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    Balustrade Regulations in Australia

    As much as we might not like it, at a practical level fencing is essential for various reasons. Governments tend to fence areas to not only demarcate them but to also keep away unauthorized people. Commercial property owners setup fences to demarcate property or demarcate areas e.g. car parking. Ordinary folks fence their property to demarcate their property and to keep away unwanted pests.

    The type of fencing is depended on the objective

    Most fencing is just a meter or so tall. Military, museum and prison fencing on the other hand could be several meters tall. Additionally, they might even incorporate features such as reinforced concrete, vibration detectors, electrical charge, etc. For the military, museum authorities, bank note printers, the objective is to usually keep away unauthorized people whereas for the prison authorities, the objective is to prevent prisoners from escaping.

    Type of material used is also depended on the objective

    Obviously therefore, the type and kind of fencing and its features depends on the nature of the objective. For commercial buildings and ordinary folks, beauty is just as important as the objective. For this reason commercial property owners tend to implement frosted glass-and-aluminium fencing whereas ordinary folks may use picket fencing i.e. timber fencing, fencing nets, etc. The type and shape of the fencing depends on the object. Where privacy is required, they may implement slat or aluminium fencing.

    Aluminium as the most common material used in fencing

    In days gone by (especially in Australia), timber and wire mesh were widely used in fencing. Unfortunately, both were not durable. Over time, timber would simply rot away while wire mesh would rust away. Animals would often break through a rusted spot and create a sort of highway for themselves. Thieves of course could just cut their way in. Maintaining timber or wire mesh fencing was therefore always a costly affair.

    As prices of aluminium dropped, it began to be used as ideal fencing material. Aluminium was durable, flexible, could be beautifully finished if required, was light weight and therefore easy to transport, has high reflectivity and so was visible from a long distance, is waterproof and corrosion resistant, is fire proof so is especially advisable in bush fire zones, and finally, aluminium is very reusable.

    The flexibility of aluminium makes it an ideal fencing material. It is easy to manufacture curved, flat, shaped into cassettes, or alloyed with other materials. It can be cut with any electric saw; can be riveted, drilled, screwed, welded, bent and even soldered either at the fabrication unit or on site.

    Aluminium can be powder coated and painted in any colour to produce a variety of optical effects. Aluminium fencing is economical, durable, corrosion resistant, virtually maintenance free and you can even print on the aluminium tubing.

    Aluminium fencing will withstand most bush fires. This is a big boon for folks who in the past had to rebuild their fencing after every bush fire.

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