There are a number of different materials that can be used in the construction of fences and gates that generally share the dual purpose of protection and decoration. One of the key decision-making factors used in the selection of fencing materials is strength and durability.
Fencing materials used in residential properties are often chosen for their aesthetic appearance and the value the fence adds to the overall appearance of the property. Fencing used for farming and agricultural purposes is usually made from fencing wire and steel materials, and is strong and resistant to extreme weather conditions and livestock. Fencing material used in residential properties include pickets, bamboo, brush, timber, brick and aluminium designed in a variation of styles such as heritage, tubular or lattice. Due to the variation in materials, colour and design of fences, there is a large variety to choose from, and many fencing contractors cater to the specific needs of individual clients.
Climate and geographic location should also factor into the decision over what fencing materials to use in the construction of a fence, especially in relation to coastal proximity or in harsh outback conditions or areas prone to bushfires. Fencing manufacturers customise fencing solutions to suit all locations and properties, including residential and commercial, and also provide installation services. Whether a fence has the purpose of keeping predators out, or children and pets inside, the choice of material is the most important factor. A fence is designed with the purpose of lasting many years, and the material chosen will often determine the length of its lifetime.