The fence is often the first feature of a home to be noticed yet it’s often considered an afterthought during a renovation. Beyond its functional purpose as a boundary between homes, the right fence can enhance the look and feel of a home.

A leader in residential and commercial walls and fencing solutions, Modular Wall Systems™, offers homeowners practical tips to consider when updating their fence.

1. Define the purpose
When homeowners consider how the fence looks from both inside and outside their home, they quickly realise how important it is. Before pulling down existing boundaries, determine the elements that the fence needs to address. While a front yard fence can enhance curb appeal and complement the landscape, a backyard fence often serves multiple purposes. For instance, parents and pet owners may need to consider an enclosure to prevent little ones and furry friends from wandering onto roads, while design-conscious homeowners may place more importance on how the boundary fence can enhance the architectural integrity of their home.

2. Maintain privacy and security
Privacy and personal space is important to everyone. A new fence should have a solid structure high enough to prevent unwelcome visitors and spectators – 1.8 metres high is standard. An acoustically rated fence can also help reduce the level of urban noise that can affect the outdoor areas of the home. SlimWall™ by Modular Wall Systems™ provides a four-fold reduction in noise when compared to traditional timber and steel fences, which is ideal for home owners affected by traffic from busy roads, loud lawnmowers or barking dogs.

3. Keep it sleek
Increasingly, homeowners are seeking alternative fencing products to traditional timber and steel fences or a more cost effective masonry rendered look. SlimWall™ by Modular Wall Systems™ offers a stylish and cost effective option for homeowners looking to achieve a modern looking boundary fence. It is easy to install and doesn’t require strip footings, thereby reducing the need for council approval and associated costs that come with strip foundations. The panels can be designed to create striking, angular designs and can even incorporate an express joint feature to enhance the architectural integrity of a modern home.

4. Shop around
With a wide selection of fencing products on the market, it’s a good idea to invest time in researching the pros and cons of different fence options available. Talk to family and friends who may have recently replaced their boundary walls, or take a walk around the neighbourhood for inspiration. As with any part of a renovation, it’s a good idea to seek at least two quotations from different suppliers to help make an informed decision.

5. Talk to the neighbours
Neighbours are responsible for sharing the cost of a new boundary fence, and are legally obliged to replace the existing fence if it is dilapidated and unable to serve its purpose. However, if a homeowner wants to install a premium fence for aesthetic reasons, the other neighbours are not legally obliged to share the additional higher costs. When discussing a new fence project with neighbours, it’s important to keep an open mind, listen and maintain communication to ensure the conversation remains friendly. Everyone’s financial situation is different and ultimately, the decision regarding who pays what is a decision between neighbours. Each council has slightly different fencing laws, so it’s best to check with the local council before building a new fence.

6. Consider the environment
Select locally manufactured fencing solutions that address the local environment. A home positioned in a bushfire zone will need a fire retardant product to help protect the property, whereas homes in tropical locations may need products designed to withstand weather extremes like flooding and cyclones. SlimWall™ and Modular Wall Systems™ are made from strong, composite materials that have the strength and integrity to withstand Australia’s harsh outdoor environments. The fence panels are fire retardant, impervious to rot and have been tested to withstand cyclonic conditions. They can even be used for retaining walls.