Autumn is a good time of year to consider putting up new fencing in your garden. Climbing plants and shrubs are dying back and losing their leaves, allowing you to check if your fence is in good condition or if it needs replacing.
We regularly replace fencing in Oxford and surrounding areas; here’s some basic information to get you started when you look at choosing your new fence.
Types of Fencing
There are two main types of fencing, and which you go for will depend on your budget and your requirements.
Standard fence panels are the cheaper, quicker option. They’re made from treated wood and built to set heights. They are quick to put up and you’re likely to get 8 to 10 years use from them.
Closed board fencing is a higher-price option, but it will last longer because it’s pressure treated. You’re likely to get a good 15 – 20 years of use out of it before it needs replacing. The materials might be more expensive, but it has a longer life so may be more economical in the long-run. Another advantage of closed board fencing is that you can make the fence any height you like, whereas fence panels are made at set heights.
If you’re looking to replace an old shed in your Oxford garden, or install a new shed, this is a great time of year to do it. A standard pressure-treated wooden shed is likely to cost you around £300 – £500.
If you’re replacing an existing shed you’re likely to be able to use the existing foundation from the old shed, but if not, you’ll need to build a foundation or the shed will be unstable. The budget option is utility slabs, which are cheap and quick to put down. But if you want a more permanent, secure solution, you could get someone in to put down a concrete base professionally.