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A Guide to Prolonging Garden Fences

An often integral part to any property, a garden fence has many uses. From keeping unwanted animals out to improving the security of your home, and from clearly marking out your grounds to being used simply as a decorative feature - there are many reasons why people opt to install a garden fence.

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Tuesday 12 March 2019

Here at Haldane Fisher, our timber fencing is sourced from renewable and responsibly managed forests and is both affordable and versatile. When it comes to choosing a fence for your garden, there are many different options to suit your needs. Palisade fencing is perhaps one of the most popular choices: creating a strong barrier around your home, this fencing simultaneously allows privacy while the gaps between panels allows some visibility and light to penetrate.

If you would rather have no gaps between the panels to make sure your grounds are completely private, closeboard fencing would then be the appropriate option.

However, if privacy and security are not your primary reasons for erecting a fence and you are more concerned about adding a decorative feature to your garden, a trellis fence is what you need as it not only looks great but makes a great frame of support for climbing flowers such as roses.

All of our timber is treated with Tanalith E wood preservative to keep your fence protected against decay. However, there are steps you can take to ensure your new garden fence stays in tip-top condition for much longer. The elements will have a detrimental affect on any fence: the sun will bleach the wood, the rain can cause damp and rot to occur, and strong winds can cause cracking and splintering of the panels.

Fences are relatively low-maintenance and of course, the better you care for them, the longer their lifespan will be. There are a few steps you can take to bring new life into your fence which we will outline below.

It is much easier to replace a couple of panels on a fence than to replace the entire fixture. If a few panels have splintered or become a little rough around the edges, this can easily be fixed. You’ll need to first make sure the wood is 100% dry and then you can sand away any roughness or use a little glue to reseal splinters. The glue should be specially formulated for fences and make sure to tape over the glued section when finished until it is fully dried and resealed.

It is recommended to use a fence sealant to aid in protecting your fence against the sun and rain. How often you have to reseal your fence will depend on weather conditions - rainier areas will require resealing more often. As a rule of thumb, try to reseal your fence annually. A good way to know if your fence requires a layer of sealant is when water starts to sink into the wood. When the sealant is still working it will cause the rain to bead up and roll off the surface of the fence.

Each time, before you apply a layer of sealant to your fence, give every panel a good clean to remove old layers of mould. Use a power washer on a setting that is not too high to strip the outer layer of wood to reveal a clean layer underneath (you can also use a stiff bristled brush for difficult areas) - already your fence will be looking better!

A fence stain is an additional option to undo the bleaching the sun will have caused to your fence. A stain looks very natural and brightens the panels of wood with a hint of colour. When applying the stain, make sure to only work on one panel at a time and do not stop half way down a panel as you will be able to tell once dried where you stopped and started.

When working at your fence, make sure to cover the surrounding area with a protective layer such as tarpaulin so no plants or nearby objects get damaged.

Any materials that you may need can be found in your local Haldane Fisher store and our experts will be more than happy to help you find what you are looking for and answer any questions. So call in today or visit our contact page to get in touch.