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Three Key Environmental Factors You Need To Consider When Choosing Fencing

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Fencing forms a vital part of many farms, manufacturing plants, warehouses, storage facilities and residential properties all across the country. Not only is it an important security feature, but fencing is also useful for dividing your property into specific areas that are easier to maintain and organise. However, before you go off and buy your favourite type of fencing, you should know that not all fencing is appropriate for all conditions. Your environmental condition will have a significant say in what you should be looking for in your fencing, and you must recognise that and plan for it, rather than against it.

Uneven Or Hilly Surfaces

Trying to build a fence on hilly areas is quite simple for a lot of types of fencing and next to impossible for other classes. If you want to create a great big cement or thick brick fence on a hill, then be prepared to pay thousands upon thousands getting the correct plans and a willing contractor to carry out what will be a very hopeful construction at best. On the other hand, chain link, simple timber and metal fencing can be adjusted to the slope of a hill quite easily while remaining structurally sound. Choose a fencing design that is more segmented, and you will be better equipped to accommodate for the gradual changes in elevation.

Rocky Ground

The worst thing you can feel when trying to dig your first fence post is the crunch of a thick rock just centimetres below the surface. Many parts of Australia have quite a rocky makeup not far below the surface, and this should be accounted for when choosing your fencing. Aim for designs that can have long stretches with fewer fence posts or look for types that can be built with shallow foundations. Or you could go for more elaborate designs such as the worm fencing, which snakes its way around and allows you more freedom to search for locations with fewer rocks to insert your fenceposts.

Weather Conditions

Some parts of Australia get a lot more rainfall and experience far more thunderstorms with strong winds than others. Tropical Queensland, for example, can see more rain in one week than parts of Western Australia will see in a year. It is crucial that you choose suitable materials for your fencing when it comes to your yearly weather patterns as you will otherwise be replacing and repairing damaged fences within just a few years, if not sooner. Metal chain link fencing is the gold standard to withstand both rain and torrential winds, but other designs meet similar standards if you do not like the aesthetic appeal of chain link. 

For more information, contact a fencing professional.