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How to Dress Up or Outright Hide Your Cyclone Fencing

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Dress Up or Outright Hide Your Cyclone Fencing

Cyclone or hurricane fencing, also often called chain link fencing, is a very affordable option for homeowners who need a new fence. It’s also relatively easy to install, as you simply secure the posts and then unroll the fencing, attaching it to the posts with screws or wire ties. However, one downside of cyclone fencing is that it might seem a bit industrial and drab. You don’t need to break your budget to upgrade your fencing to another material, but you can easily hide or dress up your cyclone fencing and make it more attractive overall. Note a few simple tips for how to do this. Wood slats The mesh of cyclone fencing is usually large enough that you can slide wood slats between them. You can often purchase these slats pre-cut at any hardware or fence supply store, so you know they will fit your fence in particular. You can also simply take some measurements of the height of slats you need as well as how wide they need to be to rest snugly in the mesh of the fencing. You can then cut your own slats and simply slide them into the fence, either vertically for the look of pickets or horizontally to create length on your property. Using wood slats allows you to paint or stain the material any color; use a nice blue to match your pool or a crisp white to add some contrast to your red brick home. Bamboo rolls If individual wood slats are a bit complicated for you to cut or you want even more coverage of your fence, try bamboo rolls. These are also usually available at any hardware store and they can be cut to a certain height; some hardware stores will even do this cutting for you. You simply unroll the bamboo over one side of the fence and then attach it to the posts with wire. You can have tall bamboo that covers the entire fence or cut it shorter so it looks like a line of hedges at the fence base. Posts Sometimes the fence itself can look much better if you simply dress up the posts. Instead of metal posts, look for thick wood beams. You can typically screw sections of the chain link to these very easily. If you have the budget, you can even have beams installed horizontally at the base and top of the fence, to create wood frames. This makes the chain link itself look much more attractive and much less...

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4 Reasons Why Your New Fence Should Be Made From Colorbond Steel

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons Why Your New Fence Should Be Made From Colorbond Steel

Colorbond steel has been a mainstay in the Australian domestic building sector for decades. It has traditionally been used for roofing and fencing and has even become a popular choice for use in edgy, modern interiors. If you’re planning to have a new fence built for your home, then you’ve probably spent some time researching your options. If you haven’t considered colorbond steel, then here are four reasons why it’s an excellent material to choose for your fencing project. 1. It looks amazing Modern colorbond steel fencing comes in a wide selection of colours and profiles. This gives you plenty of flexibility in choosing the perfect look for your home. You can even mix and match colours and profiles to create a truly unique and aesthetically appealing fence. Unlike timber fencing, colorbond steel fencing looks equally good from either side of the fence, so you won’t have to compromise on a less than attractive view from the street or from within your garden. 2. It’s tough and durable Steel is already a strong and resilient building material. Once you factor in the galvanisation process, which prevents rust, and the bonded layer of paint to prevent damage by UV rays, you have a product that will last for many years. Colorbond steel fencing is also termite proof and stain resistant, unlike timber and rendered brick fencing. 3. It’s virtually maintenance free This type of fencing is ideal for people who don’t want to devote hours to the upkeep of their fencing. Timber and rendered brick walls require regular repainting to keep them looking good. Colorbond steel fences will never need repainting and the only maintenance required is the occasional wash down with your garden hose.   3. It’s environmentally friendly The eco-credentials of a building material are an important consideration for many Australian homeowners. Steel is considered an environmentally friendly building material for two main reasons. Firstly, it’s a hundred percent reusable and recyclable. Secondly, its strength and durability mean it will last for many years without needing to be replaced. This means a considerable reduction in energy and resource consumption. Colorbond steel is also an Australian made product, which means less resource and energy consumption for the transport of the product. Many fencing contractors love working with colorbond steel fencing because of its numerous beneficial features and because it’s quick and easy to install. If this style of fencing sounds like the perfect fit for your home, then contact your local fencing contractor to discuss which style, colour, and profile will be the best choice for your new...

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Things to look for in your fence and gate to make it secure against intrusion

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things to look for in your fence and gate to make it secure against intrusion

A fence isn’t just a marker for where the border for your property is located; it can also be used as a method of security. A fence provides a first barrier against unwelcome intruders. For your fence and gate to give you the most amount of protection, it’s important you keep it in top condition. Broken fences and sagging gates can make it easier for intruders to get into your property. There are some things in particular you should look for in your fence to make sure it isn’t allowing burglars to enter your garden. Secure gates Gates are very important structures that can do more than almost anything else to protect your home from intruders. A secure gate should be as high as the fence itself and also be equipped with a lock. Make sure the gate is firmly attached to the surrounding poles. If the gate starts to sag or become crooked, this is an indication that something is wrong. Check the brackets to see if they’re properly attached to the posts. Also make sure that the posts are firm and appropriately stuck in the ground. If the poles are wobbly, you might need to dig them down further and fill the hole with concrete to make sure any possible intruders can’t open the gate by tearing the pole down. You should also check the poles throughout the entire fence. Inspection of fence panels Fence panels might be more secure than boards, as they are joined together without any gaps between them. You should still make sure the individual panels are intact and not subjects to rotting or moisture. Also look for any loose panels when you’re inspecting your fence. Replace any damaged fence panels as soon as you find them, and make sure to tighten any loose panels, as these might be easy gateways into your home. Decorations with purpose  You could also consider adding a trellis or thorny climbing plants to the top of your panels. It makes it harder for intruders to climb over the fence in an attempt to break in; and as opposed to, for example, barbed wire, it gives your fence an aesthetically pleasing look. If you have the patience, you can also plant a hedge on the inside of the fence. This makes the barrier the fence is creating broader and significantly harder to climb over. If you use a plant with thorns or fine twigs, this could also deter intruders from attempting to climb your fence to begin with. For more ideas, contact a local fencing company like Coastal...

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Factors To Discuss With A Fencing Contractor Before You Have A New Home Fence Installed

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Factors To Discuss With A Fencing Contractor Before You Have A New Home Fence Installed

A fence around your property can provide you with protection against intruders and with a measure of privacy, but it should be attractive and work well with your property’s overall appearance. You also need to consider the materials used for fencing—for example, some are more durable than others and some are not recommended for when you have a pool. Note a few important factors to discuss with a fencing contractor before you have a new home fence installed. 1. Choosing material Most fencing materials have their own pros and cons, and you simply need to choose which will work for you while being aware of its drawbacks. For example, wood fences are very versatile since you can paint them a different color very easily, so you can keep a crisp white one year and then opt for a russet red to match your home’s brickwork another year. They also offer maximum privacy. However, wood can easily rot when exposed to the water and chemicals used in pools. Iron bar fences are very traditional and offer your home maximum security since they’re difficult to climb, but you need to check if there are legal requirements as to the width of the gap between bars. These also don’t offer much privacy. On the other hand, tall glass fences are good for use around pools as they hold up well against the chemicals and water exposure, and they’re very hard to scale so they keep your pool secure. 2. Choosing or creating a design The design of your fence is important as it serves as a backdrop for your property. For instance, a solid fence can easily overwhelm a small space. In some cases you may want to work with a contractor to actually create a design. For instance, consider adding thick wooden beams between sections of plain wire fence, to make it look more stately. You might also add glass sections to a wood fence so that it doesn’t seem so claustrophobic in your small yard. Be sure you choose a design in keeping with your home. If you have a country house, choose wood beams rather than a wrought iron fence, as wrought iron looks more stately, but wood is associated with the countryside and ranches. If you have a traditional home in the suburbs, a white picket fence is always a classic choice, whereas a glass fence may look too modern. Remember that your fence needs to last for years, so you want to take your time and work with your contractor to create a design that you’ll love. For more information, contact a company like DBS...

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3 Popular Pool Fencing Materials Used for Coastal Homes

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Coastal and beachfront properties often include a pool as part of the property, and pool fencing laws in Australia state that all homes with pools must have also include fencing that meets design regulations. Because the conditions of coastal living are conducive to corrosion from salt air and a number of different weather patterns, there are many considerations that homeowners living close to the coast should consider. Below are some of the popular materials for pool fencing and what homeowners should consider when using these products in a coastal setting.   Timber Pool Fences For timber pool fences comply with regulations they must not be scalable in any way. This makes it important that the timber pool fence designs does not include enough horizontal cross beams that could provide leverage into the pool area. To avoid this, rails must be at least 900mm apart so they cannot act as a step up into the pool area. It’s also worth ensuring that timber used is impregnated with a chemical treatment like CCAs or light organic solvent preservatives to resist fungal growth and termite damage. Timber fences are one of the most affordable fencing options but it’s also important that any timber fence especially those along the coast exposed to coastal winds are fortified and posts secured deep in the ground. Like all fences by the coast, additional concrete may need to be used to secure posts especially those in sandy soils. Timber fences are not recommended in cyclone-prone areas of northern Australia where more robust materials like steel are the strongest option. Metal Fences Iron, steel and aluminium fences are a strong and robust material but when used in coastal areas they can quickly become victim to significant rust and corrosion due to the oxidation of metals. Stainless steel fences may be the best option, however they are expensive, so if they budget does not permit, all other metal product should be powder coated. It’s also advised that any steel fence products are regularly hosed off with fresh water at least once a month. There are a range of products for base coats, primers and epoxy top coats that can be used to protect aluminium and steel products with a protective barrier, before or after rust has materialised. A fence maker will be able to provide additional advice on an equivalent treatment which is a must have to ensure any metal fence product near the coast can resist rust and corrosion from salt air.   Glass Fencing Glass pool fencing is increasingly popular for the discreet, sleek and luxury finish if offers. If framed options are used it is important any steel frames include non-corrosive materials and fastenings (such as powder coated or stainless steel products) are used. Also, because salt air leaves a cloudy film on glass this will undoubtedly affect the appearance of the glass. To reduce cleaning and ensure they glass stays transparent, glass pool fences should be treated with a protective coating for most applications but particularly when used by the coast. Since glass is porous any untreated glass will absorbs contaminants making cleaning difficult and result in potential scratching to the surface. All homeowners using glass pool fencing should use a protective invisible liquid coating that creates a permanent bond. This will not only protect...

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Fencing Installation for Homes: 3 Steps to Follow

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A fence can perform a myriad of important functions ranging from enhancing the curb appeal to aesthetics of your home. It can add to the security and privacy of your home and also integrate impressive decorative aspects to its exteriors. As a result, you need to consider a number of essential factors before you can install a fence for your home. Here are a few useful things for you to put into consideration. Establish Your Specific Fencing Needs Why do you need to install a new fence around your home? Have incidences of theft and break-ins increased around the neighbourhood or just want a fresh new look for your home? Or perhaps, you feel that your compound is too exposed to the prying eyes of passers-by and wish to improve its privacy. Asking yourself these type of questions can help you to make the best material selection since fencing materials vary in sturdiness, maintenance requirements, and aesthetic appeal. For instance, while timber fencing can add a rustic feel to your home, it might require regular maintenance and won’t offer greater impact resistance than steel fencing. Weigh Your Options If upgrading the security of your home is of topmost priority, then you might find metal fencing material such as steel, wrought iron, and steel to be a likely option. However, you will have to check the cost implications of each option. If there is a homeowners’ association governing your local area, your choice of fencing may be restricted to the types of fencing material recommended. For instance, the association may declare that some types of fencing materials are not eco-friendly for the neighbourhood. Thus, you will have to ensure the fence that you install matches your budget size, association’s standards for materials, and will perform the intended functions. Hire a Professional Contractor Erecting a fence properly is harder than it may seem. Many “do-it-yourselfers” end up doing recurring repairs on their fence because they made some mistakes during the installation process. While the work involved in installing fencing usually varies in complexity for different projects, you can be sure that a professional fencing contractor will always be up to the task in hand. While you might think that setting the fence poles and winding the wire is the only work involved in the installation of electric fence, a professional can go ahead to fit switches to help turn off electric current supply to lower-end wires when vegetation grows tall enough to get into contact with...

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What Electrical Malfunctions Can Make An Automatic Gate Stay Open?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Automatic gates can open and fail to close due to mechanical factors (such as a hinge that is poorly lubricated) or electrical factors. You can get the problem fixed without calling professionals to help you. However, fixing the problem depends on correctly diagnosing what has caused the malfunction. This article discusses some electrical factors that make an automatic gate fail to close. A “Hold Open” Command Automatic gates come with several gate openers that different members of the family use to get in and out of the gate. It is possible that one member of the family may enter a “hold open” command on their gate opener without your knowledge. When you enter the gate and try to enter a command to close it, the “hold open” command entered earlier on by another person will override your “close” command, so the gate will stay open. To solve this problem, ask other family members who have gate openers to check if they entered the “hold open” command either deliberately or accidentally. Once the opener that has that command is identified, all you have to do is to cancel that command and the gate will slide shut. Blocked Photo Eyes Photo eyes are electronic sensors that emit rays that detect when an object passes through the gate and blocks the rays from moving across to the photo (light) sensor on the other side of the gate. If there is dirt on these photo eyes, they will fail in their role so the gate may fail to close since its mechanism will be telling it that there is a barrier (such as a moving car). Solve this problem by cleaning off any dirt that has accumulated on the photo eyes, and they will begin functioning well again. Discharged Transmitter Batteries Many reversing edges of automatic gates have transmitters with a battery. That battery may wear out, causing the gate to stop shutting itself. If your gate has this type of transmitter, check the battery using a voltage tester to confirm whether it has worn out or it is still functioning (batteries have a voltage rating on them, so the tester will tell you if it is within the operating range or it is now too low to power the reverse edge). If the battery is worn, replace it. If it is okay, check the terminals of the transmitter for rust and buy a replacement terminal if the terminals have corroded. Use the information above to help you to troubleshoot the most common electrical causes that make automatic gates fail to close. You will save the money that you would have spent to bring a technician to restore the functioning of that...

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Emergency Fence Patching Strategies: Tips for Holes in Wood, Chain Link and Vinyl Fences

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Regardless of which type of fence you have, your fence may occasionally get a hole in it. Depending on the type of fence, the size of the hole and how your fence is being used, you may need to call an Australian fencing contractor to expertly repair the fence for you. However, there are quick and easy but still effective fixes you can do in the meantime. Organised by type of fencing, here are a few patching ideas to consider during your next fencing emergency. Patch a Wood Fence If you have a wood fence with a hole in it, there are several patching possibilities. If you only have a small to medium-sized hole, you can patch it with a piece of plywood cut slightly larger than the hole. To attach the plywood use small nails or screws for medium-sized holes and wood glue for small holes. You can use sturdy cardboard in a similar way. If you are mending a larger hole or don’t have any plywood on hand, consider using a pallet as part of a fence section. Pallets are extremely versatile and can be taken apart and reconfigured in ways that work for your needs. 2. Patch a Chain Link Fence If you have a chain link fence, you can buy a patching kit. Essentially, these kits contain a patch made of chain link which you cut to size and then attach by twisting the wires of the patch to the wires in the fence. However, if you don’t have time to go buy a chain link patch, you can use a simple piece of lightweight scrap metal and temporarily weld it to the pieces of metal surrounding the hole in your fence. Alternatively, you can straighten wire hangers and use those to create a homemade patch until you have time to buy a patch kit. Simply pull the wire over the hole and twist it with the edges of metal around your hole. You may need to dismantle several hangers for this patching method. 3. Patch a Vinyl Fence If you have a hole in a vinyl fence, you won’t easily be able to adhere a plywood or scrap metal patch to it. However, you can create a temporary patch with a bit of expanding insulation. Simply take a can of spray insulation and spray it around the edges of the hole. Once that layer has dried, spray another layer around the hole’s new perimeter. Repeat this technique until you have covered the entire hole. If you want to make this temporary patch look more permanent, use plastic automotive body filler over the spray...

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Why You Should Not Fear Installing Glass Balustrades On Your Deck

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In modern contexts, glass balustrades are one of the most popular choices for decking. However, some people may be reluctant to install them because they are accustomed to traditional wood and metal balustrades, or they simply believe that glass has a fragile nature. This article explains why you should never fear installing glass balustrades on your deck. Read on to find out more Glass Balustrades Are Very Strong and Durable Glass balustrades do not create any risks on your deck as perceived by a majority of people. Manufacturers of glass balustrades address the safety concerns by following set standards for making them. Moreover, glass balustrades are not made from ordinary glass material. In fact, glass balustrades are laminated and toughened using thick and steady tempered glass material, making them last longer than wood and metal balustrades. Only very severe circumstances can break glass balustrades. In addition, when the glass balustrades get broken, the broken pieces are not sharp and do not cause any injuries, especially for children. Because of the attractive nature of glass complimented by its durability and safety, it is really ideal for your home. They Have Simple Maintenance Wood and metal balustrades may require that you paint them from time to time to maintain their look. However, in the case of glass balustrades, once you have them installed, you only need to perform normal cleaning with the help of detergents to maintain their beauty.   Furthermore, if your deck glass balustrades get scratches, polishing can help make it look original. Scratches on wood and metal balustrades are harder to restore, hence an added advantage for glass balustrades. They Enhance the Aesthetic Beauty Glass adds value to the look of your home because its sophisticated nature makes your balustrades easily blend into your home environment. Glass is crystal clear, allowing light into your home What’s more, with glass balustrades, a homeowner feels much space as glass balustrades make most of all available space. They Are Versatile and Easy To Install Installing glass balustrades is easier than balustrades made from other materials such as wood and metal. This is because glass balustrades only have railings and panels that are installed within the shortest time possible. Glass easily goes with other materials for different framing choices, hence versatility in design. Even with the different framing options, glass balustrades are still easier to install than wood and metal balustrades. Don’t forget to seek the services of professional installers, such as Diamond Balustrades & Fencing Pty Ltd, no matter how easy it is to install glass...

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3 Custom Gate Options Every Pet Owner & Parent Should Consider

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you have pets and children, you want to keep them safe and away from areas that could cause them harm. Areas of the home like the kitchen and stairway are particularly hazardous and can turn tragic in a matter of seconds. If you are looking for ways to prevent injuries and issues in the home for your pets and children, one thing you may not have considered is the use of custom gates. Here are three gate options that every pet owner and parent should consider.   Pet Door Baby Gate Combinations One of the most common options is a baby gate that incorporates a pet door. These are ideal for stairways where you want to keep children safe, but pets can come and go as they please.  These gates do not just have to be for indoors though. You can also have gates created for your outside living areas, patios, and even as part of your screen doors. These combinations can be made to occupy larger areas as well, such as the stretch of space between the living room and the kitchen. Swinging Fixed Gates One of the issues that many pet owners and parents have with commercially produced safety gates is the operation. There are a few on the market that offer a swinging feature, but the locking mechanism may be difficult to use, especially when your hands are full. You can have a swinging fixed gate created with any type of locking mechanism you want. Some gate companies can even create gates that attach to your walls or have a pressure securing hold between two walls with an electronic locking mechanism. The lock is at adult height and can have a button option or a motion option. Swimming Pool Gates One of the areas that most parents and pet owners love and fear at the same time is the swimming pool. You want it to be safe, but at the same time you want your children and pets to enjoy the area as much as you do. If you have a swimming pool, you can have gates and fencing created to protect the sliding or backdoor entries to the pool area. You can also have gates made to work with existing pool fencing. The reason that custom made options are ideal for this is because of the variations on pool designs from home to home. These are just three of the custom gate options that every parent and pet owner should consider. If you have other gate needs that require custom treatment, consider contacting your fencing contractor like Central Coast Fencing Industries Pty...

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