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Don’t let yourself get fenced in with multiple fence panels options!

Don’t let yourself get fenced in with multiple fence panels options!
31/07/2015

There’s more to purchasing fence panels that meets the eye. Make sure you’re fully aware of the many options available to you and use this blog as handy guidance.

Purchasing a fence for a property is no simple matter. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. Buyers should take into account their budgets, the time and expertise needed to build a fence, and the reasons why they want to install a fence in the first place. After all, fences may be installed for security, privacy, decorative and security reasons.

On top of this, there are other factors that need to be taken into account when selecting the right fencing. So let’s take a look at our top 4 steps to finding the right fence panels:

Determine how many fence panels you need

Generally speaking, fence panels are six feet wide. By dividing the length of your fence in feet by six, you’ll be able to work out how many panels you need. For example, a fence of 36 feet will require six panels. But then you will need to take into account the size of the fence posts between each one for your final calculation.

Select the right type of post

You have two choices in this regard – you can either use concrete or wooden posts to keep your fence panels in place. Wooden posts look natural, but concrete posts have the advantage of being stronger and lasting longer. When specifying a wooden post make sure that it is treated to class UC4 which means if can be put into the ground! Some posts sold do not have that classification as they are designed to fit above ground with some form of plate or spike in contact with the ground.

Select the type of panel

Traditional lap fence panels or closeboard fence panels are commonly used as very easy to install, and relatively lightweight. Heavier continental type panels can be fitted by a competent DIYer, but as heavier some assistance will be needed! Any panel can either be attached to the post using long screws, or more commonly using post clips as installation is easier, and if a panel becomes damaged it is also easier to remove.

Protecting your investment

While fence panels and posts should be treated when bought, their life will be greatly extended by ensuring that they are treated each year with some form of fencing treatment / preservative. This can be clear, or there are also various shades of colour that can be applied to alter the natural appearance of your fence.

By taking these four simple steps you can find a fence panel option that is right for you. These are just basic starting points and at Champion Timber we can offer far more advice face-to-face or over the telephone.

Contact the team here on 020 8949 1621 or email marketing@championtimber.com

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