Is your garden fencing run looking tired and old? Are the panels cracked and full of gaps between the slats of wood? Are the posts bent out of shape, wonky, and crooked? Are there no gravel boards, post caps, or finials to be seen? If the answer to any of these questions is a ‘yes’, it’s time to update your garden fencing run.
A proper run of good standard fence panels and accompanying accessories is an important part of any garden. Not only does a strong boundary of sturdy, robust panels offer a little extra security, but also add to the appearance of your garden. Fencing can almost be thought of as the picture frame within which your garden is displayed. It’s important then, to ensure your panels and posts look attractive and remain secure.
Which fence panels to choose?
There are so many different fence panel designs nowadays that the task of picking can be almost overwhelming. Before even considering which design to choose though, you must decide upon a size. A classic six foot by six foot panel is the typical choice for a back garden, as the taller height provides extra security and privacy from the neighbours. Three foot by six foot panels, that’s three foot high and six foot wide, are commonly found separating front garden instead. Five foot and four foot heights are also available as a medium between the largest and smallest sizes.
After choosing an appropriate size for your panels, you next have to pick between dip and pressure treated options. Dip treated panels are the cheaper of the two, but they will require treatment once installed and annually thereafter with a coat of wood preservative. If these maintenance tasks are properly carried out, they are typically guaranteed for up to 10 years against rot and fungal decay. On the other hand, pressure treated panels are guaranteed for 15 years against both rot and fungal decay, with no need for retreatment – they are slightly more expensive as a result of this though.
Now you’ve chosen your size and treatment style, it’s time to pick the design of your panels. One of the most popular choices, thanks to its low cost, is a standard, lap fence panel. This particular design features horizontally overlapping slats of wood. They’re basic, cost-effective, and get the job done, but aren’t quite as secure or attractive as other options. Some other traditional garden fencing designs are feather edge and close board panels. These heavy duty options feature vertically overlapping slats of wood, though much thicker than lap panels. With the added thickness and robustness, they are a little more expensive though. Another great alternative is picket panels, though these are only suitable for front gardens as they are typically only three or four foot tall. These charming panels look fantastic when situated adjacent to colourful flowers. Aside from these traditional options, modern fence panels are also available. These typically feature trellis within their designs and look brilliant with contemporary properties. Due to their elaborate construction though, they are more expensive than most other options.
Obviously, any garden fencing run needs good quality fence posts. Fence posts secure the panels, keeping them held upright even against the strongest winds. Sizes of fence posts vary, typically it’s advisable to choose fence posts two foot taller than your panels. This allows you to sink the extra into the ground and provide the proper anchorage. Your fence panels will then be held secure.
Two options exist for fence posts: concrete and wooden. Both are equally viable. Concrete fence posts are more heavy, durable, and require less maintenance, whereas wooden fence posts are more manoeuvrable and create a more seamless garden boundary: the choice is yours.
Gravel boards are a must-have for anyone looking to create a long-lasting garden boundary. They protect the bottom of the fence panels from moisture damage and premature rotting as they become a barrier between the panel and dampness on the ground.
Again, both wooden and concrete options are available. Obviously, it’s recommended to match the materials and pair concrete boards with concrete posts. No garden fencing run is complete without protective gravel boards.
Post caps and finials
If you decide to opt for traditional wooden fence posts rather than a concrete alternative, finials and fence post caps really add a finishing touch to your garden fencing run. Not only do they look fantastic and classy, but they also protect the top of your fence posts from the elements (and they’re extremely cheap!). There’s really no excuse for not purchasing fence post caps or finials.
Choosing how to create the perfect garden fencing run is no easy task, but if you break down each step it needn’t be as daunting as you think. Simply chose the appropriate size of panel, which treatment style you prefer, and then pick a design you like which fits within your budget. Next, add concrete or wooden fence posts and gravel boards plus some fence post caps if applicable. Creating or replacing a garden fencing run is really as easy as that.