There are numerous things to consider when buying a new fence, renewing or replacing existing your fence.

The amount of planning required, finding the materials needed, understanding the quantity of fence panels, how many posts you may need, and plotting exactly where the fence with run to name but a few. Getting to grips with these elements may seem like a task, but it can be made simple by undertaking some simple research.

As with any garden related project, planning is the first and most important step so do plenty of research before you buy a fence.  

This blog has been designed to help you choose the right type of fencing with some useful tips on how to get the best results. Most importantly it is here to show you the difference between a good and bad fence and help you to understand what actually makes a good quality fence.

1. The Quality Of The Material Used To Construct The Fence

Usually, if the materials used to build fence are of high quality, then the overall fence will not only stand the test of time but have greater aesthetic appeal. After all, you've paid good money for your sturdy new fence; you want it to be a strong feature in your garden.

At Jacksons Fencing we source all of our materials using specialist buyers who we have worked with for many years in the fencing industry with all of our timber derived from three main species; Radiata, Redwoods and Corsican Pine because these trees are fast-growing and absorb our unique timber treatment extremely well as they are softwoods.

 Not only does this benefit the environment from a lower carbon footprint but enables us to offer an unrivalled 25-year guarantee.   

2. The Expected Length Of Life

Budget is often the greatest blockage to buying a fence which will last a long time and outweighs the life span of fencing when the total expenditure is decided.

Everyone looks for a bargain but in the long run, replacing a cheap and cheerful fence two, three even four times works hugely more expensive than choosing a superior timber fence which has been engineered to go the distance. One of the most important factors which increases the life span of a timber fence is if the wood has undergone pressure treatment. If a fence has not been treated well, then it becomes susceptible to rot and may dwindle very quickly meaning it could rot.


3. The Integrity And The Construction Of The Materials Used

If a fence panel or gate is constructed using thin pales or weak support battens/rails or held in place using substandard posts then the fence is unlikely to last weathering over a sustained period, even a mild storm has been known to blow fencing over with relative ease. 

Recently we produced a best practice buyers guide to garden gates which discusses the import elements to consider when choosing a garden gate. For example using galvanised fixtures and fittings ensures rust doesn't become a problem by weakening your garden gate or fencing over time. 

4. Choosing The Right Type Of Fencing To Do The Right Job  

Choosing the right fence or garden gate plays an important role in helping to achieve your desired goal whether it’s improving home security or improving the aesthetics of your garden with some contemporary fencing.  

Bear in mind you wouldn't choose a short 1.2m high picket fence in your back garden if you wanted privacy from your neighbours. The more likely option will be a 1.83m (6ft) high Chilham panel for example because it is a solid boarded style fence which the neighbours cannot easily see over or through.

There are many things you need to consider when choosing a fence; our expert advice will walk you through each unique type and help you make an informed purchase choice.  

We’ve got another guide on different fence types and styles.

5. The fence Installation Can Impact The Life Of a Fence

After you have spent time searching for the perfect fence, deciding who will install the fence is not something to overlook. Whether you choose to hire a skilled professional or opt for the do-it-yourself approach, it is essential the fence it is installed correctly by someone with the necessary skills and knowledge. We’ve created installation instructions for those wanting to do it themselves, you can view those here

Alternatively, the Jacksons Approved Installer Scheme is a national network of the most successful highly skilled recommended professionals that can install your fence for you. Read all about the Approved Installer Scheme to find out about approved fence installation.

Tongue and Groove effect fence panels with trellis