There’s a lot to consider when choosing a new fence. As well as simply deciding how you want your fencing to look, you should take into account where it will be installed, the functionality required and also legal guidelines surrounding fence heights and safety.

Which style?

All of our fencing is designed to be high-quality, contemporary and stylish, but the look and feel of your chosen fence is directly linked to the privacy and security requirements of your garden.

Solid fences, with no spacing between either the slats or panels, offer greater security against intruders, maximum privacy from prying eyes and also offer some noise reduction, while semi-solid panels add a unique twist to boundary creation, but naturally offer less acoustic quality. Trellises, as they’re more open, allow plenty of light to brighten up your outdoor space, as well as allowing for plants to climb upwards.

Where will it be?

A crucial aspect to selecting the right fence for your site is its location, as the placement of the fence affects both the style and height of the fence panels.

For front gardens, shorter panels look more welcoming than tall, solid panels. If your garden is fairly open, fencing surrounding the entire area might not be necessary, but if your fencing will need to contain pets or keep young children within view, a strong, solid and secure perimeter fence, not slatted, is the safest choice.


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What size?

Take into account the impact of light and wind on your garden: You might need a semi-solid panel to allow strong gusts, or not want to make a leafy garden even shadier with overly tall fencing.

In the UK, planning laws require consent for fences over 2m high. While Jacksons standard panels are 1.83m, it’s worth checking with local laws for other manufacturers and, if adding protective toppers, check local guidance to be certain your fencing is still legal.

Understanding how big a fence panel actual is in terms of the width and height can get confusing especially when most people in the UK use metric measurements and items like fence panels were originally made in increments of ft. We've got expert advice and handy conversions to help. Explore our advice here.

When choosing a fence it is important to plan and consider the purpose it needs to serve. There are numerous things to consider, from security to keeping your pets safe, we've outlined exactly what in this expert blog.

Why quality matters

Aesthetics are important when choosing a fence, but above all you want to be confident that the product you choose to invest in will look good and offer security and reliability for years to come. If your fence, for example, can’t withstand strong winds, you’ll spend more in the long run on repairs and replacement panels.

All Jacksons’ fencing comes with our 25-year guarantee to give you total confidence in your perimeter and access solutions. As well, our unique Jakcure® timber treatment process ensures your wooden fencing won’t succumb to rot or insect attack.


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Security and style, guaranteed

All Jacksons customers enjoy a site visit and our expert recommendations when choosing a fence with us, and also benefit from our guidance around selecting an installer to properly fit our premium fencing. To see our complete range of fencing, or to request a quote, click here.