How long can I expect treated timber to last?
Timber we use is pressure treated for a long life. You can expect fifteen or more years given normal wear and tear and a regular maintenance programme. Do however expect some weathering due to the natural properties of the wood.
What sort of maintenance will my fence / decks/ gates need?
All the timber we use is pressure treated but application of a quality water repellent will help minimise the cycles of moisture takeup and loss the wood goes through outdoors. For maximum protection, this type of product should be applied as soon as the deck or fence construction is completed. It is particularly important to protect all sawcuts and drill holes. A regular maintenance programme should include inspection of all fasteners to determine if nails, screws or bolts are working loose etc. Occasionally, it is prudent to re-apply your water repellent.
How do I find out the cost of having a fence installed?
Initially you can supply us with an estimate of the length / quantity of fencing required, and an idea of the layout including any corners, ends, gates etc. This will enable us to produce a budget quotation. We will then visit the site to confirm all the details and produce a final quotation.
Do you come out to site to measure?
If we are installing your fence we will visit your site either to provide a quote or after a budget quotation has been prepared to finalise details with you & prepare a final quotation.
Are there legal issues to consider before installing a fence?
Before we erect a fence on the boundary of your property, you should have a very clear understanding of your property lines. If you are not sure, conduct a survey, because it is not acceptable to place any part of a fence on your neighbour’s property.
What are some basic guidelines for setting the posts?
The correct depth to place the fence posts depends on the characteristics of the fencing material, including its weight and ability to block wind. A good rule of thumb for wooden fences is to set the posts so that 1/3 of the length is buried in concrete, and provide a way for water to drain away so that the bottoms don’t rot prematurely. Metal fence posts will be set according to the specifications of the manufacturer.
What type of material should be used for fencing?
We can construct your picket or fence boards from a weather-resistant wood like cedar or redwood. Alternatively, many pre-made fencing options are available. Trellis and interwoven designs made of wood are a good option for a garden or walkway. These and other designs are also available in vinyl. If you are erecting a boundary fence, and privacy is not your main concern, consider wire mesh or chain link. These can be supplied in galvanized steel to be rust-resistant, and sometimes come coated with a layer of vinyl.
Where can I put my fence?
You may need to consult with your property survey, which you should have received when you purchased your home, to determine exactly where your property line ends and your neighbours’ begins. Legally, you can only install your fence on your property line. If you talk to your neighbours before installing your fence, you might be able to gain their permission to install part of your new privacy fence on their property line. Make sure, though, to explain clearly to your neighbors what kind of fence, including its height, you are installing.