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Your Guide to Garden Fencing

When it comes to putting up a new garden fence for your home, there are many options to consider. Different garden fence types offer not only a diverse look and feel to your garden, but they can also improve its functionality. Fences can add privacy to your home, provide shelter from the weather, and keep pets and children from straying. In addition, some garden fence types are easier to maintain, while others are more suitable for those on a tight budget. So, here is our guide to choosing the right garden fence for your home.


Close board fence panels

Close board panels are durable and tough, overlapping vertically with each other to create a solid fence. These types of fences are great for both privacy and shelter as well as extra security. Close board fences are also the perfect option for those on a medium sized budget. However, they can be quite costly for larger gardens and do require regular maintenance.


Overlap fence panels

Overlap fence panels are similar to close board panels, except they overlap horizontally. These are a cheaper fencing option to close board fence panels and offer a similar level of security and privacy. However, overlap fence panels are not as strong or durable as close board panels. They also need much more maintenance and are less stylish than other fence panel options.


Palisade / Picket fencing

Timber palisades, or picket fencing, offers a traditional and decorative style of fencing to your home. These are a great option for front gardens as they add kerb appeal and are also low enough to allow you to talk to your neighbours. These types of fences are also great for ponds and swimming pools where privacy is less of an issue. Picket fencing is not the best choice if you are looking for good shelter or extra security though, and it does require regular maintenance.


Slatted fence panels

Slatted panels are a sleek and modern choice. They allow sunlight to penetrate through the gaps to create an attractive effect in your garden. Slatted panels also look great as internal dividers in your garden and can even make your space feel larger. However, as boundary fences, they do not offer full privacy, and there is always the risk of weeds growing in between the slats.


Hit and miss fence panels

Hit and miss panels create a distinctive look for your fence, with alternating boards affixed to the front and back of the fence. This is a good option for those who have a medium range budget as it offers an attractive look, provides great security and privacy, and allows wind to pass through the gaps, meaning less resistance. But the construction of hit and miss panels makes maintaining panels more difficult, plus weeds can easily penetrate the gaps.


Other Things to Consider When Choosing Garden Fence Types

  • How high should it be? Most fences are 1.8m high, but you can select other height options based on your privacy and need for light. Keep in mind that you may need planning permission for fence heights based on where you place them.
  • Is the fence secure, private and wind resistant? Solid fencing provides better security and privacy, while slatted fencing has better wind resistance.
  • How much maintenance do I need to carry out? Some wood panels need maintaining more often than others, although you may be able to minimise this with the right pressure treatment.
  • Can I afford it? Most fencing panels are within the medium budget range, although some choices, like overlap panels, offer low budget solutions.
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