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The ultimate guide to choosing the right fence for your projects

With so many fence products on the market and in different materials, it can be hard to know which best suits your needs. We have put together this handy guide to give you information on your options, so you can choose the right fence for your project. 

What to consider when buying a fence

How tall should the fence be? 

This depends on a few factors. Is the fence around the perimeter of the property, or is it being used for decoration and sectioning elsewhere? You should consider the direction of sunlight and how the height of the fence will potentially affect this. Don’t forget to check building regulations and consult with your local council as there will be certain limitations on the height of fences you’re allowed to erect. 

Where will the fence be installed? 

Where you're installing your fence will have an influence on what style and height of fences you choose. For example, front gardens look better with lower, open fences. If you have a larger area that you're fencing off, it may not be necessary to use the same fencing throughout. Similarly, if your customer has pets or children, it's best to use closeboard fencing for better security. 

What style do you want?

Fence panels come in a variety of styles, from classic to contemporary. Consider the overall project and the final look that your customer is going for. Think about colour, privacy, strength and the commitment level to aftercare. If your customer wants low-maintenance, it's best to go for metal or composite options. 

Consider durability

Fences need to be able to withstand all weathers, so it's important to take the time to consider accessories that will help with their durability. Fence posts come in both wood and concrete so you can choose the appropriate material for your project needs. The same goes for gravel boards, available in different materials to keep your fence panels dry and provide a sturdy foundation. Lastly, if you're adding a gate into your fencing project, don't forget the right gate accessories. Gates see a high volume of traffic, and hardware is more susceptible to wear and tear or rust. Select high quality hardware to keep your customers going. 

Different types of fence panels

Fence panels make up the meat of fencing. Let's take a look at the options available: 

Wooden fence panel

Wooden fence panels

Wooden fence panels are the most common fence panels that you see on standard residential houses. They are a cost-effective choice and are very versatile, looking great alongside every style. Don't forget that wooden fences will require weatherproofing and fence maintenance throughout the year. 

Metal fence panel

Metal fence panels

Metal fence panels are the most durable fence option. Made from sturdy material, these panels provide extra security and tend to last longer than wooden fence panels. They come in a variety of colours and designs, and are more resistant to general wear and tear caused by the weather. 

Composite fencing

Composite fence panels

Composite fence panels are made from a combination of recycled plastic and reclaimed wood fibres. This makes them durable and low-maintenance, requiring very little attention once erect. They're more light-weight than metal fences, so they're easier to handle, and come in a choice of colours and styles to match any project. 

Types of fences

As well as material, fences also come in various styles to consider. Think about your project and the overall look you're going for. Consider the following: 

Closeboard fences

Closeboard fences are panels that are close together and overlap each other slightly. This provides a more sturdy structure, and gives full privacy to the area. 

Picket fences

Picket fences tend to be smaller fences with gaps in between. These are perfect for projects that require boundaries to be marked but without blocking the view, providing more light to the fenced off area. 

Palisade fences

Palisade fences are similar in style to picket fences, with gaps in between. However, these fences have posts with pointy tops, making them perfect for keeping out unwanted visitors. 

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