'What type of fencing should I choose?' is one of the questions we hear a lot - and when it comes to answering it, one size doesn't fit all. Here, I explore a couple of the most common requirements for domestic fencing, and how to choose a suitable option for you.
What type of fencing should I choose for my back garden?
In general, most rear garden fences are one of two types: closeboard or lap panel. They each have their benefits, and one of the two will be suitable for most projects. Closeboard - otherwise known as featheredge - is a classic style fence that looks great and is potentially very strong. Lap panel fencing is a lower priced option that nonetheless shows off the grain of the timber for a natural finish that will blend seamlessly into your garden.
Traditionally built from individual vertical wooden boards attached close together (hence the name) with the aid of horizontal wooden rails, the construction of closeboard fencing means that it's ideal for anywhere where you want to create a sense of privacy.
Closeboard is also the stronger of these two popular rear garden choices. If you're building a fence in an exposed area, or your previous fence took a battering from storms this winter, closeboard might be the best choice for you.
Lap panel fencing, on the other hand, is lighter weight and genuinely requires less effort to erect. It's also great value, and its lower cost has no doubt contributed to its rise in popularity in recent years.
This type of fencing has a slightly softer appearance than closeboard, but still provides that all important privacy for you and your family to enjoy your outside space. If your back garden is in a relatively sheltered position and you're hoping to save some pennies, lap panel is a fantastic option.
What type of front garden fencing should I choose?
Where rear garden fencing is usually about privacy as much as security, you'll have different concerns for the front garden. Here, the aim is to keep security concerns in mind while choosing the type of fence that is going to complement the street view of your house.
I'm talking about that elusive quality known as kerb appeal: often a concern for those who are selling their property, I think it's just as important when you're happily settled. Often we focus on the front garden because we spend more time there, but choosing the right fence can give your home - and you - a real lift.
If a touch of sophistication is what you're looking for, steel fencing is a stand out. Available in a range of styles from classic to contemporary, it's incredibly durable, always elegant and gives your house an air of distinction.
Picket fencing, in contrast, lends a homely, welcoming feel. Painted white or cream it has a nostalgic charm that suits most type of property from quaint cottages to suburban sanctuaries. By the sea, it has a real New England vibe - and it's also incredibly economical.
I have dogs. What type of fencing should I choose to contain them?
Good question. If your dogs are free to roam in your garden, the possibility that they'll escape unseen can leave you with all kinds of worries - not least busy roads or nearby railway tracks. For dogs, you'll want to choose fencing that'll allow them to enjoy your garden while keeping them safely within it.
In rural areas, the answer might be wire mesh fencing. If your dog is prone to digging, you can even embed a section of the fence into the ground, for extra peace of mind. The finished appearance can be softened with climbing plants.
In more built up areas where your garden is too overlooked to lose your wooden fence - or the fence belongs to your neighbour - consider constructing a fenced off area within the garden. You'll want to include the rear wall of your house so that you can let your pet out through the back door and straight into this enclosed area. This way, Rover has the freedom to come in and out, but you'll have that extra peace of mind.
If you do have a pet roaming in a garden or fence off area, don't forget to pay extra attention to securing the garden gate. Simple catches can be easily knocked open, so opt for a proper lock for a rear garden or heavy duty bolt for front gardens or fenced off areas.
Sarah from AVS
Thanks guys. Yes, closeboard does tend to make the strongest construction.
Hi i like the closed board panels best i think these are the strongets and last the longest
Good straight forward advice