Timber

Timber quality can vary greatly but all our fencing meets British Standard 8417 and includes ensuring posts which are ground contact timber are kiln dried and pressure treated to BS 8417 Class 4 which in return provides a 15 year life expectancy.
Any posts erected by Danbury Fencing that suffer from either rot or insect attack within 15 years of purchase will be replaced free of charge (consequential expenses as a result of replacing the timber are not included).
We use ACQ which is an Environmentally advanced “Alkaline Copper Quat” wood preservation system. Wood impregnation with ACQ preservative by vacuum technique provides long-term protection from rot, decay and termites, using ingredients with minimum health and environmental hazard. ACQ preserved wood is odour free and clean to handle.
We use high quality softwood timber and we only use timber from sustainable sources (see FSC & PEFC Chain of Custody descriptions below).
FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council. This means the timber has been certified as coming from forests that meet the FSC principals and criteria and has been supplied through the FSC Chain of Custody standard.
PEFC stands for the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. PEFC is a global umbrella organisation for the assessment of a mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes. Timber must be processed through the PEFC Chain of Custody scheme.
Chain of Custody is a process of tracking timber from the tree in the forest, to the processing plant on site and to customer. This ensures identification of the material and third party auditing of the supply chain to confirm there is no contamination at any stage.
Wood is made up of growth rings which form a serious of more or less concentric cylinders. The cylinders consist of irregular tubes which support the tree and transport the nutrients. When wood absorbs or loses moisture the tubes expand or contract, causing wood to swell or shrink.

How much or how little a piece of wood shrinks or swells depends on the wood species, orientation of the growth rings and changes in moisture content as a result of the level of temperature and humidity – the rain and sun being key factors. Rain causes the wood to absorb water and the sun dries it out, leading to expanding and contracting of the wood which can cause splitting and warping.

Splits are most likely to occur in hot weather but often these will shrink or ‘heal’ back when the humidity rises or the weather is wetter. Warping occurs as a result of different layers of wood expanding or contracting at different rates but unfortunately this is less likely to remedy itself, however, these changes do not affect the structural integrity of the fence.

A knot in wood is naturally occurring and is where a branch was growing on the trunk before it was cut down. These cannot be avoided although we do try to minimise them as much as possible.
No two trees are the same and as a result the wood from each tree varies slightly which has an effect on the wood’s uptake of the timber treatment. The treatment we use results in a brown colour which is not always totally uniform. However, in time the colour will mellow and will eventually turn to a dullish grey colour. This discolouration is primarily caused by ultraviolet light.

 

Supply & Erect

Yes, we are very happy to repair your existing fencing if it can be done. We can provide a free, no obligation, quotation for this type of work.
We provide free, no obligation, quotations as part of our supply and erect service. We will visit your property at a time convenient to you to provide advice on your fencing needs and to take measurements. The visit will be followed up promptly with a written quotation (either by email or post as you would prefer). We are also happy to site inspect without anyone being there, provided we have permission and access.
Prices quoted will remain firm for a period of 4 weeks only. Should you be considering accepting our quotation outside the 4 week period, please contact us to have the price reconfirmed.
This does vary depending on the time of year, however, the Estimator will discuss this with you during the initial site visit. As far as possible we endeavour to schedule works at the convenience of the customer.
Time taken to complete work varies according to the amount of work to be undertaken. Please call Danbury Fencing to discuss.
We do not require any form of deposit and we only invoice for work once it has been completed. Settlement is then thirty (30) calendar days from the invoice date unless otherwise stated.
No, all prices quoted, whether for materials or services, are subject to Value Added Tax at the rate applicable at the date of invoice.
Yes, all fence lines are to be clear of any obstruction and clearly determined prior to the erection of the fencing commencing. Clear access to the fence line is also expected.
All fencing will follow the ground level unless it has been otherwise agreed.
Rubbish Clearance usually takes place one to two days after the work has been completed unless otherwise specified.
Yes all our staff carry identification with them at all times. Please do not hesitate to ask to see this at the time of visit to your property.

 

Our Shop

The legal limit for back garden fencing is 2m ( 6’ 6” ), front garden fencing is usually limited to 1m but this can vary and should be checked out with your local authority.
We would recommend that your posts are put at least 600mm ( 2’ ) in to the ground.
Waney Lap panels are constructed from slat which is overlapped horizontally, battens are then used to secure the slat and the panel is then dipped in our treatment tank. Closeboard panels are constructed from feather edge boards which are overlapped vertically and nailed on to backing rails, all the wood is pressure treated before being constructed.
Our feather edge boards are 125mm ( 5” ) wide and have a coverage of 10 boards per metre or 3 boards per foot, as we traditionally overlap by 25mm ( 1” ).
Obviously by using a gravel board you will extend the life of your panel but it is entirely at your discretion.
At Danbury Fencing we have always followed the rule that the maximum height you can put up a fence is 2m to include any trellis panel and this measurement is taken from the lowest ground level.
All of our panels come pre-treated, but in time and depending on weather conditions the colour will fade. It will only benefit your panels if you choose to re-treat them approximately every 2 years.
Although there are no set laws on the side of the panel that you have facing you, the unwritten rule has always been that if the fence belongs to you then you would have the back of the fence facing you and the good side would go towards your neighbour. For security reasons it can also be a good idea to have the back of the fence panel towards you as this discourages anyone from being able to use the rails to gain access to your garden.

 

Deliveries

These vary from location to location so please contact us for an accurate costing. Also check out our breakdown of delivery by postal area on our Online Shop.
Providing you have made it clear you are happy for the materials to be left (and where) and they have been paid for in advance then we will be happy to deliver without you being there. Please be aware that for insurance reasons when delivering the drivers are only permitted to drop the materials onto the property nearest to the roadside.