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Choosing your Fence

What to consider when choosing a garden fence?

What to consider when choosing a garden fence?

Choosing your new fence can be tough as there are several different things to consider when selecting the design for your garden…..

Below are some recommendations that we think are good to think about when choosing your new garden fence.

What purpose does your new fence need to serve?

Are you just looking to improve your garden from a design perspective, or is improving privacy and security more important when you install you new fence? Perhaps you need a fence that can keep your pets safe and enclosed?

It’s important to decide early on what the purpose is for installing a new fence. Whatever you decide, identifying what your fencing needs to do will ensure that you get a practical fencing solution that serves the purpose you need.

Will the fence I choose provide security and privacy?

For total privacy and better security, we recommend going for a solid fence panel, similar to our Tongue and Groove panels. This will offer greater strength and security as there are no gaps within the fence panel. Solid panels offer added strength compared to semi-solid (slatted) style fencing like our picket fence panels as well as greater noise reduction. They are also harder to climb over offering increased security.

Selecting a fence which has been pressure treated should ensure your fences remain in safe, secure and attractive condition for years to come. Fortunately our entire fencing range offers these solutions.

If privacy is not a major concern for fencing at the front of the property, slatted style panels can be a more attractive option. We have a range of picket fence panels as well as fence panels with trellis tops that are ideal for front gardens.

What about light and wind?

Fencing can succumb to harsh weather conditions. If the fence is installed in a location prone to strong winds, it is crucial to consider the effect wind may have on your panels.

If shadows casting over your garden are a consistent problem, then perhaps a fencing option with gaps between the slats would offer more light over solid fencing options. We have a range of slatted style options which let light and air into the garden, whilst giving you the sleek and modern look suited to contemporary gardens. An alternative option is to have a solid panel with a trellis or topper to allow light through too.

Do you have pets?

One of the main things to consider when thinking about pets are the size of the gaps within fencing panels (making sure they’re not big enough for your dog / or other pet to fit through) and the height of your fence  (is it higher than your dog / pet can jump?).

Do you need planning permission to install your new fence?

Most of the time the answer will be no. Your standard height fence panels are going to be 6ft (1.83m) which combined with protective gravel boards will bring your fence to a height of just under 2m. Currently, in 2021 planning permission is required for fences over 2m high.

If your fence height is higher that 1m (3.28ft) and you live next to a highway used by vehicles or the pedestrian footpath of such highway, then you will also need planning permission.

Finally if your house is a listed building or within the curtilage of a listed building, then you will need planning permission. If you fall under any of these conditions it is worth doing further research and finding out exactly what permissions you need to put in your new fence.

What different heights of fence are available?

Fence panels can come in various different sizes. However, heights are pretty standard across our range of fence panels and panels with trellis. The heights range from between 1ft – 6ft (300mm – 1830mm) in height.

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