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6 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Garden Fence

 

Good quality fencing that utilises concrete posts and gravel boards will last well over 20 years if its installed correctly.

But unfortunately, nothing last forever.

Paying out for a new fence is a cost that many people try to avoid.

A newly installed fence will not only improve the security of your home, but there are many different styles of fencing that can have a huge impact on the aesthetic appearance of your home and the cost of the installation is often more than recouped in the additional value added to your property.

If your fence is starting to show signs of wear, it may be time to get a new one installed.

In our latest article, we’re looking at 6 signs that it’s time to replace your garden fence, with the intention of helping you to decide whether it’s time to take the plunge or not.

 

 

1. The Fence is Leaning

 

leaning fence

A leaning fence can be down to a number of reasons. It could be rotten posts, poor installation or cracked concrete.

If your fence is starting to lean, maybe now is the time to get it replaced before it falls over completely?

Sometimes a repair is possible, but the costs of regular repairs can really start to rack up and you may be better off replacing the entire fence.

 

 

2. The Panels Have Rotten

 

rotten fence

 

We always recommend that you use some form of gravel board, be it timber or ideally concrete to prevent premature rotting of your fence panels.

If panels are in direct contact with the ground, then of course the bottom of the panel is going to rot far quicker than it would if you had gravel boards. The constant moisture the panel will be exposed to will eat away at the timber and before you know it, you’ll have rotten fence panels.

Sometimes, if you have concrete posts then it may be as simple as just replacing the panels, rather than ripping out the entire fence. This of course will have a significant financial cost.

 

 

3. The Concrete Posts Are Crumbling

 

Concrete posts will far outlast and outperform their timber counterparts. But even concrete posts will eventually need replacing.

Concrete posts can crack for a variety of reasons. It could be down to poor quality posts caused by either too much water in the concrete mix, rapid drying of the concrete or improper strength.

But it could also be down to general wear and tear, as like we said, nothing lasts forever.

If the concrete on your posts is starting to crumble, it may time for a new fence.

 

 

4. The Panels Have Blown Over

 

fallen fence panels

Its very common for us to experience high winds and storms in the UK during the Autumn and Winter months.

If your fence is already in a poor condition, you may find yourself in the unfortunate position of waking up one morning to find your fence lying flat on the ground.

If this does happen, call you local fencing contractor immediately.

 

 

5. The Cost of Repairs Is Adding Up

 

damaged fence

More often that not, the first signs of wear that occurs on your garden fence, can quite easily be repaired.

If may be a case of replacing a couple of the featheredge boards or installing a concrete repair spur.

But if you find yourself continuously having to repair your garden fence, you’ll notice that the costs quickly add up and its worth considering replacing the entire fence as it is often the most cost-effective solution in the long term.

It will also save you time as you’ll no longer have to carry out repair works, and you’ll be able to sleep safely in the knowledge that you won’t wake up to find your fence is on the ground.

 

 

6. You’re Having a Garden Makeover

 

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If you are considering having a garden makeover, then its probably a good opportunity to replace your garden fence too.

Especially if its looking a little worse for wear, as it would be a great time to do it for several reasons.

Financially, it would be a cost-effective time to have it replaced as your chosen landscaper will be able to install it whilst they are already on site carrying out other works. They may also be able to access your fencing easier whilst other works are going on.

If you are having a new patio installed it would be the perfect time to replace any fencing that will run alongside your patio.

There are also many different styles of fencing that can be used to compliment other aspects of your garden and a new fence can really put the icing on the cake of any garden overhaul.

 

 

Conclusion

 

If you have decided that’s it time to replace your garden fence, why not give us a call now on 01245 697 688?

Our professional fence installation service covers most of Essex including Chelmsford, Brentwood, Billericay, Southend, Basildon, Maldon, Wickford and Grays.

We’ll arrange for a convenient time to pop over for a free site visit and we can discuss the different options available to you when it comes to having a new fence installed. We have options to suit every property modern or traditional at a cost that fits your budget.

If you have any questions regarding our fence installation service in Essex, or anything fencing or landscaping related then why not leave us a comment below?

As always, thanks for reading.

 

7 Benefits of a New Garden Fence in Essex

 

There are many reasons to have a new garden fence installed to either your front or back garden.

With such a wide range of fencing types and styles available these days, a new garden fence is not only practical but will also enhance the look of any property, large or small.

In this latest blog post, we’re exploring 7 benefits of having a new garden fence installed. So, let’s begin with the first benefit on our list…

 

 

1. Provides Security

 

Boundary fencing will help to improve the security of your home by preventing trespassers from entering your garden or property.

Fences can range in various heights from 3ft up to over 10ft if necessary.

If your garden backs on to a public footpath then having a strong fence, at least 6ft in height, is essential in preventing any unwanted visitors from entering your garden.

Weak or broken fences provide an ideal scenario for opportunist thieves to break into your garden.

If your fence has seen better days, then it’s important to have a new fence installed as soon as possible. Remember, the cost of the potential theft could potentially be far higher than cost of having a new one installed, and a simple repair may be all that’s needed.

 

 

2. Improves the Aesthetics of Your Property

 

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Not only are fences practical but they can also enhance the aesthetics of any garden.

There is a huge variety of differing fence styles to choose from that will complement any property and its surroundings.

Picket, closeboard, steel mesh, chain link, featheredge and post and rail are to name but a few of the different types of fencing you can choose from.

Whether you are looking for something modern or traditional there is something to suit every taste.

 

 

3. Adds Value to Your Home

 

picket fencing essex

What’s more, the increased aesthetic appeal and additional security provided by your new fence will be an excellent investment in your property.

A properly installed fence will last over 20 years, representing fantastic value and often the money spent is recouped in additional value added to your home.

To increase the value of your property, why not consider having a new fence installed?

 

 

4. Gives You Privacy

 

 

An obvious benefit of garden fencing is that it gives you privacy from neighbours and passers-by.

Your garden should be a place where you can relax and enjoy a glass of wine or read a book and an adequately sized fence will help to give you the privacy to do so.

Many people still like to able to talk with their neighbours over their garden fences and that’s fine too. You can always have shorter panels along part of your fence and higher panels for areas that you would like to remain private, such as your patio.

You can use a sloping panel to transition seamlessly from one height to another.

 

 

5. Keeps Pets in Your Garden

 

dog fencing

As well as keeping things out of your garden, a new fence is also a great way to keep things in!

If you own a pet dog, then having a strong garden fence is essential.

If your fence is on the brink of falling down, then it might be time to replace it to prevent your dogs and pets from escaping the bounds of your garden.

The last thing any pet owner wants is for their furry friend to go missing, the potential heart break isn’t worth the relatively minor cost of having a new garden fence installed.

 

 

6. Provides Protection Against the Elements

 

damaged fence

Garden fences also provides your garden with a shield against the elements.

If your garden backs onto open space, then it’s essential that you have a fence that is strong enough to withstand the wind and frequent storms the UK experience during Autumn and Winter.

By having an adequate fence installed, you can shelter areas of your garden from the elements and create a more relaxing garden environment, free from exposure to the wind.

 

 

7. Cheaper Than Brickwork

 

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Another way to demarcate your boundary line is to have a brick wall built.

However, this is a generally a much more expensive option than having a fence installed.

Boundary walls take far longer to build and cost much more in materials too.

Boundary walls require concrete footings to be excavated and poured and then of course laying the equivalent amount of bricks to cover the area of a fence panel, takes much more labour.

If you are looking for a cost-effective solution to your property’s boundary, then look no further than a garden fence.

They can be installed quickly and easily by professional contractors and the cost may be less than you think.

 

 

Conclusion

 

A new garden fence will transform your property whilst at the same time providing many other practical benefits.

If you are looking for a garden fencing installation service in Essex then you’ve come to the right place.

Our experienced team of hard landscapers can install any type of fencing that you may choose for your garden.

We cover the vast majority of Essex including Chelmsford, Brentwood, Southend, Braintree and Basildon.

If you would like to arrange for your free consultation and written quote contact us here, or call us today on 01245 697 688 and we can arrange a site visit on a day and time that suits you.

If we have missed any benefits of garden fencing that you think we should have included in our list, then please leave us a comment below.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

5 Things to Consider Before Installing a New Fence in Essex

 

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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?

 

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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?

 

Closeboard Fencing

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.

picket fencing essex

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?

 

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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 digger

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.

 

 

Conclusion

 

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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 697 688 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!

 

 

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