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Choosing Your Fencing

How to choose the right type of fencing

Fencing comes in a variety of styles and types, each with its own set of benefits depending on the function you need it to serve and deciding on the right one is not always easy.  At Fountain Timber, one of the largest suppliers of fencing in the region, we will be happy to help you choose the fencing that would best suit your needs.

There are several factors to consider when deciding what type of fence would be best solution for your home.  Security and privacy are certainly among the top requirements when it comes to home fence and with the wide choice of fencing available they can be achieved without compromising on style. 

Here are few things you need to consider when choosing your fence: 

  • Purpose of the fence
  • Your budget
  • Long term maintenance
  • Any height restrictions on fencing panels applicable in your area.

What are your priorities?


If you want true privacy, choose a fence with little to no space between boards. You may consider Pressure Treated Overlap fence panel  or a bit sturdier  Feather Edge panels or Tongue & Groove Fence Panel  that are constructed from heavier timber and will also provide some element of noise-reduction. Alternatively, you can opt for ever popular traditional featheredge that can be made to measure to  provide simple but durable fence.


The most important features to have for a security fence are the height of the fence, a lack of places to grip and a sturdy, lockable gate. A trellis-topped or trellis fence is almost impossible to climb over as it will collapse under a person’s weight. The noise and damage this would cause can deter opportunists. Coupling a trellis with a prickly climbing plant (such as a rose) adds an additional obstacle.

If security is a key concern, you may also wish to explore our range of gates or call us to discuss metal fencing options.


If the fence is installed at the location prone to strong winds then using panels that allow wind to pass through would be a good solution. For example some of our decorative fence panels like Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Cheshire panels as well as Willow or Hazel hurdles, are very effective wind-breaks as they allow an element of wind through and reduce the vortex effect that a solid barrier would generate while still retaining required privacy and security.

Visual appeal

The look of your fence is another important consideration as the right fence will also add beauty, character and certainly value to your home.

Your budget and the size of the fenced area will also be important factors in choosing the fence that will works best for you. 

By shopping at Fountain Timber, a specialist fencing supplier, you have the opportunity to choose from wide range of fencing materials, panels, posts and accessories to enable you to build the fence that reflects your particular requirements and style and complements your house and garden.

The information and advice in this article is provided in good faith and is designed to give general information and guidance. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. If in doubt we strongly recommend you seek professional assistance. 

If you need further advice with your purchase please ask our experienced staff, we will be happy to help!

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