Our Top Tips For Your DIY Fencing Project
With so many different aspects, safety precautions and legal requirements to consider, DIY fencing projects can feel overwhelming. So, we’ve put together a shortlist of key points to take into account whether you’re planning to install a new or replace an old one.
Before you start deciding what colour, material and style of fencing you’d like, there are several things you should check. First, consult your title deeds and local planning office to confirm if you require any planning permissions or need to meet any specific regulations. The deeds on newer properties might indicate who is the official owner of any existing fence, or where your property boundaries are. As garden fences can be the cause of neighbour disputes, it is always important to confirm.
In some cases, open-plan areas of houses may not allow any fencing at all and to the front of most houses, there is usually a height restriction. If your rear garden is next to a public highway, then restrictions may also apply.
If you have a tall hedge and plan to replace it with a similar height fence you might need planning consent. Check before starting or you might have to apply for retrospective planning consent and if refused, you may have to reduce the height or remove completely.
Even if you’re the owner or the fence is within your boundaries, we would suggest speaking to your neighbour before any construction begins.
Once you’ve established your boundaries, in compliance with any legal requirements and planned where you’d like the fence to start-finish etc., consider what function you want your fence to serve. Is it for security, aesthetics or to protect livestock? If it’s a combination, prioritise which is most important, this will assist in selecting the best material and style to suit.
Choosing a material can be overwhelming, with so many different options suited to different needs. Wooden fencing is great for gardens as they are visually appealing and available in a variety of colours. However, they do require regular maintenance and treatment to avoid any rotting or warping. A more open option could be the addition of a trellis, as they can provide height (height restrictions still apply to trellis) and decoration as a fence or can be used to create a standout garden feature.
We’d suggest considering if you want timber or concrete posts. As concrete posts have become very popular due to their durability, with the slotted type replacement panels can be slid into position without having to remove the posts.
If you’re looking for a functional and durable material useful for security and farming livestock, then metal is a good option. There is a huge selection of styles from the functional security mesh or palisade to the more decorative railing. Whatever you decide, consider the finish, as a paint finish will require constant maintenance and painting, whereas a galvanised and polyester powder coated finish does not.
Once you’ve decided on your material, you need to figure out how much you will require and the best way to do this is to measure the exact space. You may need to clear the old fence or cut back bushes to inspect the fence line. When purchasing your posts, consider if you have to purchase additional posts to negotiate tree stumps etc.
There’s nothing worse than starting a project only to realise you haven’t prepared everything. So, before you begin, check that you have all the correct tools and materials for the project, including galvanised nails as they’re treated to be used outdoors.
If you’ve decided on a wooden fence, check it has been pressure treated and its life expectancy, as this treatment can vary from only a few years to 30. Pressure-treated timber does not need any additional preservatives. However, if you want your fencing to be a certain colour, then we advise staining it before assembly, as the timber will shrink and that can expose sections of the boards, which have not been painted.
However, if you are using pre-formed panels this will still be a problem, so when you’re buying the panels, check if it is a preservative or a stain. Read the details on the can as some products are designed for sawn timber and other planed timber, it does make a difference.
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