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The Most Asked Garden Fencing Questions: Answered

For a multitude of purposes, whether it is privacy, security or the general aesthetic of your garden, installing garden fencing can be extremely useful.

If you are considering installing garden fence panels, you may have a number of questions regarding the different types of materials, the maintenance they require and how they will wear over time.

For all your fencing needs, here are some frequently asked questions with answers:

 

What is the best type of fence for gardens?

When choosing types of garden fence posts, the main two of which people choose from are concrete and wooden posts. For both of the fencing posts, they both have positives and negatives, these are a few of them.

From the pros and cons, with these two types of fencing is the most popular, from this information, you can decide the best type of fencing for your garden:

Composite Fencing

Positives

One of the biggest positives of composite fencing is that composite fencing offers the longevity and durability aspect to your new fencing. When it comes to composite fencing, you shouldn’t expect any less than 30 years of use - which proves the longevity of your fencing.

Made out of a combination of wood and plastic, it possesses substantial amounts of rigidity. This rigidity allows it to withstand all seasonal weathers and additional pressures which may come towards your fencing.

If you’re looking for new fencing and you’re interested in a wood fence, but don’t want to worry about the maintenance and wanting longevity? If so, composite fencing may just be the fencing of which you’re looking for. This fencing possesses a very similar aesthetic to wood but has the positive of maintaining it.

As composite fencing is available in pretty much any colour you like, composite fencing can become the individually aesthetically pleasing fencing for your garden.

Composite Fencing

 

Negatives

With the positives, one of the negatives of choosing composite fencing is that composite fencing is costly, compared to some of the other fencing options out, it’s on the expensive side. 

As well as the price of composite fencing, another one of the negatives is that while composite fencing possesses an amazing aesthetic, it does struggle to maintain its aesthetic for a really long period of time. With darker shades, such as black, brown or grey, this can become the case.

The problem is that with composite fencing, once the colour starts to fade, there’s nothing you can do to reverse the former shade to the original colour. Once the fade happens, you’ll have to either live with the fade or install new fencing.

Timber

Positives

With wooden timber fencing, one of the biggest positives is the budget and cost of the fencing posts. When choosing wooden fencing, the budget can be one of the biggest priorities for some people when choosing to the fence for your garden. For wooden fencing, wooden timber posts are much cheaper than concrete to buy and to install fence posts.

When choosing wooden fence posts, ensuring that the fencing is properly timber will help with the longevity of the fence posts. Once you have your wooden fence posts fitted, good ongoing maintenance will significantly prolong the life of wooden fencing. 

As well as the prolonged longevity of the fencing, the maintenance of which you conduct will protect against rot, which also ensures the longevity of the fence posts. 

Garden Timber Fencing

Negatives

In the positive points, we’ve listed longevity as an advantage of wooden fence posts, but there will still be some maintenance involved with timber, especially if you use poorly treated wood. 

If you don’t have the time or energy for the extra maintenance of the fence posts, your fence posts could show signs of splitting or rotting within a few years which will lessen the longevity of the fencing.

 

What is picket fencing?

A picket fence is a traditional style of fencing. The fencing is made from wooden picket pales attached to a rail, with gaps left between the pales to create a dividing lined fence. 

A picket fence is usually placed or created around front gardens, and improves the appearance, security and privacy, with the best amount of balance, it neglects the sight from the house from pesky people having a peek into your garden. 

Whilst still allowing light to pass through the fencing, picket fencing can be used for protecting the boundaries of your garden whilst also partnering with the stylish element of the fencing.

 Pickett Fencing

What fence is best suitable for an agricultural farm?

Throughout the UK, agricultural fencing is used to keep animals in their fields. The fencing is also used to keep people from walking on and ruining the fields and crops - which reduces the cost. 

For the type of fencing, The type that you require depends on your type of livestock and security concerns, so it’s important to choose the right type of fencing to avoid losing animals.

Post and rail fencing

Post and rail fencing is the most commonly used, as the fencing is incredibly simple to install and can even be installed easily over the hilly ground where the fence line might fluctuate and move up and down.

For post and rail fencing, if you’re feeling like doing DIY, you can use timber posts to be able to create the post and rail fencing. As you created the fencing yourself, you’ll be able to get creative with your fencing, as well as the privacy, maintenance and other factors for your garden, farm or land.

Post and Rail Fencing

Knee Rail Fencing

Knee rail fencing is usually used as a boundary and is best for areas where security is not an issue. The knee rail fencing is good for use agriculturally around car parks and just to mark where one area starts and finishes. To be able to create a secure enclosure for horses, ponies and animals alike, Rustic ranch or livestock fencing is recommended for use. 

Barbed Wire

For your land, barbed wire is usually the first port of call for fencing that is frequently used for animals. In a majority of the situations, this is sufficient for most animals that need to be placed in boundaries.

Barbed Wire Fencing

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