Choosing the right fence panels is the easy part. There are so many options to choose from and you will have no trouble in finding a style that suits your property. Chose from standard lap panels to featheredge or close board panels. If you have a little more to spend you can opt for decorative panels. There are a wide range to choose from.
You can then need to choose what type of posts you want to install – Timber or Concrete.
Timber posts are most common, are more pleasing to look at and are easier to install. If you chose an imported HC4 Treated Post, these will be a little more expensive but you should expect this to last 10-15 years.
Concrete are expensive but will last much longer. They are less attractive than timber posts and are difficult to handle. Furthermore, because of their weight, they will require a longer install time as the post mix will need to be completely dry before you are able to install your fence panels.
You then need to choose your gravel boards. Again, these can be timber or concrete and the same rules apply, depending on which look you want to create and what your budget is.
You might also want to consider a gate. There are plenty to choose from and you should be able to match your panel style and finish.
Once you’ve got an idea of the type of fence you want, the next step is to measure up. You should measure in a straight line along the fence line you want to create. Once you’ve measured up, you can then begin to figure out how many posts and panels you need.
Most standard panels such as Lap Panels are 6ft (1830mm) whereas most decorative panel s are 1.8m wide (1800mm). In addition, you need to allow for the size of post you are going to use – 3 inch (75mm) or for a more robust post, 4 inch (100mm).
You will need to allow for one post for every one panel, apart from the first panel which will also need an additional start post. In other words, if you measure 8 panels, you will need a total of 9 posts.