Modular Fencing Vs Metal Fencing

  • 5 minutes
  • 31 August 2018

Need a fence? We’ve taken out the stress of comparing fences for you! Check out our comprehensive side-by-side comparison of Metal Fencing vs Modular Fencing below…


The first question on everyone’s mind — what’s the price difference? Generally, the ModularWalls range of walls and fences attract a higher investment than metal fences, which average $85-$100 per lineal metre*.

Modular fencing might seem like a jump from metal, 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.

Take home message: Metal is one of the cheapest fencing options on the market. ModularWalls offers more value for money in terms of aesthetics, durability and noise reduction

**Approximate only (excluding GST). Assumes full bay lengths (no wastage) and single straight run. The above costs for each wall type and wall height are indicative and intended as a guide only

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 significantly on labour costs. To get an understanding of the cost of your ModularWalls project, we recommend using our obligation-free, user-friendly Price Estimate tool.

Take home message: Both fencing types are DIY friendly.

Installation time

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 ModularWalls here.

Take home message: Both fencing types offer rapid installation times.

Noise reduction

Modular fencing has been tested by the National Acoustic Laboratory of Australia, with proven noise reduction capabilities. offering an average 20-25dB reduction.

If you’re looking for noise reduction, metal 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: ModularWalls provides noise reduction capabilities.


If you’re after a modern, sleek look, ModularWalls offers a premium finish. If you want something quick and cheap, metal 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 metal is a cheaper alternative, it won’t boost the value of your home like rendered aesthetics do, such as masonry or ModularWalls.

Take home message: ModularWalls offers a more premium aesthetic that will last longer and increase your home’s value.

DNA of Design House 2 - Front Wall with EstateWall


Metal fencing typically 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 10 year warranty for their residential systems and aluminium post options 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: ModularWalls are durable and can be aesthetically refreshed over the years. Metal fencing is usually tested in different Australian climates and the warranty is covered for weathering and colour fastness.

VougeWall boundary wall

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. ModularWalls has a standard BAL29 rating.

Both fencing types can also be made suitable for certain cyclonic wind regions; you can 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.

*all price comparisons for other fencing options in this article have been sourced from and are indicative only. Approximate cost only (excluding GST). Please keep in mind, each price listed is only an estimate and may not include freight, extra materials, site conditions and fluctuations within the market.