How To Choose Fence Panels

Choosing fence panels is a very important decision that greatly affects the way people look at your property. Making the right choice, you can have fence panels that look attractive to they eyes every time you see them. Making the wrong choice, every time you look at the fence panels, you’ll be disappointed. That’s why making the right choice to begin with is so important.

Standard widths of fence panels are generally 6 foot, so replacing or renewing them at a later time is easy. You can find replacement panels that are the exact same measurement so that the replacement depends on your choice of materials and the visual aspect. Panel height ranges from 3 foot to 6 foot, with an increase in 1 foot increments as a general rule.

How To Choose Fence Panels

How To Choose Fence Panels

When it comes to actually fitting the fence posts, they can be nailed to timber posts or slotted in between concrete posts. Sloping ground requires that you have to “step them down” so that the garden fencing isn’t flat across the top, but looks more like a series of steps.

For people with limited finances, creating a fence with lower height panels, with the fence panels nailed to timber posts would be the most economical option. Although privacy will be limited because of the lower height, you’ll have a fence that will last you a few years without needing to be serviced at the very least. It won’t be as sturdy as concrete fence posts, but at least you’ll have a fence that works.

The “waney” edge panel is by far the cheapest variant of fence paneling. Many thin horizontal boards are used for their lightweight and inexpensive construction to create a complete panel that’s affordable to purchase. These small panels are surrounded by a frame that keeps them all in place. Once damaged, these fence panels are difficult to repair and often times require the panels be replaced altogether.

People with a little more money to spend who are looking for a sturdier panel structure can look into overlap or feather edge panels. These panels are positioned to vertically fit inside a frame and can be repaired if damaged by the elements or other mishap. With surround rails and panels to brace it, as well as thicker board construction, you’ll be left with a very sturdy fence that can not only be repaired, but will last for many years if taken care of. Using concrete fence posts instead of timber will add to the strength of the fence.

Overlap fence panels are often tanalised or dip treated. Tanalised is the longest lasting treatment, with the boards lasting up to 15 years! In terms of price, overlap panels are nearly twice the cost of waney edge panels, but keep in mind the resulting strength of overlap panels often pays for itself in the long run.

For those with lofty budgets, then a simple fence structure isn’t the only choice. Instead, these people can choose European decorative fences that have very appealing patterns and textures. Both beautiful and sturdy, these types of fence panels will last for many years and provide a decorative touch that’s truly second to none. The tops of panels can be weaved in with lattice trellis, domed tops, and more. Fences can add a lot of style, decor, and functionality to a home.

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