Fencing is commonly used as a security measurement and to separate people’s property from one another. There are many, many types and styles of fencing available and so its important to get a fence that you can be proud of. Here at Ruby, we have many different fence panels to choose from. As well as this, we can provide you with fencing boards so that you can create your own fencing. You may want to make it unique and different and so having the boards individually allows you to be creative and produce a fence you can be proud of. Within this blog, we will provide you with a step-by-step process of installing your gate to ease the pressure and stress. Adding to this, we want to give you some valuable pointers and tips that you can take to help maintain your fencing and preserve it for many years to come. Make sure to check out all related products as we go as they will be very helpful and highly recommended.
Installing your Fencing
Within this section, we want to provide you with a step-by-step guide as to how to go about creating your perfect fence. Fencing boards that we have available at Ruby include Featheredge, 4x1 boards, 6x1 boards and tongue and groove cladding boards which can also be used for fencing. Ideally, we want to answer any questions you may have within this blog.
Step 1 – Measure and Mark Post Spacing
Once you have decided on your fencing, you need to mark out where your fence is going to go. To do this, either use spray paint or string and then measure the total length of the space that needs fencing. We recommend spacing the posts out 6-8 feet apart and it’s important to keep these measurement’s consistent and accurate. Then mark where each post will be planted.
Step 2 – Digging the Marked Spaces
Using the correct equipment from this stage onwards will make things a lot easier and efficient. We would recommend using a hole digger and excavator bar to complete this step. The width of the holes ideally needs to be three times the width of the post and the depth needs to be a 1/3 of the overall height of the post. This will ensure the posts are secured and cemented effectively and will create a great structure for the rest of your fencing. Do check for any underground pipes which may be present however and remove any stones.
Step 3 – Fixing Posts in Place
To start with, we recommend filling the hole up 1” with hardcore to help with the draining and reduce chances of rotting. Position the post in the middle of the hole, making sure its vertically level. It’s a good idea to use timber supports and bracing to get the post in the correct position before continuing to concrete. Following the instructions on the bag, add the concrete into the hole ensuring to check that its completely straight continuously. We would advise leaving an 1” space so that grass and soil can be placed at the base of the post increasing the overall design.
Step 4 – Fixing the Rails onto the posts
After leaving the concrete to set for 48 hours, it’s now time to add the rails to the gate posts. The easiest way to do this would be to attach them to the face of the posts using high quality nails or screws. There needs to be at least two rails; one at the top of the posts and one closer to the bottom.
Step 5 – Fixing cladding to rails
The type of fencing board that you are using will alter the way that you install them onto the rails. If using 4x1 or 6x1, you will want to leave a 5mm gap in between boards to allow for any swelling and shrinkage that may occur. If using featheredge, please do allow for a 25mm overlap for each board and make sure to nail each board to one another. For every five boards installed, check the level of them making sure they are vertically straight and to stop any creeping. 50mm nails are suitable and should be used to fix the boards onto the rails at both ends to ensure top strength. A gravel board is a great idea and can be placed at the bottom of the fence behind the fencing boards and attached to the other face of the fence post. This will minimise rot of boards and posts in the long run. Do allow a 5mm gap at the bottom to aid on going drainage.
Maintaining your Fence
Wooden garden fences do require some maintenance throughout the year to ensure they last as long as possible and stay looking presentable. We have several steps to helping you preserve them for longer and keeping them in immaculate condition for many years to come.
The harsh weathers and seasons can really take their toll on the fencing boards contributing to colour loss and increasing moisture levels leading to rot and algae growth. To help with this, we recommend using Osmo UV Protection oils which will protect the fencing boards from the Sun, keeping those natural colours and grains in the wood. The natural oil-based preservative has pigments in it which optimally match that of the woods as well as regulating moisture levels within the wood due to the water and rot resistant elements that the oil possess. It does not crack, peel or blister ensuring a smooth, clean finish. We would recommend applying two coats of this stain every 12 weeks to ensure optimal protection at all times.
Cleaning your boards is absolutely necessary to minimise the growth of rot, keep structures strong and keep them looking in tip top condition. We wouldn’t recommend using a high-pressure washer as this could potentially wash away any preservatives and stains that you have applied and damage the boards. Therefore, by using warm soapy water and a sponge, the results are great but make sure not to completely soak the timber as this will raise the moisture levels and potentially cause rot and algae growth.
Something you will need to do on a regular basis is check your timber fence panels and posts for damages. Every now and then whilst enjoying your garden, try to remember to do a quick scan, keeping an eye out for breakages or any signs of rotting. These need to be fixed as soon as possible to prevent any long-term damage. Doing this effectively will mean saving money because you will want to avoid replacing a whole panel, it is better to be proactive to prevent further costs down the line.
We hope you have found this useful and gives you some well needed tips on installing your fence effectively and efficiently. Do make sure to give your fence a maintenance and use the related products provided. If you have any more questions or queries, don’t hesitate to contact our sales team on 01409231763 and they will be happy to help.