What is the best type of fence for gardens?

There are different type of fencing for gardens. To know which fence is right for you, there are several questions you should ask yourself:

  • What is the purpose of the fence?
  • Does it need to provide privacy?
  • Keep pets from straying?
  • Provide a windbreak for plants?
  • How much maintenance are you willing to do? Some types of fences and materials are likely to last longer than others.
  • What is your budget?

Feather board Fencing

A strong, solid fence constructed with overlapping vertical feather-edge wooden boards. This type of fencing is commonly used in back gardens – it’s neat and attractive, offer good privacy and will give some shelter to delicate shrubs.

Close board fencing is typically 6ft tall. Keep in mind, however, that many local authorities have height restrictions on boundary fencing.

Larch Lap Panel Fencing

Larch lap panel fencing is a common type of budget fencing made of horizontal slats. Like close board fencing, it can be used with either timber or concrete posts and gravel boards, with the same advantages and disadvantages to these as explained above.

Although offering good value, larch lap panel fencing is not as robust as close board fencing being more prone to damage in high winds.

Timber Palisade / Picket Fencing

If you want a look that’s traditional and decorative, you might consider timber palisade fencing, more commonly known as picket fencing. Picket fences are mostly seen in front gardens, where they give a home traditional kerb appeal.

Although wood is the conventional material, picket fencing can also be made from PVC for a lower maintenance option. There are a few disadvantages to using PVC however: temperature change can make it brittle, prone to mould and it can be more expensive than wood.

Metal Fence – sturdy and adaptable, the durable choice

In the last thirty years, metal has replaced the heritage option of wrought iron as the premier form of high quality fencing. It’s often viewed as multi-generation fencing because, like wrought iron fence, it can last for centuries rather than years!

The pros

• • Metal fence are stronger than any others, they resist harsh weather and don’t rot

• • Aesthetically, metal fence is substantial and robust

• • Maintenance of metal fence is minimal and straightforward

• • The durability of metal fence means that it offers great protection


The initial cost of metal fence can appear significant, especially if compared to DIY options. However, over the lifetime of the fencing itself, metal fence are comparable to all other forms because they last so much longer, making them a cost-effective long-term option.


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