, have a thought on how it will enhance your home’s look and value. Keep in mind that front fences are the “first impression maker” when it comes to the street appeal of your property, therefore, design is key.
Pick a material that lasts forever and is resistant to harsh weather and pests. Compared to a wooden fence, wrought iron is a very good option so it doesn’t deteriorate or discolour throughout the years. Good quality also means good value over time and low costs.
Ensure it complies with the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes) and the local policy. The requirements are mostly about the height of the fence (with a height required for solid materials) and the visual transparency of the infill panels (when infill panels are used).