Modular Walls Vs Other Fencing Types

Are you…overwhelmed? Check out how modular walls compare with other fencing types at a glance! Our comprehensive fence comparison guide compares modular fencing against brick walls, timber fencing, Colorbond fences and brushwood, so you can be confident you’re choosing the right option for your home.

Modular Walls Vs Other Fencing Types | ModularWalls

To make sure we cover all bases, we’ll be comparing 7 main fencing priorities; looks, cost, installation, DIY friendliness, noise reduction and privacy, durability and if it’s ‘Aussie proof’!

…know which one you want? Skip ahead!

 

 

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Modular walls vs brick walls

In 2002, our founder Nick Holden was told by council that he was not permitted to erect a brick wall in his front yard. And so, the world’s first outdoor modular wall was born! Here’s how they compare to each other:

Looks:

  • As seen above, both options achieve a premium aesthetic that is virtually indistinguishable from each other!

Cost:

  • Depending on the material and labour costs in your local area, you could save up to 50% by choosing modular walls.
  • According to hipages, it costs approx. $550 – $800 for professionally installed brick fencing (per lineal metre at 1.8m high), plus an extra $60-80 per square metre for rendering costs.
  • Average costs for a professionally installed 1.8m high VogueWall starts at $280 +GST per lineal metre, while a 1.8m high EstateWall starts at $360 +GST per lineal metre.

Installation:

DIY friendly?:

  • The costs for DIY are even more affordable; a DIY 1.8m high VogueWall starts at $196 +GST per lineal metre, while a 1.8m high EstateWall starts at $220 +GST per lineal metre.
  • Modular walls were specifically invented with the DIYer in mind; you won’t need technical training, professional skills or specialist machinery of any kind.
  • Brick walls, on the other hand, are not DIY friendly; in fact, it can be quite dangerous to attempt without specialist training.

Noise reduction & privacy:

  • Brick walls offer approx. 40dB noise reduction, compared to modular walls, which offer approx. 20-25dB reduction.
  • Due to their weight and cost, it can be easier to go higher with modular walls than it is with brick, for heightened privacy.

Durability:

  • Both are incredibly durable and weatherproof, compared to other fencing types.
  • Both require repainting every 5-7 years. However, brick walls will also eventually need re-rendering.
  • Brick walls have a tendency to crack with ground movement over time; modular walls, on the other hand, have a little more ‘wiggle room’, offering an advantage with ground movement allowance.

‘Aussie-proof’?:

 

Want some more detailed info? Read our full Modular Walls vs Brick Walls comparison guide here!

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Modular fencing vs timber fences

Looks:

  • Timber offers a natural, rustic aesthetic; however, its aesthetic integrity does diminish rapidly, unless you invest in more expensive hard woods.
  • Modular fences offer a sleek, modern finish that emulates a rendered wall; this aesthetic is most popular within contemporary  designs.
  • Modular fences are highly customisable and accept various wall finishes, slats, decorative infills, lighting, letterboxes, intercoms, gates and more.

Cost:

  • Professionally installed timber fences range from $75 – $330 per metre (1.8m high), depending on the wood.
  • On the other hand, a professionally installed SlimWall (1.8m high) starts at $190 +GST.
  • Upfront costs can be lower with timber; however, you will need to be replaced or repaired more often, which will increase its lifetime costs.

Installation:

  • Both fencing systems offer rapid, straightforward installation, following the same concept of a simple post and rail system.

DIY friendly?:

  • Both options can be DIYed, saving you some initial costs on labour.
  • A DIY timber fence will cost around $50-$120 (depending on the wood), whislt a 1.8m high SlimWall starts at $130 +GST per lineal metre.

Noise reduction & privacy:

  • Timber fences offer little to no noise reduction, unless you are using incredibly thick, dense wood; in which case, it is no longer cost-effective.
  • Modular walls have been tested by the National Acoustic Library of Australia and offer approx. 20-25dB reduction.
  • Modular fences can reach heights of up to 3m for boosted privacy and security; a height which is not commonly stocked for timber palings.

Durability:

  • Modular walls are far more durable than timber fencing, especially in certain weather conditions.
  • Modular walls will require repainting every 5-7 years, whilst timber fences will require treating and painting every couple of years, as well as more frequent repairs and replacements.

‘Aussie-proof’?:

    • Only modular walls are suitable for bushfire prone regions.
    • Modular walls can handle coastal or corrosive environments, whilst timber tends to rot or become brittle.
    • Timber fences are susceptible to termites; modular walls are not.
    • For cyclonic regions, timber fences cause extensive wind-borne debris; on the other hand, modular walls are far more sturdy, (with the required post footing depth customisations).

 

Looking for a more detailed comparison? Check out our Modular Fencing vs Timber Fences article here!

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Modular fences vs Colorbond fences

Looks:

Cost:

  • Professionally installed Colorbond fences range from $65 -$100 for Colorbond fencing, coming in as one of the cheapest fencing types(1.8m high).
  • Comparatively, a professionally installed SlimWall (1.8m high) starts at $190 +GST.
  • While upfront costs can be lower with metal fencing, the higher frequency of replacements will affect the lifetime costs.

Installation:

  • As with timber, both fencing systems offer rapid, straightforward installation, following the same post and rail set up.

DIY friendly?:

  • Both options can be DIYed, saving you upfront costs on labour.
  • A DIY 1.8m high Colorbond fence will cost around $60 – $70 per lineal metre, whilst a 1.8m high SlimWall starts at $130 +GST per lineal metre.

Noise reduction & privacy:

  • Colorbond fencing rates the lowest noise reduction of all fence types, lacking the density required to even be tested acoustically.
  • Modular walls have been tested by the National Acoustic Library of Australia and offer approx. 20-25dB reduction.
  • Modular fences can reach heights of up to 3m for boosted privacy and security; Colorbond can only reach 2.3m high, before you need planning permission.

Durability:

  • With maintenance only requiring a fresh lick of paint every 5-7 years, modular walls have an extended warranty of 15 years and are far more durable than Colorbond fencing, especially in certain weather conditions.

‘Aussie-proof’?:

    • Both modular fencing and Colorbond are suitable for bushfire prone regions.
    • Modular walls can handle coastal or corrosive environments, whilst Colorbond is not suitable for homes within 1km from the coast.
    • Neither fence types are affected by termites.
    • Both fence types are suitable for cyclonic regions, with modular walls offering a little more strength (with the required post footing depth customisations).

 

For more details on these two fence types, you can read our Modular Fencing vs Colorbond Fences guide.

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Modular wall systems vs brushwood fencing

Looks:

  • Brushwood offers a tropical aesthetic with natural design elements, but requires ongoing repairs to maintain its integrity.
  • Alternatively, modular walls deliver a more modern, premium aesthetics that are easier to maintain.
  • The scope of customisation is far more extensive with modular fencing.

Cost:

  • For upfront costs, modular fencing and brushwood sit at the same price point.
  • However, you will need to replace the top roll of brush fencing every 5-7 years for adequate maintenance, whilst a modular wall will only require repainting within the same period.

Installation:

  • On average, modular walls can be installed faster than brushwood fencing.
  • Both options can overcome unique installation challenges; for instance, modular walls can straddle underground services, whilst brushwood can be packed around existing trees and vegetation.

DIY friendly?:

  • Modular walls are DIY friendly for all skill levels, while brushwood fencing requires highly skilled DIYers.

Noise reduction & privacy:

  • If 60mm or thicker, brushwood fencing can reduce noise through a combination of reflecting and absorbing it.
  • Modular walls have been tested by the National Acoustic Library of Australia and offer approx. 20-25dB reduction.
  • Both fencing types offer adequat4e privacy; however, modular walls can reach 3m high, whilst brushwood panels are commonly made to be 1.8m high.

Durability:

  • Both options are sturdy and durable, with modular walls offering a slight advantage with certain environmental conditions (mentioned below) and maintenance requirements (outlined above).

‘Aussie-proof’?:

  • Only modular fencing is suitable for bushfire prone regions.
  • Modular walls can handle coastal or corrosive environments, whilst brushwood is susceptible to rot.
  • Termites will not affect either fence type.
  • Brushwood can take a hard hit in storms, with repairs usually needed in cyclonic wind regions; however, as mentioned above, modular fencing offers options that are suitable up to Wind Region C.

For more information, click through to our Modular Fencing vs Brushwood Fences article.

 

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Written by Evelyn Kandris

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