Is your garden fencing looking a bit tired and drab? No matter how good your fencing is when it’s installed, a few years’ worth of heavy rain, high winds and extremes of temperature can make it look well past its best.
Maybe your fencing is looking a bit fragile. Maybe you’re missing a panel or two, or a couple of them look set to give way when the next big storm comes your way. If it needs some TLC, or you just want to replace the whole lot for something new and improved, you’re in the best place to find some useful information.
What do you want to do?
It might be all too obvious a question, but you need to work out what you want to achieve before you do anything else. Are you looking to replace damaged panels with new ones, but leave the rest of your garden fencing the way it is? Alternatively, do you want to replace whatever you currently have with a brand new fence to completely enclose your garden?
Getting your ideas fixed in your mind is the best way to begin. It also makes sense to find out which boundary you are responsible for. Usually, only one will be yours to maintain, but since there are no laws regarding this, the best way to find out will be via your property’s deeds. These should highlight whether any boundary agreements are already in place.
What kind of budget do you have?
Your budget will be very important too. However, it’s often worth investing in better-quality fencing panels, purely because they will last longer and be more robust. They could actually turn out to be cheaper in the long run as well.
What effect do you wish to create?
This could well depend on whether you want to install fence panels in your front garden or your rear garden. For example, lots of people have low fences to identify the boundaries of their front garden. This prevents it from being too enclosed but still allows people to see in… and you to see out.
The classic look is of course the palisade fence, also commonly known as the picket fence. Think of American television programmes with white picket fences in them and you’ll get the idea. Of course, you don’t have to paint yours white. You can choose any stain or outdoor paint colour to make it look the part. You can decide whether to blend in or stand out!
The Avon 3’ by 6’ palisade rounded top fence panel is a great example of how appealing this sort of design can be. They are available in a range of sizes too, so you can choose which one best suits your property. They’re not as high as traditional fence panels used in rear gardens, but they do a grand job of marking out your boundary. Additionally, the design means you can still see through them, so they’re not as enclosing as solid panels would be. The same design is also available in a flat-top version if you would rather have that than a rounded design.
There are two ways you can install a garden fence of the more traditional kind, with solid panels to give you privacy in your back garden. The first method is the cheapest, using fence panels that are six feet in height. You can dig holes for the wooden fence posts and set them straight into the ground, firming the earth in around them so they are good and solid. The fence panels then slot in between them using clips to hold them in place.
However, there are a couple of issues with this you can probably already see. Firstly, the fence posts are set into the earth and not into concrete. This makes them prone to rot much faster than they would otherwise. If you take the time and the effort to set them into concrete, they will last a lot longer and you’ll have a much more solid result. Additionally, the best option is to go for concrete fence posts as well, since these will never rot.
The second issue with this easier and faster method is that the fence panels will rest on the ground. Again, wood and water don’t mix, and over time those panels will start to rot from the bottom up. The solution to this is to add gravel boards made from concrete in-between the fence posts, before sliding your fence panels into place. This keeps your fence panels off the ground by some distance, ensuring they last as long as possible.
If money is an issue and you want a nice cheap and easy solution, the Avon 6’ by 6’ lap fence panel would do the job. It looks nice and is easy to stain to your required finish. It’s been dip-treated already, but you can choose a different colour to stain it with if you want to create a different look.
On the other hand, you might want to create a completely different look with the help of those concrete posts and gravel boards. So how about investing in the impressive Avon 5’ by 6’ feather-edge curved fence panels? The shorter height takes into account the height of the gravel board, so the whole fence will still be the standard six-feet high. The curved design at the top makes for a more unusual finish, as does the vertical boards – very different to the usual horizontal ones.
It’s good to know there are lots of different options available for you if you want to transform your garden. There’s hit-and-miss fencing, trellis fencing and much more besides. Looking at dip-treated and pressure-treated panels is also worth it, depending on your budget and how long you’d like your new fence to last.
All in all, there are plenty of options to choose from. You just have to decide which one will make the most of your garden.