There are several different fencing variations available, however we do mostly recommend one type of fence. Serving all of Chesterfield as a fencing contractor. But more on that later.
There are many different styles of panels but also different styles and materials used for posts.
Generally you get either wooden fencing, concrete fencing or plastic fencing, all in different combinations.
Here at S G Gardening we can supply and fit all of these fencing variations at very competitive prices. We cover Chesterfield, Bolsover, Claycross, Inkersal, Clowne, Dronfield, Mansfield Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and many other local areas for fitting fences.
The most popular choice material when it comes to the panels on a fence by far is wood. However there are many different styles and types of wood.
Firstly I will explain the different types of wood panels. The main 4 are untreated, dipped, tanalised and smooth softwood.
We always recommend tanalised. The timber is pressure treated and will last over 10 years even on a thin featherboard panel that has never been painted, longer on thicker panels. The panel will just gradually change colour and dry out over the years, turning silvery grey. If you are to use tanalised timber, always leave it the first season before painting to allow for it to soak in, but many prefer not to paint at all. These are the best option for low maintenance wooden panels.
Untreated is a big no no, as they really will not last long due to being a natural product out in the elements. However many people choose to have them dipped for a few pounds extra when purchasing. The panel will be treated in the respect of a coloured dip, however the dip normally doesn’t last longer than a season and will need painting within a year. For this reason we still recommend tanalised. Dipped is usually slightly cheaper than tanalised.
The last option for wooden panels are soft wood. These are generally much thinner, but alot more decorative. They generally have a ‘europeon’ style and look absolutely fantastic but are no where near as sturdy.
To complete the wooden fence look, traditionally you’d have a wooden post, either concreted directly into the ground or via a attachment such as a spike. Posts are suggested to be 100mm wide ones to stand any chance of good life span. Our preference are concrete posts however.
The only time we think a fully wooden fence is appropriate is for such as a small picket fence around a playground or a ranch fence for instance, where a concrete isn’t suitable.
Now that we explained the pros and cons of wooden fencing, it’s time for the alternative fencing variations.
The most common fencing variation to wood is concrete. The beauty of concrete products is that they can literally last a life time, if produced correctly.
There are many suppliers of concrete fencing, however you should always use one that is recommended. Do not go to the cheapest available as they will be substandard and crack within only a couple of years. The main reason for this is lack of reinforcing bars inside the concrete and a poor, weak mix. We have even seen them with no bars at all and we recently have even seen much thinner posts than the norm. The only time we see these posts are when we are removing them to put a better quality one in for a customer as theirs has snapped!
Concrete will not got in the ground, unlike wood, so there are obvious benefits to this. This is why most fences you see also utilise a concrete gravel board along the bottom, to protect the wooden panel from rotting on the ground and to keep standing water away.
Some people opt to stack these gravel boards instead of using a panel. Meaning the entire fence will last a lifetime at the sacrifice of decoration. They are make great flower beds or retainers.
A newer addition to the fencing variations is plastic fencing.
Plastic fencing, in principle, is a good idea. However in practice, not so much.
It’s very light so is very easy to work with. Plastic fencing however is normally hollow, so it does leave itself open to puncture damage even though it is structurally sound other wise.
As with all plastic products though, from our experience, most will suffer from UV damage over time, so will at best fade, at worst lose strength.
A big con is also the price, coming in at more money than both wood and concrete. Wood and concrete being very similar in price.
The last viable option is metal, wrought iron fencing.
This option looks amazing when done correctly but can turn very costly. Usually you would need to hire a fabricator to make all the fencing to order and then powder cost or paint the entire lot. You would then need the contractor to erect it. Metal is not a cheap material to buy, but the look can be fantastic, especially combined with gates.
As you can see, there are many fencing variations to choose from, all of which can be combined with each other in different combinations. There is however a reason that concrete posts, plinth and wooden panel is so popular and the norm. 95% of fences we do is this combination due to its great value, long life and look.
Here at S G Gardening, we can supply and erect any fencing combination you can think of, for any purpose, including metal, industrial security fencing.
We area Chesterfield fencing contractor. We source all our products local and cover all areas local to Bolsover, Chesterfield, Dronfield, Claycross, Clowns, Mansfield and all local areas.
Unlike many of the other Chesterfield fencing contractors, we are fully equipped with all the best, premium tools for the job. From heavy duty Atlas Copco jack hammers, to the equipment needed to remove twisting hedges out by the root with ease. We have the knowledge and tools needs for the fencing job at hand.
Whoever you decide to supply and erect your fencing project, always ensure they use quality products. The should also use quality post crete such as blue circle or else the fencing may not stand up to winds. Along with this, all holes should be dug to approx 20-24inch, dependant on the height of the fence and materials used.
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