At what point should you start looking at replacement fencing and gate options. Are your current fences and gates looking worn? Do they have visible bending, warping or splintering? The time might be now.
We underestimate the importance that fencing, and gates really have when it comes to our privacy and safety. Maintaining your fencing and gates and making regular checks can be the difference between accidentally providing unwarranted access to your home or business.
So, what should you look for when deciding if it might be time to seek alternate fencing or gate products?
There are many different types of fencing and gate materials, so each material may have different factors to consider.
Are your gates or fencing starting to bend or warp? This can be a sign that the product has been exposed to excess heat and over time the materials have started to break down causing warping. There is no real solution to warped fencing other than replacing it entirely. Bent gates and fencing isn’t necessarily a huge problem unless it affects the ability of your product to actually work. It can also start to look unsightly in bad cases.
Over time your product can become weakened by exposure to the outside elements. Wood in particular can become porous and start to splinter. Splintering can cause injury to users and can invite pests to make homes within the gaps in the wood. The structural integrity of the product soon becomes an issue and that is when it may be time to seek a replacement. In minor cases it could be simple enough to sand the affected area and remove the splintering.
Most exterior materials aside from wood are now galvanised or powder-coated to protect your products from discolouring and rusting however older products may not be protected and you should be aware that rusting can occur and can over time affect the look and integrity of your fencing and gates. As the rust forms on the outside of the product the issue is nothing more than superficial but over time the rust begins to become more aggressive and continues to make its way through the whole of the product. Rusting can significantly weaken the material underneath causing complete malfunction of the product in extreme cases.
For wooden fencing and gates, it is a common occurrence for them to become home to all kinds of creepy crawlies. This is not always a concern however, termites are a different story. Termites are a wood boring insect which eats the inside of the wood and creates tunnels throughout. In the end the wood becomes so weakened that it practically turns to dust. Termites are a serious issue and if you suspect your fencing or gates to have an infestation you should seek assistance from a termite removalist specialist especially if your home is built from wood.
In many cases, the fencing or gates aren’t always the culprit. Sometimes the accessories that are used in conjunction with the product can be the issue. Accessories like latches, frames, motors, rails or bolts and screws aren’t impervious to damage and can degrade or fail. In the instance of a minor failed accessory it can sometimes be far easier to fix than that of the entire fence or gate. Always be sure to check your manufacturer’s warranty in the case of failure of fencing and gate accessories as you may be covered.
Always keep an eye out on your fencing and gate products. Not only are they important in protecting your home, business, they also protect everyone inside. From pets, to people barriers create a haven which protects us and our families.
Chat to your local fencing and gate specialist today to learn more.
Sadly, drowning deaths are considered to be one of the highest preventable child deaths in Australia. Not all incidents are fatal, however they can cause serious injury and extreme distress for the children and parents involved.
In-home pools are a huge risk for drowning incidents if not properly contained. Pool safety should be the highest concern for all pool owners and pools should be inspected regularly to maintain the pool safety in your backyard.
All pools require mandatory safety barriers and fencing in order to ensure the safety of all people surrounding the pool area. To ensure compliance with this, as a pool owner your barriers and fencing will be scrutinised by the council prior to install. After the council has approved your pool installation specifications you should continue to maintain and check the fencing periodically. It is expected that your pool fencing complies with the requirements set out by the council and the Royal Life Saving Association. To ensure you are always meeting these requirements you should ensure that the latches are checked regularly to confirm that they are self-closing. Latches can become lose and can stop self-closing which is not only a non-compliance issue, but also a huge safety issue. In the case of pool owners with small children, a non-functional pool barrier latch can be a huge safety risk.
You should also check that the pool fencing materials that you use are sturdy and long lasting to prevent deterioration. Missing, damaged or deteriorating panels can allow accidental access to the pool causing a huge safety issue. By having your fencing and barriers installed by professional technicians that use high quality fencing materials you can be sure that your fencing panels and latches will last the distance and minimise accidents.
Always ensure that you are supervising small children who make use of your swimming pool. Pool owners have a responsibility to maintain adequate safety rules and ensure that you are supplying supervision when you have young people swimming.