Introduction

 

Selecting the right fencing for your property is a delicate dance between cost, durability and time. In this guide, we’ll delve into the key factors of materials, wood quantity, labour time and the often-overlooked element of fence lifespan. 

In summary, we’ll emphasise how investing slightly more upfront for a higher-quality fence can lead to substantial long-term savings, meaning it is often the most economical option over the lifespan of the fence. 

 

Material Quality

 

Affordability in fencing is significantly influenced by the choice of materials. Wood, the most popular and a cost-effective option, comes in various thicknesses, impacting both initial cost and durability. Striking a balance of a moderately thick panel can provide a durable solution without a hefty price tag.

Alternatively, you could consider composite panels – using a blended plastic base. Whilst these are significantly more expensive in the short term, they are infinitely more durable and will last a lifetime, meaning they can be much more economical over several decades. 

 

Fastenings Matter!

 

The method used to fasten fencing components is crucial for long-term sturdiness. All too often tacks are used to press together panel fastenings. While tacks may seem economical initially, investing in a panel that has been manufactured using high-quality screws pays off in reduced repair and replacement costs over time. Unfortunately, many panels are mass manufactured using tacks for speed of production and to marginally reduce costs. We see this as a false economy and so all of our panels are manufactured using good quality screws. 

 

Wood Treatment

 

Proper wood treatment enhances the longevity of fencing, making it resistant to decay, insects, and the effects of weather. Though slightly more expensive, pressure-treated wood is a cost-effective option, extending the fence’s lifespan without a significant increase in cost. There are different qualities of wood treatment, so it’s worth while checking the treatment used, because this will impact how soon you will need to re-treat the wood under your own maintenance, or by hiring a tradesman to do this maintenance for you – potentially increasing the overall cost of the fence over the lifespan. All of our panels are treated with the highest quality wood treatment for longevity and minimal maintenance. 

 

How much wood… would be required!

 

Different fencing styles necessitate varying amounts of wood. Overlaps and double-sided designs will naturally require more wood, and it’s essential to carefully consider your needs and budget. Balancing added features with overall cost is key to achieving a cost-effective solution.

 

Moving the fence posts!

 

As you would imagine, wooden posts are a lot more affordable than concrete posts, both in terms of the material cost, as well as the amount of labour required to install them. Whilst concrete posts will last a lot longer, if they become tilted they can be expensive to straighten. 

Aesthetically, wooden posts tend to be more favourable, but in reality most fence styles allow for the fence posts to be hidden, so it is often a decision that comes down to budget rather than aesthetics. 

Ease of Manufacturing and Installation

 

Intricate designs often provide an elevated aesthetic but can lead to higher labour costs during manufacturing and installation. Balancing visual appeal with time efficiency is an important consideration when weighing up overall expenses.

 

The importance of Longevity

 

Beyond upfront costs, it’s crucial to consider the lifespan of the fence. A better-quality fence almost always lasts longer before needing replacement. While paying slightly more upfront might seem like an additional expense, the long-term savings become evident as the need for repairs and replacements decreases.

 

Conclusion

 

When considering fencing options, it’s important to strike the right balance between material quality, fastenings, wood treatment, the amount of wood required, post types, skill required and longevity. Remember that paying slightly more upfront for a better-quality fence can result in substantial savings over its lifespan. Prioritise durability, factor in time efficiency, and make informed decisions to create a fencing solution that not only protects your property but also stands the test of time and budget constraints.

If you have any questions around fencing costs, please get in touch with our team, who will be happy to help provide any advice you may need.