How to install pickets for a picket fence
A picket fence (pictured above) is the most decorative of fencing options. Used at the front, it can make a big impact on the street appeal of your home. You can build a picket fence and gate using pickets with a decorative design or go for a contemporary look by cutting up long lengths of timber to create a square finish.
Colorbond is a solid steel fence that's perfect for security and privacy and is very popular for side and rear fences. It comes in a range of different colours that you can match with other features of your home such as the roof and gutters. You can build a colorbond fence yourself and the tough finish means there's no painting or staining needed after installation, meaning no ongoing maintenance.
Building a paling fence and gate is a good way to achieve safety and security with the natural look of timber. Using durable treated pine, you can paint or stain a paling fence to exactly match the style of your home and garden. Painting a fence black can be a great way to make any plants sitting in front of it really stand out.
You can separate different areas of your garden by installing a lattice fence. It has the advantage of defining an area without totally blocking it off as you can still see through the lattice. It's also the perfect type of fence to grow climbing plants or vines over, giving you an attractive green screen.
HardieFence is a system that doesn't require posts or concrete, so it's perfect for sandy soils or other situations where digging holes for fence posts is impractical. Corrugated fibre cement sheets are set into a trench and topped off with a metal capping before the trench is backfilled. When it's finished, paint the fence in a colour to suit the rest of your home.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.