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Most gardens round the UK feature wooden fencing; its helps us protect our home boundaries, adds privacy and security too. Wooden fencing is usually made out of wood which means it has to be maintained. If you’re garden fencing is looking a little worn and damaged it may be time to replace it. Having secured garden fencing around your home will dramatically change the way it looks and also help make your home safer.
In the UK weather conditions like rain, wind and snow can damage fencing causing a range of damage like warping, cracking and fencing can also be blown over. Making sure fencing is kept maintained will provide your home with a great finish giving the right impressions to guests.
Installing fencing may seem like hard work but there are many accessories on the market designed to make the job easier and quicker. Concrete posts and gravel boards are designed to make installing fencing simple and they also last a long time and can be used more than once.
The Fenn Lite Concrete Post system is a new way of installing wooden fencing panels, featuring special features designed to help you install you fencing quickly. When installing fencing traditionally panels are nailed to posts to secure them but Fenn Lite posts feature a special internal groove so panels can be slotted in securely without need for nails. Sliding in panels this way is much easier and provides the same support found in other forms of fencing posts.
Many people worry about concrete posts being too heavy to handle easily but Fenn Lite are made from a special formula making them 45% lighter than normal concrete posts and gravel boards. This makes both products easy to handle and move so you can save your effort for enjoying your garden more.
Fenn Lite Posts are much stronger compared to traditional wooden posts; because they are made from a special concrete formula they will not be affected by common problems like water damage, rot or warping. Concrete posts will often outlive fence panels so they can be reused over time.
Gravel boards are used when installing fencing to help protect the bottom of fence panels. Rain water will often splash when it hits the ground and fall onto the bottoms of fence panels. If you add gravel board to the bottom of your fencing it will be hit by the splash saving the bottom of your panels. Traditionally timber gravel boards are used; they absorb the water splash and rot instead of your fencing. They are then replaced when damaged saving your fence panel. Concrete gravel boards work in the same way except they will not rot, so you don’t have to replace them.
Fenn Lite gravel boards are made from the same material as Fenn Lite posts so are 45% lighter compared to normal concrete gravel boards. This makes them easier to install but also means they put less strain onto the fence panel. Fenn Lite Gravel boards are also much easier to install because they slot into Fenn Lite fence posts. Simply slot in your gravel board and then slot in your fence panel, no need for clips or nails.
If you want to add new wooden fencing to your garden think about using concrete posts and gravel boards. They are easy to install, inexpensive and over time will save you money.
Walk down any street in the UK and you will most probably see some type of garden fencing. Garden fencing is used to distinguish where homes start and end are but there is much more to your average wooden fence panel.
Wooden fencing panels can be used all around the garden; fence panels are easy to install and because they come in a range of sizes and shapes they are suitable for a range of projects. Fence panels are easy to use and once you’ve started adding them to your garden you won’t be able to stop.Trellis fencing panels are popular fencing options but they are also ideally suited to be used for a range of garden projects. Trellis fencing is made up of crossed timber shaped in a lattice style. The lattice design is not just attractive but also very practical too. Climbing plants grow extremely well in lattice climbing naturally. Once the plants have grown throughout the panels it creates a great natural panel.
Lattice panels are perfect for hiding unsightly features in a garden; often people want to hid bin areas or septic tanks. Installing single fence panels is simple and you can follow the same technique used to install garden fencing. Simple install two posts on either side of the trellis fence panel and attach the panel with fencing clips. Once your posts are installed you can simply attach your fence panel to the posts with fence panel clips. Once your trellis panel is installed you can plant a climbing plant like honeysuckle at the bottom of the panel. Honeysuckle or any other climbing plant will naturally grow into the trellis. If you have no soil at the bottom of your panel you can place a shallow trough planter filled with compost.Trellis panels are also perfect for creating designated sections in your garden and are ideal for creating a relaxing, private seating area. Using a trellis panel simple place two at a 45º angle creating a corner; the corner will provide a great designated seating area.
Adding wooden fencing panels to the top of garden walls can make your garden feel more secure and private. There are many garden fencing accessories available which help you add fence panels to an existing wall easily. A post shoe fits to the bottom of a fence panels and can be easily attached to hard surfaces like walls or concrete.
The post shoe fits onto the bottom of your post, simple tighten the surrounding bolts and secure the shoe to the wall. In the UK the law states you should not have a boundary wall higher than 2m so make sure the fence panel you choose for your garden wall falls under the 2m guideline.
Using fence panels in your garden is simple and can dramatically change the look of your garden. Having clear sectioned areas in your garden can help you define what it’s used for. Making the most of the summer months is important in the UK as it can go quickly so why not do something different this year and give your garden a makeover.
The winter months can bring many gardens to a standstill; plants die off and everything gets put on the back shelf until spring. If you’re looking for something to keep you busy as the weather deteriorates then why not give your garden a makeover. A makeover does not have to be expensive and can be managed through a few simple changes.
One way of dramatically changing the look of your garden is to improve the fencing around your property. Many people often neglect their front gardens, but it is the first part of your house a visitor sees. Updating your front garden can change the way your home looks and will also make it more welcoming for visitors, giving them a better first impression of your home.
Unlike your back garden a front garden should be inviting. Installing a 6’ fence panel can make your home look a little intimidating and not very welcoming. If you want to go for a more traditional look why not try picket fencing. Picket fence panels are designed to be open and come in heights of 3’ and 4’. A picket fence panel will give your home a traditional country feels and gives your home a welcoming look. Installing a picket fence panel is easy and finishing it with a gate will also give your front garden a suitable entrance.
There is a large range of fence panels available for your back garden. Deciding what kind of fencing you need will help you narrow down the style of fencing you can choose. If security is your number one priority then you will need a high fence around the height of 5’ and 6’. Many fence panels come in this height and will provide your home with great security. Privacy is also another top priority when it comes to fencing and you will also need a tall fence panel. A solid panel will provide you with privacy and security, hit and miss is a popular choice because it is fairly inexpensive and is a high quality panel.
If you want a more stylish option when it comes to your garden fencing you can install a fence panel with trellis. Trellis is a lattice style pattern which is made with timber panels. The chevron weave panel with trellis features an insert near the top of the fencing. This allows light to flood your garden and also gives the fence panel an interesting design feature.
Full trellis panels are also very popular but they do not provide any security or privacy. A full trellis fence panel is a complete lattice design which allows light to flood your garden and is also a very nice design feature in any garden. Trellis panels are also very popular because climbing plants such as honey suckle and ivy grows really well through the lattice design.
There are two main types of fencing available dip treated and pressure treated. Dip treated fence panels have a coating of a water based treatment which helps protect the panel in storage and transport, when you receive the fence panels you will have to apply a coat of a high quality, oil based timber treatment to protect it against decay and rot. Dip treated fencing will need an annual timber treatment.
Pressure treated fence panels are very popular due to its low maintenance. Pressure treated timber has been placed in a vacuum and preservatives have been forced deep into the timbers grain. This helps protect the wood against wood decay and rot. Pressure treated timber does not have to be treated every year; saving you money.
Replacing your garden fencing can transform the way your garden looks. You garden fence is much more than just a boundary it can be a simple way of adding style to your garden. A security or privacy fence does not have to be boring; many high panels come in a range of styles and designs. So why not do something different this winter and replace your garden fencing.
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