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Fence panelling – don’t sit on the fence!

May 28, 2019

With summer just around the corner, many of us will begin wondering whether it’s finally time to make those changes to our garden. For those looking to make an upgrade, there’s a number of simple alterations that can make a big difference. However, for those looking to transform their garden, more significant action might be required. One approach, which is guaranteed to deliver results is updating your fencing. In this blog, we detail how to best go about the process and what to look out for when completing the task.

How much does it cost to install fence panels?

The costs associated with installing fence panels is often broken down into three categories; material, waste disposal and labour. As such, prices can vary depending on the size of the project and whether you need to dispose of an existing fence; plus the wage differential between contractors based in different locations of the UK, will also have an impact. On average, a price of around £100 per panel installed is to be expected, but you might find that by shopping around you can get it done for less. If you’re looking to bring the price down, look to install smaller panels. Whilst 6ft x 6ft panels have become the standard across the UK they’re far more expensive than smaller sized panels – and you may also end up paying for more labour, as it becomes a two-man job. Increasingly, homeowners are opting for units like lap panels, which are available at a fraction of the price but still look great.

How effective is brushwood fencing panels in covering up chain-link fence?

If you’re not a fan of your existing fence, but don’t fancy dishing out on a completely new one then it might be best to erect a garden screen. Garden screens can take many forms, but amongst the most popular are brushwood fencing panels. This form of panel can add texture and colour to a garden, whilst hiding an unsightly structure behind it. Although brushwood is popular, there are a number of other options available to homeowners including bamboo, reed, willow and bark. Finding suitable fence panelling is easy, but it can often be difficult to install. To this end, we would always recommend bringing in a professional to ensure the job is completed to a high standard. By using a trusted tradesperson site like Checkatrade you can make sure this is always the case.

How much are fence panels and posts?

Once again, it all really comes down to size. The standard price for a 6ft x 6ft fence panel is around  £20-25 but will vary depending on material and supplier. Smaller sizes tend to be a cheaper and are often available for less than £20 each. Increasingly suppliers are manufacturing fence panels, which do more than simply section off a garden. There are now a number of fencing options, which help to provide better acoustic performance in gardens, drowning out outside noise from things like busy roads, or schools. As you’d expect, these types of units tend to be more expensive than standard units but should cost the same to install.

As with fencing panels, the cost associated with buying a fencing post depends on its material and size. Most fencing posts will either be made from concrete or softwood and range in size from 5ft to 9ft. What’s more, many softwood options can be manufactured in the shape of a ‘H’, which allows installers to quickly fit in fencing panels without the need for clips. When picking a fencing post, speak with an expert to find out what’s right for you as it’s a crucial aspect in ensuring the unit remains sturdy throughout its lifecycle.

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How to install pressure treated fence panelling?

Pressure treated fence panels have been inserted with a preservative concentrate that makes them more resistant to extreme weather and rot.  Typically, these panels are installed in the same manner as non-treated versions, however pressure treated fence panels will last much longer than alternatives meaning they will need replacing far less. These panels cost more initially than untreated models, but homeowners will often save money over the long term through decreased maintenance costs.

What way round should a fence panel be installed?

Everyone benefits from a new fence, including your neighbour. As such, it’s important to include them in the conversation whenever planning to make a renovation. Neighbours will see your fence every day, so it’s important they’re happy with your fence installation to avoid problems. In general, the standard is for the homeowner to install a fence with the smoother side facing their neighbour’s garden. The smoother side will be the one without the posts and rails showing. Although it might be tempting to install the fence with the ‘good’ side facing you this can be considered impolite and it often ends up looking like your fence has been installed backwards.

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What alternatives are there to a new fence?

Even if your garden fence has seen better days, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it needs to be replaced. There are a number of alternative solutions, which can be tried before taking the plunge and calling in an expert. A great way to breathe some life back into your fence is with a power washer. Using a power washer can help to remove dirt and grime from the wood panels, restoring your fence’s original beauty.

However, not all fences will be able to withstand the force of a power washer, especially those that are already showing signs of disrepair. Fortunately, the task can still be completed by hand. Regardless of how you end up cleaning the unit, it’s important to use a good outdoor timber cleaner. Using such a cleaner will help penetrate the wood and clean out any fungal spores and mould that may have developed. Once your fence is dry, which will normally take 24 hours, you should restain the surface for added protection.

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