Choosing The Right Fence

There are many different types of fences, here is a small guide to help you decide what type of fence you are going to want.

Things to consider: Budget, purpose of the fence, long-term maintenance requirements & height requirements/restrictions.

Close Board/ Feather Edge Fencing.

A strong, solid fence constructed with overlapping vertical feather-edge wooden boards.

This type of fencing is commonly used in back gardens – it’s a medium budget option, neat and attractive, offering good privacy and providing some shelter to delicate shrubs.

This option can be built with both timber and concrete posts.

Pros:

  • Ideal for most gardens
  • Robust and long-lasting
  • Its height 3-8ft tall
  • Provides privacy
  • Deters intruders
  • Good for pet owners
  • Available in either concrete & wooden posts

Cons:

  • Its closed-up boards can be buffeted by strong winds, though it’s stronger than a larch lap fence panel
  • Maintenance (painting to treating timber) required every few years

Larch lap

Larch-lap panel fencing is a common type of budget fencing made of horizontal slats.

Like close board fencing, it can be used with either timber or concrete posts and gravel boards, with the same advantages and disadvantages to these as explained above.

Although offering good value, larch-lap panel fencing is not as robust as close board fencing being more prone to damage in high winds.

Pros:

  • Suitable for most gardens
  • Cheaper than close board
  • Provides privacy
  • Deters intruders
  • Ideal for homes with pets

Cons:

  • Not as robust or long-lasting as close board fencing
  • Maintenance required to prolong the life of the timber

Picket fencing

If you want a look that’s traditional and decorative, you might consider timber palisade fencing, more commonly known as picket fencing.

Picket fences are mostly seen in front gardens, where they give a home traditional kerb appeal.

Although wood is the conventional material, picket fencing can also be made from PVC for a lower maintenance option.

There are a few disadvantages to using PVC however: temperature change can make it brittle, prone to mould and it can be more expensive than wood.

The style of fencing is usually quite low in height. With its spacing between the timbers, is less prone to wind damage.

Pros:

  • A good option for front gardens
  • Ideal to protect ponds or swimming pools
  • Provides a good boundary marker
  • Traditional attractive look
  • Will allow light through / doesn’t block your view
  • Less prone to wind damage

Cons:

  • Doesn’t provide privacy
  • Doesn’t provide much security
  • Would not contain some small pets
  • Some maintenance required to protect timber

Slatted Fencing

Slatted Fence Panels give a more sleek, more contemporary look to your outside space, ideal if privacy is not an issue.

They can make great dividers for different sections of your garden.

The effect of sunlight slanting through the gaps is particularly attractive.

Pros:

  • Available in a range of heights and styles
  • Sleek, modern appearance
  • Horizontal slats can make your garden appear longer
  • Gaps between slats allow wind through, reducing resistance and improving longevity

Cons:

  • Does not offer complete privacy on a boundary
  • Can let weeds grow through
  • A more expensive option

Post and rail fencing

Post and rail fencing can offer a more rustic look to you home.

This type of fencing offers a boundary to keep pets in your property.

Post and rail fencing is often used in equestrian environments.

Pros:

  • Doesn’t block out sunlight
  • Allows wind to pass through
  • Has a long life expectancy
  • Looks great in rural environments

Cons:

  • Doesn’t offer complete privacy
  • Weeds may grow through
  • May not contain small pets

Palisade Security Fencing

Metal palisade fencing comprises of robust vertical steel pales secured to horizontal rails to form panels that mount on steel RSJ support posts.

It is a popular type of perimeter security fencing when there is a need for higher security and vandal resistance.

Pros:

  • Strong
  • Life expectancy
  • Deters intruders
  • Available in a range of sizes

Cons:

  • Doesn’t offer complete privacy
  • A very industrial style fence

V Mesh Security Fencing

V mesh fencing is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your property is kept secure. Combining a rigid V mesh style panel with a box section post with integrated fixings creates a simple, yet effective, mesh fencing system.

Pros:

  • Strong
  • Life expectancy
  • Deters intruders
  • Available in a range of sizes

Cons:

  • Doesn’t offer complete privacy
  • A very industrial style fence
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