The complete guide to garden fences

The complete guide to garden fences

Are you looking for the perfect garden fence? With a wild variety of fencing solutions on the market, it is understandable if the process leaves you feeling a bit frustrated. It does not have to be like that, though. 

Fencing is no longer a tedious task when you have the help of London’s best fencing company. Read more about the process and the preparation to build your perfect garden fence in this article.

Types of fences

Follow our guidance and tips to uncover the potential of your outdoor space with great design and privacy. Let us help you choose and install a garden fence to complement your property and showcase the landscape’s greatest features! 

Let’s start by going over the different types of garden fencing, with our main focus on their features, durability, and functionality:

Wire fence

Wire fence is a metal net garden fencing you can see on construction sites, farmlands, vineyards. It is also a functional solution to outline private properties, as well as agricultural areas and facilities. The netting is usually coated so it is barely affected by weather or external aggressors, and can last for years before it starts peeling or rusting.

One of the biggest advantages of wire fencing is its affordable price. So if you are on a tight budget but you have to invest in a garden fence anyway, this might be a good temporary solution. This simple type of barrier is super durable and could be quick-fixed in no time.

If a pretty homey fence is what you are after, we suggest wire garden fencing will not match your expectations. Although, there are ways to make it work as a fairly decent outdoor feature. The wire is great for climbing plants and could easily turn into a green vine fence that will grant more privacy on your own property. Another great way to cover the metal net is to plant border aligned hedges or other tall shrubs and flowers.

Wood screens

Screen fences are an awesome addition to any landscape. Since they are made out of thick wooden slates, these fencing options are a top choice for durability. Wood is a well-suited material for fences, as it looks great, it is easy to work with, and makes a good barrier. 

Customize your garden fence by choosing the type and color of wood that will best complement the landscape. As for the price point, it is not the cheapest option for your outdoor area. The expenses of building and installing a custom or pre-made wooden screen fence may vary depending on factors like fence height, construction, and material.

Chain link fence

Chain link fencing is a practical and cost-effective solution to restrict an area from trespassers. The tall galvanized steel wire might be plain and simple but it keeps unwelcome guests away from your property. On top of that – protects your garden from pest infestation and livestock from wild animals.

A chain-link fence is super easy to install and maintain, yet it lacks basic ornamental superpowers. To make a chain-link garden fence look neater, try covering it up with green shrubs or vine plants.

Overlap fence

Rustic lap fencing is a solid wooden solution for home privacy and security. The structure is horizontal blocks of woods, in an overlapping order. Relatively pricey, overlap fences have a long lifespan so the investment turns out to be cost-effective over time.

This is a traditional fence type used all around London’s private properties. The fence design is fancy and homey, and the garden fence installation is simple to set up and execute. 

Other types of fence to consider

Of course, we cannot leave out the classic picket fence, that brings a sweet homey vibe to any house with a lush backyard. This type of low fence is a slick way to zone out a garden whilst putting it on a display.

Another garden fence that has become quite popular in recent years is the bamboo fence. The rows of bamboo sticks are a designer favorite for spa & wellness facilities, urban gardens, tiny yards, patios, and even balconies. So if you want to go for an eco-friendly or boho-inspired outdoor design, this is a perfect addition to your landscape theme.

Featherboard is a tall heavy fence that provides ultimate outdoor protection and privacy. The costly fencing structure is hard to damage and at the same time looks visually appealing. It consists of tightly overlapped vertical wooden slats with thick post support. If you buy structured panels (not build them from scratch) the garden fence installation is quick and seamless. 

Hedges also make a great eco-friendly fence that complements your garden and make your home look presentable. Hedges are easy to plant, yet they need some time to grow and will require regular maintenance and pruning. This type of natural fencing cannot protect your property or provide privacy but it can be a chic addition to your outdoor space.

Wooden trellis fencing is the ultimate decor-oriented fence to make a flower garden or a lush lawn pop. The crisscross slats are not really privacy smart or durable whatsoever, yet – they are a great way to outline garden areas. A trellis is known for its charming diamond or square pattern, ideal for vine plants and as a green wall base. 

Fence materials

There is a variety of fence materials to choose from. Each with its own advantages and setbacks. Considering the budget, landscape design, and fencing purpose, fence installers can build the ultimate residential or commercial lot barrier for your needs.

Metal fence

As you might suggest, metal fencing is quite durable and resistant to physical and water damage. Wire and chain-link railings are usually woven or welded nettings that last longer and cost less. The only thing you need to worry about is how to cover/hide their utter lack of charm on a residential property. 

Wooden fence

Wooden board fences are the most common fencing choice for aesthetic purposes. Their structure is visually appealing, neat, and presentable, and the panels could be color-customized to match the property landscape. 

If you end up buying a costly wooden fence, make sure it is coated. That way, it will have a longer lifespan and will remain water-resistant. It might take a while to install panels properly but in the end, it is all worth it. 

Plastic fence

Plastic fencing is light and fragile, however, it is super affordable and private. Depending on the size and height of the fencing, a plastic fence can be customized and incorporated into almost any landscape design. 

When it comes to longevity, plastic is forever. Unless a plastic fence breaks from physical damage, there are barely any other ways of it getting damaged or falling apart. Not every plastic fence can be recycled at a later stage, so if you are a fan of sustainable solutions, check that before garden fencing installation.

Fence installation process

Garden fence installation is the thing many of our clients find challenging to execute on their own. If you have no experience or free time to put up a fence by yourself, our professional fence installers in London are ready to take on the task. 

Positioning

Let’s talk about post positioning. The distance between separate posts determines the ability of a fence to withhold pressure and stand up straight. According to the strength of the fencing material, posts can be installed closer together or further away. However, be aware that a solid fence structure requires posts to be positioned no more than 180 cm apart. 

Heavy-duty posts provide anchor support so they belong in the corners of the garden fencing. Light-duty posts are equally spaced and placed along the straight sections of the fence. Both types are required in the final structure, for the ultimate stability and durability of the installment. If the posts are 120 cm in total height, then 40 cm should be underground and concrete-secured.

Most posts have adjustable tabs over the ground level so the fence can be easily attached to them in multiple places, for better stability. Adjustment of tabs can be done with basic building tools, for example, a screwdriver. If the fencing consists of entirely wooden elements, we would suggest you go straight to the hammer.

Maintenance

The main fence care responsibility is ensuring your fence will last through weather changes and cold rainy seasons. Frost and rain are damaging to every fence surface in the long run, especially if you go for wooden boards. After all, who wants water damage and mold all over their fence? 

Treating the fence with coat protection every couple of years will save you from trouble and will make your fence look brand new. The process is cost-effective in the long run, but it does require time and effort to execute.

Make sure to clean your fence when needed, during clearance, or amidst yearly maintenance. The fastest and most effective way to clean a garden fence is using a jet washer. It gets the work done in no time and always leaves your fence looking neat and well-maintained. The best time to do it is on a sunny day, so the material could properly dry out.

Garden fence installation should not have to be a tough process. With the help of a London fencing company like ours, the whole process is quick and seamless, so you get to enjoy your new fence in no time! Get in touch to learn more about our fencing service and get a quote. 

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