If you are one who lives by a bay, one of the most important factors to consider in getting the right fence for your Illawarra coastal property is that it should remain sturdy and reliable amidst constant exposure to the sea breeze from the salt water and a number of different weather patterns. A fence that's prone to decay due to rust and corrosion is a big no-no. Luckily, taking into consideration the Wollongong weather, fences can be designed specifically to handle these kinds of weather conditions. Let’s take a look at some fencing materials and see what makes them reliable for coastal living.
Metal fences such as wrought iron, colorbond, and aluminium fences are in nature such sturdy fence materials; however, they become vulnerable to rust and corrosion when used in coastal areas of New South Wales, as metals tend to oxidize with the presence of water. The best option to go for is stainless steel; however, it is expensive, so if you have to resort to getting wrought iron, colorbond, or aluminium fences, make sure they are powder-coated. This will serve as a protective barrier against the salt air. A wide range of products for base coats, primers and epoxy top coats that can be used either before or after corrosion has started. It is also prudent for any metal fences to be hosed off with fresh water (at least once a month).
Glass fencing, which is becoming popular for properties with swimming pools or those in the beachfront, is known for the sleek appearance it gives off. The best is to have frameless glass fencing; however, semi-frameless glass fencing also works as long as any steel frames and fastenings are made out of non-corrosive materials (either they are powder-coated or made out of stainless steel). On the other hand, salt air tends to leave a cloudy film on glass, but this can be remedied by wiping with a soft cloth. To reduce long term maintenance, glass fences have to be treated with a protective, invisible, liquid coating to serve as a protective barrier against the salt air, dirt, and water residues.
All these in mind, installing a fence by the pool, beach, or any coastal areas all boils down to the choice of fencing material and how said material can be protected to withstand the unique environmental conditions of coastal areas. Though living in a coastal setting presents some inevitable scenarios, selecting the right kind of fence and knowing how to take care of it should be of topmost priority to ensure that you'll have a long-lasting Wollongong fence that fulfills its purpose and does not require a terrible amount of upkeep in the long run. Consult your local Illawarra fence contractor near Farmborough Heights, Figtree, Helensburgh, or Horsley for the best fence that will suit your needs and your budget.