choosing a garden fence guernsey

When it comes to choosing a garden fence, there are many aspects to consider to ensure you make the right choice. The following article was published on which suggests things you may wish to think about before making your decision…

The humble garden fence may seem a straightforward boundary. However, with a wide range of fence panels, fence posts, treatments and fencing accessories… buying garden fencing can be more complicated than first imagined.

Know Your Boundaries
Before you even start to think about which garden fencing to buy, you need to stop and make sure you know which boundary is yours, if there are any restrictions in place and how big your boundary is.
Is it your fence?
To avoid disputes with neighbours, it is first important to make sure you know which boundary is yours. This can be as simple as checking your house deeds.

What height fence?
There are rules and regulations about how high your garden fence can be. This can depend on how close to the road your boundary is or adjoins the land of a listed building.

Which Fence Panels are Best?
Well, that’s a big question! The best garden fence depends on a few factors:
your personal and garden style
your treatment preference
your location special requirements
your budget

Fence Panel Style
Garden fencing generally falls into two styles: traditional fence panels and decorative fence panels.
Your garden fence is the frame for your garden. It acts as a backdrop to your borders, the canvas for your climbing plants and the scaffolding for your garden’s structure. Unlike wallpaper, you can’t take it down and change it on a whim.
Your garden fence is an investment you will need to be happy with for many years to come.

Traditional Fence Panels
This range of fence panels includes overlap fence panels (sometimes referred to as lap fencing), featheredge fencing, closeboard fence panels, vertical board fencing and picket fencing.
The main purpose of traditional fence panels is to mark a boundary, provide security and offer privacy. Though picket fencing is very traditional, we would also consider it decorative as it is mainly used for front garden fencing.

Decorative Fence Panels
Decorative fencing includes European style fencing, dome topped fencing, fence panels with lattice tops or section, hit and miss fencing, tongue and groove fencing, slatted fencing and grey fence panels. As mentioned above, picket fencing, though traditional, can also be considered decorative.
Decorative fence panels add interest with a choice of flowing lines, appealing textures and modern straight lines. Many of these are also considered to be contemporary fence panels; particularly those with sleek, straight lines.

Locations with Special Requirements
For the average garden, size, style and treatment are the main considerations. For other gardens, there are special requirements that need to be met.
Gardens in windy areas or noisy areas will need a little more thought put into which fence panels are best.
If you are particularly security conscious, you will also want to bear in mind the following points:

  • be aware of horizontal boards and arris rails that may be used to climb the fence
  • if you want trellis topped fencing, growing prickly climbers such as roses which will deter thieves
  • trellis topped fencing is less likely to hold the weight of a burglar
  • opt for solid fencing which doesn’t provide a view into your garden
  • don’t leave bins or furniture where it can be used as an access step

Your Budget
Wood is a natural product and, as such, is susceptible to knots, gaps and natural movement with changing temperatures.
Opting for fully framed fence panels such as closeboard fencing, tightly interlocking fencing such as tongue and groove fence panels or specialised fencing such as acoustic fence panels will minimise these issues. This will incur a greater initial outlay but may result in longer lasting fencing.

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