Building a fence around your property is a great security measure, helping to keep intruders out and children and pets in, as well as adding a safety barrier for pools and spas. It also increases your privacy and can help to protect you from strong winds.  

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Fencing can come in a huge variety of styles and materials. From natural timber, to aluminium to composite fencing and screening, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of each, to determine which is right for you.

When considering your options, think about how much money you have available. You’ll need to factor in the cost of the entire area you wish to fence in, as well as ongoing maintenance costs.

Remember, cheap fencing isn’t always good fencing and sometimes the cost of ongoing maintenance and repair can outweigh the initial capital outlay of a higher quality fence. Equally, however, the cost of certain fencing may be unusually – and sometimes unjustifiably – high. So, research is key.

We’ve put together our top 11 affordable fencing ideas for 2022.  

Affordable Fencing Ideas for Your Yard

There are a plethora of low-cost fencing options available, however, these can come with higher maintenance requirements and style limitations.  Consider the low-cost fence options available to you and then consider what you could buy for a little more money. Is it worth putting aside a little extra money to buy something that will serve you better?

Let’s explore some fencing ideas.

Composite

This type of fencing is high on privacy, security and safety. It is a popular material for creating a safe zone for pets and children.

High-quality composite fence boards look like natural timber, however, unlike timber, they are not vulnerable to pests or rotting. While not the cheapest option, composite is extremely low-maintenance and can last up to 25 years, which can make it a cost-effective option in the long-run.

composite fence in a back yard

Plasmar fencing

Plasmar is essentially recycled plastic fencing made from recycled material and happens to be long-lasting. The fence posts are made from 100% recycled and engineering-grade polymer material.

This material is CSIRO tested for durability and has proven to be able to last up to 50 years. This type of fencing can be used for several applications, including agriculture, aquaculture and residential fencing. Besides being durable, it is also highly affordable.

PVC fencing

This is one of the cheapest fencing materials, which is a big appeal to many people. However, PVC fencing can appear flimsy compared with other materials and extreme temperatures can cause the vinyl to become brittle, making it susceptible to cracking. PCV colours will also eventually fade or yellow through exposure to direct sunlight.

Aluminium fencing

Being strong, durable and low-maintenance, this is a very popular option. Aluminium fencing is also available in a huge range of colours and styles, from white picket fencing to modern louvres and more.

aluminium slat fence

Treated pine

This fencing is specially treated to ensure it can withstand the harsh weather conditions outdoors. The pinewood panels are either chemically treated, or pressure treated to ensure they do not rot. Special care must be taken to ensure the panels that are chosen are not damp or show any signs of any damage or weathering.

Barbed wire

Barbed wire is the ideal solution for rural locations, where you want to keep animals in – or out of your property. It is a low-cost option popular with farmers.

Wooden

Wooden fencing is also high on the popularity list, as it is a very attractive option. However, wood fences require regular sanding, oiling and painting and are less durable than other options. This can make it pricier in the long-run.

Wrought iron

Wrought iron is a strong and attractive fencing solution for your home. It’s a great security fencing option and is available in a huge range of design options, including intricate custom designs. It can, however, be on the expensive side.  

Vinyl: This is a strong and flexible fence and is often chosen over wooden fencing, due to its’ low-maintenance properties.

Masonry fence: This is a sturdy fence built from stone, brick or concrete. It offers a high level of security and privacy, especially if built high enough and can also be aesthetically appealing. It is extremely long-lasting and can withstand rough weather conditions.

Some Key Points to Note

  • While it may be cheaper to install your own fence, engaging a professional fencing contractor can  save you a great deal of time and effort. It might even work out to be less expensive in the long-run, as the fence will likely be built to a higher standard and require less maintenance and fewer repairs.
  • Erecting a fence is not an unfriendly gesture towards your neighbours; it is a practical solution for keeping your pets and children safe.
  • A fence can not only  add curb appeal, but it can even add value to your home.
  • Vinyl and plasmar fences are some of the easiest fences to install.
  • Horizontal fences can be more expensive to build than vertical ones; especially if they are made from timber.

How to Save Money When Buying a Fence

There are several ways in which you can save on fencing, as explained here:

  • Reduce the height of the fence to reduce the cost; a lower fence can equally effective in keeping your children and pets safe inside.
  • Hiring expert installers to can save you time and money in additional maintenance and repairs.
  • Opt for an affordable fencing material, but be careful to factor in maintenance, repair and replacment costs.
  • Stick to your budget and plan ahead to avoid costly mistakes.
  • Building your fence in the off-season could help to cut costs, as contractors and suppliers sometimes offer discounts during their quieter periods.
  • Share the cost of building the fence with your neighbour if there is a common boundary.

Tips on Where to Buy an Affordable Fence for Your Yard

There are many local and online stores offering various fencing supplies. But not all fences and not all suppliers are equal. Do your homework to determine which is the best fencing material for you. And be sure to check out supplier reviews and examples of their work to ensure you engage a reputable company.  

For information on our range of composite fencing and screening, please contact our friendly team today or find your local supplier.

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