Finished Fencing Project / Concrete Vs Timber

We recently completed a replacement fencing project, where the customer was keen not only to maximise height but to maintain it along the boundary.

They're very happy with the result and it's always surprising how a well built fence can add a sense of space as well as improve the overall appearance of an area.

We're hoping to receive a review from the customer shortly and we'll add it to our Praise page.

Before - Clearance

Clearance

The completed fence line...

This entire fence has been completed with timber. Not only in the fence panels, but timber has also been used for the gravel boards and the posts. Although many people use concrete for this function, we believe timber is the preferable option for a number of reasons and have put together a little comparison for you below to show why.

Completed Fence Line

 

Concrete Vs Timber Fencing

Personally I prefer all fences to be timber panelled or arris rail. Timber blends into the garden well and provides a much softer backdrop. Concrete panels can become an eyesore and draw your attention away from garden features and planting. The finish of an all timber fence is shown well in the above picture and the pro's and con's as we see them are listed out below...

You can see that as far as we're concerned the timber base and posts get a lot more green ticks!

 

Things to Consider When Getting Your New Fence

  • If you're going DIY, remember waste removal there's always more to take away than expected!!
  • Make sure waste removal is included in any quotes you get.
  • Close-board panels are far better looking and longer lasting than Waney Lap.
  • Go all timber to create the softer back drop and avoid concrete sticks!
  • Post should be a minimum 500mm below ground.
  • We recommend ready mixed bags, a ballast/cement mix is fine at 4/1.

 

Getting Quotes

It's always advisable to get more than one quote. Fencing is a very competitive area, but don't go ahead purely based on price - your boundary is important as it's your security and defines your private space.  If you chose the cheapest contractor you could get a sub-standard job. We've seen fences installed by other contracted professionals which aren't up to much! 

The pictures below show a before and after - the picture on the left shows a fence installed by the previous contractor and the right shows the fence we installed as part of a larger build.

Pictured below "6 month old fence"

The red lines show how wobbly the fence was!

This picture shows work by another contractor - if the quote is too good to be true...it is!

This picture shows work by another contractor - if the quote is too good to be true...it is!

Our finished job

With a brand new, straight fence installed as part of a larger project. 

As part of our build we agreed to put it right.

As part of our build we agreed to put it right.

Philip Holmes