What is there to know?
Fence boards are the individual pieces of timber that are fixed together to create fence boards. This design is most commonly the case for Traditional Featherboard. The term fence boards cover both types Kit form/traditional and panel form fencing and also gravel boards.
Traditional feather edge (non-panel form) is a term we use to describe a system of fencing made from vertical posts and horizontal rails complete with gravel boards, with pales affixed to the rails, supplied in kit-form. Each of the individual pales are taper sawn, two from a 100x22mm section fence board where they are finished 150mm shorter than the height of the fence and sit on a 150mm gravel board as standard.
Are pressure treated timber fence boards better?
Pressure treated refers to the process in which a preservative chemical is pressed into the wood resulting in stronger, longer lasting timber product that stands the test of time.
Timber which is installed outdoors and destined to come into contact with the ground, freshwater or simply exposed to the elements, will require some form of preservation treatment to protect it from the challenges presented by the outside installation.
When timber arrives on site from sawmills for many manufactures it holds high moisture content in excess of 100% which if left untreated can be prone to rote and decay in the not so distant future. At Jacksons we kiln dry our timber reducing the water moisture content level to below 28% making the wood ready for pressure treatment.
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Choose thick cut pressure treated fence pales!
When researching your chosen fence consider all aspects such as the depth, height and width of the timber you will require for your project. The thickness of the wood will make a substantial difference in the longevity of the fence or gravel board. We have written this short 6-step guide to what makes a good fence if you need any tips.
Naturally, the thicker pales on your fencing will add additional strength when compared to cheaper alternatives which directly impacts the lifespan of the product you're buying whereas cheaper timber pales will measure as thin as 10mm in thickness, this is done to save on the manufacturing costs of the fence keeping production costs low. It doesn’t take much to imagine which pale will perform better in elements over just one winter. This is a subject we have covered extensively throughout our site.
Finally, when looking at your timber boards don’t only consider the thicker 15mm edge of the pale - think about the thinner side as well. The thinner end of the board can be responsible for reducing the integrity of a fence by up to 50% as it may be tapered to only 4mm in some instances making the pale weak and prone to damage very easily, especially if there were already flaws in the timber.