New fencing can do wonders to improve the look of your garden, as well as creating privacy and security. There are several types of fences, but the wooden ones remain the most popular and economical. Here is some advice on planning and erecting a garden fence.
When planning a new or replacement boundary, you should decide if you are going to employ a tradesman or do some DIY yourself. But first, you should talk to your neighbours and establish who is responsible for the boundary. The standard height of most fences is 6 foot, so if you plan on increasing the height of a boundary to more than this, you may need to obtain planning permission and should seek advice from your Local Council or Planning Authority.
The standard width of panels is 6 feet and posts can vary from 75 mm to 100 mm. When measuring up, deduct 2 inches from each fence post to allow for where the panels slot in. Once you have taken measurements, you can then determine the number of panels and posts required. Where a fence will be resting on soil or grass, it is recommended that a concrete gravel board is used to stop the wood rotting. These are 1 foot high, so 5 foot fencing panels would be required in addition to make a 6 foot fence.
Concrete fencing posts are designed so that the wood panels slot into the edge without any fixings. Timber posts may have the same feature, or they can be a plain wooden post which should be attached to the panels with brackets.
Building a fence could involve digging holes and mixing concrete. However, a simple fence can be created without any of this hard labour! Wooden fence posts may be secured to soft ground with metal spikes or to a hard surface with bolt down post supports. The panels should be secured to the posts with brackets.
Whilst the Do-It-Yourself option could save you money, employing a professional fencing contractor can make life easier. They would remove your old fence and dispose of it, measure accurately and advise on the best type of fence for your needs. As they buy materials in bulk or may make their own panels, you could even find that they are cheaper than buying fencing from a DIY store.