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Choosing Your Fencing

Different types of fencing

How to choose the right type of fencing

Fencing comes in a variety of styles and types, each offering different advantages according to purpose you need your fence to fulfil and choosing 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.

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 like to consider Pressure Treated Overlap fencing panels or Hertfordshire Panel. The thicker Feather Edge panels or Treated Close Board panels are constructed from heavier timber and will also provide some element of noise-reduction.


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.


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, The Dorset, Hampshire,  Lincolnshire and Wiltshire range of fencing 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.

Noise reduction

The Tongue and Groove Hertfordshire panel is probably the most solidly constructed fencing panel we offer. This panel is double-sided with pressure-treated T&G boards that don’t leave gaps for sound to travel through easily so they will muffle noise where the source originates below panel height.

Visual appeal

By shopping at Fountain Timber, a specialist fencing panel supplier, you have the opportunity to build the fence that reflects your particular requirements as well as style and complements your house and garden. If a solid fence is required and you feel panels would not look right, try Willow or Hazel hurdles; if security is your main concern then a Feather Edge fence paired with solid timber gates gives an imposing look and peace of mind.

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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