We’ve had some pretty windy weather recently and, unfortunately, that’s meant some severe damage across the UK. From entire trees being blown over and houses being badly damaged, we’re seeing the fallout of the storm everywhere. And that includes our fences.
If your fences have been blown over or damaged in the recent storms, you may now be having to replace them – and so we’re being asked more frequently than ever – which fence panels are best for windy areas?
In this article, we’ll run through your best options so you can replace your old fence with one that should be able to withstand strong winds a bit better next time.
Let the wind pass through your fence
Our top tip for choosing a fence that can withstand wind is to choose one that allows the wind to “flow through”. The more air you can let pass through your fence, the less pressure your fence will be under in windy conditions.
If you imagine a kite as one full piece of material it will catch the force of the wind and fly pretty easily. If your kite has a small hole in it, it will take more wind force to fly – and if there are large gaping holes in it, it’s unlikely to ever get enough wind force to fly.
It’s the same principle with fences; more space for air to flow through means your fence takes much less pressure.
With that in mind, you have a wide variety of options for fences that will allow different levels of wind through, depending on your requirements.
Slatted Fence Panels
Slatted fence panels are a great choice if you need privacy and like a sleek modern look. With horizontal fence rails, our slatted fence panels are ultra-strong and don’t have huge gaps between the rails, allowing wind through but offering a good amount of privacy too.
Trellis panels offer plenty of gaps for wind to pass through as well as places for climbing plants to grow. If you’re looking for the ultimate combination of privacy and windproofing, a trellis fence is an excellent choice as you can add vining plants to cover gaps, but plants won’t often completely block wind from passing through.
There are plenty of options with trellis fencing from modern to traditional, starting from just £10.51 per panel.
Wall and Trellis
If you want something private and robust, you could always use a combination of a small brick wall to replace your fence and top it with a short piece of trellis fencing. It could be far cheaper than you think – our bricks start at less than 50p each.
Short Open Fence Panels
If you don’t have a great need for privacy but want to use fencing solely as a boundary, you can consider using short open fence panels. Being shorter they shouldn’t catch the wind as much and they offer vertical open rails with plenty of space for air movement.
Shadow Box Panels
Shadow box panels, also known as double sided paling, offer the most privacy while still allowing airflow. They won’t allow as much wind to pass through as some of the other options above, but they will offer much more windproofing than a standard block fence panel, while keeping complete privacy, with each fence rail blocking light from one side to the next (which creates a ‘shadow’ on the adjacent panel). These are a particularly great option if you need a tall secure fence for pets and children while having your garden in a windy area.
There are so many options for shadow box fence panels, from horizontal and vertical to chevron and top trellis styles. Starting from just £31.56 per 1.85m panel, you’re bound to find one to suit your style and budget.
Ensure your fence has a strong base
Other than allowing wind to flow through your fence more easily, the other important safeguard you should take is to make sure your fence has a strong base. A strong support should help keep your fence grounded – the stronger the base, the more likely your fence will be to withstand high winds.
Dig your posts in deep
It may not come as a surprise, but it’s vital to dig your fence posts in as deep as possible to leave your fence with the best possible foundational strength. We recommend digging your posts a minimum of one-third of the length of the post deep, if possible, half or more. Three feet is the minimum we would recommend for any fence being placed in a highly windy area.
Set your posts in concrete
You can’t choose the soil in your area, but you can choose what you set your post in. We highly recommend using concrete to set your fence posts in to give them the greatest chance at withstanding high winds in stormy weather.
Use Concrete Posts
Better yet than concreting in your wooden fence posts is to get posts made out of concrete too. Concrete posts are your strongest option for holding your fence up against blustery winds.
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