Fencing Guides

Fencing Tips and Facts

If a new fence is on the cards there are a few facts to consider.

The first step is choosing the appropriate style of fence. A feather edge fence is a very versatile option as it offers strength, security, privacy and can be made to measure to fit any space. Picket style fences are often used as a more decorative feature, but they are very beneficial in windy areas. The gaps between the boards allow the wind to pass through the fence. Panel fences are a great option for those who like a more decorative style fence but require security and privacy. The average height of a boundary fence considered reasonable and appropriate for residential areas is usually 6′ 6”.

When preparing the ground for fence posts, dig holes at least 2ft. deep.  The holes should resemble a ‘lighbulb shape’, wider at the bottom so the concrete added can create a big ball to hold the post secure. Also make sure to use as much concrete as necessary to fill the entire hole leaving a little gap at the top to protect from frost. The holes can then be topped up with soil.  Before installing the posts it’s a good idea to coat them with a bitumen seal to prevent rotting. In windier areas, dig the holes even deeper and look to buy slightly longer posts.  Alternatively, contrete posts can be used.

When choosing fencing materials look for timber that has been pressure treated or tanalised to prevent rot. If a fence hasn’t been pre-treated, paint it with an oil based product or use a spray on anti-rot product to protect it and keep it looking great.

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