You have a property and need a fence – here are some of the things to consider when getting a fence for your property.

Purpose (use)

This seems very obvious but being very clear about what the fence needs to achieve counts for a lot. A simple front fence may just be to frame your property for visual appeal, to keep pets and family safe and secure or it may be required in the design brief for your sub-division. The options become considerably more varied when considering side fences, back fences,

Durability and Function

Fences are often aluminium known for is durability and low maintenance – with the components made from various profiles with different aluminium profiles. The range of sizes and shapes give a very wide range of strength, functions or looks. Often NZ’ers have used timber fences and maintain the fence often to manage warping, twisting, fading and rotting over time. More recently, Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) fencing has shown that NZ has solid options that have the look and feel of timber without the availability issues (as of 2022) and benefits very similar to aluminium:

  • Low Maintenance
  • Slim Lines
  • Recyclable Materials
  • Low Environmental Impact
  • Durability

Visual

Consider the visual look and feel you want for your fence:

  1. Solid like stabiwood.co.nz/stabifence-fencing/
  2. Partially Solid like StabiSlat Fences (also seen at stabiwood.co.nz/stabifence-fencing/ ) allowing more light through gives an open feel but it also offers less privacy than a fully solid fence.
  3. Round Profiles for a classic / plain look urbangroup.co.nz/product/plain-aluminium-fence-panel/
  4. Square Profiles – with a very defined cut-through look like urbangroup.co.nz/product/assure-fence-panel/
  5. Fins – Vertical fins give an architectural look like the popular urbangroup.co.nz/product/paladin-fence-panel/
  6. Panels – Aluminium Panels give a solid look increasing privacy – smaller or larger gaps/panels give wide options and appeal urbangroup.co.nz/product/fresno-fence-panel/

Regulations / Dimensions

  • Height – make sure you have done you homework on regulations for heights in your location – especially if its a boundary between two/more neighbours, or consider if the height affects traffic visibility when entering/exiting driveways.
  • Length – does your property have constraints on what can/can’t be fenced – its worth checking.
  • Materials – make sure you understand how available the materials are, how easy/complex they are to work with and do they give both neighbours the same look/function
  • Shared Boundaries – understand what you and your neighbours are required / willing to pay, how all stakeholders want the fence to look / function  and make sure you are all on the same page
  • Plan – Make sure you have a plan with clear dimensions
    • Lengths
    • Heights
    • Slope – if your ground is not level know how your fencing solution needs to be installed
    • Fixing points – know if you have services under your fence line, and understand whether you need in ground posts or if you are fixing to concrete, timber or other materials

Design / Planning / Installation

All fences and sites are not created equal, so we must make site relevant decisions for any fencing:

  1. Design your fence to suit the site
  2. Environment – consider high/low wind/coastal areas/block light or open
  3. Plan for contingencies – what happens if you find a water pipe/electrics where you planned an in-ground post?
  4. Installation – are you a capable DIY’er or will you rely on an experienced installer
  5. Allow for materials including but not limited to:
    • Concrete post holes or footings – required depths and lengths are important
    • Posts – make sure the lengths and widths are up to the job – inground/flanged posts?
    • Fence Panels – chose the profile that is fit for purpose and budget
    • Brackets – know what is required and the quantities you need to get the job done
    • Fixings – what looks best and is functional, or importantly does it meet the statutopry requiremnst
    • Pedestrian Gates – do you need them and will they match the fencing eg StabiGates are manufactured to match StabiFence for the best look and function stabiwood.co.nz/stabigate-gates/
    • Driveway Gates – have you considered sliding gates, swing gates, double swing gates, cantilever or telescopic for your site?
    • Gate Posts (don’t under-specify your gate post or dig the post-holes too shallow and end up with a gate dropping)
    • Hardware – are your hinges, latches, rollers, drop-bolts or other hardware compliant, aesthetically appealing and up to the job?
    • Automation – are you wanting a reliable automated gate for a truly high end solution – watch this space as we will give feedback in this are in future.
    • Supply timelines

Do It Yourself (DIY) or Use an Installer?

This a simple question with a less simple answer.

DIY
If you have good DIY skills, tools and the inclination you can self install many of our products (Automation excluded) – we will need a site plan and understand what materials you require for your site and we can provide you a materials only quote, including freight and materials warranties. It is important to note you will not have an installation warranty with this approach.

OR

INSTALLER
Urban Group NZ work with installers and DIY’ers across the length of NZ. More customers use Installers for the simple peace of mind they get knowing most of the considerations above are manged by an experienced installer who has consulted with the property owner on the form and function required, estimated quantities, order materials, manage materials and also mange installations with a minimum of fuss. They will be experienced on local rules and regulations and ask for clarity on possible issues before they happen. Urban Group are happy to refer to third-party installers who will work for you to get the best outcome. The installer generally provide a materials and installation price and provide certainty that the job will be done right first time.