Historic Heritage Fences

Heritage FencingA fence essentially serves four main functions. It acts as a security barrier, keeping people and animals either in or out. It creates a private space for the homeowner and their family. It serves to augment the overall appearance of the home and the surrounding property and finally helps to curb noise to a certain extent.

Choosing a style of fence for your property can be quite daunting. Should you go with a fence that is purely functional or should you choose a more ornamental fence even if it does not offer you the security and privacy that other styles offer? A heritage fence takes away the pain of choosing. It offers you oodles of elegance and style without compromising on security or privacy.

What to Consider When Choosing a Heritage Style Fence For Your Property

A fence is an important and dominant design feature of any house and a heritage fence does much to add character and a sense of history to the entire property. There are several types of heritage fences and when choosing one for your home, it helps to take the time to ensure the one you choose reflects the style, scale and form that is reminiscent of the era you are trying to recreate. In addition, the style of heritage fence you choose should be appropriate to the character of the immediate neighborhood  These fences look best when they maintain a continuous and harmonious fence line on the street.

Before choosing a fence design, take time to carefully consider all aspects pertaining to the design and construction as well as location. A well chosen design can greatly enhance the historic character and the heritage value of the property. High fences that will end up blocking the view of the main facade and detracting from the street scape of the area are best avoided.

What You Should Know About the Burra Charter

The Burra Charter lays down a few guidelines regarding heritage fencing. One of the clauses states that if there is any physical evidence that shows the styling of the original fence, this evidence should dictate the design of the fence. If the original fence has been completely destroyed and there is no physical evidence remaining, photographs can be used to establish the most appropriate style and design.

Choosing the Material of Your Heritage Fencing

Choosing the appropriate materials is crucial. Much of Australia’s traditional fencing was constructed out of timber. However, because of the limited life span of timber when it is exposed to the weather, many of the original fences have crumbled down and are lost and new homeowners are reluctant to go with timber heritage fencing.

All is not lost. Cedar and other rot-resistant and insect resistant woods provide ecologically safe and appropriate choices for fencing. A treated-cedar fence can look magnificent when left to weather naturally and can give any property a truly traditional look.

 Modern Heritage Fences

‘Modern heritage’ may seem like a conflict of ideas and styles but it simply means maintaining the traditional look while using more advanced materials.  Today, you can find heritage fences in exclusive designs and made of a mix of 100% pure high polymer resin incorporated with UV inhibitors. This combination gives you an excellent blend of a strong, sturdy fence that does not get affected even with the direct sunlight beating down on it.

This fortified polymer resin can bear up to any type of weather conditions, however harsh, while still managing to keep its colour and form. You will not need to paint it again and again because the paint on this vinyl fence will not peel off or decay. Good looking, durable, safe and easy to install and maintain, today’s PVC heritage fences are a worthy investment.

For the avid “go green” homeowner, the good news is that PVC materials are 100% recyclable and eco-friendly.

Should You DIY?

If you are a hands-on person, constructing a heritage fence around your property can sound like a tempting challenge. There’s nothing like seeing the fruits of your hard work come to life before your own eyes. However, there are a lot of factors that you need to consider before you decide to DIY. First of all, you need to get the necessary permissions from the Heritage Foundation to ensure that you are not breaking any laws concerning heritage properties.

Choosing the correct design of fence that goes with the architecture and age of your home and also complies with modern construction codes, calls for a cool head and understanding of the many codes involved in this task.

Additionally, heritage fence designs are very rarely simple. The more complex the design, the more difficult it will be to construct it yourself and the longer it will take. You will also need an arsenal of tools at your disposal. Is it worth the time, money and trouble that you will most likely have to invest?

Professional fence builders are more experienced, they know the law of the land and they have all the tools that are necessary for a job of this magnitude and complexity. Unless you are a die-hard DIY enthusiast and you have the basic skills, it may be worth allocating this responsibility to a professional fence builder. Pat’s Fencing is a well recognized Fence builder – see his testimonials click here – who produces masterpieces with a minimum of fuss or time – at an economical price. Contact Us to enable you to arrange a quote for your requirements.