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Fencing FAQ

Following are some questions people commonly ask when it comes to Fencing.

What are the basic fencing components?
Fencing is comprised of 3 main elements:
  1. Posts – uprights placed at regular intervals
  2. Rails – running horizontally between posts
  3. Screen – material attached to rails that completes the fence
What type of fencing can I choose from?
There are many fencing alternatives you may consider.  A good selection will blend with your property, add value, privacy and security.
Which fence is right for my home?
Some popular fencing materials include palings, pickets, steel, wire, brick and board.  Speak with your fencing contractor about the best option to showcase your property falling inside your budget.
What is usual when it comes to payment?
Be sure to agree trading terms up front.  Most fencing contractors require a deposit and this generally goes towards materials.  Depending on the size of your job, there could then be progress and completion payments.
What are quality materials?
Quality fencing materials are ones that, properly maintained, can be relied on for years of service.  Fencing is a significant property investment.  A few dollars saved today might just mean replacing the fence half way through its expected life span.
What sort of wood is used in fencing?
Professional fencing contractors use high quality materials that will stand the test of time.  Treated soft plantation timber is often the preferred option.
What about swelling and shrinkage?
Timber is a natural product that responds to weather conditions and climatic change.  As it seasons, you should expect slight shrinkage.  A good fencing contractor will make allowance for this.  You should also expect a degree of swelling during wet weather.
What is resin?
Resin occurs naturally in soft timbers and may rise to the surface as your wood fencing seasons.  When dry, resin can safely be scraped away or sponged off with mineral turpentine.
Can I paint treated timber fencing?
Treated timber has been especially processed to last many years without the need for finishing, staining or paint.  However, if you prefer a painted finish, simply select a suitable paint product and follow the manufacturer’s application instructions.
What regular maintenance does my fencing need?
A routine check twice annually is advisable to keep your fencing in good order.  Then simply rectify any proud or missing hardware, fasten loose fittings, touch up paint and fill holes.
Can I build my own fence?
The short answer is yes.  But fencing constructed by an inexperienced handyman (or woman) is often not of a high quality.  Pitfalls include keeping spacing consistent and uprights straight over distance.  Even the slightest variation will be glaringly obvious.  For best results, use a professional fencing contractor.
 
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