Living close to the ocean in Auckland’s North Shore has many advantages – beautiful views, beach time and water sports. But it can also mean intense storms, salty air and extra wear and tear on your property.
When you are repairing or installing a fence or gate, it is imperative to think about how the environment you live in might affect it. If you live in a beachside suburb, you have several options available to you, and below we take a look at the pros and cons of each one.
Tubular Steel Fencing & Gates
Tubular steel is a lot more affordable and lightweight than solid steel, but it still offers the same amount of strength and can stand up to strong coastal storms and winds. However steel as a raw material does have a tendency to rust, so it’s important to check with your fencing contractor to make sure the steel is treated to make it weatherproof. The steel can be galvanised to make it rust proof, or it can be pre-treated and powder coated. It is also vital to ensure that welds, hinges, screws and other small parts are stainless steel, as scrimping on these small parts can weaken the whole fence structure.
Aluminium Fencing and Gates
Aluminium is an excellent choice for coastal gates and fences. It is rarely affected by corrosion, has a natural anti rust property, can stand up to hot summer UV rays and hold up against strong winds and heavy rain. It does not need any extra treatments, but powder coating (rather than paint which will just flake away) is recommended for colouring.
Timber fences and gates are not recommended for coastal suburbs as they require constant upkeep – re-painting, varnishing and protective coating at least twice a year, as well as regular checks for warping and loose screws and hinges. However, you can still retain the look of a timber or picket fence with products such as aluminium slats with a powder coated finish that mimics the look and shape of timber.
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