Make sure your fencer knows their business

THE BEAUTY OF BUCKLEY: A & H Fencing are masters at putting the right fence up on your property. The Buckley fence is perfect for properties with livestock.
THE BEAUTY OF BUCKLEY: A & H Fencing are masters at putting the right fence up on your property. The Buckley fence is perfect for properties with livestock.

The approach to your home is the first image people will have when they visit, so it makes sense to ensure that your fence and gates are of the highest aesthetic quality and style.

Dodge Keir of A & H Fences worked with, and then ran his dad's very popular fencing business in the Camden area, until he started his own fencing business six years ago.

"My wife and I started A&H Fences just prior to us moving to the Highlands. We currently have two full-time guys on the crew with me, Marty, Kieran, my wonderful wife Melissa on the book work and an office lady Sue, who looks after all our quotes, scheduling and job calendar allocations.

"I had done mostly domestic fencing doing Colorbond and timber boundary fences but after we moved to the beautiful Highlands it meant a slight shift in the products we offered," Dodge said.

"Although we still do kilometres of domestic fencing in the Highlands, our main focus recently has been on rural properties. We have been designing and replacing existing rotted or poorly-designed fences on large rural properties and replaced them with new longer-lasting solutions and smarter designs. We are a horsey family and understand the safety requirements needed.

"We especially love farm front entrance ways and gates and use local suppliers to source and supply us with premium grade materials where possible. We also use a lot of recycled metal post and rail fencing from the USA."

Their favourite fence to install is a steel post and rail fence called the Buckley fence. With the aesthetic appeal of traditional hardwood fencing it is much stronger and more durable.

"The lifetime expectancy of the Buckley fence is decades and the maintenance costs are virtually zero. Unlike wood or vinyl, the rails will not warp or sag over time. Nor will they be destroyed from your ponies nibbling at it.

"It's a highly visible fence with rounded smooth edges and no nails, screws or fasteners. The length of the rails allows them to flex for improved horse safety. In the case of a stampeding and panicked horse, it's energy is sufficient to cause the rails to bend, buckle, and release from the posts with no breakage or splinters. This prevents serious injury to the horse, unlike with welded steel fence or traditional timber style systems."

"We are fully licensed and insured fencers. Don't be afraid to ask any contractors for their trade specific license and certificate of currency. I regularly see concretors or landscapers etc taking on fencing."

The current trade boom means A & H Fencing are flat chat. " We have never been busier and are currently booked out well into next year. I am looking for new staff to join the family."

UNBEATABLE: How you frame your home is all down to the fence that surrounds your castle. Make sure it's the right one installed by the right people. Photos: Supplied

UNBEATABLE: How you frame your home is all down to the fence that surrounds your castle. Make sure it's the right one installed by the right people. Photos: Supplied

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