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Points to consider when choosing a new fence

With the rising cost of living currently having a significant impact on everything in our lives, it is more important than ever to make considered decisions about major spends.

Good quality fencing or a new gate installation is an investment and there are a number of points you should think about when making your choice.


Boundary fencing will help to improve the security of your home. If your garden backs onto a public footpath, then having a strong high fence is essential to prevent unwanted visitors crossing your boundary. Weak or broken fences offer an ideal window for opportunist trespassers. And of course, don’t forget, if you own a dog, then a well-fitting, secure fence is a necessity to ensure that your treasured pet cannot escape.


An obvious benefit of your fencing is that it offers privacy from your neighbours and passers-by. Your garden should be a place where you can relax without being overlooked. You can however have different height fencing in specific areas of your garden if you still want to chat to friends over the fence. Bespoke sloping panels allow you to seamlessly move from one height fence to another. Adding hedging and screening plants can increase the privacy level of your fence.


As well as being practical, fences can also enhance the aesthetics of your garden. With a wide range of different fence panels available, both modern and traditional, you can be sure that there will be something to complement your garden and suit your taste.

Added Value for your Property

A properly installed and secure fence will last many years and provide an excellent investment for your property.


A well-constructed and strong garden fence provides shelter and a necessary shield against the worst elements of our British weather.

Maintenance and Durability

Timber fences must be treated with preservatives for maintenance. Components that come into contact with the ground need to be pressure treated for durability or made from materials which do not deteriorate quickly such as concrete, metal or plastic. We supply and fit Post Saver wraps for the base of timber posts to protect them at ground contact. Opting for sound construction and good quality products will ensure greater longevity.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if the fence is my responsibility?2022-12-19T19:09:40+00:00

There is no general rule as to who owns which fence. It all comes down to the way the land and boundary lines were split by the vendor when the properties were originally built. Each boundary should be shown in the deeds of the property. To find out which fences you are responsible for, check your deeds and see how they are allocated. If the fence line is marked with a ‘T’ on your side of the fence line, then this means it is your responsibility.

Sometimes the responsibility for boundary lines is not shown. In this case you would need to refer to the Seller’s Property Information Form, where the information should have been given when you purchased the property. Or contact the Land Registry Office for clarification.

What is the highest fence I can put around my property?2022-12-19T19:09:53+00:00

Fencing height comes down to the local planning policy. To find out the height that is allowed in your area, contact your local authority.

As a general rule, fences in rear gardens are allowed to be up to 2m high, and 1m high where they meet the footpath, however they can differ according to area.

Remember the responsibility for the fence height and fence line remains with you as the property owner.

Which way should the ‘good side’ of the fence face?2022-12-19T19:10:09+00:00

If you are responsible for the fence, then you can choose which way round the fence is installed. There is no law that states that the ‘good side’ must face your neighbour.

If your fence faces onto the street or a public footpath, you may choose to have the rails (or the back) of the fencing facing into your property as a security measure to prevent anyone climbing over the fence, but it is entirely your choice.

What’s the best way to maintain my fencing after installation?2022-12-19T19:10:25+00:00

Timber is a natural product, and it is normal for it to be subject to warping, twisting and shrinkage, particularly in the summer months when the weather conditions are dry and warm. It will normally swell again in the cooler seasons when it gets wetter.

Splitting can also occur due to the natural position of a knot in the wood, and this can happen at any time.

The best way to try to minimise the impact of nature on your fence is to keep it protected and treated with good quality wood preserver, treatment or paint.

There are many excellent products available on the market. Although we do not stock these ourselves, you can source them from any reputable paint shop or garden centre.

How do I look after my new gates once they are fitted?2022-12-19T19:10:39+00:00

Again, the same principles apply with the care of your gates as with the fencing, as it is common for them to warp or twist as the weather changes.

All our gates come dipped or treated, however we would recommend that you apply a good quality wood preserver as soon as possible after installation.

We would also advise that the bolts are always kept closed on the top and bottom sections of the gate to decrease movement and drop bolts into the ground on double gates should always be maintained in position.

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