AFRICA’S MOST TRUSTED SUPPLIER
OF TREATED WOODEN POLES SINCE 1952
AFRICA’S MOST TRUSTED
SUPPLIER OF TREATED
WOODEN POLES SINCE 1952

 

 

Choosing the right fencing – tips from the experts

June 02, 2020

Fencing has a variety of functions in today’s world. Not only are fences used for the protection of livestock and for agricultural purposes, but they are also used to define property boundaries, provide privacy, ensure security and even have an aesthetic accent.  

Choosing the right fencing for your desired project comes with a variety of challenges. Here are some tips from our experts here at R&B Timber Group to get you started:

Materials

A fence is one of those structures that is going to be battered daily by the elements. It needs to withstand everything that is thrown at it and is often your first level of defence on a property. Thus, it is necessary to construct your fence from high quality materials, no matter what type of fencing you choose.

Whether you opt for wood, metal or brick, and no matter your budget, make sure you invest most of your fencing funds into choosing the best materials. Only buy from companies that have spent a good number of years in the industry and that have shown that their products can withstand the test of time. Spending less on materials early will only cost you more in the long run as your fence will degrade quicker and need repairs and maintenance.

 

treated wooden poles
Our treated wooden poles have proven to be some of the best on the market

 

Having been established in 1952, our company’s treated wooden poles have proven to be some of the best on the market and are used in agricultural, commercial and residential projects worldwide.

Maintenance

There are a lot more intricacies to building the perfect fence than people realize. One of the things that needs to be considered is which material to use. You need to consider how each material translates to your fencing project and choose an option best suited for your needs. Are you trying to stop people from entering your yard, or simply creating a temporary structure to protect animals or vegetables for a limited time?

A wooden fence provides versatility and is a budget-friendly solution, however, wooden poles need maintenance. Wood is sensitive to moisture and as a result can be suspectable to rotting and leaning and thus the poles need to be treated properly and installed correctly. Metal or aluminium fencing is more indestructible and requires less ongoing maintenance but is not as easily workable and can be more expensive. On the other hand, brick fences are very expensive to build and repair, however, even less maintenance is needed than with metal or wooden fences.

Aesthetics

The final thing you need to consider when building your fence is how you can combine aesthetics with function. There are many different varieties of fencing and you will want to choose the right look for your project, after all no one wants to look at an eyesore every day.

 

a simple protective treatment will require the least maintenance
A simple protective treatment will require the least maintenance

 

While most types of fencing can be painted, keeping wood, metal or even brick in its natural state, just a simple protective treatment will require the least maintenance and give your fence a natural look. Of all the types of fencing materials available, wood blends into the natural environment the best and provides a neutral backdrop for your home or garden. Wood also provides a certain warmth to a project that is difficult to achieve with the cold starkness of metal or solid brick.