Ultimate Guide to Affordable Garden Fencing: What is the Best Type of Fence Panel for your Garden?

Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing Garden Fencing

Looking for a fencing solution for your garden? Do you know your Feather Edge from your Waney Lap? Confused about fencing pressure treatments? If your garden fence is looking tired and in need of an upgrade amidst the windy UK weather, read on to become an expert in garden fencing. We’re here to provide you with everything you need to know for your next fencing project. 


What type of fencing is the most affordable, and which type of fence lasts the longest?

'Waney Lap' fence panels are one of the most popular types of garden fence. This is mainly due to the price of them, they are one of the cheapest fencing solutions on the market and typically last up to ten years. Waney Lap Panels are made from rough-sawn horizontal slats. Waney Lap slats are cut directly from the logs without profiling and are, therefore, more uneven than feather edge slats. 

Feather edge closeboard fence panels are the most durable option. The construction of the timber and the pressure treatment ensures a long lifespan. Featheredge fencing is also more versatile than Waney Lap as decorative features, including Trellis, can easily be added.


What is a Feather Edge fence panel?

Feather edge fence panels are formed from 18 vertical feather edge boards, each partially overlapped by one inch and fixed to rear horizontal supporting backing rails. This ensures that the fence panels are durable and strong, yet aesthetically pleasing, making them a popular choice for gardens.


Is Closeboard the same as Feather Edge?

Yes. Closeboard fence panels, also referred to as feather edge fence panels, are fence panels made using vertical featheredge boards that are partially overlapped and fixed to horizontal support rails. The terms closeboard fence panels and feather edge fence panels are, therefore, interchangeable.


Is Closeboard fencing strong?

Yes. All components of our closeboard fence panels have been individually pressure treated to ensure longevity, before constructing the panels by hand and fixing to supporting backing rails.  This means that the fence panels are built to last, and when used in conjunction with our concrete fence posts, will stand the test of time against strong winds and weathering. Closeboard panels are particularly good for more exposed and windy gardens. They are durable, attractive and easy to maintain. These panels are best paired with our concrete fence posts or timber fence posts.

What is pressure treatment?

The pressure treatment process forces wood preservatives into the wood to preserve the timber. It is recommended to purchase pressure-treated fence panels as this will protect the wood from fungal decay, rot and damp, thus extending the lifespan of your panels. 


How far apart should Feather Edge fencing overlap?

Each feather edge board overlaps by one inch, with each panel formed using 18 vertical boards.


What is the difference between Closeboard and Waney Lap Fence Panels?

Closeboard Feather Edge Fence Panels are a stronger and more durable alternative compared to Waney Lap Panels. Closeboard Panels are built using pressure-treated vertical feather edge boards which are partially overlapped. They are secured by horizontal backing rails. Whereas Lap Fence Panels are made from horizontal slats and are often dip treated rather than pressure treated. The initial cost of Closeboard Panels is generally higher, however, their longevity and durability makes them the more economical option in the long term.

Lap panels versus closeboard panels infographic

What is the difference between UC3 and UC4 treatment?

UC3 and UC4 are treated to withstand outdoor weather conditions and prolong the life of the timber. It is recommended to use UC3 above ground and UC4 below ground.


What is the difference between heavy duty and standard fence panels?

Heavy duty panels have an extra backing rail, making them more sturdy and durable compared to standard panels.

standard versus heavy duty closeboard panels infographic

What is the difference between unframed and framed fence panels?

Framed and unframed panels are the same but the framed panels have an extra batten down each side. This allows you to fix them to timber posts easily.

unframed versus framed closeboard panels

Are there other types of garden fencing I should consider?

Picket fencing is an attractive and stylish low-level boundary fencing option for your property. It allows you to section off areas whilst maintaining an open feel in your garden.

Looking for a cheap way to improve the appearance of your existing fence?

Bamboo screening is a cheap and affordable way to improve the aesthetics of your garden without a huge cost attached. It is a perfect way to disguise an old wall or fence and give it a new lease of life. Bamboo is very versatile: you can use it to protect plants from wind or section off areas of your garden. It’s a great affordable way to give your garden a refresh without investing in a whole new fence.

Here at Suregreen, we stock a wide selection of fence panels including Standard and Heavy Duty Panels, Framed and Unframed Panels, from 3ft up to 6ft tall. Shop the full range of panels here.


Garden Fence Panels Handmade fence panels in production at Suregreen in Essex Handmade fence panels ready to be shipped from Suregreen

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