Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 · Written by Craig Gibson
Extending the height of your vinyl fence with an extension is a great way of ensuring your privacy, without the expense of installing a new one. You may also want to extend your current fence just because you like the look, as a decorative addition.
This article will help you understand:
More homeowners are opting for vinyl or PVC fencing - which is a type of plastic - for their good looks, durability and low maintenance.
Vinyl fencing will stand up to anything the Australian weather can throw at it. With UV inhibitors they are also not affected by the sun and will resist fading or discoloration. Unlike timber and steel fencing they will also not rust, rot, corrode, warp, crack or otherwise become damaged. They are also easy to install as they slide and lock into place. And when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, all you need to do is wash it down with some soapy water once in a while. There’s also no need to re-paint or re-seal the fence – ever.
Assuming you are getting quotes for your job, a range of factors will impact the final price, specifically:
The price of installation will vary depending on the size of the fence, the terrain and other factors. On average, expect to pay anywhere from $48 per linear metre to $75 per linear metre for installation. Expect to outlay slightly more for a vinyl fence, when compared to timber, but the saving on maintenance over time makes it worthwhile.
Read more: How much does vinyl fencing cost?
You may also need permission to put up a fence or vinyl fence extension on your property, so don’t get started until you find out the regulations that apply where you live. Take the time to research all regulations beforehand by calling your local council to clarify what applies in your area.
There are state specific rules around who pays for a shared fence, what maximum size it can be and how to deal with a boundary dispute. If your vinyl fence extension is above a certain height, typically 2 metres, you may need a building permit. In New South Wales, for example, the homeowner who is extending the fence is responsible for paying for it.
Be sensible and avoid a dispute with your neighbour by telling them of your plans before work begins, ideally in the planning phase. Present them with detailed plans and/or drawings so they can see what your project involves. This way they can raise any concerns and ensure you comply with the local regulations. Your vinyl fence builder will also be across all the relevant technical aspects, so your job is done right.
When it comes time to hiring a fence builder, take time to make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask then include:
To ensure you get accurate quotes, fence builders will need to view your property in person to measure and assess the site. When comparing quotes take the time to compare workmanship and level of service, and don’t only be guided by price, as this doesn’t necessarily equate to quality work.
The best way of finding out the cost of your fencing project is to get quotes from local vinyl fence builders. This will also give you a sense of what market rates currently are.
Looking for inspiration? Browse our photo section for fence design ideas for your project.