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Different Garden Fencing Types

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When it comes to difference garden fencing types you have lots of options. There are two main things to consider when choosing garden fence panels; material to use and decorative aspects. Today we are going to discuss these two types. We will also provide you with resources on how to choose the right fencing for your garden. Read on to learn more


Different Fencing materials

One of the first things you may consider when it comes to choosing fencing panels is the material to select. We discuss the options in more detail in our article, What is the best garden fencing. But this is a basic rundown of each option with its advantages and disadvantages.


A plastic fence is lightweight, relatively low-cost and has lots of styles to choose from. However, they can be easily damaged as they tend to be of a lower quality than timber fencing and not as durable as metal.


Metal fencing is great for durability and security, especially when erected as a permanent structure. However, for most people, metal fencing is not an attractive option for their garden. Plus metal tends to be a lot more expensive and more difficult to install because of the material weight. Consider metal fencing when security is a top priority.


Timber fencing is by far the most popular option for garden fence panels. Wood is affordable, easy to install and has a beautiful look to it. There are a huge array of options when it comes to styles, colours and finishes so you can create the look you really want. If treated correctly and made well, timber fencing can be very durable and last for decades. We guarantee our fencing panels for 15 years against rot but we've seen fencing last for longer than that when looked after. There are two options when it comes to timber fencing, hardwood and softwood.


Hardwood will last for a long time and has some unique grains making it a durable and beautiful option for fencing. However, it tends to be a lot more expensive than softwoods due to the nature of hardwoods taking longer to grow. Hardwoods are more densely made woods as well. This makes them heavier and harder to install.


Softwood, on the other hand, is more affordable, lightweight and can be treated to make it more durable. Softwoods can be easily adapted for different finishes and colours, allowing you a greater array of options. We discuss in more detail, the best timber for fencing here and the pros and cons of timber fencing.


Garden Fencing Decorative Styles

There are several main fence panel styles to choose from. Each offers a different degree of privacy and design features.

Solid Fencing Panels

The traditional horizontal fence panels, which use overlapping panels to create the square of the fence, has long been the most popular fence type. These fence panels offer full privacy and security by blocking all visibility through to a garden. Though they are not known as a unique design, solid fence panels can be painted and stained to add a bit more interest to this plain fence type.

Double Slatted Fencing Panels

Hit & Miss panels, also known as Double Slatted Fencing Panels, offer a more contemporary update to traditional panels. They block out the majority of the view by alternating horizontal slats along the vertical axis but maintaining that contemporary look. This is a great option if you love a contemporary look but want to ensure privacy.

Semi-solid Fencing Panels

Semi-solid, or horizontal Single Slatted Fence panels, provide a beautiful addition to any garden. These unique contemporary fence panels, use horizontal slats at different levels to create the illusion of space. They also allow light and air to flow through easily which is great for spaces that need to be brightened up. They also make great options for screening off different sections of a garden. Read more about the different types of slatted fence panels.

Additional Decorative features

If you are looking for even more decorative options, adding trellis work to the top of your fencing can add height and interest to your garden. Just ensure, it does not go above the maximum height allowed.


Purpose of garden fence

It's also important to remember the purpose of the fence when it comes to weighing up your options. Is your garden fencing there for privacy, security, for decorative reasons or for sectioning on an area of the garden? It could be that it is a combination of all four. Whatever the reason, determining the use of the fence will help you decide which of the above options is right for your garden.


Choose your Garden Fencing

Browse our range of contemporary garden fencing. We offer single slatted and double slatted fencing for contemporary designed gardens. We also offer a full colour match service for our Tempo Vibe range. Get in touch if you would like to discuss your order or need a bespoke option.