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There are numerous types of garden fencing available to suit many differing needs

Consider which of these boxes your fence must tick:

  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Aesthetics
  • Defining a boundary or space
  • Containing Pets
  • Safety for children
  • Wind break
  • Air Flow
  • Thermal heat trap
  • Noise reduction
  • Pool (see pool fencing)

Your fence if chosen carefully can enhance your outdoor living area. Boundary fencing as the name suggests is fencing that sits on the boundary of your property between you and your neighbours, the footpath, the verge or the ROW. You should always have your block surveyed before installing a boundary fence. Check if a site survey is included in your building contract if you are building a new house. If so marker pegs will be placed around your boundary to display where the legal perimeter is. Installation of fencing without clear marking of the legal boundary is foolhardy and expensive. You might encroach on a neighbours property and have to tear it down and start again.  

Side and rear boundary fences are normally height restricted to 1.8m high in WA but it is recommended you consult your local council as height, material, and setback rules will vary from council to council. 

Front boundary fences will normally need to be lower than 1.8m or have openings/infill panels to reduce street impact.

Front Fences

Front boundary fences are normally decorative and are often have panels that are not solid to allow a visual connection with the streetscape. . If your home is of a particular style i.e. Federation, then ensure your fence compliments that style. The front fence is the first impression anyone has of your home. (Remember you may need a personal gate and vehicular access if you fence the front boundary) Consider if you want to see the action on the street or do you want a private oasis?

Boundary Fences

Boundary fence’s (side and rear) are normally 1.8m high. These fences are of solid construction to provide privacy from neighbours and rear lanes. (or the street if you are on a corner)

Garden Screening

Fences and screening within a garden can create separate areas or ‘rooms’ This can be most effective if done with style.......who didn’t love that secret area of the garden as a kid?


Consider the climatic conditions under which you expect the fence to perform.

  • Are you near the beach or a river? Then a corrosion resistant fence is a good idea.
  • If white ants are a potential problem? Is timber a good ideas?
  • Is it very windy, will the fence need to allow air flow to avoid it being damaged or blowing over
  • Do you want cross breezes through the garden? Does the fence need to allow air flow?
  • How much maintenance do you want to do? What is the longevity of the fence?

Sloping Gardens

Take a look at your block and see if there is a slope (or fall), if so you will need to have the fence sloped or stepped. If the fall is substancial you may require some retaining. (see Retaining Walls). Do not put in a standard fence then backfill with soil it will only damage the fence and evetually make it fall over.

Types of Fencing

Types of fencing available are

  • Steel Panel
  • Wire
  • Picket/ Timber/ Lapped Pine
  • Wrought Iron
  • Tubular steel or Aluminium
  • Brick
  • Glass
  • PVC
  • Fibre Cement Sheeting
  • Concrete (retaining qualities)
  • Bamboo (screening)
  • Brushwood (screening)

These fencing materials can be used individually or in combination i.e. Brick piers with aluminium slats

Steel Panel     

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Steel Panel screen fencing is the metal boundary fencing seem on many new homes. The fence is assembled from a post and frame combination with sheet panels in between. The posts are set into the ground while the frame sits slightly above ground level. (if your dog is a digger this may not contain him unless a hard paving surface butts up to the fence). You can order the fencing frame and panels in matching or different powdercoat colours. It can be used alone and requires no piers or brickwork. Steel Panel fencing is lightweight and long lasting. Check regularly for scratches, touch up with an appropriate spray can. Lattice privacy screens can also be purchased to compliment this product.

Wire Fencing

Wire fencing is a simple cost effective fencing method. It can look effective with a timber frame in a cottage style garden. As the wire is open this fencing is suitable for front boundaries.


Picket, Paling and Lapped Pine    

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Picket Fences are available in both Timber and Aluminium posts. There are various decorative finishes for the post ends. Posts can be installed horizontally level or scalloped. Fencing can be bought in pre fabricated panels or constructed in situ. Timber should be painted every few years. Very pretty and allows air flow. Often used on the front boundary for that iconic ‘white picket fence’ look.

Paling or Lapped pine is commonly used as a side boundary fencing system. It can be left raw to turn ‘grey’ or can be painted/stained or oiled. Can be installed with capping which protects the end grain. Galvanised Posts and timber rails are visible on one side.

Wrought Iron    

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An ornate and fairly costly style of fencing.Wrought Iron fencing is manufactured off site then transported and installed. Wrought Iron can be used on its own or used as panels between brick or limestone piers. It is very strong and required little maintenance. The designs available are almost endless or you can have something custom designed.

Brick Wall    

Hint..........Get it done while the Brickie is on site

Brick walls can be built to any height in straight lines and curves. They can be face brick or rendered or concrete or limestone blocks. Walls can be solid or with infill panels to allow a view or air movement. A north facing brick wall will also be a heat trap in winter. On a sunny winters day it will warm up and be lovely to sit by or espalier a tree on. Great on boundaries and around pools, clean lines and stylish, good security

Infill Panels can be powdercoated or timber look aluminium, timber, wrought iron, tubular steel, glass........the list goes on and on.

Glass Fencing    

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Available in frameless, semi frameless or framed construction. Often used around pools but can also be used in panels in pier fences like timber or tubular steel.

Frameless Glass Fencing

If installed with channels set in concrete has no visible supports

Can be installed with spigots set in the concrete, glass is clasped between the spigot arms

Glass for this application needs to be thick (normally 10-12mm toughened safety) enough for the purpose you are using it.

The larger the glass panel the thicker it needs to be

Gaps are left between glass sheets for air movement

Edges should be polished and champhered

Speak with your pool fencing expert for particulars and current Building Code conditions

Semi Frameless Glass

Aluminium or marine stainless steel upright posts but no bottom or top rail

Posts are powdercoated in a range of colours

Glass is normally toughened safety 8-10mm thick dependant on use

Framed Glass Fencing

Sheet of glass is fully framed in aluminium, sides, top and bottom

Surrounds Powdercoated to suit.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)Fencing    

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This is a newish entrant into the Australian market place. The material has long-term durability, flexibility and weather ability and is suitable for the harshest climates. Manufactured to look like painted wooden fencing, it requires almost no maintenance, is impervious to termites, is UV stabilized, some brands are graffiti proof. Normally available in light colours only.

Bamboo  and Brushwood Fencing and Screening     

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Bamboo is inherently strong and durable. It can be used to clad existing fences or installed freestanding within a frame or can be wired into a panel and supported on galvanized poles. Numerous colours are available. An environmentally responsible choice that is natural, renewable and long lasting.

Brushwood fencing is made from native brush called Melaleuca Uncinata. Can be installed on its own or between solid piers. The base of the brushwood should be installed on a base rail to protect it from dampness. Can be manufactured in prefabricated panels or hand thatched over a galvanized steel frame. Thatch capping is a good idea as it further protects the fence below. Brushwood can also be face fixed to clad existing unsightly fences. Resistant to white ants and long lasting, a lovely natural fencing solution

Concrete Fencing (Retaining)     

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Domestic concrete fences are pre cast off site. They are usually in the format of posts and panels and will have retaining capability. The cast concrete is reinforced with steel bars. Retaining is limited to about 1.5mtrs, but multiple levels can be acheived. These retaining walls can be used in combination with other fencing styles where additional height is required. Lots of colours and profiles on offer, from smooth to stone texture and now there are some patterned styles becoming available. No problems with maintenance or pests. Finished wall uses a minimal amount of space as the posts are normally under 150mm thick. One of the least expensive forms of retaining.

Helpful Hints

Don’t forget your neighbours! Discuss your plans with your neighbours early in the process. They may be willing to pay half the cost towards the fencing on your shared boundary. Try to choose a fence that is just as attractive on both sides.