Things to consider when building a fence for your property

There are many reasons for building a fence around your property whether it be privacy, safety for children or pets, or maybe for security.

Whatever the reason is, there are many variables to consider, as it’s not by any means a complex task, but it’s much more than simply putting up planks of wood around your garden.

First thing’s first you want to determine what your price range is, as this will give you a clearer view on what materials you can afford to use. Different grades of wood will come at different costs depending on the source or the supplier.

Not only does the cost of materials come into question, but the quality of the material requires some thought as well. Even if your reason for putting up a fence isn’t security, you don’t want to have a flimsy structure that will need to be resurrected every time the bad weather comes in, which in Scotland is fairly common!

the wooden privacy fence is the most common, but there are options such as aluminium, vinyl, PVC, picket and so on. As we mentioned before, some materials will be much more costly than others.

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When it comes to the time when we choose the material, we would always pick the most durable that suits the client’s price range.

So now that we have a durable and reliable material, the next step is to determine the style of fence that you want to have before construction begins.

There are a wide variety of styles that serve different purposes, so the style of fence that you have will most likely be determined on the desired function. The different styles can be tailored to the height required, but some are pre built panels and cannot be altered.

For example if you want to have some privacy, a ranch style fence may not be best suited for your household, as it has bigger gaps through it. But where there are gaps, we can bring the panels closer, or even have no gap at all. Having no gaps or doubling up on the other side whilst keeping gaps are obviously more expensive in labour and materials but they are very common.

By doubling up you can still keep the impression of space, whilst allowing winds to make their way through the gaps, making it more practical for West of Scotland. It also strengthens the fence.

Before making any decisions, we would always advise consulting with your neighbours. Why? Because if you live in an estate where plots of land are ‘shared’ such as semi-detached houses, with neighbours on either side of you, your choices will affect them too.


Now that we have a fence, it’s time to decide if you want it painted or left as it is. We tend to paint both sides so that different coloured paints are seeping through on either side, again something to discuss with your neighbour. We would recommend a bi-annual painting to keep the fence looking fresh and pristine.

The last element to consider is the finish of the posts and top of the panels, the most common options are stepped or a smooth sloped finish, which is down to the client’s personal preference.

We hope this has given you an insight into the process of building a garden fence, thanks for taking the time to read our post. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch, and a member of our team will be happy to help.

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