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Understanding Fencing Terms

Understanding Fencing Terms

We understand putting up a fence is no easy task. What’s more is if you’re putting up a fence for the first time, you might want to get familiar with the technical fencing terms before purchasing. If you’ve decided to begin a fencing project then read our handy fencing guide to aid you.   

Fence Panels

Fence panels are great for closing off outdoor space and making your garden the perfect private place to relax this season. Fence panels come in a variety of sizes, designs and styles including traditional overlap panel, feather edge and picket fence.

Here at Lawsons, we stock a range a wide range of fence panels ranging from our ever-popular lap panels, closeboard panels, picket panels, trellis panels, hurdle fence fanels and decorative panels to ensure our fence panel always follow your style and your homes aesthetic.


Closeboard Fencing

Closeboard fencing is one of the most popular fencing types and it’s easy to see why! It’s known for its strength and versatility, as well as the classic design. This type of fencing is built using vertical featheredge boards that partially overlap for privacy and stability. These are then fixed to horizontal boards behind. It is the most efficient way to build a wooden fence.


Fence Posts

When installing a fence, posts are an important component which must not be dismissed. Fence posts are available in concrete, metal and timber forms and its essential to choose a post which is suitable for your fence structure.

Timber posts as the name suggests are best for timber fences. Lawsons timber posts are kiln dried and treated with timber preservative to ensure a long service life. They are available in both blank and morticed forms to help you build your fence. Alternatively you might want to use concrete post, which is excellent for prolonged longevity and low-maintenance fencing.  


Gravel Boards

Gravel Boards are used underneath to protect your fence from moisture damage and ensure that it lasts as long as possible. You will find two main types of gravel boards consisting of timber and concrete to suit your fencing needs.  A key benefit is gravel boards make the bottom of your fence look tidier by removing uneven gaps making your garden fence look professional and can even help increase the height of your fence.  

Specialist Fencing

Dependent on the fencing requirement, some projects may need specialist fencing such as commercial and public fencing. Lawsons offer a number of timber specialist fencing options including chainlink – ideal for improved security, post and rail fencing for clear boundaries, and traditional chestnut fencing, which is one of the most eco-friendly options available.


Fence Repair Spurs

Most fences are strong and sturdy like those sold at Lawsons, they will have a long life. However, sometimes environmental factors such a strong winds and heavy rainfall might impact the longevity of your fencing. In such circumstances, you might not want to replace all your fencing and can use fence repair spurs. Spurs help repair and support a fence panel which might have become wobbly and are available in concrete and metal options.


Now you understand key fencing terms, why not read our advice on choosing the right fence for your garden by clicking here.