Many “do-it-yourself” fanatics construct wooden fencing only to later find that it can look wonky, misaligned, and frankly a bit of a mess!
This article provides an insight into how Kingsley Fencing installs professionally built fences every single time in Wales.
It all starts with the preparation of the ground
Low quality fencing contractors, or those who are looking to do a rush job, always overlook the preparation of the soil or concrete garden area, that’s prior to constructing a fence.
We are now going to look at some commonly asked questions regarding the preparation of the ground to install a new fence.
Do I have to dig deep fence posts, or can I use alternative solutions which are much quicker?
When installing a fence we always think it is best to dig deep post holes, that’s even if the fence is in a non-windy area, and in a sheltered location.
Some contractors may look to dig very shallow holes because its easier for them, yet as the concrete settles and the fence moves about in time in the wind, this can mean that the whole fence starts to come apart- and sometimes rapidly.
To avoid this deep soil holes need to be dug, Kingsley Fencing always ensures this by ensuring a professional installation every time.
Do I need to hire a Mini-Digger in order prepare the ground in my garden?
Many people try to quickly prepare the ground by the use of a shovel, by simply just clearing away waste vegetation.
This is why a professional fencing contractor needs to be appointed! This is because sometimes heavy machinery does need to be used.
For example sometimes a mini digger needs to be drafted in, with what is called a grading bucket, this is to pull back and strip away soil layers, to ensure a more even and professional alignment of the fence.
Also it is no good just fencing over concrete patches, or raising the fence over ground obstacles, so if you like for ground concrete or rock to be removed, we can even fit a concrete breaker, this ensures nothing stands in our way, when we are installing a quality fence.
We are now going to look at questions relating to the timber and wood, that is related to the use within the fencing construction itself.
Does it matter what timber I use? Or can I use any type of timber in my fence?
Some people try to construct their fence through reclaimed wood or other woods that are not designed for fence construction at all.
For example some people do use old floorboards or strip internal pine timber, that is not suitable for outside conditions.
It’s not suitable for outside conditions because may not have been pressure treated or treated with a special outside coating- that’s to allow it to cope with the outside wet and cold elements of the U.K.
Should I always use Feather Edge Fencing, is this the best solution for erecting a fence?
Most people always think of professional fences, as only being feather edge fencing.
This is not true today there are multiple options that you can select from, which does include feather edge wooden fencing.
These options range from designer fences that are bespoke in-terms of their design, right through to something like a “Hit and Miss fencing” which has a great design quality.
Do I need to maintain my fence?
All fences require a level of maintenance.
In terms of the size of the maintenance project, this is determined by the fence that you have.
If you have a flimsy wooden fence- that has very thin wood, then you would need to treat this with a wood coating each year to see it through the winter months.
If you have a thicker more carefully specialist treated wood, that has been treated at the factory, this is to prevent the ingress of water, then the fence will need less maintenance.
With that said all fences that are wood, do need an element of maintenance, that’s in terms of painting and treating with wood preservatives, to make sure that they last through our cold winter periods.
Why would I need to appoint a fencing contractor, when I think I can do the job myself?
Installing a fence is not as straightforward as you might first think.
Constructing a fence can be a time-consuming activity, especially if you have not got the right equipment such as mini diggers for example.
Also if you are not sure what you’re doing it is easy for a fence to be misaligned and start to look wonky.
This is especially so if your garden space goes downhill or uphill at an angle.
Some fences that are constructed by do-it-yourself enthusiasts can look telling in terms of their appearance!
Also if an individual is not used to buying timber or wood products and only buys in a small quantities- then they can be expensive when buying from a builders merchants.
Because we buy wooden fencing in great quantity we can buy our wooden products at a cheaper rate that the general public, quite often.
How long does it take to install a wooden timber fence around my property in Cardiff?
This does depend on the size of the property- typically a small property can have a wooden fence constructed in just a number of days.
Although it is very important that the fence post holes are dug carefully and deeply.
Therefore if a fence has been erected very quickly, then sometimes often shallow holes have been completed, this is no good for the overall lifespan of the fence.
If you want a quality fencing contractor erecting your fence in Cardiff, then why not give us a ring today.