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Why has my fence failed

20/02/2017 15:25:00

We explore four common reasons for wind damaged fencing and why it may have fallen over

Whilst extreme weather will always test any structure there are steps you can take to make sure your fence remains intact regardless of the challenging conditions and this short article discusses four common reasons for wind damaged fencing.

Poorly installed posts lead to wind damage

One common reason for a fence falling is due to the fact that the posts are rotten and therefore no longer able withstand the pressure of high winds. All Jacksons fencing posts undergo the unique Jakcure timber treatment, which offers a 25-year guarantee against rotting and wood boring pests. The Jakcure system drives preservative deep into the heartwood of the carefully selected timber (not all species of tree represent a timber conducive to effective treatment), which delivers a highly desirable and long lasting result which are wind resistant.

Strong foundations in tough conditions

Failure to correctly install the posts supporting the fence can seriously jeopardize the overall stability of the fencing systems. To create a lasting foundation always ensure that the post holes are square or round with straight sides. Don’t be tempted to scrimp on the concrete in a bid to save money, as this could prove a costly mistake. For a 1.8m fence (6ft) fence each post requires 60kg of concrete to provide a secure base. Posts which have been installed at an incorrect depth, can also weaken the fence’s ability to withstand high winds. Posts should be set in the ground at a minimum of 600 mm (2ft) – and deeper for higher fences.

Wind damaged fence panelsPoorly designed fencing 

The basic design of the fence itself will strongly influence its strength and therefore its ability to withstand the challenges associated with the extremes of the outdoor environment. In addition to the integrity and overall fit for purpose attributes of the design, it is important to source a fence, which is supported by high quality fixings that have been heavily galvanised to deliver added protection. Rusty fixings can also be influential in causing a fence to fail.

Whilst a DIY store may be able to offer an apparently inexpensive fencing option, in the long term, it definitely pays to invest in a structure that has been stringently road-tested and hand crafted to the very highest standards to offer an aesthetically pleasing but ultimately long lasting fencing solution.

Lack of fencing expertise - go with an expert

If you need to employ someone to install the fence, always take the time to get an unbiased reference to qualify the standard of his or her workmanship. You should also ask to see examples of previous fencing installations they have undertaken. Sadly, there are many trades-persons masquerading as fencing professionals when in fact they seriously lack the required industry knowledge, expertise and experience to provide a proficient service.

Jacksons operates a nationwide Expert Fence Installer service, providing members of the public with direct access to a team of highly experienced fencing contractors. All Jacksons Expert Installers have agreed to abide by a unique Code of Practice which ensures an exceptional level of customer care and ultimately a high quality installation synonymous with the prestige associated with the Jacksons brand.

For more information on quality fencing contact Jacksons on 0800 408 2234 or visit our stand up to the storms page.

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