Choosing a fence can be a difficult task as there are numerous things to consider. However, the better you plan the better the end result can be.  At Jacksons we’re here to help so below are considerations and questions for you to look at.

Where and what purpose does my new fence need to serve?

Are you looking to improve your garden, keep pets enclosed, or perhaps security and privacy are key concerns? Whatever your goals, identifying what you need your fencing to do will ensure that you get a practical fencing solution that’s pleasing on the eye.

Featherboard closeboard fencing panels

Do I need planning permission?

It’s worth knowing UK planning laws require planning consent for fences over 2m high, Jacksons standard panels are 6ft high (1.83m) which when installed with the protective gravel board (150mm) brings you up to just under 2m. There is a short guide covering click here to find out more.

What height fence panels are there?

Fence panels can come in various sizes. Here’s a handy conversion table with different heights.

Panel conversion table

 6ft 1.83m   1830mm
 5ft  1.52m 1520mm
4ft 1.22m 1220mm
3ft 0.91m 910mm
2ft 0.6m 600mm
1ft 0.3m 300mm

Will my fence provide the right level of security and privacy?

For total privacy and better security going for a solid fence panel, like our Tongue and Groove panel or Chilham panels will offer more as there are no gaps within the pales. Solid panels offer added strength compared to semi-solid style fencing as well as greater noise reduction. They are also harder to climb over therefore offering increased security.

Police advice is to ensure all fencing; particularly fencing to the rear of your property is kept in good, clean, maintained condition to help protect properties from being burgled. Choosing a fence with a 25 year guarantee, like all of Jacksons Fencing should ensure your fences remain in safe, secure and attractive condition for years to come.

If privacy is not a major concern, like fencing at the front of the property, semi-solid panels can be a more attractive option. Jacksons has a range of semi- solid panels including Woven (shown below) and Palisade panels which are both great option for front gardens. If you want to find out more about front garden fencing please click here.

ITV Love Your Garden Fence Panels

Do I need to consider light and wind?

A fences biggest enemy can be wind. If the fence is installed within a wind prone areas it is crucial to consider the effect wind can have on your panels. We have a whole advice page on fences and stormy weather here.

If shadows casting over your garden are a problem then a fencing option with gaps between the slats offers increased light over solid fencing. We have a range of semi-solid options which let light and air into the garden, whilst giving you the sleek and modern good looks suited to contemporary gardens.

These include our popular Venetian panels, Palisade, Paliframe and Woven panels, which all combine beautiful, design with the benefit of letting more light in. Another alternative is to have a solid panel with a trellis or topper to allow light through too.

Venetian fencing situated in a garden

Pet safe fencing

The main things to consider are the size of the gaps within fencing panels (make sure they’re not big enough for your dog to fit through) and the height of your fence - is it higher than your dog can jump. Explore our dog fencing page here. 

Dog proof fence