Choosing the right timber

Fencing Your Garden: How to Select the Right Timber and Garden Fence

If you’re considering fencing your garden, selecting the right type of timber and garden fence is a crucial decision. Not only do you want to choose a fence that looks great, but you also want to ensure that it is fit for its purpose, robust and long-lasting. In this article, we’ll take a look at the different types of timber and garden fences available, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and the factors to consider when choosing the right one for your garden.

Types of Timber

Choosing a supplier that can provide pressure-treated and sustainable timber is essential.


Naturally durable and weather-resistant, hardwood offers a beautiful, timeless look to any outdoor area. From classic oak to exotic teak, wide varieties are available for building your wooden fence.


Softwood is popular for garden fences due to its affordability and versatility. It’s typically lighter in colour than hardwood and can be painted or stained any colour to match the look of your garden space.

Fencing Types

Solid fence panels

Wooden solid fence panels are the most traditional panel type, offering natural aesthetics that blend with any landscape.


·   Provides a reliable and attractive barrier

·   Ideal for those who want to keep out unwanted visitors while still enjoying the look of their outdoor space


·   Not the best for a windy area

Picket fence

Picket fences are composed of vertical posts with evenly spaced gaps between them and pointed pickets running along the top.


·   Add charm to any home’s outdoor space

·   Easy to install and maintain


·   Not suitable for keeping pets in, as they are relatively low and easy to jump over


Slatted fences typically consist of multiple horizontal boards connected by vertical posts at regular intervals.


·   Has a modern aesthetic and versatile functionality

·   Allows some natural light into your garden area


·   Doesn’t provide total privacy


Close-board fences are a popular choice when creating boundaries in gardens. They’re made from overlapping vertical timber boards and secured with horizontal rails.


·   Provide a solid barrier that is both aesthetically pleasing and highly durable

·   Provides shelter from wind or sound and creates private spaces within larger outdoor areas


·   Can be more expensive to install

Hit and miss

This type of fencing consists of wooden planks fixed together in an alternating pattern with gaps between them.


·   Has a distinctive look that adds visual interest to any outdoor space

·   Perfect for gardens or yards with heavy winds, as it can withstand moderate gusts


·   Relatively expensive compared to other types of garden fences

How to Choose the Right Timber and Fencing Type

Consider the following:

·   Type of wood: The type of wood you choose can impact the durability and aesthetics of your fence.

·   Treatment: The treatment of your timber can also affect its durability.

·   Strength: The strength of your fence is critical for durability and security.

·   Cost: Thicker timber and complex designs can increase the total installation cost.

Maximise Your Garden Fence by Investing in Quality Materials

At Enterprise Works, we understand the importance of a well-built and properly maintained garden fence. Whether you’re looking to install a new garden fence or need to repair an existing one, trust the experts at Enterprise Works to take care of your timber frame construction needs. Call or email our team to learn more about our services and how we can help you create the perfect outdoor space.

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