Popular fencing options for terrace homesOctober 7, 2018
Terraced homes differ from other types of standalone residential structures, since they are directly connected to neighbouring houses. In most cases, they directly adjoin the public road network, which makes fencing an important aspect. With passers-by having direct contact with your property, a fence is the first line of defence in your home security plan.
A fence can improve the overall aesthetic appeal of your home. Thankfully, there are numerous options for Australian homeowners – or renters – who reside in terrace homes. There is no perfect fencing system that universally meets all needs. Your perfect fence depends on your neighbourhood, local zoning regulations and personal preferences. Here are some suggestions of suitable fencing for terraced homes.
A live fence, or hedge, involves trees, shrubs, or climbers which form a protective perimeter along your property’s boundaries. Depending on the plant that you choose for your live fence, it can enhance privacy by obscuring the view. It can also be vibrant green adding life to your space, or brightly coloured if it’s a flowering fence. If security is not a big concern for you, you can opt for a shorter live fence that displays the splendour of your home.
Apart from comprising ‘living’ plants, a live fence adds ‘life’ to your home by attracting birds, bees, and butterflies. It also improves the air quality around your home. Always consult with a local landscaper to find the best live fence for your soil, weather patterns, neighbourhood, and locality. You also need to consider the maintenance that your live fence will require, especially when it concerns trimming and pest/disease control.
The term ‘wooden fence’ is quite broad, and includes any fence that is primarily constructed of wood. This includes logs, planks, or fences that require vertically placed wooden panels. The advantage with wooden fences is the versatility that they offer. Their heights can be adjusted to meet your security needs. Different types of natural and processed timber can also be used for security and aesthetic needs. Varnishes and paint can further customise your fencing, which adds to its style and versatility.
Technically, the picket fence is another variant of the wooden fence. What makes it different is that it’s mostly decorative. The planks that make up a picket fence are widely spaced, and are rarely taller than 4 feet. If security is not a concern for you – or if you have pretty lower garden you want to show off – then this might be your ideal fence. Picket fences are stereotypically white, but as with other types of wooden fences, varnishes and paints can be used to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property.
A balustrade fence involves a row of metallic columns linked by a top railing. For those unfamiliar, picture a picket fence made of metal. While indoor balustrades can be made from varying materials, in outdoor situations they are usually metallic. As with picket fences, balustrade fences are largely for decorative purposes due to their short stature and low privacy functionality. Balustrades can be aluminium, wrought iron, or glass.
Unlike picket fences, balustrades are more durable due to their resistance to rot, and their resistance to pest damage. Also, unlike the monotony of vertical planks presented by picket fences, balustrade fences can be wrought in unique and customised design. Painting can add to the uniqueness of your fence, and balusters can be carved or coiled into intricate designs. Glass balustrades can be frames or frameless, offering uninterrupted terrace views.
Opaque fencing options
If your home has an exterior brick finish, then nothing will complement it better than a brick fence. It’s beautiful in its natural red tone, but it can also be plastered and painted. They have a longer lifespan than wooden fences, and their opacity adds to your privacy. They’re safe from pests and can withstand weather and physical force better than other fencing types.
Alternatively, you could opt for concrete or natural stone. Structurally, there are significant differences between them. For example, concrete crumbles over time, but stone can crack or chip in extreme conditions. In terms of functionality, they show similarities. Both types of fences offer strength, stability, structural integrity, and minimal maintenance.
While they block the view to your house, some paint can soften their intimidating façade. Finally, you could choose to go plastic with PVC panels. They’re affordable, easy to clean, and available if fun styles and colours. They’re easily broken through though, so they offer privacy and beauty but very little security. The look gorgeous from a distance though, especially among the terraced layers of your home.