Fencing Boards: Want Privacy or See-Through?

Which fencing boards you select determines the amount of privacy and light allowed into your property. For sturdy perimeter fencing that defines your yard’s edges and keeps out intruders, you probably want fencing with more closed spacing. If you desire fencing that allows more light in and don’t care if passers-by see in, opt for open-spaced fencing.


For instance, if you live in the centre of the city, the function of your fencing might be to offer more privacy from nearby neighbours. In this case, the vertical fencing boards of choice might be feather edge cladding boards, often used for closeboard fencing. Closeboard fencing closes the spaces between boards, so you have complete privacy with no views into your backyard. Pressure treated feather edge cladding boards are diagonally cut from one piece of timber. You get a thicker edge, which is overlapped by a thinner one along the fence’s length.


These fencing boards come in a spectrum of lengths, from 900mm to 2400mm. This means it’s easy to vary the height of your fence. You should buy them a bit longer if you need to cut to size, and it’s wise to allow for wastage. Also, for fences exceeding 1200mm, it’s best to embed at least 600mm into the ground. This creates secure fencing that withstands strong winds, more of a concern along England’s southern coast than in the north.

Pressure Treatment

The pressure treatment applied to boards by a good fencing supplier resists rot and decay. Result: you’ll have to replace boards less frequently. You can also use wooden gravel boards as the base for shorter closeboard fencing that rests on the ground. This applies when using closeboard or lap fencing panels or kits. Gravel boards provide a barrier between fencing boards and damp ground.

Traditional Style

If you live where you have more scenery and fewer privacy worries, the fencing boards of choice might be palisade pales, also called picket pales. These go on traditional picket or palisade fences, which have spacing between vertical boards. This traditional fencing is popular in Surrey. Since it allows in more light, it’s a favourite of gardeners for border fencing or sections between plant beds.


It’s recommended to buy 19 fencing boards for each 3m bay of fencing, with 75mm spacing between each panel. AVS Fencing Supplies - the favoured supplier for casual fence builders and professionals alike – has a superb selection of quality boards. You can buy picket pales with pointed, rounded or flat top pales to suit your tastes, and vary them in different areas.

You can also erect fencing that uses horizontal boards, making sturdy structures when secured against strong wooden, steel or concrete fence posts with the proper fixings. Oak panels can be used for this, too, and you can vary fencing boards’ widths and add lattice panel toppings to create unique fencing you design yourself.

9th Apr 2019