Dave's Fencing Guide for North kent


This little guide gives you some information and help when deciding on a new fence.



also known as feather edge fencing, is a type of fencing characterized by its closely spaced vertical wooden boards that are attached to horizontal(Arris) rails.
Closeboarding fencing can be installed using either wooden or concrete posts and the same with gravel boards.
Wooden posts provide a classic and natural look that blends seamlessly with the closeboarding fence, especially if you prefer a rustic or traditional look for your property.
Concrete posts are exceptionally durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions, making them a long-lasting option for closeboarding fences.
Another extra edition to add is the,
Top capping rail, a top cap on closeboarding serves as a finishing touch that not only enhances the appearance of the fence but also provides functional benefits such as weather protection, increased longevity, and reduced maintenance. It's a valuable addition to consider for your closeboard fence.

Ideal for front, and back side fencing and sloping gardens, from 3ft to 6'5ft high.


Waney lap panels, also known as waney edge panels or larch lap panels, are often a cost-effective fencing solution, making them a popular choice for homeowners and gardeners looking for an attractive yet budget-friendly option.
Ideal for side fences that border your neighbor's property, but not the best if it's open to the public.

Closeboard panels
offer high privacy and security, making them suitable for properties where you want to establish a clear and secure boundary.
Ideal for front, back, and side fencing, especially on footpaths or facing public areas, etc.

Decorative panels
can combine privacy with elegance. Some designs incorporate elements like latticework  or intricate patterns that offer privacy without sacrificing the fence's decorative appeal.
Ideal for front and side fencing.

Posts, The flexibility to install your panels with either 3x3 or 4x4 wooden posts or concrete slotted posts is advantageous, as it allows you to choose the best support option based on your preferences, budget, and specific fencing needs.

Gravel boards underneath fence panels create a protective barrier between the panels and the ground. This helps prevent direct contact with soil, moisture, and any potential rot or decay, extending the lifespan of the fence.

  1. 3-Foot Panels:

    • These shorter panels are often used for decorative purposes, garden borders, or low-profile fencing where maintaining a clear line of sight is essential. They may not provide as much privacy but can be suitable for marking boundaries or keeping small animals out of your garden.
  2. 4-Foot Panels:

    • Four-foot panels strike a balance between providing some privacy and maintaining visibility. They are commonly used for front fences, ornamental fencing, and as a boundary marker between properties.
  3. 5-Foot Panels:

    • Five-foot panels offer more privacy and are often used for backyard fencing, especially in residential areas where taller panels are not required but added privacy is desired.
  4. 5.6-Foot Panels (5'6ft): (Only in Closeboard panels)

    • These panels provide a bit more height and privacy than 5-foot panels. They are suitable for back and side fencing and are often chosen when you want increased privacy without the full height of a 6-foot fence.
  5. 6-Foot Panels:

    • Six-foot panels are commonly used when maximum privacy and security are essential. They are ideal for back and side fences in residential and rural areas, as they provide a substantial barrier while still visually appealing.

Picket | Pallisade

Picket fencing

with various top styles, such as flat top, round top, or pointed top, can be an excellent choice for a front fence or for creating a secure area for your pets. Each of these top styles has its unique characteristics and advantages:

  1. Flat Top Picket Fencing:

    • Clean and Modern: Flat-top picket fences have a clean, modern, and straightforward appearance. They offer a timeless and classic look that can complement a wide range of architectural styles.
    • Visibility: The flat top design provides clear visibility both into and out of your property, which can be advantageous for maintaining an open and welcoming feel in your front Garden.
  2. Round Top Picket Fencing:

    • Elegant and Traditional: Round-top picket fences have a more traditional and elegant appearance. The curved design adds a touch of sophistication and charm to your front Garden.
    • Safety: The rounded tops are generally smooth and safe, making them suitable for pets and children.
    • Aesthetics: The curved tops can enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your property, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  3. Pointed Top Picket Fencing:

    • Classic and Decorative: Pointed top picket fences have a classic and decorative look. The pointed tips add a level of visual interest and can serve as a deterrent for climbing.
    • Security: The pointed tops can act as a mild deterrent to climbing over the fence, making it a suitable choice for pet containment or security.
    • Aesthetics: Pointed tops can be visually appealing and provide a unique twist to the traditional picket fence design.

All can be installed with both wooden posts and concrete posts, along with the option of using gravel boards. This flexibility allows you to tailor your fencing project to your specific preferences and needs.

Most sizes are 3ft high but we have installed 6ft before.



whether used on its own or as an addition on top of a fence, can be a versatile and attractive feature in your garden or landscape. Here are some ways trellis can be used:

1. Standalone Trellis:

  • Climbing Plants: Standalone trellises are perfect for training climbing plants, such as vines, roses, or clematis. The trellis provides support for the plants to grow vertically, adding height and visual interest to your garden.
  • Privacy Screen: Place multiple trellises side by side to create a decorative privacy screen. You can grow fast-growing, dense climbers on the trellis to create a natural privacy barrier.
  • Garden Dividers: Use trellis as a garden divider or to separate different sections of your outdoor space. This can help create distinct areas within your garden.

2. Trellis on Top of a Fence:

  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Adding trellis to the top of an existing fence can enhance its visual appeal. It introduces a decorative element that softens the look of the fence and provides a backdrop for plants.
  • Privacy and Security: When combined with climbing plants, a trellis on top of a fence can increase privacy by creating a living green screen. This added height can also enhance security by making it more difficult to climb over the fence.


Gates come in a variety of styles and sizes to suit different needs and applications, gates we install

  1. Back Gate (Single Gate):

    • A back gate, also known as a single gate, is typically a standard-sized gate designed for pedestrian access to your backyard or garden. It provides a convenient entry point while maintaining security and privacy.
  2. Double Gates:

    • Double gates consist of two gate panels that swing open or slide apart, creating a wider opening. They are commonly used for vehicle access, such as driveway gates, and can accommodate larger vehicles like cars and trucks.
  3. 5-Bar Gates:

    • 5-bar gates are gates characterized by their horizontal bars, usually with five evenly spaced horizontal bars running across the gate's width. They are often associated with a rustic or rural aesthetic and are commonly used in agricultural or country settings.
  4. Small Front Gates (Front Gate):

    • Small front gates are gates designed for pedestrian access to the front of your property. They are typically smaller than back gates, serving as an entry point to your home's front garden

Fencing repairs

Fencing repairs are essential for maintaining the functionality and appearance of your fencing. Depending on the extent of the damage or wear, various repair methods can be employed by us.

  1. Posts Replacement:

    • When fence posts become damaged, rotted, or unstable, they may need to be replaced. This repair involves removing the old posts and installing new ones securely in the ground to provide stability for the fence.
  2. Concrete Spurs:

    • Concrete spurs are used to repair or reinforce existing fence posts that have become loose or damaged. They are essentially short sections of concrete that are set into the ground alongside the existing post, providing additional support and stability.
  3. Panels and Boards Replacement:

    • Over time, fence panels or boards can become damaged, warped, or weathered. Replacing individual panels or boards can restore the fence's appearance and structural integrity.
  4. Fixing Loose Fixtures:

    • Repairing loose fixtures, such as hinges, latches, or brackets, is essential to ensure that gates and doors function properly and securely.
  5. Straightening Leaning Fences:

    • Fences that have started to lean due to soil erosion or shifting can often be straightened and stabilized with appropriate repairs to the posts and bracing.

I hope this guide proves helpful whenever you require a new fence installation, whether it's with our us or another provider. But hey, we're here for you!

If you need further information or guidance on anything related to fencing, please don't hesitate to reach out. We offer installation and repair services in Medway, Strood, Rainham, Gillingham, Chatham, Gravesend, Maidstone, Sittingbourne and beyond.

Feel free to contact me with any additional questions or for more details about our fencing services.

Warm regards, Dave

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