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Which is the Best Type of Post for my Fence – Concrete or Timber?
The answer to this question depends very much upon a number of factors including personal choice, cost and durability. It is true to say that concrete posts will last much longer than timber posts and in the long run they will be more cost effective although initially they are more expensive to install than timber equivalents. Also, concrete posts make replacing fence panels much easier as you can simply slide the panel out and slide a new one in.
When Using Concrete Posts How do I Install Them
Installation of Concrete Posts is achieved by digging an appropriately sized hole and then accurately locating the correct position of the Post. It is a good idea to use a measuring stick to get an accurate distance from one post to the next. The use of a sprit level or plumbline is essential to ensure that the Post is True. Although this is not a complicated job for a competent DIY’er it is possible that you may want to ask about our installation service – this may make your life easier (and is not as expensive as you may think).
Are the Fence Panels and Arbours Treated and if so do They Need Re-treating?
All materials are treated our lap and budget panels are treated with a water based dip which is golden brown in colour. Our tuff lap and close board, planed palisade, trellis, arbours, and wooden furniture are all pre-treated. In order to maximise the life of the product we advise retreating on a regular basis with a suitable quality preservative.
Please note- colour variations can occur with both treatments – but this is completely natural and will weather in time. This is out of our control.
How Deep do the Fence Posts Need to go in the Ground?
Normal fencing up to 2 meters high – 600mm / 2ft below the ground. (In normal ground conditions) softer ground fencing above 2 metres high use next length of post 900mm / 3ft below ground. This will also apply to all gate posts gravel board walls – if in doubt ask our sales team who will be happy to help. Remember keep post holes straight and ideal max 12” diameter. We sell a range of digging tools which can make the job much easier. See our tool section.
Does Lawnswood Have a Brochure and Pricelist?
Lawnswood has a pdf downloadable range of price lists and a photo gallery which can be printed off and can also be picked up from our sales office.
What Type of Wood do Lawnswood Use?
Most of the sawn timber used by Lawnswood is Home Grown, British Sourced Softwood Timber known as Spruce. Most of the planed timber is whitewood imported timber and is tanalised green pressure treated. The matchboard is a joinery grade redwood or equivalent timber and has a very tight grain - this type of wood is ideal for gates!
Can Panels and Gates be Made to a Particular Bespoke Size?
Lawnswoods Fencing has a range of own panels and gates which can, within reason, be made to most sizes – please ask for more information. Our European imported branded range can only be altered in width and height as they are ordered in as hole panels. In any case, as with every query, our sales team will be happy to advise - please ask.
Can Concrete Posts and Gravel Boards be Cut to Length or Drilled?
We do offer a cutting service to order on all our posts and gravel boards which can be priced upon request. Concrete posts can be drilled but only dead centre in order to miss the reinforcement rods - this is done by the customer after purchase. Use a good quality drill and decent drillbit to make the job easier.
What is Tanalised Green and Tanatone Brown?
Please click on the box at the top right hand side of the home page as we have a basic brochure and data sheet.
What is the Legal Height of a Fence?
As a rule of thumb forward of the building line 39” / 1 metre and rear of the building line 78” / 2 meters. However, we do advise checking with your local authotity planning department before work is carried out.
Who is Supposed to Have the Best Side of the Fence - Me or My Neighbour?
Again this is a minefield – we advise checking with the local authority planning department. Usually an agreement between neighbours can save a lot of time and hassle. We do offer some panels that look very similar both sides which can help a lot.
How Much Ballast and Concrete is Needed to Fit a Post?
As a general rule of thumb (subject to hole size) 1 ½ to 2 bags of ballast or at least 2 bags of post mix. Don’t forget if concreting a timber post you should batten the top so that water runs away from the post. If installing a concrete posts remember to concrete right up to the gravel board. Try and keep holes tight and straight sided (we sell a range of post hole digger spades see the tool section or vist our showroom). We now also do a set of basic fencing tools which can save time and money. The recommended rule of thumb mix for ballast/cement for post holes is 7 to 1 (7 parts ballast 1 part cement) add water but do not make it too sloppy as this will increase drying time and reduce strength. If concreting path ways and shed bases increase mix your mix to 5 to 1.
Do You Sell Sheds and Summer Houses?
Sorry not at the moment. However, we are constantly adding to our range and we recommend that you keep returning to our website to keep abreast of our changing product range.
How Long Does Fencing Last?
A lot depends on the style of fencing used and the local conditions, not to mention the weather! However, as a broad rule of thumb, Normal lap fencing will last anything between 7 to 15 years if treated regularly with a good quality (NOT cheap) fence treatment and it is not in contact with the ground - anti rattle clips and H clips can help with this a lot. Close board fencing and gates will last for between 10 and 20 years – this product is now only available in pressure treated but we still advise regular treatment (Again with a quality product) and that it is not in contact with the ground - Again, H clips to the gravel board helps a lot. We strongly advise rebated capping rail to assemble on site featheredge fencing. Trellis work and European panels this product is supplied pressure treated and can be expected to last between 7 to 15 years - as with all products regular treatment is essential and it should not be in contact with the soil.
How Heavy are the Products?
As a guide a standard panel is approximately 40kg in weight whilst gravel boards and posts are approximately 50kg. Ballast is 40kg and cement and post mix is around 25kg. Please remember that this is for guidance only and our sales team will be happy to give more info just ask. It is also important to remember that we do offer a delivery service - simply ask for more details.
Are Your Fence Panels Guaranteed?
Lawnswoods markets their own range of panels all of which are covered by guarantee for 12 months on all manufacturing faults and a minimum of 5 years on the treatment and rotting. However, We would point out that timber is a natural product and any timber can shrink crack or twist. Timber contains knots which can fall out. Obviously these types of naturally occurring characteristics are not covered by guarantee - and no one would reasonably expect that would be the case. For full info see our full terms and conditions on the main website.
Have You Got a Display Area at Lawnswood Fencing?
Yes we actually have an indoor and an outdoor display area. All of our panels, gates and Timber products can be seen outside. Inside you can see a range of tools plus a large display of decorative arbours, garden furniture, decorative products, astro turf plus much more including seasonal offers. We have a brand new showroom and you are invited to visit and talk to our friendly and helpful staff - see the contact page for all contact details.
What Is The Difference Between Pine Lap and Budget Lap?
Both panels are constructed in a 1 ½ x 5/8th frame with horizontal slats over lapping each other. Lap panel has 5 battens on the upright front and back with a double batten top and bottom plus a capping rail on top. Budget lap has 4 battens on the upright front and back and a single batten top and bottom plus a lath on the top. The budget panel,as the name suggests, is designed as a budget solution when the overiding factor is price and it doesn’t have a lawnswood label.Budget can be ideal where price is the controlling factor.
Why do my panels keep bowing out of my concrete posts?
This is normally caused by the upright post having spread or moved and thereby making a gap (between the posts) which is greater than 72” / 1830mm. As the standard fence panel is 72" the effect is that the panels become loose. This is quite common and can be easily fixed by fitting a a packing strip (quite often wedge shaped). The strip of wood is fitted to one or both sides of the panel. This effectively increases the size of the panel and prevents it from moving. The maximum packing strip we normally advise is 2” / 54mm. Where packing is not possible it is always a good idea to reinstall the post and ensure that it is true and level and, above all, the correct distance apart - Remember to fit a gravel board. We do offer a fitting / repair service to do this work for you. Please ask for a quotation..
What if I Have a Question That Isn't Covered in This Section?
Here at Lawnswood Fencing we pride ourselves on excellent customer service - Please feel free to call or visit and ask us anything you like about fencing. We love answering questions about our specialist subject - we are always absolutely delighted to help!