Metric Fencing & Gates is a Perth based metal fabrication company, specialising in fencing and gates.

Renowned Australia-wide for its resistance to our harsh environment, Colorbond fencing requires much less maintenance than many of its alternatives, such as wood or vinyl. With Colorbond, just a little bit of maintenance goes a long way.

To take advantage of all the benefits Colorbond fencing has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of three essential tips for ensuring the longevity of your Colorbond fence.

1. Wash Your Colorbond Fence

BlueScope Steel, the makers of Colorbond steel, recommend regular washing of your Colorbond fence with fresh, clean water to prolong its life and lustre. 

Wet weather may often take care of this for you, with rainwater providing a natural, hands-free cleaning for your Colorbond steel. But in areas where a natural clean may be less likely, be sure to hose down your fence about once every six months or more frequently in coastal areas.

If you notice any stubborn dirt buildups or stains, mild detergent and a cloth should make short work of them. 

For more information on cleaning your Colorbond fence, check out our blog on How To Clean A Colorbond Fence.

2. Inspect Your Colorbond Fence

It’s important to check on your Colorbond fence, like any fence, every so often to ensure everything is as it should be. 

You should be on the lookout for any signs of damage, such as dents or scratches, and the loosening of fasteners, such as screws or bolts. 

While easy to fix, if left untreated, these issues can cause further degradation in the integrity of your fence. Loose screws, for example, represent a reduction in the structural integrity of your fence, which at its more extreme, can lead to fencing falling over or blowing down during severe weather.

This step should be an important consideration regardless of whether you have metal fencing or another alternative.

3. Monitor & Trim Encroaching Vegetation

Trees, vines, bushes, fertilisers, and soil can all cause a decline in the integrity of your fence over time, with vegetation often representing the most common source of abrasions for metal fencing.   

The frequent banging and rubbing of branches can lead to wear and scratches in metal fencing. Additionally, as vegetation grows and soil presses more firmly against your fence, it can trap moisture, leading to an increased risk of rust or mould growth. 

If you notice vegetation encroaching against your fence, make sure to trim it until it is no longer making contact with your fence and clear any soil stacked against it. 

These three essential steps are easy to implement but strongly contribute to maintaining a robust and attractive Colorbond fence for longer.

Metric Fencing is a manufacturer of genuine Colorbond fencing in Perth, Western Australia. Contact us for any of your Colorbond fencing or matching Colorbond gate needs.

Metric Fencing & Gates is a Perth based metal fabrication company, specialising in fencing and gates.

Commonly partnering masonry fencing, infill panels provide a world of customisation to your fence. Their wide range of available materials, patterns, textures, and colours are the true finishing touch to your fence design.

Infill panels are the non-load-bearing inserts installed between the fence posts above the footing of your fence. They help complement or contrast your fence post and footing preference to emphasise your chosen aesthetic. 

Aluminium slat fencing, Colorbond fencing and Tubular Steel fencing are all common styles of infill panels popular for their long-lasting nature and improved durability and resistance to the elements when compared to wooden slat alternatives.

Aluminium Slat Fencing Panels

Aluminium slat fencing panels are the ideal infill choice for homeowners looking to match the aesthetic of wooden slats with the improved durability of aluminium. 

The Metwood aluminium that Metric Fencing uses in their aluminium fencing is available in wooden tones such as Western Red Cedar or alternatively in tones such as Cream or Ironstone.

Aluminium Slat Fencing improves on its wooden ancestor in several key ways.

  • Aluminium slat fencing is more resilient and durable than wood. It’s impervious to rotting or termites and is fire-safe.
  • It requires less time-intensive and costly maintenance than wood, not requiring yearly oil treatments and repainting every three years.
  • Aluminium has a much longer projected lifespan than wood and is a highly recoverable material.
  • It is light and easy to install, compared to wood.

As the modern evolution of a traditional design, Aluminium slat fencing pairs well with the contemporary home, utilising the simple geometric shapes and contrasting colour tones currently popular in modern homes.

Colorbond Fencing Panels

Colorbond fencing panels can often be the ideal infill panel solution for homeowners looking to maintain the masonry fence post aesthetic around the rear and sides of their residential property.  

While local laws may vary, the fencing separating your residential lot from another residential, commercial, industrial or rural lot often must be non-permeable, preventing vision through the fence. 

Colorbond fencing panels are durable, long-lasting fencing panels perfect for providing your residence with the privacy and security it requires. Available in over 20 colours, there is bound to be a Colorbond fencing panel perfect for complementing your home’s fence posts.

Tubular Aluminium or Steel Fencing

Tubular infill panels are a common choice for homeowners, excelling in their sheer variety of designs available.

Metric Fencing offers 12 standard variations of Tubular fencing styles, with an additional five spear designs to pair with those styles. These can be expanded upon further through steel fabrication

Steel fabrication services, such as Metric’s, provide homeowners with the opportunity for more intricate Tubular designs that better match their intended aesthetic. These designs can then be powder-coated to a colour that complements your fence posts.

Tubular fencing is typically available in aluminium or steel. Due to these materials, it can be much more resistant to the elements than wooden alternatives whilst reducing maintenance requirements. Pairing sophisticated designs with the durability of steel or aluminium.

As a leading wholesale fencing supplier, Metric Fencing has served Perth’s fencing needs for over 30 years. Contact us today for any of your infill panel or metal fencing requirements.

Metric Fencing & Gates is a Perth based metal fabrication company, specialising in fencing and gates.

Selecting the right security fence for your commercial property is vital to safeguarding your assets. Garrison fencing is an ideal option for security fencing that separates a private or commercial lot from public spaces, as these fences are commonly required to be at least 50% permeable. That is, they are often required to have gaps that make up at least 50% of the length of the fence for visibility.

What To Consider In A Commercial Security Fence:

Commercial security fencing requirements vary depending on industry and local shire regulations, such as the City of Gosnells Fencing Local Law 2017, but below are several key regulatory considerations:

  • Zoning and Land Use: Regulatory requirements may be affected by both the zoning of your lot and any adjoining lots. 
  • Compliance with Australian Standards: Standards Australia have published several standards regarding specific fencing applications and materials.
  • Design & Construction: There are strict requirements regarding fence material and construction, any harmful elements such as barbed wire and electrified fencing and when/where it is appropriate to implement these measures.
  • Fence Height: Fence heights vary depending on other regulatory requirements. It is essential to consider your city’s local laws.
  • Visibility: The permeability requirements of a boundary fence depend on the zoning of the properties the fence separates. If the fence borders a public space, it will generally be required to allow at least 50% visibility, while a fence separating two residential, commercial, industrial or rural lots should be solid and provide no visibility through the fence (a Colorbond fence is an ideal alternative in this instance).

Non-regulatory specific considerations should include:

  • Durability & Maintenance: The strength of the materials used, their weather resistance and maintenance requirements. 
  • Aesthetics: How does the fence look? And what it infers about the business within.
  • Cost: Consider the long-term cost of your investment, including the material, installation and maintenance costs. 
  • Security: What level of physical barrier or deterrent is required by your business?

When considering commercial fencing to separate your property from a public space, a general rule of thumb is that the fence should be 1.8m tall, provide at least 50% visibility and be made of robust materials, such as steel, specifically designed for fencing. Aside from regulatory requirements, the security fence for your commercial property should be durable, aesthetically pleasing and, when necessary, act as a physical deterrent.

Garrison Fencing

Garrison fencing is a robust steel fencing solution for your commercial property’s fencing needs. Available in several styles and fence post caps, garrison fencing is a secure and aesthetically pleasing fencing style for your property.   

Typically made from steel or aluminium, garrison fencing can be incredibly durable and resistant to Australia’s harsh weather conditions. These materials are resistant to rust and corrosion, which reduces the need for frequent maintenance, repainting or repairing the fence, saving your business money over the fence’s lifetime.

Garrison fencing’s simple design can easily be adapted to different heights and styles, allowing it to meet government regulations, provide visibility and enable easier installation than other more complex options.

With options for looped, straight or spear fence post caps, garrison fencing can vary in physical deterrence based on your commercial property’s security needs.

Garrison fencing meets the many varied requirements of commercial fencing separating a private property from a public space.

With over 30 years of experience, contact the team at Metric Fencing for any of your commercial fencing needs. We are one of Perth’s leading suppliers of aluminium and steel fencing solutions.

Metric Fencing & Gates is a Perth based metal fabrication company, specialising in fencing and gates.

Aluminium Slat Fencing is an ideal addition to the contemporary Australian home. 

Slat panel fencing perfectly aligns with the simple geometric shapes currently popular in modern homes and is the logical evolution from wooden slat fences. Aluminium slat fencing holds several advantages over wooden alternatives and has a range of colours to fit flexibly within contemporary designs.

The Contemporary Home

Contemporary homes use simple geometric shapes and a combination of materials to pop by highlighting the contrast in colour tones between their materials. Many contemporary homes pair neutral tones with more richly-coloured ones. These homes may utilise the breadth of building materials available, including bricks, metals, glass and wood. 

Another growing focus in contemporary architecture is a focus on sustainability. As environmental concerns have grown globally, so has a focus on easily recyclable materials. Materials such as aluminium and steel are highly recoverable. These metals can be recycled repeatedly without a loss in quality. Recycling aluminium saves 95% of the energy it takes to manufacture new aluminium products from bauxite ore.

Aluminium Slat Fencing and The Contemporary Home

Aluminium slat fencing is a perfect fit for the contemporary home, being the logical evolution from wooden slat fencing. It is suitable for both the neutral and bold elements of the modern home. Aluminium slat panels are available in several colours and styles, with some simulating wood, enabling its varied use.

The Metwood aluminium that Metric Fencing uses to manufacture slat panel fences includes neutral tone options like Cream and Nightsky, as well as rich Bushcherry and Jarrah for striking colour combinations.

The Benefits of Aluminium Slat Fencing

As part of their focus on simplicity, contemporary homes accentuate functionality, another excellent reason to choose aluminium fencing.

Aluminium slat panel fencing is much more practical than its wooden equivalents, with several advantages over wood, including:

  • Much more durable than wood
  • Aluminium slat panels are fire-safe, unlike wood
  • Lower maintenance time and cost compared to wood
  • Aluminium slat panels come in metal and wood-like finishes to ensure the best of both worlds
  • Aluminium is a highly recoverable material
  • Aluminium fencing has a much longer projected lifespan

The Metwood aluminium that Metric Fencing uses to manufacture fencing and gates combines the good looks of wood with the toughness of metal and is made to withstand harsh Australian weather.

As a leading Perth fencing company, Metric Fencing provides a range of high-quality metal fencing solutions, including aluminium slat panel fences. Get in touch today for all your aluminium fencing needs.

Metric Fencing & Gates is a Perth based metal fabrication company, specialising in fencing and gates.

While automatic gates are a convenient security solution for your home. Just like a car or most things mechanical with moving parts, it requires proper regular maintenance to ensure it keeps operating at 100%.  

Most of these tasks are simple and easy to do yourself. But others may require a specialist for your safety.


To help ensure your gate maintains its lustre. It needs to be cleaned. Colorbond and Aluminium gates should be hosed down, and any cobwebs or dirt wiped away. This should happen once every six months but more frequently if living near the coast. This helps prevent the buildup of dirt and grime on the fence so that it looks better for longer and prevents damage caused by the buildup of these substances.


It’s important to lubricate the hinges or sliding track of your automatic gate where the opening and closing of the gate are likely to generate the most frequent friction. Like with cleaning, this lubrication should be completed every six months. 

Depending on your gate’s type of automation, this could include the lubrication of chains and rollers. Using lubricant to reduce friction can reduce the wear on these parts, helping improve their longevity.


By inspecting your gate and the connections between its components, you can identify possible problems before they cause your electric gate to grind to a halt. Possible elements to inspect could include:

  • The alignment of swing gates.
  • The sliding track of sliding gates to ensure it is free of obstruction.
  • That the screws remain tight.
  • Key areas, like pivot points and bearings, are free of damage.
  • The connection between the motor and gear racking.
  • The gate motor casing to ensure it is free of debris, vermin and ants.
  • That all electrical connections are correct and have not been compromised. Such as frayed or exposed wiring.
  • The safety features of your gate. Depending on the style of the automatic gate, there will be different features to prevent the gate from closing on objects or people in its path.
  • The backup battery, if your gate includes one. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for battery maintenance to ensure that they are in working order if/when needed.

Calling a Professional

If you identify a problem with your gate that you aren’t equipped to fix, be sure to contact a specialist. Especially if you suspect a problem with the motor or any of the electrical connections for your electric gate. Put your safety first when handling electricity by leaving it to a professional.

While Metric Fencing does not service motors and automation, our preferred automation subcontractors are able to work with you for all your automatic servicing requirements.

Contact Metric Fencing for any of your Perth gate supply needs. Metric Fencing is a Perth-based gate and metal fencing supplier. 

Metric Fencing & Gates is a Perth based metal fabrication company, specialising in fencing and gates.

Selecting the right side gate for your home can enhance not only the aesthetics of your property but the security and functionality. Accomplished by understanding the requirements of your property and what you’d like to achieve with a new side gate.

Typically a side gate would come in the form of a swing gate due to the often limited spaces in which side gates are installed. But in the right situation (or with a little ingenuity) could still take the form of a sliding gate.

Additionally certain applications may require more security than others. Resulting in more intensive locking mechanisms than a simple gate latch. Though, this is something that can be applied to any of the gate styles below.


Colorbond sheets come in one of two styles: Traditional and Balanced. The traditional colorbond style is all about accentuating each panel with sharp lines. The balanced style, however, is known for the panel’s smooth undulating waves.

Colorbond gates are great options for those seeking maximum privacy. The solid sheets don’t provide visible gaps, or handholds. Allowing you to be confident knowing that passersby won’t be able to see into your property through the gate.

With over 22 distinct colours, there will be a colorbond gate to complement your property. 

Slat Panelled

Slat panelled gates, known for their horizontal slats, aim to replicate a wooden aesthetic, but by no means needs to be made of wood. Aluminium or steel are ideal substitutes. The panels themselves come in several spacings, so you can select the spacing that works for you.

If privacy is a concern, you can opt for a narrower spacing and/or angled slats that will obstruct vision but maintain the distinct definition of each panel. Slightly wider spacings highlight the gaps between the panels for a different aesthetic.

If you already have slat panel fences at your property and you don’t have a specific privacy goal in mind, it might make sense to replicate the look and feel of the fence with the side gate. 


Tubular gates are ideal for when you need to form a physical boundary but still want to show off a feature behind the gate, such as a garden, pool or other highlight of the property. Visually, tubular gates typically have simple metal tubes or pickets spaced along the gate. A clean, minimalist design. 

In terms of privacy and security, the gate still forms a physical barrier, but it doesn’t prevent sight. The gate can still have heightened security measures and locks to prevent access, but whatever is behind the gate will not be hidden. 

There is a reason tubular fencing is such a popular decorative option.


Or if the standard range of gates isn’t for you, consider a custom design. At Metric Fencing, our team fabricates a wide range of steel products, not just gates, including ute canopies, spa covers and storage racks. 

We have the experience and skills to design and create a contemporary fencing option styled just for you. A side gate solution that will match your goals and requirements. 

The aim of a custom gate is to be whatever you need it to be!

Metric Fencing, are wholesale fencing suppliers with over 30 years of experience. Contact us for any of your gate supply and fencing needs. 

Metric Fencing & Gates is a Perth based metal fabrication company, specialising in fencing and gates.

Deciding between all the various types of fencing solutions on the market can be a dilemma for many Perth homeowners. With many materials, styles and niches to consider the choice can become overwhelming. Read more

Metric Fencing & Gates is a Perth based metal fabrication company, specialising in fencing and gates.

Fencing is an important investment for any property owner. It can not only add security, and privacy but also improve your property’s appearance. However, if not done right, fencing can also cause a lot of headaches. If you choose to install your fencing yourself, it’s important to avoid some common fencing mistakes. In this blog, we’ll discuss some fencing mistakes to avoid, so you can enjoy a beautiful, durable, and functional fence that adds value to your property.

Not Considering the Purpose of the Fence

The first mistake many people make when it comes to fencing is not considering the purpose of the fence. Depending on why you’re installing a fence, you may have different needs for height, style, and materials. For example, if you’re installing a fence for privacy, you may want a taller fence that blocks visibility. If you’re installing a fence for security, you may want a fence with pointed tops or anti-climb features. Understanding the purpose of your fence can help you choose the right materials, style, and height to meet your needs.

Choosing the Wrong Fence Material

Before starting your fence installation, it’s important to make sure you’re working with the correct materials. Different fence materials have different properties, including durability, maintenance, and appearance. Before choosing a fence material, consider your budget, maintenance preferences, and the local climate.

Many homes in Perth are near the coast. The harsh coastal climate can rapidly degrade a fence made with the wrong material. Aluminium fencing is an ideal option for coastal properties because it is made to withstand harsh weather. Steel fencing requires powder coating to prevent rusting as a result of the extra moisture in the air.

Not Following Local Regulations

Another common fencing mistake is not following your local council regulations. Depending on where you live, there may be specific regulations regarding the height, style, and placement of your fence. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines and even the removal of your fence. Before installing a fence, make sure you understand the local regulations. This will save you from future issues.

Not Accounting for Fence Gate Opening Space

This applies to those also installing a fence gate. For your gate to function properly, you need to make sure it can swing or slide open without hitting or obstructing anything. The elevation of the path or driveway can cause the gate to scrap along the ground when opening. Check the arc of your driveway gate while your car is parked inside to ensure that the gate can swing closed without hitting it. Make sure you accurately measure your fence gate when open and closed to ensure it will work correctly on your properly.

Choosing a Low-Grade Fence Supplier

It can be tempting to choose your fence based solely on price. Remember to review the credibility of the fence supplier. Ask for examples of their work and check their customer reviews. It’s important to not only check the quality of the fence panels but also the connections, hinges and screws.

Poor Installation

Poor installation can compromise the durability and stability of your fence. A poorly installed fence may lean, sag, or even collapse, posing a safety risk and requiring expensive repairs. To ensure a proper installation, it’s important to follow the correct procedure to install your fencing. If you’re not confident in installing your fence yourself, hire an experienced and reputable fencing contractor. Look for contractors who are licensed, insured, and have a good reputation. 

Metric Fencing Makes Fence Installations Easy

Metric Fencing aims to make the process of your fence installation as easy as possible. Our team will assist you through the entire fence supply process. We provide detailed instructions and advice on how to install your fence at a trade level. If you’re looking to install your fencing yourself, we supply DIY fence kits for those living outside the Perth area. Contact us today to learn more about our fencing products and services.

Metric Fencing & Gates is a Perth based metal fabrication company, specialising in fencing and gates.

Colorbond fencing is a popular choice for many Perth homeowners and businesses due to its durability, versatility, and aesthetics. However, several common myths may affect people’s perceptions of this type of fencing. As a leading provider of steel fencing in Perth, Metric Fencing comes across many misconceptions about Colorbond steel fencing. In this blog, we debunk some of the most common misconceptions about Colorbond fencing to help you make informed decisions for your fencing needs. Read more

Metric Fencing & Gates is a Perth based metal fabrication company, specialising in fencing and gates.

If you’ve had a wood fence at your house for several years there’s a good chance it’s looking pretty decrepit by now. Instead of attempting to repaint or stain your fence every three years, try making the switch to slat fencing. Aluminium slat fences are growing in popularity as more people in Perth are replacing their wooden fences with this alternative. We’ve outlined some reasons should you consider switching to slat fencing below.

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