FAQ's about Composite and Wooden Fencing

What is the vertical slatted fencing called?

Usually known as close board fencing. Available in panel form:

  • 6ft x 6ft (1.8m x 1.8m)

  • 6ft x 5ft (1.8m x 1.5m)

  • 6ft x 4ft (1.8m x 1.2m)

  • 6ft x 3ft (1.8m x 0.9m)

Also available in "run" form. This is where the fence in built in a continuous run by hand.

Close board fencing is probably the best value for money choice fencing.

What is the horizontal slatted fencing called?

Usually referred to as overlap or lap panel fencing. Still sturdy but more at the economical end of the pricing scale.

Can I paint my new wooden fence straightaway?

It's usually advisable to wait a season for your new fencing to settle. It may expand or contract a little as the wood seasons. This may create gaps in your paintwork and will need touching up.

All good quality fence panels are pre pressure or dip treated with wood preservative, so don't worry.

How often should I paint or treat my wooden fence?

Most good quality fence paints or treatments will state how long each application is good for. The usual is five years. A lot will depend on your fence's aspect (N,E,S,W) and whether they are adjacent to, or under tress or hedging. To keep a fence in tip top condition, we would say once a year. This will maintain the anti fungicidal and pest free resistance of your fence.

Can my neighbour paint their side of my fence?

Legally speaking, only the owner of the fence can alter or make any changes to it. This includes Painting or treating either side, growing plants or shrubs up it that may cause damage (ivy, clematis, honeysuckle etc), or fixing anything to it such as hanging baskets or lights.

It's always best to seek your neighbours permission before making any changes. If in any doubt, it's a good idea to call your local Citizen's Advice Bureau.

What is a gravel board?

A gravel board is a separate element of a fence placed at ground level upon which your fence will sit. The purpose of a gravel board is to prevent moisture being drawn up into your fence therefore prolonging its life. Gravel boards can be wood, concrete or composite.



Is Composite fencing any good?

Composite fencing is the newest form of fencing. Strong, Smart, modern looking, environmentally friendly, rot and virtually maintenance free.

Usually set between metal or composite posts (metal is best in our opinion), you can forget wooden posts rotting at the base. No more painting or treating with preservative.