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Fencemakers may collect website visitors’ contact information (like their e-mail addresses). Unless you object, this information may be used:

– to send news, information about our activities and general promotional material which we believe may be useful to you;
– to monitor who is accessing the website or using services offered on the website; and
– to profile the type of people accessing the website.

If you do not wish to have your personal information used in this manner or for any other specific purpose, you can e-mail us accordingly.

We utilise “cookies” which enable us to monitor traffic patterns and to serve you more efficiently if you revisit the site. A cookie does not identify you personally but it does identify your computer. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie and this will provide you with an opportunity to either accept or reject it in each instance.

We will not sell or otherwise provide your personal information to a third party, or make any other use of your personal information, for any purpose which is not incidental to your use of this website. For the removal of doubt, personal information will not be used for any purpose which a reasonable person in your position would not expect.

If you request us not to use personal information in a particular manner or at all, we will adopt all reasonable measures to observe your request but we may still use or disclose that information if:

– we subsequently notify you of the intended use or disclosure and you do not object to that use or disclosure;
– we believe that the use or disclosure is reasonably necessary to assist a law enforcement agency or an agency responsible for government or public security in the performance of their functions; or
– we are required by law to disclose the information.

We will preserve the content of any e-mail you send us if we believe we have the legal requirement to do so.

Your e-mail message content may be monitored by us for trouble-shooting or maintenance purposes or if any form of e-mail abuse is suspected.

Personal information which we collect may be aggregated for analysis but in such circumstances we would ensure that individuals would remain anonymous.

All personal information which we collect for the purposes of processing orders and/or delivering services (including your contact details and, if relevant, credit card details) is kept confidential and secure to the best of our ability.

There are circumstances where a client/users’ personally identifiable information will need to be submitted to a 3rd party company (including directories and networks) in the provision of our services. All due care is taken to ensure this is done in a secure manner. On occasion the 3rd party recipient of this information might contact users in relation to their own services. Please note that while every effort is made to minimize such occurances, contact by 3rd parties is beyond the control of the staff and terms of Fencemakers .

We consider it is the responsibility of parents to monitor their children’s use of our website. Nevertheless it is our policy not to require personal information from persons known to be under the age of 18 years or offer to send any promotional material to persons in that category.

You are entitled to have access to any personal information relating to you which you have previously supplied to us over this website. You are entitled to edit or delete such information unless we are required by law to retain it.

If you wish to comment on or query our privacy policy, or if you wish to make an inquiry regarding any personal information relating to you which may be in our possession, contact us.

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Are Timber & Picket Fences Worth The Effort?

Maintaining Timber Fences & Picket Fences: Is It Worth the Effort?

White Picket Fence Surrounding a HomeMany homeowners love the idea of a house surrounded with a white picket fence. Both picket fences and timber fences have been part of the look that defines the ‘ideal dream home’ for decades.

The popularity of timber as a fencing material stems from its historical abundance, as well as its economical and lightweight properties. However, despite the traditional popularity of white picket and timber fencing, it has to be asked – in this day and age, are there better options out there that require less maintenance and less frequent repair?

Benefits of Timber and Picket Fencing

Aside from tradition, there are a number of factors that keep people coming back to the idea of timber and picket fencing. These include:

  • Easy installation – by a professional or DIY installation. Wood is one of the easiest materials to work with
  • An instantly recognisable, timeless style
  • Easy alteration of height and additions
  • Broken or damaged sections can be easily replaced
  • Typically inexpensive with a variety to suit all budgets
  • Easily painted if you have a change of heart or need a refresh.

Drawbacks of Timber and Picket Fencing

Needless to say, timber and picket fencing come with their drawbacks too. Compared to the other materials out today, timber fencing isn’t considered as durable as it once was. Weathered wooden fence

Wooden fencing is notoriously difficult to maintain. It must be sealed and coated from day one, and requires frequent top-ups of varnish and paint to stave off weather-wear.

Wood can and does rot over time too – from both weather and pests. Timber fencing is prone to infestation by termites and other insects like no other fencing material (this is especially common if the posts are inserted directly into the ground as picket fences often are).

Timber fencing posts are also prone to warping over time if they are placed close together, leading to cracks and widening gaps between slats. This will have an impact of the privacy levels offered over time.

What are the Alternatives?

White Picket Fence in Perth GardenNowadays, homeowners tend to be more reluctant to install timber and picket fencing because of the ongoing maintenance they require. The good news though is that there are other alternatives.

Practical and popular options include aluminium and steel fencing which are virtually maintenance-free but can still offer an impressive and attractive appeal. Both steel and aluminium fencing are one of the strongest and most durable fencing options on the market and won’t be presented with rotting, sagging or warping problems renowned in timber picket fences.

The benefits of aluminium and steel fencing as an alternative to timber picket fencing include:

  • Better security (wooden fences can be easily broken or scaled)
  • No maintenance required. Aluminium in particular will not rust or wear with weather
  • Not prone to invasive insects
  • Durable enough to withstand various and extreme weather conditions
  • Aluminium in particular is still a low-cost and lightweight option for residential fencing

Aluminium and steel fencing are both easily maintained by an occasional hose-down with no need for ongoing painting and staining. For homes with automated gates, this is a more viable fencing option with its resilient steel posts.

The Best of Both Worlds? Smartwood Fencing

For homeowners who can’t get past their love for the warm aesthetics of wood, but who don’t want to put up with the maintenance fuss, warping or rotting, there is another alternative: Smartwood (or wood-look aluminium). White Cottage FenceSome would say it offers the best of both worlds.

Smartwood fencing has a style that is so similar, if not identical, in appearance to traditional timber and picket fencing that it’s difficult to tell the difference without a trained eye. It is made from aluminium panels that are coated in a wood-look (or white picket look) weather resistant coating.

As opposed to timber and picket fencing, Smartwood doesn’t need to be repainted and its natural timber finish will create that timeless, warm look for the exterior of any home. Other benefits of Smartwood fencing include:

  • The increased safety benefits that come with aluminium fencing
  • Absolutely no maintenance, no coating and no revarnishing required
  • Increased durability without sacrificing the timeless look of timber
  • Perfect for seaside locations or homes that face extreme weather conditions
  • Style and colour availability ensures homeowners can have just about any timber style fencing for their property.

Timber and picket fences will always be part of the ‘ideal dream home’ and there’s no denying their ageless appeal. Whilst both styles of fencing can be visually pleasing, there are certain characteristics of them both that make them a less desirable choice for many homeowners. However, with a growing choice of materials available, including the emergence of Smartwood as a viable fencing material – there’s no reason for homeowners to put up with the limiting drawbacks of timber anymore.

For more information on our range of fencing and gates, or to book a free measure and quote, contact the friendly team at Fencemakers today.