Garden fence panels: Materials and design
A fence with garden fence panels offers a lot of privacy and because there’s quite a lot of materials to choose from, you can find the right garden fence panels for every garden. Often-used materials are: wood, willow, composite and concrete. A brief outline of the materials and their prices and possibilities can be found here.
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|Type of garden fence panel|
|Wood fence panels|
|Concrete fence panels|
|Plastic fence panel|
|Composite fence panels|
|Woven fence panels|
|Costs for placing a garden fence panel: ± £25 to £45 per hour|
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1. Wood fence panels
Wood fence panels are still very popular. The pool of types of (hard) wood is so big that you can find a great solution for every garden. Wood fence panels offer a lot of privacy, they’re nice and decorative, and quite easy to install. In order to prevent wood fence panels from turning grey you do need to do quite a bit of maintenance. The life span depends on the type of wood. Hard wood fence panels are a lot more durable than fence panels made of impregnated wood.
More on wood fence panels can be found here.
2. Concrete fence panels
Concrete fence panels are available in a whole range of colours and designs, which makes them perfect for every kind of garden. They’re very durable, don’t require that much maintenance and never rot. Because of the dense structure of the concrete, these types of fence panels are sound-proof as well. A concrete fence panel can also be made of concrete posts combined with wooden fence panels. This is a very popular combination and not at all expensive. This way you profit from the durability of the concrete and the natural look of the wood.
More on concrete fence panels can be found here.
3. Composite fence panels
Composite is a modern material that consists of wood and synthetic fibre. In a garden fence made of composite, the qualities of wood and plastic are combined. An advantage of composite is that it doesn’t require much maintenance and that the material doesn’t rot or crack. A composite fence panel looks a bit like wood, but doesn’t have the disadvantages of a wood fence panel. Composite fence panels are available in different qualities and designs. Prices are similar to hard wood fence panels.
More on composite fence panels can be found here.
4. Willow fence panels
Are you looking for an environment-friendly garden fence with a natural look? Maybe the willow fence panel is something for you. This type of garden fence is a perfect fit for a more rural area and if you want, you can even let it overgrow with plants or ivy. Of course, a fence like this has a lower life span but costs quite a bit less as well. Many choose the willow fence panel because of its natural charm.
More on woven fence panels can be found here.
Placing garden fence panels
A garden fence panel is attached to poles with bolts and metal clamps. These poles can be made of concrete, wood or metal. People often choose to anchor the poles into the ground with spikes (and grit sand) or with post holders. Hard wood poles have a long lifespan and won’t break after their first storm, not even after 15 years. Impregnated poles are a bit less durable and will have to be properly protected to prevent rot. Concrete poles are the most durable, but also the most expensive option.
Advantages of garden fence panels
On of the advantages of fence panels, in comparison to a traditional, fence of wooden planks, is that you don’t have to put as many poles into the ground. You don’t have to worry about the spirit level, because the planks are already prefab. Other advantages of garden fence panels are:
- Easy to install (less labour costs)
- Luxurious appearance
- A lot of privacy
- Many choices, in designs and materials
- The panels are easy to replace if needed.
Standard size and their prices
Almost all fence panels have a standard size of: 6 x 6 ft, 4 x 6 ft or 3 x 6 ft. Privacy fence panels are also available in height 7 ft. By combining the different sizes, for example with trellis of 3 x 6 ft, you can give your fence a less closed off nature. A garden fence panel can also be finished with an arch on top or some wire netting. Prices for fence panels vary between £10 and 450, depending on the size and materials.
Find all prices for the different types of garden fence panels.
Garden fence panels with horizontal of vertical partition
Horizontally placed fence panels offers more privacy and a calmer and more spatial image. Nevertheless, many chose to place their fence panels vertically, this to prevent burglars from climbing over it. Of course, if a burglar really wants to enter your home, he won’t be stopped by a vertically placed fence. It might probably happen more often that children climb the fence, than there are burglars. It’s up to you to calculate the possible risk in your neighbourhood.
The number of planks in a garden fence panel will determine the look of that fence as well as the privacy it provides. The more planks you use, the more privacy you get. If you want a fence panel with horizontally placed planks, you’d best used at least 15 planks (bars excluded). When you choose the vertically placed planks, you should use at least 17 planks (with 3 intermediate slats). This all provided that the planks are approximately 6 inches in width. For the width of the planks we recommend 0.6 inches, taking into account the sturdiness and the life span of your garden fence panels.