Fences: What To Look Out For!

Fence in the garden

Buying a decent, quality fence is not an easy undertaking. You should, like with most things, do your research before committing yourself to one fence. When we started producing fence panels, I didn’t know much about them at all. I had never bought a fence and just assumed that they were all very much alike – I was very wrong!

  1. Know what you want!

    Before you start looking, think about what you will use your fence for. If you are looking to pretty up your front garden and give it a barrier against dogs and children using it as a shortcut, then a picket fence will be ideal. Whereas if you are using it to give yourself privacy in your garden then you need a full height fence – don’t worry, we have plenty of different styles in our fence panel range.

  2. Fence on the front yard

    Be picky about your materials

After all of the hard work you’ve put into your garden, your fence should add to it rather than take away. Many of our competitors sell, frankly, substandard fences made of thin, rough sawn wood. This rough, splinter filled wood is often wavy meaning that it often doesn’t fit together well and will leave gaps in the fence. In addition to this, the aggressively sawn timber is often made from very thin timber which will cause a number of problems including twisting, splitting and having the dead knots fall out – all of which leave holes large enough for you neighbours to peer through.

All of the timber used in our fence panels is made from thick slow grown Spruce. The Spruce, which is a minimum of 8mm thick, has been planed and smoothed before being assembled. The boards also feature deep tongue and groove meaning assembly is similar to that of a jigsaw puzzle. This makes a stronger, sturdier fence panel that can take a few knocks. We know, we tested it!

Do your research – or buy from a company that has

There is no point putting up a fence if your neighbours can see over it. You won’t be able to relax in your garden if you are constantly worrying about your neighbours peering over the fence or staring at you whilst you hang out with your friends. Now the majority of the fences on the market are 1.80m (5’ 11”) and we simply couldn’t understand why. We did a little research into the legal limitations to fences and found that the UK law requires that your fence be no more than 2m in height. With this in mind, we set out to offer two fence sizes 1.83m (6’ 0”) and 1.98m (6’ 6”) making them some of the tallest on the market. Unless you have some excessively tall neighbours, your privacy is in safe.

Fence in the garden

Be a good neighbour (not a necessity, but worth trying)

We don’t want to cause any arguments or tension between you and your neighbours. It’s easy to be happy with your new fence, but it’s often your neighbours that are left with the unsightly support beams and framework. Our double-sided fence panels are identical meaning that both you and your neighbours will benefit from them being installed. With them being identical, both sides of the fence are made from the same strong timber. This means that if you, or your neighbour, have a particularly active child who likes to kick footballs about (who doesn’t) then your fence will last.

Consider the climate

You want your fence to look good in the middle of a summer heatwave and through the harshest of winters. That’s why all of our fences are fully pressure treated rather than dip treated or left untreated. The Pressure Treatment forces the chemical deep into the timber via machine. It ensures and results much better protection in a timber. Throughout this process, we add an additive to give the timber a natural oak like finish. It will suit your garden much better than the unnatural colour that dip treatment normally would be.

The Pressure Treatment process means you will not have to annually reapply treatment for at least 10 years as the treatment protects your Log Cabin against rot and fungal decay, a necessity for a building exposed to the extremes of British Weather.
Fence panels from Dunster House

We have an extensive range of fences available, all of which are high quality for competitive prices. Take a look at our full range on our website or call our sales team on 01234 272 445.  Alternatively, if you would prefer we call you, fill in our Contact us page and we will get back to you. As always, feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below.



November 17, 2016

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