Fencing Services

Closed Board

Closed Board

Closeboard fencing is a popular choice because of its strength and versatility whilst having a simple, timeless appearance. It can often be described as one of the most cost effective types of fencing. The close-boarded fencing style is often called feather edge fencing and is fairly simple in construction. This does however make it a very strong fence which can be erected to any height from 850mm to 2.4m high and is also ideal for use on uneven and sloping grounds.

Larch Lap

Larch Lap

Larch lap fence panels are most often slotted between concrete posts, or alternatively they can be nailed to timber fence posts to produce a more robust fence boundary.

This style of fencing is usually constructed using timber posts of 100mm x 100mm with the choice of either 900mm, 1.2mtr, 1.5mtr and 1.8mtr high panels.

The Larch Lap style of fencing can also be constructed using concrete H shape posts and concrete gravel boards.

Many More Additional Styles

What else do you do? Well, we also install post & rail, picket, palisade, slatted, feather, ranch fencing and many many more styles of fencing.

Fences will generally fall into three different categories: privacy, functional, and decorative. Whether they are used to define property boundaries or to keep your pets and children safe, fencing done right can be the ideal solution. Timber fencing has many other uses like screening off a nature pond, dustbin storage areas or children’s playgrounds. Do you need ideas? Call us now for free advice on what can be achieved.

Close Board Fencing

A strong and solid fence constructed with the vertical overlapping feather-edge wooden boards. This type of fencing is most commonly used in front and back gardens; it is a medium budget option, being neat and attractive it also offers good privacy whilst providing some shelter to any delicate shrubs.

The ‘Close board’ fencing style is typically 6ft (1800mm) tall. Do keep in mind however that the local authorities can have varying height restrictions on boundary fencing.

Pros
  • Ideal for most gardens
  • It is robust and long lasting
  • The height (usually 6ft) provides security
  • Has great privacy
  • Deterrent to intruders
  • Good for pet owners
Cons
  • It is the more expensive option
  • Can be buffeted by strong winds
  • Maintenance is required

 

Larch-Lap Panel Fencing

Made with horizontal slats, larch-lap panel fencing is a common type of budget fencing. Like the close board fencing style above, it can be used with either timber or concrete posts and gravel boards.

Whilst offering good value, larch-lap panel fencing is not as strong or robust as close board fencing and it can be more prone to damage in high winds.

Pros
  • Suitable for most gardens
  • Cheaper than close board
  • Provides good privacy
  • Deterrent to intruders
  • Great for homes with pets
Cons
  • Not as long-lasting as close board fencing
  • Maintenance is required to prolong life of timber

 

Timber Palisade / Picket Fencing

If you would like a traditional and decorative look you might want to consider timber palisade fencing, more commonly known as picket fencing. Mostly seen in front gardens, picket fences can give a home a more traditional kerb appeal.

Picket fencing whilst commonly made from timber can also be made from PVC for a longer lasting and lower maintenance option. The style is usually quite low and with large spacing between the timbers, is less prone to wind damage.

Pros
  • A good option for front gardens
  • Protect ponds or swimming pools
  • Can provide good boundary marker
  • Has traditional and attractive looks
  • Lets through light and doesn’t block your view
  • It is less prone to wind damage
Cons
  • It doesn’t provide good privacy
  • Doesn’t provide much security
  • Some maintenance required to protect timber

 

Slatted Fence Panels

Slatted fence panels give a more sleek and more contemporary look and is ideal if privacy is not an issue. They make great dividers if you have different sections of your garden. The effect of sunlight coming through the gaps can be particularly attractive.

Pros
  • Can be made to different heights and styles
  • Has a sleek and modern appearance
  • The horizontal slats make your garden appear longer
  • Lets wind through, reducing resistance and improving longevity
Cons
  • Slats do not offer complete privacy on a boundary
  • Weeds may grow through gaps

 

Hit & Miss Fencing

Hit and miss fence panels have a distinctive and particularly attractive pattern to them. Created by smooth, planed horizontal boards that are alternately fixed to the front and back of the panel. This is a medium-range budget style that can look good in both traditional and contemporary gardens.

Pros
  • Attractive fence style; looks good on both sides
  • Offers good security and privacy
  • Gaps allow wind to pass through 
  • Vertical style is also available
Cons
  • Can be tricky to reach inside of the panel for painting
  • For bigger budgets as can be costly
  • Additional considerations for your garden fence
 

Fence Posts

You can use timber or concrete posts to erect close board fencing or larch lap fencing. Timber posts can be a cheaper option if you are on a restricted budget, but they can also rot if not well maintained and so may eventually start to lean over in heavy winds. Using concrete posts whilst more expensive they are more likely to last in the long term, especially against strong gusts of wind. They also need less maintenance than wooden posts, too.

Concrete posts incur a larger up-front cost than the timber posts but their longevity will make them a better investment. You will still need to change the timber fence panels from time to time but the concrete posts will not need to be replaced as they cannot rot.

 

Painting

If you choose a treated timber fence it will come in a natural wood colour. If you do not like the look then you can paint the fence a different colour. Even if you like the natural colour of the timber, it’s a good idea to protect and safeguard your fence against any harsh weather by using a protective treatment for wood.

Understanding Boundaries

General Ownership

Ownership of a fence on a boundary varies. The last relevant original title deed and a completed seller’s property information form may document which side has to put up and has installed any fence respectively; the first using “T” marks/symbols (the side with the “T” denotes the owner); the latter by a ticked box to the best of the last owner’s belief with no duty, as the conventionally agreed conveyancing process stresses, to make any detailed, protracted enquiry. Commonly the mesh or panelling is in mid-position. Otherwise it tends to be on non-owner’s side so the fence owner might access the posts when repairs are needed but this is not a legal requirement. Where estate planners wish to entrench privacy a close-boarded fence or equivalent well-maintained hedge of a minimum height may be stipulated by deed. Beyond a standard height planning permission is necessary.

The Hedge and Ditch Ownership Presumption

Where a rural fence or hedge has (or in some cases had) an adjacent ditch, the ditch is normally in the same ownership as the hedge or fence, with the ownership boundary being the edge of the ditch furthest from the fence or hedge. The principle of this rule is that an owner digging a boundary ditch will normally dig it up to the very edge of their land, and must then pile the spoil on their own side of the ditch to avoid trespassing on their neighbour. They may then erect a fence or hedge on the spoil, leaving the ditch on its far side. Exceptions exist in law, for example where a plot of land derives from subdivision of a larger one along the centre line of a previously-existing ditch or other feature, particularly where reinforced by historic parcel numbers with acreages beneath which were used to tally up a total for administrative units not to confirm the actual size of holdings, a rare instance where Ordnance Survey maps often provide more than circumstantial evidence namely as to which feature is to be considered the boundary.

Fencing of livestock

On private land in the United Kingdom, it is the landowner’s responsibility to fence their livestock in. Conversely, for common land, it is the surrounding landowners’ duty to fence the common’s livestock out such as in large parts of the New Forest. Large commons with livestock roaming have been greatly reduced by 18th and 19th century Acts for enclosure of commons covering most local units, with most remaining such land in the UK’s National Parks.
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