Tips for a Longer Lasting Fence

Fencing is expensive business. The price of fencing materials has gone up considerably over the last few years. A nice fence adds value to your home, and as such it is an investment that you want to keep in a good condition for as long as possible. So here are a few tips for you to maximise the life of your fence.

 

  1. Treat your fence regularly. Water is wood’s number one enemy. The fence panels we use are treated before they are installed. But in the UK we have our fair share of rain and the best way to protect your fence is to treat it yearly. At the end of summer is an ideal time, giving it maximum protection for winter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  2. Use good quality material: Remember that cheap panels from some DIY stores are cheap for a reason, they are often made from inferior quality wood, thinner and not built particularly well. Using good quality materials may seem more expensive initially but over time it will save you money as it won’t fall apart at the first hurdle! The cost of concrete posts is also higher than wooden posts initially, but if your posts are likely to be in a very wet part of your garden it may be a wise choice as they will not rot.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  3. Use appropriate material for your particular location: as mentioned above, different gardens may require different materials. Since water is you worst enemy, be aware of where the rain goes in your garden. Does it accumulate in a particular area? If you have wooden posts in an area often water logged they will rot exceedingly fast and ruin the whole fence including the panels. It may be worth considering the concrete option. Is the level of your neighbour’s garden higher than yours and their soil resting against the bottom of your panels? It may be worth considering concrete gravel boards to avoid the bottom of your panels rotting away quickly. We will be happy to advise you on the best choice for your garden.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  4. Use a reputable, experienced company/person to put up your fence. Fencing doesn’t look difficult to the untrained eye and many companies do everything from patios and driveways to fencing but a fence that isn’t correctly installed will not last as long as it should. Fencing specialists who have trained specifically for this industry know which depth posts need to be dug at, when/where posts should be concreted in, how to achieve a nice gradient on sloping fences as well as all the intricacies fencing can bring. Posts badly put it could result in your whole fence coming down and you having to replace it all much earlier than you had planned.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  5. Ivy: Aside from water, Ivy is the main culprit of fence damage. You may love the look of Ivy climbing on your fence but we have seen first hand the damage it can cause to your fence. It can grow in between the posts and panels, in between the lap of the panels until they break and is a huge extra weight on your fence panels. So even if you do want to have Ivy growing, keep it under control to avoid early fence damage. Even better, get rid of it completely and replace it by a nice climbing plant on a trellis.

 

 

 

 

Wood vs Concrete Fence Posts

One of the most frequently asked questions is whether to have wooden fence posts or concrete fence posts and the answer is fairly straight forward.

Wood fence posts tend to blend in better and can be aesthetically more pleasing. It is also cheaper than concrete and if you are doing it yourself, much more manageable.

Concrete fence posts have the reputation of being ugly but this can be overcome if looks are a major factor for you. There are many products on the market to help you paint them so that they match your fence and therefore blend in. Concrete also has a major advantage in that it doesn’t rot and therefore will outlast wood.

Some companies give you a guarantee for wood but you need to bear in mind that it only means they will give you a new post if your fence post rots, so you will still have to pay for the old post to be taken out and a new one to be concreted back in.

Concrete also has the advantage that some panels are simply slotted in so should one or more of your panels get damaged or need replacing, it’s a much easier and cheaper task to replace just the panels.

What about cost? Well roughly speaking, the difference between a concrete post and wooden post is about £5 – £6 per post. So on a 10 fence panels project, the difference between the 2 would be less than £100. Considering the lifespan difference, it explains why a lot of people choose the concrete option.