Among a homeowner’s greatest fears, one of the worst is finding their garden fencing blown over, damaging rows of flowers, plants or even trees, after poor weather.
Whatever kind of garden fencing linked your border with your neighbour before it blew down, your problems, when considering replacing your fencing, extends to the damaged fence posts, as well.
Often the reason for fence panels blowing over in poor weather is that the fence posts themselves have either rotted or become weak. If you see the fence panels can move when the wind is only blowing moderately, you should act quickly before you lose a number of fence panels and fence posts when the weather becomes much worse.
Which type of strong fencing should you install?
If you install full-size fence panels that are around 2 m tall, you will be providing a large area for Britain’s weather to move over and around because it can’t go through your panels. If you choose to install picket fencing, it can be extremely strong and will allow the wind, rain and snow to breeze between the spaced apart planks of wood, but it won’t provide you with the privacy and security of a full fence panel.
Some people will argue that hit and miss fencing is among the strongest type of fencing that you can install around your garden. Essentially, hit and miss fencing is using vertical planks of wood to form a strong barrier. Some hit and miss fence styles use horizontal planks of wood rather than lap panels to form complete areas where the wind cannot roar through.
It’s the posts and the gravel board that count the most
Installing your garden posts correctly is the most efficient way of ensuring that strong fencing will be applied to the posts which will help you during the worst weather of the year.
Your fence posts can be made of wood or concrete, but it is the way they are secured onto or into the ground that will form the strengths of the post onto which your fence panels can be attached.
Some people will suggest that wooden posts are easier to replace, especially if they are in metal post holders. Other people prefer concrete posts because they are not prone to wet damage or rotting, but if they crack, they are almost useless or will be soon.
Setting your strong fencing on gravel boards will stop water creeping up towards your fence panels and creating the beginning of damp followed by rot. If your large fence panels are placed squarely onto the ground, you will be encouraging wet and damp areas to ruin your fencing quite quickly.
It is not worth cutting corners to save a few pennies when you need to install fence posts and fence panels. Between them they need to form a strong barrier against the British weather and from vandals who would think nothing of trying to kick in a fence panel for no reason at all and children who like to believe they are taking David Beckham free kicks in your garden and while your goalkeeper regularly fails to save those shots, luckily the fence acts as a goal and overtime will break after the constant battering from your future professional footballer.