5 Things to Consider Before Installing a New Fence in Essex
A garden fence can serve many purposes.
Not only does it define the boundary of your property, it can also improve the security of your home and believe it or not, with a little bit of imagination they can look fantastic too.
But there are a few things you should consider before rushing out to buy your new fence.
In todays article, we’ll be taking a closer look at 5 things to consider before installing a new fence to help you avoid making any costly mistakes.
1.What type of Fencing Should You Choose?
There’s a huge variety of fencing available these days. Closeboard, picket, steel, wire mesh and featheredge are to name but a few.
Which one to choose really depends upon your needs and your budget.
Of course, the costs for the different types of fencing available does vary.
Typically, picket, featheredge or Wavey Lap panel fencing tends to be towards the lower end of the pricing spectrum.
Whereas steel and plastic fencing tends to fall within the more expensive range.
You can research different types of fencing available online, such as on the Jacksons Fencing website, which will give you a good overview, along with pictures of different types of fencing.
If you would like further help in finding the best fencing to suit your circumstances and budget, why not give us a call and we can talk you through the options.
2.What Type of Posts Should You Choose?
This will likely depend on the type of fencing that you choose but generally you have 4 different types of material to choose from.
There’s concrete, metal, plastic or timber. In the vast majority of cases we tend to install concrete posts as they are long lasting and cost effective.
However, some of our clients prefer the look of timber posts, this is entirely understandable as they do look softer and may blend into your gardens surroundings better. But you must be prepared for them to eventually rot and be replaced.
Depending on the style of fencing, metal or plastic posts may be an option here and both types generally outperform the lifespan of both concrete and timber – if they are installed correctly. But the flip side of this is the additional cost these materials entail.
3.What Height Should Your Fence Be?
This depends on a couple of different factors.
Generally, for a back garden, many people opt for a 6ft high fence for privacy. However, if you back onto a public alleyway or footpath you may want to think about even going as high as 7ft.
If it’s simply a fence dividing your property from your neighbours, maybe a 3ft high fence will suffice? So long as you get on with the neighbours!
Regarding front fences, 3ft high fences typically work best here and in some areas, 3ft may be as high as you can legally go.
For a more decorative finish, why not consider a picket fence? You can stain timber picket fences in a variety of different colours to match your property.
Regarding cost implications, as a rule of thumb, the lower the fence the cheaper it’ll be.
4.Are There Any Trees in The Way?
This is generally more of a concern for the contractor unless of course you’re considering a DIY install.
Roots from trees can often mean that its not always possible to put a post exactly where you intend to, without of course harming the tree.
This means that you must be prepared to adapt. Its best to try to plan out exactly where your posts will stand prior to starting the job, to avoid obstacles such as trees.
This way you may be able to cut a panel and place it at the end of a run, rather than in the middle, which can sometimes look out of place.
5.How Many Posts Will You Need to Dig?
With the correct equipment, it’s quite straightforward to dig out holes for fence posts. But it can be hard work.
A post hole digger is a very important tool to use when digging out your holes and can be purchased for around £40 from your local DIY store.
Post hole diggers are like two, sharp bladed spade heads that can remove the earth quickly and easily, whilst leaving a nicely shaped hole, perfect for a post.
But if you have more than 10 holes to dig and it’s a new run of fencing, it may be worth hiring a petrol-powered Auger/Fence Post Hole Borer from your local tool hire shop to speed up the process and save your back.
Just as long as its not concrete that you need to dig through! Of course, here a breaker would work best in this instance, particularly if you’ll be removing old posts that may be encased in plenty of concrete. Again, a breaker can be hired form your local tool hire shop for a relatively low cost.
Well there you have it, 5 things to consider before installing a new fence.
Proper thought and planning is the key to success with many garden jobs including fencing.
Choosing the best fencing to meet your circumstances and budget can be tricky, especially if you have never had to choose a new fence before, speaking with a professional is highly recommended if that’s the situation you find yourself in.
If you have a couple of spare weekends and you’re fit and healthy, installing a new fence is a relatively straightforward task, if you know what you are doing of course.
If it all sounds like too much hard work or you lack the spare time, then why not give us a call on 01245 80 71 80 or fill out a form and we’ll call you back..
We’ll be happy to conduct a free site survey for your fencing in Essex. We can talk you through the options and provide you with a free no obligation quotation.
We have the experience and capability to install a wide range of fencing including closeboard, picket, steel, wire mesh, plastic or featheredge for clients all over Essex including Chelmsford, Brentwood, Southend, Billericay, Wickford, Basildon and Braintree.
If you have any questions at all regarding fencing, or anything to do with landscaping for that matter, please leave them in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading!