Here at Taylor Fencing, we find it in our best interests to regularly update our valuable readers and customers on information which will help you make informed fencing-related decisions. This means, among other things, keeping you up-to-date on national and local fencing rules and building codes. As if there isn’t enough stress when you have a building or renovation project on your hands, right?
Worrying about staying up-to-code should be the last thing on your mind. Fortunately, when you work with Taylor Fencing, it can be! On our dossier of client services, we proudly count our role of liaison with all local and national building groups. We’ve finessed and honed extremely valuable relationships with many contacts throughout different groups. We can help ensure that all fencing jobs are being completed properly and safely!
So today, it’s time for a bit of a refresher. Though you’ve probably read about proper codes and standards on the Taylor Fencing blog before, this post will serve as your hot-off-the-press, most important pocket guide!
Though they may seem annoying and trivial at first, it’s important to remember that the different fencing rules and codes that Australia has in place, are both important and necessary. With their help, installations are orderly, neighbors are pleased and most importantly- our valued customers like you, are pleased.
Fencing Rules for Brush Fencing
There are several different fencing standards for the different purposes that fences can serve. Let’s first dive into brush fencing, one of our most popular styles in inventory, and a look that you’ll see in neighborhoods across the country. A fence that surrounds a pool will need to meet a completely different code than a brush fence which has been built to protect both class one and class two properties.
Brush fences in particular, can be major fire hazards when built too closely to the houses that they protect, a perfect example of why best practices are put in place by experts. Curious what the magic distance is? 3 metres, is what you need to remember if you’re installing brush fencing outside of your home. There is a bit of leeway here… items like gutters, rainwater tanks and pipes can be in between the fence and the structure of the home.
Your safety and comfort are of the highest priority to both local authorities and Taylor Fencing. There are a couple of different components of brush fencing that experts take a look at—they look at the structural adequacy, or how sound the structure is, its integrity or durability and whether it has been properly insulated. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fence that is being built for the very first time. Or, if it may be replacing a fencing structure from decades ago- the same rules matter. The back wall and side door in particular, need to be fire resistant; this is your first line of defense when it comes to brush fires.
Have we piqued your interest about brush fencing? Give Taylor Fencing a shout! We’d love to chat.