Types of fencing

There are 2 main different types of fencing, panels or closedboarded materials.

1. Panel Fencing

Panels are all made 6’ (1.83m) wide and are available in different styles and materials but the width will never be more than 6’ (1.83m) this means that you will use more posts in a run of fencing compared to using closeboarded material fencing, although this will cost a little more, this is outweighed by the additional strength that using more posts adds to your fence which is particularly useful if your garden is susceptible to the wind. As we manufacture our lapped, closeboarded & trellis panels we can usually make a smaller width piece to help with that tricky end section of your fence. Panels can be secured using, concrete, wooden or metal posts. Gravel boards can be used at the bottom to help raise the panel up from ground level, these are available in concrete, timber, or composite. Using a gravel board will greatly improve the life expectancy of your fence as it prevents the panels from coming into direct contact with the ground. Trellis can be added on top to give additional privacy whilst still allowing the natural light into your garden.

2. Closeboarded Material

Closeboarded material is also often referred to as feather edge fencing, it’s made up of loose material and constructed on site which means that the sections can often be built according to your gardens length/width making it very cost effective. Horizontal arris rails will be used in conjunction with concrete or timber posts, a gravel board is normally used at the bottom followed by individual feather edge boards which are nailed on vertically, this process is what makes Closeboarded fencing particularly strong, normally bays are built at 10’ (3.0m) intervals but if your garden is ​susceptible to wind, we suggest making smaller sections for added strength. Gravel boards are available in either concrete or timber. Cant rail & capping is what you see along the top of a closeboarded fence, it not only looks like it finishes off the fencing perfectly but actually serves a purpose in preventing water from entering the end grain of the feather edge boards which will increase the life expectancy of your fence. Trellis can be added on top to give additional privacy whilst still allowing the natural light into your garden and as we manufacture our own trellis, we can custom build it to suit your requirements, which means that we’ve got you covered again for that little tricky bit at the end. It’s worth knowing that if your garden slopes and you choose panel fencing you will need to use the stepping system whereas closeboarded fencing always follows the line of the ground so maybe a better option if the ground slopes.

For further information on any of the above please read our fencing guide.

Fencing Panels

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Closeboarded Material