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Popular Fencing Materials

Last Updated Feb 23, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

Every home needs a fence but it can be difficult what fence suits your home and the neighbourhood. To help you get started making the choice, here are some of the most popular fencing materials at the moment.  To take a look at any of these materials for yourself, simply visit your local fencing specialist.

Glass Comes Out On Top

Perhaps the most popular fencing material at the moment is glass, for a number of reasons.  Glass is strong, safe, and low maintenance, making it a very “install and forget” option, apart from the occasional cleaning to keep the glass panels clear.  Glass is popular because it is completely see through – you get the safety of the fence but your views are not interrupted in any way at all.  Glass helps to preserve a feeling of openness as well, which is especially important in smaller areas.

Glass fencing can be used for any fence around the home but it is particularly popular for pool fences and balcony fences.  It comes in different varieties from fully framed, to semi frameless and fully frameless.  Fully frameless fencing is the most “open” feeling of all.

Timeless Brick Never Dates

You might think of it as an old fashioned material but the truth is that brick or block fences are truly timeless.  You can create solid brick or block fences to go around your property – these give you the ultimate in privacy and they also help to block out traffic noise – but if you find these restrictive, you do have other options.  People are particularly fond of combining brick or block posts with other materials such as steel or aluminium panelling or timber inserts, to create a look that is more open yet still beautiful and effective.

Majestic Metal Hits the Mark

Metal fencing is one of those materials that is perennially popular due to its strength, durability and ease of maintenance.  There are several types of metal fencing to choose from but some of the most common are Colorbond, wrought iron, and tubular aluminium fencing.  Metal fencing can be simple, smooth panels, right through to elaborate cast iron work with lots of small details (flowers, vines, scroll work etc).  Metal fencing is popular for people that require extra security as it can be made so that it cannot be climbed easily (or have sharp spikes inset at the top).

Go High Tech with PVC

Finally, a new material that is becoming very popular in the fencing world is PVC.  PVC fencing is rising in popularity due to its looks, durability and incredibly low maintenance.  PVC fences look just like painted wood, and you really can’t tell the difference from afar, or even up close!   As well, PVC fencing will not rot, rust, twist, warp, fade, or succumb to termites, making it perfect for any conditions from the desert through to coastal.  To care for PVC, all you have to do is to give it a clean every now and again. It never needs to be painted or anything like that.
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