The first question is how many featheredge boards will you need for your desired length of fence?
The common size for featheredge boards is 100mm wide so for a 3 metre run of fencing we would expect to use 36-37 boards. Of course you need to allow for wastage so a good rule of thumb is to expect to use 13 boards for every metre of fencing.
Your next decision your fence posts. These should be treated rough sawn timber posts and their length will depend upon the desired height of your fence.
To allow for adverse weather conditions we recommend that you embed your posts at least 600mm deep for any fence 1200mm (4ft) or higher. It is well worth the effort to sink your posts to the required depth to have a solid and sturdy foundation.
So for example if you were erecting a 1800mm (6ft) fence you would require 2.4m posts.
The typical standard size for fencing posts is 100mm x 100mm (4in x 4in). In some cases where there are long stretches of fencing and 1800mm high it is not uncommon to use concrete posts.
Typical Feather Edge Board Construction.
The planned height of your fence will dictate the number of Arris rails you will need to support the featheredge fencing boards. Do not make false economies here as not using the required number of Arris rails may result in a fence that flexes and eventually damages the boards.
Here is a chart that gives an indication of how many Arris rails you require. If in doubt speak to a member of our staff who will gladly help:
Feather Edge Fencing Above Your Garden Wall
Another common use for featheredge fencing is in situations where you want the fence displayed above a low height garden wall.
It is important that the posts are embedded in the ground behind the garden wall. Some garden enthusiasts have been known to fix the posts directly to the garden wall with disastrous results when high winds brought the fence and wall down.
The posts should be embedded in the same way they are embedded for a standalone fence. The difference is in the fixing of the rails and the boards.
The posts should be embedded directly behind the garden wall with the rails fixed directly onto the face of the posts.
When the boards are fixed to the posts the boards will now be positioned in the centre of the wall giving the desired effect.
Fixing To House Walls
Where the fence is required to adjoin one of the walls of the main building embedding the post will prove impractical due to the foundations of the building. In these cases the posts are secured to the walls.
One solution is to fix timber plates to the building. A common size used is 100mm x 50mm and for a typical 1800mm high fence you would use 3 of these wall plates secured to the building using 2 – 4 masonary fixings on each plate.
Feather Edge Fencing Repair
Over time it is expected that due to being exposed to the weather constantly your new fence is going to require maintenance.
The featheredge boards should be treated each year as should the rails and posts. If you are not sure what products to use ask our staff who can advise you on the best solution for your garden fence.
Should your fence become damaged you may need to carry out some repairs.
Arris Rail Repair Bracket
Due to the constant battering your fence may endure from high winds here in South Wales it is not uncommon after many years for the ends of the rails to weaken as it is the joint between the Arris rails and the posts that take the brunt of the weather.
The Arris rail repair bracket was designed to repair this damage and is used where existing rails have become damaged.
The repair bracket can be fixed using nails or screws and extends the life of your existing fence.
Any garden fence will only provide a long service if it is looked after so it is advisable to treat your timber fence each year. Allowing the timber to dry out through lack of attention increases wear and tear.
For any advice on featheredge fencing or any other garden fencing contact a member of our team who can provide good advice on all aspects of garden fencing requirements and construction.
One thing you should always be aware of when investing in garden fencing is where you boundaries are and who is responsible for the maintenance of each boundary.
If you have any doubts there is a great resource here regarding boundary laws.
Better to be safe than be sorry.