Fencing finishing touches
Sheridan fencing - Dave Relf
The Common Pitfall
Time and again, I've witnessed newly installed fences by various companies looking impeccable at first glance. Panel fencing, especially when paired with concrete slotted posts, offers a sleek and modern appeal. But here's the catch: fast-forward a year or so, and you might notice the gravel boards sagging on one side, or worse, the entire fence becoming uneven.
The Culprit: Inadequate Support
The root of this problem often traces back to the finishing touches—or rather, the lack thereof. While the primary installation might seem flawless, the importance of securing the panels and gravel boards against unforeseen shifts cannot be overstated.
The Solution: A Simple Yet Effective Technique
So, what's the secret to ensuring your fence stands the test of time? It's a straightforward technique that takes mere minutes but can add years to your fence's lifespan.
Collect a Piece of Wood: Begin by sourcing a small piece of wood, preferably about an inch wide, salvaged from your old fencing or any scrap material you might have.
Prepare the Mix: Take a dab of fence mix, ensuring it's of the right consistency to bond effectively.
Apply the Finish: Using the wooden piece as a tool, gently scrape off some fence mix and apply it beneath the panel or gravel board. This creates a subtle but essential lip of concrete just beneath, providing added support and preventing potential sagging or dropping.
While it might seem like a minor detail, this finishing touch can make a world of difference. By investing a few extra minutes during installation, you're ensuring that your fence remains not just visually appealing but structurally sound for years to come. After all, a fence isn't just a barrier—it's an investment in your property's security and aesthetics.
And another tip for slotted posts.
Finishing Touches: Key Considerations for Panel Fence Installation with Slotted Posts
The Importance of Proper Post Placement
One of the most crucial aspects of panel fencing, particularly when utilizing slotted posts, is ensuring the correct positioning of these posts relative to the panels. While slotted posts offer convenience and stability, their placement can significantly impact the overall appearance and functionality of the fence.
The Common Oversight
A frequent oversight in fence installations is allowing the top of the slotted post to extend too far above the panel. While it might seem like a minor detail, this discrepancy can compromise both the aesthetic appeal and structural integrity of the fence.
The Optimal Solution: A Subtle Adjustment
To ensure a seamless and robust fence installation:
Measure and Adjust: When installing slotted posts, aim to keep the top of the post protruding above the panel by less than an inch. This slight elevation ensures that the panel remains firmly in place while maintaining a clean and uniform appearance.
Secure and Align: Once the post is in position, ensure it is securely anchored and aligned correctly. This step is crucial for maintaining the fence's stability and preventing any potential shifts over time.
Attention to detail in fence installation, particularly when using slotted posts, can make a significant difference in the final result. By ensuring the proper positioning and alignment of posts relative to panels, you're not only enhancing the fence's visual appeal but also its durability and longevity. Remember, the finishing touches often make the most considerable impact, turning a good fence into a great one.
With 40 years of dedicated service in Medway, Maidstone, Gravesend, and Sittingbourne, Sheridan Fencing stands as a beacon of expertise and trust. Offering free estimates and invaluable advice, Dave Relf ensures every client receives tailored solutions and unparalleled craftsmanship.