Modular Fencing Vs Colorbond Fencing
Need a fence? We’ve taken out the stress of comparing fences for you! Check out our comprehensive side-by-side comparison of Colorbond Fencing vs Modular Fencing below…
The first question on everyone’s mind – what’s the price difference? According to hipages*, this is a general rule of thumb for professional fencing installation costs:
- $65 -$100 for Colorbond fencing
- $80 -$125 for hardwood fencing
- $191+GST for SlimWall modular fencing
- $280 – $350 for a treated pine slat fence
- $550 – $800 for a brick wall
- $750 – $1000 for a rendered brick and steel fence
- $800 – $1200 for a sandstone and timber fence
Modular fencing might seem like a jump from Colorbond, but when you consider that you’re getting similar aesthetics, noise reduction and durability to a rendered brick fence, the value for money is really highlighted. Furthermore, both Colorbond and modular fencing cost less if installed DIY.
*Costs and prices stated in this hipages article are indicative only, vary locally and are subject to market forces.
Take home message: Colorbond is one of the cheapest fencing options on the market. Modular fencing offers more value for money in terms of aesthetics, durability and noise reduction
Can you DIY it?
Yes to both! In fact, both processes are incredibly similar, as they’re both post and rail fencing systems. With a team of two people, you’ll simply concrete the posts in, slide in and secure the panels, and finish with capping and post tops. The panels of the modular fence are heavier, but with two people, they are still completely manageable.
DIY can also lower the price tag of each option, as you’re saving on labour costs. For instance, SlimWall modular fencing drops to around $131+GST per lineal metre, and Colorbond fencing becomes around $60 per lineal metre for materials only.
Take home message: Both fencing types are DIY friendly.
As mentioned above, both of these fencing types are post and rail systems, so installation times for both are very quick. For a short run of fencing, without any tricky customisations, both types of fencing could be installed in a single weekend!
The only difference is that modular fencing panels will need to be finished post-installation. However, this can be an advantage, as you can apply any wall finish you desire – whether it be a quick lick of paint, or something more detailed, like tiling or cladding. You can find more details on how to finish your modular fence here.
Take home message: Both fencing types offer rapid installation times.
Modular fencing has been tested by the National Acoustic Laboratory of Australia, with proven noise reduction capabilities. The SlimWall fence offers an average 20dB reduction, and the VogueWall system offers an average 25dB reduction — a fourfold reduction in audible noise. Watch the SlimWall vs Lawn Mower test here!
If you are looking for noise reduction, Colorbond fencing isn’t for you. It doesn’t have the minimum density required for acoustic testing, which means that it will give you little to no protection from noise.
Take home message: Only modular fencing provides noise reduction capabilities.
If you’re after a modern, sleek look, a modular wall or fence offers a premium finish. If you want something quick and cheap, Colorbond fencing will do the job.
Another thing to consider about aesthetics is property value; for every step of a home improvement project, you should ask yourself, “is this a wise investment?” While Colorbond is a cheaper alternative, it won’t boost the value of your home like rendered aesthetics do, such as masonry or a modular wall.
Take home message: Modular fencing offers a more premium aesthetic that will last longer and increase your home’s value.
Colorbond offers a 10 year warranty for weathering and colour fastness. It is assessed at outdoor sites around Australia undergoing corrosion testing, durability testing, application testing and outdoor exposure testing. Once the fence starts to lose colour dent or rust, it can be difficult to lift its appearance again and is usually best replaced.
ModularWalls offers a 15 year warranty for their residential systems, and an aluminium post option for excessive pool water exposure. The panels are made from strong materials that won’t rust and can be aesthetically refreshed over the years with a quick repaint. It can handle everyday wear and is simple to repair or replace panels if major damage ever does occur.
Take home message: Modular fencing is durable and comes with extended warranty. Colorbond is tested in different Australian climates and the warranty is covered for weathering and colour fastness.
Is it Aussie proof?
Australia is home to some super harsh climates, including bushfire zones and cyclonic wind regions. So how to these two fencing types fare in the face of brutal Aussie weather?
Both fencing types are suitable for bush fire zones. Our modular fencing has a standard BAL29 rating, with the option to customise the panels to achieve a BAL40 rating.
Both fencing types can also be made suitable for certain cyclonic wind regions; read more about the DIY cyclone rated wall pictured above, which replaced a brick pool wall that was completely demolished by Cyclone Debbie. However, ModularWalls’ aluminium post options do offer a slight advantage for particularly corrosive environments, such as coastal homes.
Take home message: Both fencing types are suitable for bushfire zones and cyclonic wind regions, with modular fencing offering an advantage for coastal homes.
Written by Evelyn Kandris
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