Frequently Asked Questions (1) (Go to FAQ page 2)

Q - Are concrete posts better than timber?

A - Yes, inasmuch as they will certainly outlast timber posts which will eventually rot. However when deciding on timber vs concrete, one also has to consider the setting and what appeals to the eye. For example concrete can often look 'out of place' in a rural setting. However for pure strength and longevity, use concrete.

Q - How long will a timber post last?

A - A pre-treated 100mm (4") timber post should last 10 years or more depending on how damp the ground is where the post is set. Best practice is, where possible, to shape the top of the concrete foundations so that water does not accumulate around the base of the post and accelerate the decay. We do not recommend the use of 75mm (3") timber posts as, even with best practices, their lifespan is shorter than the 100mm version.

Q - Should I have gravel boards with my fencing?

A - We recommend the use of (timber or concrete) gravel boards. Gravel boards help to keep timber fencing (panels or closeboard) off soil or grass. This greatly reduces the likelihood of the timber rotting.prematurely. Gravel boards can also be 'dug in' to the ground in a garden with a slight slope and allow the top of the fence to remain level and therefore pleasing to the eye.

Q - What are the best fence panels to use?

A - Closeboard panels are stronger than their Waney Lap counterpart, a bit more expensive but probably the best value for money of all the panels. The Waney Lap panels have a similar appearance on the front and back. Closeboard panels have the frame and rails showing on the back. Continental panels are strong and stylish, appear the same on both sides but have a premium price as well.

Q - What sort of fence can I have if I don't want to use pre-made panels?

A - A Traditional closeboard fence is a strong alternative to panel fencing. In the case of a sloping garden it can 'follow' the slope rather than have to step up or down like a panel fence. Traditional closeboard fencing is not 'pre-made' like panel fencing - the frame is made from posts and rails and then the individual featheredge boards are nailed up as the fence is erected.

Q - Is there a maximum height for a garden fence?

A - The maximum height (without planning permission) is 6ft 6" (1.95m) This generally applies to perimeter fences and / or rear garden fences. There are exceptions - e.g. a front garden fence should taper or step down to 1m in height as it approaches a roadway. If your property is overlooked (e.g. your neighbour's garden is a foot ot two higher than yours then a higher than normal fence may be appropriate.

Q - I want to replace a fence but I'm not sure I am resposible for it. What should I do?

A - The best approach is to either check your property deeds and/or discuss it with your neighbour. If you want privacy and the fence separating you from your neighbour is not your responsibility you are entitled to erect a fence on 'your side' provided it obeys the rules for height and is of an appropriate style.