Timber Fencing: What You Need to Know

Timber fencing is an “old standby” in the Brisbane area. Timber is a great material to use for fencing for a number of reasons. It has a great natural look and is a great way to provide a property boundary.

Timber fences can be built in many different styles, depending upon your needs. Here are some key considerations if you are thinking about timber fencing.

Why CCA Treated Timber is the Gold Standard for Timber Fencing

Timber Fencing Options

Timber fencing options include hardwood and softwood (commonly pine).

Hardwood Timber Fencing

Hardwoods are strong and durable.

They are also aesthetically pleasing because of their unique and varied appearances. Each hardwood has its own “look”: its own character, texture, grain and colour.

Many indigenous hardwoods also provide natural protection against bushfires and termites.

Our favourite hardwood that “checks all the boxes” is Merbau, also called “Kwila.” We carry Merbau, Blackbutt and Pacific Jarrah. We also carry Standard or Mixed Australian Hardwoods in two different grades.

If you are looking for timber fencing in an area that fronts onto your outdoor entertainment area or to the front of your property and you are keen to get a beautiful and expensive looking stained timber appearance then you cannot go past hardwood timber fencing.

Softwood Timber Fencing

Softwood has a softer surface, but it is still a very strong timber.

They are lightweight and their “softness” makes them a lot easier to work with than hardwoods.

Commonly treated pine is used for lower cost timber fencing.

Since pine absorbs finishes such as paint, varnish, oil and urethane, it is perfect for your fencing project.

Pine is treated in different ways, including CCA and ACQ treatments, and which one you choose will depend on the application for which the pine will be used. For vegetable gardens, playground equipment and other applications requiring arsenic-free treatment, ACQ treated pine is recommended. For fencing you may choose the CCA treated pine.

Pine is often the timber of choice for DIY projects because it is economical and easy to work with.

Timber Fencing Supplies

Our fencing and fencing-related materials include:

Timber Fencing Benefits

Before selecting the best material to construct your property boundaries there are a few constants that might sway your decision in favour of timber…

Timber Fencing Provides Extra Privacy

The biggest benefit of timber fencing for many is that it helps preserve privacy. It is difficult to see into and also blocks noises to some degree. It keeps nosy neighbours out and allows you to decide who has access to your backyard.

Timber Fencing Delivers Versatility

There are many different styles of timber fencing. You can build tall fence with palings for privacy. You can build a shorter picket fence that allows people to see over and into your yard. You can build a post and rail fence that is pretty much there for decoration and to define boundaries without blocking your ability to see out into your neighbourhood or any adjacent land.

Timber Fencing is Aesthetically Pleasing

A timber fence can be made to look any way you want it to look. It can be painted or stained whatever colour you want. It can be easily changed if you feel you need to update it or change colours. While a chain-link fence detracts from a home’s decor, a timber fence adds to the aesthetic and helps integrate your home into nature.

Before You Start Your Timber Fencing Project

You will want to assess the site for a number of relevant factors. First of all, you need to make sure you aren’t going to affect gas or electricity lines coming into your home. Accidentally digging into a live power or gas line can be dangerous. Check with local authorities for any fencing regulations.

Since your neighbour is supposed to pay 50% of the cost, make sure they are OK with what you are doing and get it in writing.

To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 today.

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