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.