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Timber constructed garden fences

Timber constructed garden fences

When choosing a garden fence you will soon realise that there are many different varieties available. Each style offers something a little different; so it is important that you find out your options before you purchase.
There are four main qualities that a fence can have, the question is, which quality meets your requirements?

Privacy

One of the main reasons homeowners opt for a garden fence is to provide privacy for the home and grounds. These days many properties are built in smaller areas, so are in close proximity to one another, are close to a road or public footpath. By choosing traditional fence panels such as closeboard fencing you are able to ‘close off’ your garden to neighbours, foot and road traffic.

Security

Installing a fence around your property can be an added security measure. If your property is amongst lots of other properties a fence acts as a secure barrier, clearly marking out your boundary lines.

Decorative

Fences are often installed around the garden to enhance the visual appearance of the property. They don’t have to create privacy or provide security, they are simply chosen for their look and style. Homeowners will often replace or re-paint fences if they intend on the selling the property, believing that it can add selling appeal and value.

Safety

An enclosed garden offers safe outdoor space for children to play in, without the worry of them running into a road or other dangers. Likewise, fences are often installed so that family pets can use the outdoor space without leaving the boundaries of the property.

Maintenance and Repairs

Installing a new fence can be costly, depending on the style you choose and the size of your garden. With this in mind if your fence sustains damage it is worth finding out if it can be repaired rather than replaced:

Rotting, mouldy wood – All fences will eventually attract mould due to the changes in the weather. If you see any evidence of mould you can usually clean it off before the problem takes hold. Repairing rotten wood is not so straightforward. If the rot hasn’t spread and it is feasible to isolate and replace the rotten panel, this can be enough to save the entire fence. It is worth remembering that too much ‘patching-up’ can affect the overall structure of the fence.

Unstable fence posts – Over time, due to weathering and natural ground movement fence posts can become loose (though remains standing). To remedy this insert a repair spur (a wedge of wood) into the fence post hole in the ground, to reduce the posts movement. For added strength pour concrete into the post hole or bolt the spur to the post.

Loose panels – Common at this time of year as the weather takes a turn for the worst. If the fence panel is in good condition and worth saving, a temporary fix is to reattach the panel with extra nails.  Of course there will come a time when you will need to replace the entire fence. No fence will last forever, and there will be a time when it is no longer cost effective to attempt further repairs:

Rotting, mouldy wood – If the rot and mould has spread beyond the stage of cleaning it off or patching it up you will need to replace entire panels. This can, however, lead to further rot developing on other panels a few months later. To eliminate all traces of rot replace the entire fence.

Unstable fence posts – If a post has become unstable because of a breakage, replace the entire post. Inserting a spur may temporarily hold the post upright and in place but the solution is very short term.

Loose panels – You may have already reattached loose panels with extra nails, or panels may have become loose for the first time (usually after bad weather), whatever the cause, replacing the panels with new panels is the best solution.