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You may know it as feather board or ship lap fencing, but close board fencing is the official name of it. Its reputation as being of the most cost effective boundary methods is well earned. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s the type of fencing that has closely aligned vertical boards.
Surprisingly some fences need planning permission to build. Those over 1m high warrant a quick call to your local council to understand whether there are any regulations on them. Do this before you make your purchase just in case.
As with any fencing, it’s your choice whether you decide to use concrete or timber posts. Of course using timber is far quicker and if you’re a contractor this is likely to be your top option. In this case, you may want to preserve them for longer by using Post Savers.
In our experience, also adding a gravel board at ground level will cut down on your future maintenance costs. It’s far more reasonable in both time and cost to replace a gravel board than to replace the entire fence.
Let’s look at what people like about close board fencing:
Closeboard is a favourite amongst fencing contractors and home owners alike, and it’s not a surprise. You can find it at most good fencing suppliers.
Every sheep farm needs good quality sheep fencing. Although it can be costly to purchase and install, it’s important to spend out for the benefits that it provides. It really is an investment. Once you have it in place, it can be modified and replaced without it needing to cost huge amounts. You just have to know what you’re doing, find a supplier who will help and plan your approach knowing that you can save money and sheep over time. Here are a few options for you to consider:
This is the most crucial element of any system of sheep fencing. It’s of paramount important to prevent foxes and other threats from entering your land and helping themselves to your costly livestock. It’s imperative that the fencing is both sturdy and well installed. Perimeter fences that are commonplace are high-tensile wire.
Tensile wire used for sheep fencing contains more cross-strands than can be found on the type of fencing used for cattle. This has two benefits: It will work better to keep the sheep in and the predators out. In order to cater for the size of lambs, the bottom part of the fence will have wires that are closer together.
Barbed wire can be dangerous to sheep so it’s usually added just to top of fencing to put a stop to any predators that climb. Catching on fleece or even entangling sheep and causing serious injury or death is not something that any sheep farmer wants.
This is why high tensile wire is the most popular choice. It is also weather resistant and less likely to corrode.
If you’ll soon be installing a high tensile wire fence, consider protecting your posts with post savers. Although you may purchase top quality timber, it will still gain years of extra use through the protection that post savers gives.
Another benefit of using close board is that it’s really quite strong. If the boundary of your garden is at an exposed angle then you may well want to consider this type of fencing. It’s capable of withstanding quite a battering from prevailing winds.
In contrast, lap panel fencing is not quite as strong, but this can be beneficial as it’s lighter and easier to install. It also has a lower cost price. With a softer presentation, it will still provide the same level of privacy for the family. If you don’t get a lot of wind in your garden, this could be your most favoured option.
The biggest decision factors with the back garden are most often around a mix of security and privacy, whereas the front garden fence is likely to be chosen for a mix of security and kerb appeal. A lot of homeowners will make their front fencing decision based on which type complements their home from the street!
Some opt for steel fencing rather than wooden fencing. It will always look elegant and give any house an air of sophistication. Another popular choice that lends a very welcoming atmosphere is the picket fence. Charming, quaint and also incredibly cost effective, this type of fence can give a look from the English country to the New England style.
Whatever type of fencing you select to give you privacy and security, be sure to extend the lifespan of your fence by using Post Savers.
Although there are several cattle fencing options for farmers, most often they will opt for wire installed with wooden fence posts. Whether your cattle are beef, dairy or bulls, you will need to contain them.
Long distances usually warrant the use of galvanised and rust resistant wire. This high tensile option can be used on the borders of roads or wooded areas. It is strong enough to contain cattle, in particular when it’s supported by either wooden or metal posts.
It’s so tough that it will just spring back into place after getting quite a bit of abuse from cattle. It will even return to its original shape…sometimes trees may fall onto it, or cattle will try to lean on it.
Most farmers choose to bury posts to a good depth in the ground. This will make a fence more sturdy and able to cope with any misuse that it may need to withstand.
Posts will need to be set securely in order to take the strain of wire over distance. They will need to be buried to the same height of the fence in the ground using a tensioning tool.
Fortunately this type of cattle fencing is so strong that it will need few posts. This can give a good cost saving. You may even opt to electrify it to deter predators. It’s possible to put this type of fence up on hilly areas, as long as posts are planted perpendicular to the sloping ground in order to cater for line tension. Use post savers on them and they will last for years!
Although you may want to use barbed wire along the top of fencing for cattle, it’s not recommended in areas where there may be horses however , it can stop the cattle from trying to reach over the fence or leaning against it.
Do your homework to ensure that you install the best cattle fence for your particular situation, and you won’t go wrong. Call us if you need any help with preservation tactics.
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