Panel fencing is a convenient and cost-effective way to secure your garden or property. Planning on installing new fencing? Here is what you need to know to put it up...
Good preparation is key for successfully installing panel fencing. If you have already measured up and collected together your fencing components and tools, you can get on with preparing your area.
Prepare your area
- Remove any old fencing.
- Move plants so they don’t get damaged during the construction of your fence – you can always pot plants for replanting later.
- Remove weeds and unwanted climbers.
Before you get started
- Ensure you are responsible for the fence you are replacing, not your neighbour.
- Check you don’t need planning permission (fences over 2m high may need permission).
- Check you will not be disrupting water pipes or power cables.
Lay out your fencing
Lay out your fencing panels and posts where they will be going before you start, this will help ensure you have got your measurements right and avoid any tricky situations later on. Depending on the shape of your garden, it is likely you may need to cut some of your fence panels to fit.
Erecting fence posts
There are several methods for securing your wooden or concrete fence posts, including:
- Using post supports. Drive in spikes are quick and easy to use, eliminating the need for concrete. They also make it easier to move or replace your fence at a later date. However they will not work in rocky ground.
- Concreting your posts in the ground using Postcrete.
- Other solutions such as bolt downs and concrete ins (for where normal drive in post supports cannot go, for example rocky ground).
- If using concrete, check your posts are level before concrete has set.
- This is a quite strenuous job so you'll find it a lot easier if you have at least one helper.
Once your posts are in place and level, the next step is to attach panels. To attach panels you can either use nails or fixing brackets. Check they are level as you go using your spirit level.
Install gravel boards
When panels are secured, now is the time to install gravel boards horizontally at the base of your fence. Available in both concrete and pressure treated wood, they help fill the gap between the bottom of your fence and the ground, while protecting your fence panels from rot.
Add finishing touches
The final step is to add any finishing touches to your fence, such as post caps and panel capping.
A note on sloping ground
If you're putting up a panel fence on a slope, the process is a little different. You will need to adjust the placement of your posts and panels to allow for the gradient. An easy way to do this is to add steps to your fence (keep panels level but increase or decrease the height in line with the slope) but you may need to fill any resulting gaps beneath your fence with extra gravel board.
Somerlap approved fence installers
Please note - this blog is not intended to comprise complete instructions on how to install a panel fence. If you need assistance with installation then please get in touch and we can arrange for one of our approved installers to help.