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A Guide to Closeboard Fencing

Closeboard fencing remains the most cost-effective way to build a solid boundary that will stand the test of time. Call it ship lap, feather board but it's still classic, versatile closeboard fencing. 

What do I need to know?
It's important to bear in mind what size fence you want to erect as it may require planning permission. You can erect a fence of up to 1.95M high without planning permission, except where your fence is adjacent to a public highway. In this instance the fence can only be up to 1m high, before planning permission is required. (Do seek advice from your local council before commencing work, though.)

Installation
Closeboard fencing is a simple construction of posts, rails, gravel boards and featheredge. Posts should be a minimum of 100x100mm (4x4) section and concreted into the ground at a depth of approx 760mm (for taller fence variations) and the distance between the post centres should ideally not exceed three metres (10ft). Rails are then fixed horizontally across the face of the posts; usually two rails are needed on 1.2M (4ft) high featheredge and below, with three rails used on higher boundaries. These are the steps you should follow to erect closeboard fencing

Due to the long life expectancy of closeboard, future costs of replacing the timber components will be considerably lower, because only the rails and feather edge will need replacing. The feather edge is then fitted vertically on to the front of the rails with a minimum of 25mm (1 inch) overlap.

Why Choose Closeboard Fencing?
1. Closeboard is ideal for constructing a fence on sloping ground because gravel boards and rails can be fixed at an angle and then the featheredge can follow this level as required.

2. It also has the benefit of being easy to repair. Should any featheredge start to show wear and tear, it's quick and inexpensive to simply replace the boards.

3. All materials that go into making closeboard fencing are pressure treated, so that the longevity of the timber is at an absolute maximum.

4. This style of fencing is commonly found in both green and brown as standard, so choose the look that best suits your design. 

5. Closeboard can be used to make a fence of virtually any height and is suitable for front and back gardens, as well as commercial use.

Maintenance of your closeboard fence
Timber is a living product and given enough time it will wear out. To get the best possible life span from the product it is recommend that the timber is treated every 2-3 years. This is best undertaken with a solvent-based treatment during the summer months, so that it can soak into the dry wood.

Help & Advice
If you are interested in erecting close board fencing at your property, please get in touch with your local branch. Our specialists will be happy to offer help and advice and can provide you with a free quote for supply of all relevant materials.

25th Jun 2019