The 8-Step Guide to DIY Fencing with ModularWalls
So you’ve decided to save a bundle on labour costs and install your Modular Wall yourself. Welcome to the DIY squad! We’re here to support you at every step and make your DIY fencing experience as smooth as possible.
For you to get the most out of this exciting collaboration, there’s a couple of things we need. We’ve outlined a step-by-step guide for you on how to begin your DIY project!
1. Council regulations
First, you may need to check with your local council if there’s any restrictions that may apply to your fencing or boundary wall project.
Things like wall height and materials could be regulated, so it’s best to give them a call first and get the necessary information that applies to your project.
Here are some directories to help you find the contact details for your local government office:
If you were to ring a tailor and ask him to create the perfect garment for you, they’d have the same question we do – what are your measurements?
To create the perfect solution for your property, we need to know information like the location of your home, the measurements of the wall you need and whether your property has a slope.
If you need extra guidance, our guide on how to properly measure your site is a handy resource to follow.
3. Get in touch
You’ve got your measurements in one hand and council regulations in the other – it’s time for us to chat! Simple fill out our online enquiry form or give our Head Office a ring on 1300 556 957, where our friendly team of in-house consultants can discuss your requirements.
Your consultant will require your measurements – either a rough ‘mud map’ sketch of what you want, or a detailed discussion about site-specific factors, like:
- Existing wall/fencing structures
- Ground conditions – is it soil, concrete or rock?
- Site access – is it up a steep hill? Down a narrow driveway? Beside a pool?
- Harsh environmental concerns – is it in a bushfire prone or high wind region?
- Retaining requirements – do you need any section of the wall to retain soil?
After they’ve received all this information, they will be able to send you a 3D drawing the proposed solution, relevant installation guides and an itemised quote. This quote will detail the materials required to complete the project and include a delivered price.
4. Review your documents
Take a while to sit and take a good look at the documents your consultant has provided, to ensure that what’s in your head is also what’s in ours!
If the drawing of the wall isn’t what you had envisioned, feel free to call and further discuss with your consultant – they’re there to help refine the design to your specifications.
Grab your installation guide and see how all parts fit together to create your wall. When confident that it’s correct, you can confirm approval of the quote with your consultant.
5. Payment and delivery
Once the quote is approved, payment will be required.
For small orders, payment will be required upfront, but for larger orders, a deposit may be taken, with final payment made before dispatch.
After payment has been finalised, your consultant will confirm your order and our Dispatch Manager will be in touch to confirm the lead time on materials and to co-ordinate your delivery. The usual lead time from order approval to dispatch is about 5 working days.
Slip on those work boots – it’s time to install your wall!
Read through the DIY installation guide to familiarise yourself with the steps, and have a browse through our installation how-to videos.
On the day of installation, keep your installation guides handy and lay out all your tools and materials, so you have everything at hand when needed.
If you can’t seem to find your installation guide, you can find them all on our online library of guides. If at any time you have a question, call 1300 556 957 for 7-day phone support!
7. Finish your wall
To comply with our warranty conditions, ensure you finish your wall within 90 days of installation – however, best practise is to finish your wall as soon as possible, to ensure the longest possible design life for your panels.
There is a variety of options for finishing your modular wall, including painting, texture painting, texture renders, tiling and even stone veneers.
Ensure you use exterior grade materials and, if tiling or using stone veneer, follow the label instructions on the adhesive you’re using (generally, materials should not exceed over 90kg/sqm, but always double check the label).
We love receiving photos of finished projects, especially from our DIY customers.
Take some snaps of your beautiful finished product and send them through to your consultant when it’s completed!
Written by Evelyn Kandris