Closeboard fencing, one of the names given to any kind of solid timber board fencing, is one of the most favoured types of fencing for domestic or residential use (although it is just as much a commercial fencing option too). It is usually constructed with featherdge boards and is erected using a rail framework, these are usually triangular arris rails, although the basic square rails can also be used. Closeboard fencing is very flexible in it’s style, it’s appearance can be changed to best suit the situation, the height and length can be adjusted to the surroundings.
Closeboard fencing can be used in both domestic and commercial environments. Popular for its strength, closeboard fencing has been around for years and is one of the most visually appealing types of domestic fencing. It generally comes in a variety of wood finishes, so it doesn’t look obtrusive in a residential area, and blends well into a natural environment. This means that whether you want to protect your home or your business/commercial site, closeboard fencing is a fantastic choice.
Installation of a closeboard fence may take a little longer than erecting a panel fence, but you have much more flexibility when it comes to placing posts in certain positions. This can be very useful if you have an established garden and want to avoid trees, plants or roots or in situations where you need to adjust the line of the fence due to drainage or underground facilities.
Closeboard fencing can be installed using either timber or concrete fence posts and gravel boards. Whilst concrete posts may have a slightly more ‘harsh’ (visual) impact on the surroundings, the use of these (along with concrete gravel boards) can actually help prolong the life of the fence as they stop water and moisture from the ground coming in to contact with the feather edge boards.
CLOSEBOARD FENCE PANELS
A cheaper alternative to traditional closeboard fencing, closeboard panels can be used in areas where the strength of a bespoke closeboard fence isn’t needed, saving both time and money on the installation.
Closeboard fencing is normally erected in such a way that it follows the contours of the ground (within reason), but it’s much better to have smooth flowing lines or a straight top than try to eradicate all gaps underneath the fence. This is especially true when using concrete posts and concrete gravel boards which are much harder to cut to shape. Centre stumps (small, wooden supports dug in to the ground and supporting the middle of the bottom rail) are not usually required on bays of less than 4ft long, but they should always be used on longer bays, even with concrete gravel boards. Cleats should be fitted to timber posts at the right depth (top of cleat is top of gravel board) once the post is installed. Once the post is concreted in with the rails in the mortices the gravel board can be fitted with no more measuring. The stump can then be fitted and the feather edge placed on the gravel board at the correct height to be fixed to the top arris rail. These are then levelled and fixed to the other rails, often in blocks of 4 or 5 at a time. Feather edge boards are generally laid out at 13 per metre. The last feather edge on the run is reversed and overlapped by the previous board. (so both posts have the thick edge of the board adjacent). On longer runs of fencing the feather edge are often reversed from panel to panel to give an attractive effect. Posts should be set in the ground to depth of 600mm (2ft) as a minimum. Fences under 750mm (2ft 6″) should have posts set in to 450mm (18″). The fence posts should generally be concreted in (although back-filling and ramming dirt is quite common) using a ballast and cement mix or a rapid setting post mix, about 20 – 30kgs per hole is average and should ensure a good, strong setting. Capping is an optional extra and when combined with a counter rail it gives a nice finish to the top of the fence. It also increases the longevity. Timber post tops come in a variety of styles, including square top, round top, 4 way round top, weathered etc.
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