wooden-fencing

All about fencing

Fencing is something many home owners require and choosing the correct fencing for your property is key to purchasing a product that will suit the application and your pocket to best effect.

There are many varieties of fencing available in today’s modern world of weird and wonderful materials however not all are practical or even suitable for many of the jobs they were made for.

From experience keeping your choices simple and practical using tried and tested quality products is often the way to go.

The main contenders for the domestic fencing purchaser are as follows-

Timber- Close Board panel fencing –Also known as feather board fencing.

This method of fencing is a tried and tested method of fencing that provides a nice looking and strong barrier that has a very customisable attraction to the purchaser.

As this type of fencing is made entirely of wood it is very easy to alter the height and length of any given span or even repair it, This flexibility offers endless applications for avoiding obstacles and creating feature fencing with little waste or inconvenience.

There are also fancy variations on the close board style of fencing where Herringbone, diagonal and hit and miss methods of cladding are added to the frame rather than feather boards.

Concrete slotted posts with gravel boards

 This method of fencing is perfect for wet boggy areas or areas that require retention or terracing.

The concrete post offers a lifetime of service if erected correctly as it won’t be overly effected by the weather in general and certainly won’t rot through anytime soon.

It offers flexibility where you can insert any number of panel variation’s from Traditional lap panels to fancy heavy duty close board panels. The choices are limitless really.

Combined with a gravel board you can isolate your panels from the ground where moisture and ignorant neighbours may pile soil extending the life of your panels considerably.

The best part is when the day comes to replace the panels you simply slide them out vertically and drop a new one in. It couldn’t be more simple or cost effective than that really.

You can also stack the gravel boards to cater for undulations in the land or to solve a retention issue.

Picket fencing 

This method of fencing is ideal for creating a low impact barrier often used at the front of properties.

Picket fencing is a great system for fencing off a garden or area within a garden.

We often create child pens and dog areas with this type of fencing to keep one away from the other.

The other benefit of Picket fencing is that it is not particularly affected by the wind and is very strong as it is erected using the same depth of hole and gauge of post as a 6ft solid fence. (or it is when we do it!) 

Ranch style and agricultural fencing

This method of fencing lends itself traditionally to keeping the larger variety of pets where they should be like horses and Donkeys in their paddocks and farm animals in their fields.

Post and rail is a very versatile method of fencing and with a few little tweeks can be adjusted to suit a more domestic setting.

Adding an extra rail or two can transform a field fence into a nice looking garden fence so depending on the application it is required for it may be worth considering.

Points to note are-

In this modern world of Health and Safety we’ve notice that the treatment of timber isn’t quite as good as it used to be  as all the “bad stuff” in the preservatives which is actually good stuff for keeping your fencing protected from the weather has been removed.

Our tips to combat this and restore some of the balance is to-

  1. Where possible use a quality post of no less than 4” x 4”
  2. Use Red wood, Oak or Cedar posts that have a better natural weather resistance than cheaper Pine varieties.
  3. Use post savers than can be heat sealed to the posts to protect their base at ground level which tends to be the point of rot.
  4. Use a capping rail to protect the open grain along the top of the feather boards from penetrating rain and post caps to protect the exposed post tops.

Note-We offer capping as standard however caps can be provided on request.

  • Slope the concrete holding the post in the ground away from the base to ensure water doesn’t pool around the base of the post.
  • Make sure your posts are in the ground at least 2ft with sufficient concrete around them to pack them tightly back into the surrounding area that has been dug out.
  • Use galvanised nails than not only resist the weather but refrain from leaving tale tell rust marks weeping from the nail hole that turns black and unsightly.

Treatments

Don’t waste your time painting your fence with cheap coloured water based products from the local DIY store as they were on offer, this is a common theme and a major false economy and we see it all the time.

Flaking, mottled, patchy cosmetic colours slapped all over beautiful fences that have just been erected is soul destroying and pointless.

Use a quality treatment that is preferably spirit based.

These treatments tend to be thinner more penetrative sorts of liquids that moisturise the wood and protect it deep within the grain by repelling water and creating a lasting barrier against the elements…this includes the sun.

If you can treat the fence before it is assembled and erected all the better as there will be inaccessible areas on a Close board fence that will be missed.

Some of these missed areas will become apparent during extremes of weather when expansion and contraction of the wood will occur showing the original colour of the wood.

This is again is why modern cosmetic colour products should be avoided.

Once painted with a dominant colour you’re stuck with maintaining it for the life of the fence. You’ll find it far easier to re-spray a more neutral/natural colour that can be altered or easily repeated at a later date.

Treat both sides!

How often to people say “I treat my side of the fence every year but the neighbour never bothers!”

So other than cosmetics what’s the point in doing half a job?

Remember Traditional lap panels tend to be made from Larch which is naturally resistant to the elements.
  • Where possible avoid hanging heavy objects or growing excessive foliage up the fence. Consider how much weight that adds to your fence when the wind blows a gale in the Winter.
  • Gravel boards are great for isolating and protecting your main fence from the ground and should be classed as a consumable item so when they’ve rotted out just replace them with new ones to restore your fence.