1. Block Noise with an Acoustic Barrier
One of the biggest downsides to living on a busy road is the noise pollution generated by passing vehicles. Recent research has shown that traffic noise is not only annoying but also can be detrimental to your health. A 2016 study found that residents of areas subjected to high levels of traffic noise were more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, and the same study also showed that traffic noise is a significant cause of psychological stress.
There are a variety of aluminium fence types on the market that act as sound barriers, and while these products will never completely block out traffic noise, they can achieve sound reductions of up to 85% in ideal conditions. Therefore, if traffic noise is a problem in your home, consider asking your fencing contractor to install a noise-reduction fence.
2. Keep Your Home Free from Prying Eyes
Another problem with living on a busy street is that passers-by can watch your family's every movement from the footpath, particularly if your house has large front-facing windows. Many homeowners install basic privacy fences at the boundary of their property to ward off prying eyes. However, homes on busy roads generally have more foot traffic going past, so taller or more opaque fences are often required.
One issue with opaque privacy fences is that they block out sunlight in addition to nosy passersby. A good compromise between open bollard style fences and complete privacy screens is aluminium slat fencing. These fences are composed of a series of flat horizontal aluminium bars spaced up to 20mm apart, allowing light to pass through while largely dissuading any would-be viewers.
3. Don't Forget the Kids-Both the Human and the Furry Kind!
One reason homeowners have fencing installed is to prevent young children or pets from running loose. This is especially important for those living on busy streets. Nearly 600 child pedestrians are seriously injured every year in Australia, and thousands of family pets are killed in road accidents every month. These statistics would frighten any parent or pet owner, so it is important that your front fence is built to an adequate height.
Fences should be no less than 1.2 metres in height to prevent young children from climbing over them. It is more difficult to determine a suitable fence height for household pets, as this depends on your furry friend's size and breed, but as a guide, large dogs cannot jump over fences higher than about 1.85 metres.
4. Graffiti-Proof Your Fence
Graffiti can occur anywhere, but walls and fences located on major roads are particularly vulnerable to tagging due to their visibility and exposure.
Taggers love walls and fences made from brick and wood, as spray paint sticks easily to these surfaces and can be difficult to remove. Graffiti is particularly difficult to remove from porous surfaces such as brick and limestone, as spray paint leaves a stain that remains well after the tag has been washed away.
In contrast, removing graffiti from aluminium fences is relatively easy, even if it is a hassle if it needs to be done regularly. If your house is in a graffiti-prone area, such as on a major roadway, consider having an aluminium fence installed to minimize the impact of graffiti on your home.
Most Australian homes have front fences installed, but for houses on busy streets, a good fence is crucial for ensuring your health, privacy and safety. If you live on a major road, don't make the mistake of installing a fence designed for the back streets. Get in touch with the fencing specialists at Suncoast Fencing for advice on choosing a fence type that is right for you.