Aluminium Fencing [A Complete Guide]

A Dark Grey Aluminium Fence
A Dark Grey Aluminium Fence

When deciding on what type of fencing you want to use, whether, for home or business, aluminium is certainly well worth considering. 

It’s light (weighing around one third as much as steel) but resilient, strong, easy to maintain, and can come in almost any colour or design. You can even get aluminium fences that are designed to look like timber fencing – without the associated maintenance. But best of all, aluminium is naturally resistant to corrosion, so is the perfect choice for coastal areas with salty air and high winds or any other scenario where this is important to your requirements. 

Aluminium can be used for any kind of fence, from boundary and security fencing, right through to railings, gardens and pool fencing. It’s a versatile and cost-effective material to achieve the practical and aesthetic requirements of your fencing project. Aluminium is also 100% recyclable – so if your requirements include sustainability, it’s a great option. 

Some varieties you may choose from, include the classic tubular posts, but also more modern adaptations, including panels and slat fencing, louvres and even pickets. Aluminium can be used to create the look you’re going for – whether that’s simple, clean and stylish lines, or something more extravagant. 

While all of this does mean an aluminium fence is generally more expensive than timber, taking into account the lack of time and money spent in maintenance will put you ahead in the long term. 

Aluminium Slat Fencing

Aluminium slat fencing should be top of your list if you’re looking to seriously boost your home’s curb appeal – it can provide added privacy, with a clean, modern look. It has a classic, timeless look and feel, so it can go a long way to improving the aesthetics of a dated home, or complimenting a modern property.

You’ll usually see aluminium slat fencing as prefabricated, powder-coated panels with uniform vertical or horizontal aluminium slats or louvres. They’re sometimes included in a separately constructed brick rendered framework, or sometimes even sandstone. 

The slats can be used to provide additional shade, while still allowing airflow, and only partially obstructing views. They’ll provide a uniform look to your landscaping, provide safety for children and animals, but best of all, they’re easy to install and replace as needed.

This kind of fencing provides all the benefits of aluminium, along with the latest in architectural styling. Using aluminium means the slats will not rust, warp, or require repainting, offering a cost-effective, low maintenance alternative to timber. The slats can also be purchased as fixed or adjustable louvres, giving you ultimate flexibility. 

These slats will stand up to the test of Australian heat and sun while you enjoy the look you have created for your home. Using aluminium slats, your specific project can be completely customised to meet your own and your local council’s requirements. 

Aluminium Pool Fencing

Aluminium pool fencing is one of the most cost-effective ways to meet safety standards and keep your family safe. The average cost can range from around $90-$120 per linear metre, and the resulting fence, while lightweight, will require little maintenance and will stand the test of time, being resistant to rust and corrosion.  

Being quite versatile, your aluminium pool fence can provide a classy look that complements your existing landscape. While it is low maintenance and cost-effective, aluminium fencing does partially block views into and out of the pool area when compared with glass, and you should always be aware that the vertical tubular bars can be used as a potential foothold for children to climb. No matter how secure and strong your fence is, vigilance around children and pool is paramount.

Aluminium Fencing Prices & Costs in Australia

While aluminium certainly has a lot going for it, you will pay for the benefits. Aluminium fencing can cost around three times more than timber fencing. 

Before you decide against it though, you should also consider the lack of maintenance required for aluminium – the investment in this material can be quite worthwhile in the long term. 

Aluminium fencing is charged on a per metre basis, like any fence. Your final figure will be dependent on a number of factors, though, including the length and height of the fence, access to the site, and soil and land type (including whether flat or sloped).

A simple aluminium fence tends to range from around $95-$155 per metre. If including rendered brick or sandstone, you can expect to pay significantly more – anything from around $750-$1,200 per metre. 

DIY Aluminium Slat Fencing

Some fencing suppliers have gone a long way in creating DIY aluminium slat fencing that is easy enough to install yourself, with some even selling their products in Bunnings stores. With aluminium being the long-lasting material it is, this is certainly worth considering. 

While this will absolutely save you money, it’s your personal responsibility to ensure your fencing is the correct height for your property, and that it meets any necessary from your local council. If working with an expert, they will generally do this on your behalf. 

Aluminium Picket Fencing

If you’ve always wanted the aesthetic provided by a picket fence, but never the maintenance that goes with it, look no further – aluminium is your answer. 

Aluminium picket fencing won’t rot, warp or deteriorate like its timber counterparts, and is not vulnerable to the threat of termites, wood borers and other pests. But the best thing is, it will still achieve that traditional look you want for your home. 

Aluminium fencing in Australia

Increasingly, and as more and more residential developments are being completed, we’re seeing aluminium become extremely popular. Across the country, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, the Gold Coast, Adelaide, and even in Canberra, aluminium fencing is a great choice to stand up to any weather that the Australian environment has to throw at it. 

It’s low maintenance, durable, can achieve the specific look you want, and best of all is cost-effective with all of these benefits considered. When considering your next fencing project, aluminium should certainly rank on the list of preferred materials. 

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