Everything you need to know about DIY fence installation.
If you’re in a DIY frame of mind, and thinking about buying the fencing materials and design but installing it yourself, these are the things to consider.
LOCAL REGULATIONS AND PERMITS
Before shopping for materials, get clued up about your local requirements.
Each city council across Australia has its own set of fencing regulations that dictate the type of materials that can be used, as well as rules on fence height, colour, style,
location, size and slat spacing. Some neighbourhoods like to align their aesthetics, so also have constraints based around that.
If the fencing is around a pool, look up your state’s special instructions – every one has its own rules about placement, spacing and materials.
To avoid the cost of amending or removing your fencing later down the track, just ensure the materials and dimensions you order are in line with the regulations in your area.
MEASUREMENTS AND MATERIALS
Once you’ve got your head around rules and regulations, focus on the length of fencing.
It’s worth staking out an outline of your property to make sure the measurement is as accurate as possible. While you’re at it, inspect the flatness of the area – hilly properties often need slightly more material, and some materials are better suited to flat properties.
Next, choose your materials – and think about the climate and your property’s proximity to the ocean. These are important considerations as they’ll determine whether you should go for steel, timber or aluminium. For instance, aluminium is best for seaside homes as it is rust-proof.
You may need to rent some tools, such as augers and nail guns. Be sure to do your research when it comes to any safety gear you may need.
The right tools will help you to install materials properly – and if you don’t use them, you may find your fence doesn’t last as long (or look as good) as it should.
WEIGH UP THE RISK AND COSTS
It’s always a good idea to get a few different quotes from contractors before you start. Then, think about whether the savings are worth the time and effort it will take to do it yourself.
Installing fencing isn’t really a project for beginners, it’s ideal for those with some trade experience.