There are many different materials that can be used in fencing. Common materials that you might choose from include:
Timber – is a very common fencing material due to its affordability and durability. Use softwoods for fence posts as they are more resistant to rot. The timber can also be treated against rot, insects, termites, and the elements so it will last longer. The timber fence can be treated, painted, stained, or left natural depending on the look that you wish to achieve. Fence styles include picket, louvre, panel, and lapped paling.
Bamboo – bamboo fencing is a unique form of fencing as each stick of bamboo is different to the next. This provides an extremely natural, organic look to the fence. Bamboo is also very eco-friendly as it is one of the most renewable of wood sources. Unlike other types of wood, bamboo stands up very well to wind, as it has evolved to flex under pressure rather than break. Bamboo is also cheaper to install than other wood types.
Brick/cement – this is a very popular option for modern homes and, although it is a little more expensive than timber, it will last a lot longer if it is correctly built. Brick and cement fences need to be built on stable footings. These types of fences can be either solid brick or cement, or columns that have been combined with another material such as timber or steel. The colour options are almost limitless as these fences can be painted or rendered and there is also a wide choice just within the standard brick colours.
Steel/aluminium – these materials are lightweight and strong. Common varieties of steel/aluminium fencing include steel pickets, Colorbond, tubular steel fences, large panel fences, or louvres. Steel/aluminium fencing is available in a wide range of colours, as it is generally powder coated. Ensure that the finish is not scratched or damaged; however, otherwise rust or corrosion may set in. Steel/aluminium fencing is very versatile as it can be made to suit any style of home.
Vinyl – vinyl or PVC fencing is very low maintenance – once installed it will never need to be painted or stained again. From a distance, the vinyl fence looks like a standard wooden fence. These fences were designed as an alternative to the wooden fence and there is no splintering, making them a great choice for families with children. Vinyl fences do cost more than wooden fences initially, but the costs are recouped through the fact that they don’t require maintenance.