When it comes to installing timber fencing, you’re not just putting up a barrier. You’re creating a beautiful boundary that adds charm and security to your property. This beginner’s guide will help you through the process of setting up your timber fence, making it a straightforward and rewarding project. Enhancing your property with the natural beauty of timber fencing is a rewarding endeavour. By following this beginner’s guide to installing timber fencing, you can create a functional and aesthetically pleasing boundary that adds value and character to your space. Get ready to transform your property with the timeless elegance of timber fencing.

Benefits of installing timber fencing

Aesthetic Appeal: Timber fencing adds a natural and timeless charm to a property, enhancing its visual appeal.
Property Boundaries: Timber fences clearly define property lines, providing a sense of ownership and demarcation.
Privacy: Timber fencing offers a secure and private environment, shielding the property from prying eyes.

The purpose of this guide is to assist beginners in comprehending and successfully executing the install of a timber fencing, ensuring they can create a secure and visually appealing boundary for their property with confidence and effectiveness.

Planning Your Timber Fence

According to the official site of the government of the UK, in England or Wales, there is typically no official record of:

  • The precise boundary separating two properties.
  • The ownership of structures like hedges, walls, trees, or fences that divide two properties.

Quality materials are essential for durable and visually appealing fencing. Linnell Bros Ltd offers premium fencing supplies, including fence posts and panels, known for their high quality and competitive prices. By sourcing materials from trusted suppliers like Linnell Bros, you ensure that your fence is built to last and meets your aesthetic standards. Visit our’ Fencing Supplies page to explore a wide range of fencing options, treated to UC4, ready for delivery within 3 days. Choose quality materials from reputable suppliers like Linnell Bros to create a fence that enhances your property’s value and security.

Timber Fencing

Tools and Materials Needed

Installing timber fencing effectively will require the following tools and materials, available from Linnell Bros:

  • DURA2 Timber
  • Cedar Battens
  • Closeboard Fencing
  • Post & Rail
  • Picket
  • Uni Poles & Cundy
  • Wire & Mesh
  • Panels
  • Boards
  • Creosoted Timber
  • Birdsmouth Posts
  • Metpost
  • Durapost
  • Chestnut Fencing
  • Hurdles

These products encompass a wide range of fencing supplies to meet various needs and preferences for installing timber fencing.

Preparing the Site

To prepare your site for installing timber fencing follow these steps:

  • Confirm Property Boundaries: Identify your property line accurately by consulting local authorities or documents to avoid encroaching on neighbouring properties.
  • Mark Out Locates: Determine the location of underground utilities like sewage lines and water pipes to prevent accidental damage during installation. Contact utility providers or your fencing company to locate reports.
  • Clean Up: Clear the installation area of debris, tree stumps, rocks, weeds, and other obstacles that could hinder the installation process. Ensure the ground is free of any items that may interfere with the fence construction
  • Remove Decorations: Relocate movable items like garden furniture, flower pots, and children’s play equipment to a safe distance from the installation site. Protect fixed decorations by blocking them off or covering them with tarps to prevent damage
  • Measure Accurately: Measure the perimeter of the fence area precisely to determine the total linear footage needed for the project. This step is crucial for calculating the number of panels, posts, and pickets required for the installation

Installing the Fence Posts

  • The process of cementing a post in the ground involves digging a hole, layering gravel at the bottom, placing the post, mixing and pouring concrete, and letting it set overnight
  • To dig post holes, you can use post hole diggers by thrusting the blades into the ground, spreading the handles apart, lifting the diggers out, and repeating the process if needed
  • If you need to dig post holes in a concrete driveway, options include using a jackhammer, a hammer drill, a post hole digger, or a power auger to remove soil
  • Additionally, using a hole saw for masonry or a concrete coring drill can be effective for drilling into concrete surfaces

Attaching the Panels/Rails

To attach timber panels or rails to wooden posts securely, follow these steps:

  • Measure and Mark: Determine the height for the fence panels on the posts and mark the positions where the brackets will be installed
  • Drill Pilot Holes: Use a power drill to create pilot holes on the wooden posts, slightly smaller than the screws intended for attaching the brackets
  • Attach Brackets: Hold the metal fence panel bracket in place and secure it to the wooden post using suitable screws or nails. Ensure the bracket is level before fully tightening the screws
  • Place the Panels: Lift the fence panel and align it with the installed brackets. Depending on the bracket type, either slide the panel into the U-bracket or position it against the L-bracket
  • Secure the Panels: Screw or nail the fence panel to the metal brackets to ensure a firm hold. Repeat the process for the remaining fence panels to complete the installation

preparing for timber fencing

Finishing Touches

Wood treatments are essential for protecting wood from decay and damage, ensuring its longevity and structural integrity. Various products like wood oils, varnishes, sealers, and decking oils offer unique benefits beyond just preventing decay. Wood oils provide a natural finish that enhances appearance and protects against moisture and UV damage.

Varnishes create a durable coating, resisting scratches and stains while enhancing aesthetics. Sealers form a protective barrier against moisture, rot, mould, and mildew. Decking oils are tailored for outdoor use, protecting against weather elements and foot traffic. Preservative categories like waterborne, creosote-treated, and oil-borne treatments offer distinct advantages in terms of application ease, durability, and environmental impact.

Understanding these differences is crucial for selecting the most suitable treatment based on specific needs and environmental conditions to ensure effective wood protection and preservation.

Choose Linnell Bros today

Explore a wide range of high-quality timber fencing supplies at Linnell Bros for your next project. From durable DURA2 Timber to elegant Cedar Battens and versatile Uni Poles & Cundy, find everything you need to create a secure and stylish fence. Contact Linnell Bros today for all your fencing needs!