In 6 Easy Steps, Choose your garden wall.

Until about 20 years ago, Australians were very conservative when choosing a garden wall style. Over the past ten years, Australian manufacturers and homeowners have ventured into new markets, and now there are some amazing products.

These six steps will help you select the right wall for your property.

Step 1: Make a performance specification.

Although it sounds complex, a performance specification is very easy. You should make a list of the criteria that your fence must meet. It will be amazing how many wall types you can eliminate by comparing your list with a list of features you have for a particular type of wall.

EXAMPLE:

The wall must:

Unsupervised children must be supervised, and the climbable heights cannot be exceeded.

To the north, offer privacy to neighbours.

It should be large enough that the children can use it as a chalkboard.

It would help if you were solid to allow heat to radiate from the wall during cooler hours. This will give you a longer growing season and better quality summer herbs.

Keep the wind from your yard.

You can provide security for your yard and home with the right lighting.

Traffic noise can be blocked.

Be economical

Remember that your fence must meet all of your requirements, not just your aesthetic needs.

Step 2: Select the appropriate materials

This is probably the most important aspect to consider when selecting a fence. Your garden theme should be complemented by wall materials that match the design of your house. You can research to find out which materials look good together and not just what they are.

Wall fencing that is traditional and safe can be the best for your job. They are worth looking at over the more modern options. Remember that any wall over 600mm height will require concrete footing supports. Check with your local council to confirm. Here are some options.

Construction of double-face bricks

This fence is durable and does not have to be boring. Although it is more expensive, adding detail can give your fence a timeless look. A professional bricklayer is required to detail a brick wall.

Cement render

Brick garden walls can breathe new life into an old garden. A professional renderer will be required to achieve a perfect wall. However, if you’re happy with the bagged look, you can try it yourself.

Concrete block walls are easier to apply to render than clay bricks. Brick walls are more difficult to prepare than concrete walls, as clay bricks expand and constantly contract and render shrinks constantly.

Light-weight cement render

Modular walls (MWS) offer a look-alike fibre cement wall system at a fraction of the price. Modular Walls are fast and easy to install. They are also a great option for those buildings near easements that aren’t permitted to use strip footing. Modular walls combine a steel beam system with a fibre cement composite sandwich board. This wall or fence can be as substantial as a double brick fence. Click here to download the Modular Walls brochure.

Stone dry

Stone walls are timeless, easy to maintain, and long-lasting. However, they tend to be very expensive. It is not expensive to use stone, but the cost of hiring a stonemason. An engineer will be required to design the footings for walls that exceed 600mm high. If this is the case, you should hire a professional. However, if the wall is less than 600mm in height, it’s possible to save money by doing some DIY.

Gabion

Gabion walling is becoming increasingly popular. This wall is strong, versatile and easy to build. Gabion can be described as a wire basket or form filled with stones and then shaped into a fence- or retaining type of structure.

It is still used for soil retention, drainage, and erosion control in civil works. Gabion fencing can be used for residential fencing or soil retention solutions. Many architects and building designers specify it when designing new homes and renovating existing houses.

Custom

These links will inspire you if your dream is to build your fence.

Living

Living walls, or living fences, are exactly that. These fences are plants that can be left wild or trimmed to achieve an ordered appearance. It may prove difficult to meld in another plant if one of your well-ordered plants dies. These fences are best for those with a lot of time and an interest in gardening.

Companies that specialize in installing artificial garden walls can be found. These vertical gardens can be installed in small spaces and easily set up by the DIYer.

Step 3: Make sure your fence meets your privacy requirements.

Visual privacy

You need to ensure you have the privacy you desire before installing your fence. You can test your privacy by putting up a simple timber frame or sheet at the desired height. It will almost be impossible to put up a fence if you have neighbours higher than your property.

Acoustic privacy

Most brick and masonry walls offer great privacy. If a wall is not smooth, it can cause noise reverberation in your yard.

Tip 4 – Choose a fence that meets all your security requirements

Walls that are solid, smooth, rendered, and heavy are ideal for security. However, walls that can provide a foothold or cannot do so are not. Your fence should not exceed 10mm in height. For pool safety fencing, the 10mm rule applies. Anything more than 10mm is considered climbable. Gabion walls are now out.

Tip 5: Be aware of the details and design type of your walls early

Wall durability will depend on the design you choose. The owners of a fence will take pride in how it looks if it is well designed.

Tip 6: Choose a wall that meets your safety requirements

The Australian Standard for Pool Fencing is a good choice if you want to protect a pool area or yard from traffic. It’s not difficult to read.

Tip 7: Stick to your budget

Prices for garden walls can vary widely, but it is reasonable to assume that walls with a higher labour cost will be more costly than others. Many walls mentioned above have a high labour component which is great for DIYers.

With the right information, there’s no reason garden walls need to look dull or expensive. Follow these seven tips, and you’ll be basking in the glory of your awesomeness every time your garden wall is viewed.

 

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