As with many things buying cheep isn’t always the best solution, its important to find a compromise between value for money and getting the fencing you require.
Pressure Treating Timber:
Pressure treating is the most permanent method around today in preserving timber. Pressure treatment is carried out in closed cylinders with applied pressure and/or vacuum. The main advantages over the non-pressure method is a deeper and more uniform penetration and a higher absorption of preservative is achieved. Although this obviously comes at an additional cost but factoring in the extension in the Timbers life and and the saving on the first year or twos treatment its well worth the additional cost.
Types of Fence:
- Waney Edge: generally supplied in panels of 6 foot lengths of variable heights 6 foot being the most common for garden fencing, as a lighter fence this doesn’t require posts as thick as the heavier types of fence.
- Close Board Panels: supplied in 6 foot lengths at variable heights this heavier fence requires bulkier posts and costs more than its waney counterpart but is more durable and a smarter finish (subject to personal taste)
- Close Board fencing (run): a run of close board fencing is supplied with mitered posts (in wood or cement) and rails to match, the fence is assembled as it is erected with the feather edge boards being nailed to the rails after the posts have been cemented into place. The advantage of this type of fence is that it can follow the lay of the land at a uniform height and requires less posts as the runs are usually 8-10 foot long.
- Double sided close board: with the same options as the above close board, double sided close board has additional feather edge boards applied to the back of the panel making a “good” side on both sides of the fence.
- Palisade / Picket fencing: a decorative open fence supplied in differining lengths with a number of different finishes including rounded, squared or diamond tops
- Trellis (square or Diamond): a decorative open fence with variable sises of timber and gapes available to create the desired finish