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Different Types of Garden Fencing

Posted by GFSUK 30/04/2018 0 Comment(s) News,

Garden Fencing, How much choice is there really?


Different Types of Fencing


If the idea of installing your own fence isn't daunting enough, you then have the choice of probably over 100 different combinations between the style of panel, the style of fence, the type of posts, do you want a gravel board or want trellis incorporated? 


Today we're going to cover domestic fencing, leaving things like security and industrial fencing for another day.


People tend to think the most important decision when choosing materials is the type of fence panel the decide to use. Although fence panels are a key factory, your fence posts are the most important part of your fence.


Fence posts take all the strain in windy conditions and could decrease the life of your fence from 25+ years to less than five years



Fence posts.

These are the top five fence posts sold across the East Anglia, ordered in popularity.


  1. Concrete Fence Posts
  2. 4" Wooden Fence Posts
  3. 3" Wooden Fence Posts
  4. Wooden "H" Posts
  5. Round 3" Posts


Concrete Posts

Concrete Posts in recent years have become more popular than the competitor, the 4" wooden fence post. This is a combination of the 25+ year lifespan of a concrete post and zero maintenance.


Timber Posts

Timber posts, in general, have a much shorter lifespan than a concrete fence post. We've seen a 3" fence posts completely rotten through within three years at a new build development in Clacton-On-Sea, An obvious benefit of a wooden post is the weight compared to concrete.



Ultimately it comes down to preference, However, the concrete fence posts are far longer lasting. Have you decided which type of fence post you're going to use? Great, let's talk about gravel boards.



Gravel Boards

There are many different types of gravel board available locally including the most popular recessed gravel board, others include the solid, rock face & feather edge concrete gravel boards, and of course the traditional timber gravel board. 


The sole purpose of a gravel board to is to prevent rot in your fence panel, so we feel the best option here is a concrete gravel board. 



Fence Panels

Firstly, you should think about the purpose desired from your new fence, you could want to secure off an areas of your garden for the dogs, or fence around a play area for your children, you could simply need a little bit more privacy in your garden or try to block our some of the noise from a busy road behind your garden, or you could simply want a decorative fenced area in your garden to match the decking.


It is important to think about the purpose before you make any decisions. when you know the desired purpose of the fence, its time to start thinking about dimensions. Fence panels from Garden Fencing Supplies UK are a standard 6FT (1828MM) wide but come in varying heights ranging from 2FT to 6FT.  A fence height which is proportionate to the size of your garden is crucial, choosing a fence too high can feel closed in, alternatively a fence too low can leave a lack of privacy and security.   


When you know which size fence panels you need for your project, you need to find out how many you're going to need. This is pretty easy to do, measure out the length of fence you require and round it up to the nearest foot, then simply divide the length by 6. This will tell you the approximate number of fence panels you require.


How your new fence is going to look is pretty important, right? It comes to the age old saving, "you get what you pay for". 


High-quality fence panels will cost between £25-£40, but budget fence panels are available for as little as £15.99


Different styles include the traditional Closeboard Fence Panels, Waney Edge Fence Panels, Picket Fence Panels, Decorative Fence Panels, Willow Fence Panels and of course Trellis Fence Panels


Finally, and most importantly, treatment.


If you think a fence panel is a fence panel, you're wrong. Fence panels come in a range of treated and untreated finished, the two most common being Dip Treated & Pressure Treated


Dip Treated fence panels are normally made using untreated timber, once manufactured they are "dipped" into a cuprinol type preservative and the treatment sits on the surface.


Pressure Treated fence panels are normally manufactured differently, each individual piece of timber is placed into a big tank and preservatives are quite literally "pressured" deep into the timber before the fence panels in manufactured




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