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The Best Fence Panels For Windy Areas: Pro Tips & Products

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.

We offer Elite & Supreme slatted fence panels starting from just £40.93 per 1.8m panel, including a ten year warranty. 

Trellis Panels

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.

Looking for the best offers on fence panels for windy areas?

eDecks offers some of the best deals on all types of fencing online. What’s more is, we even offer online support and expert advice to help you pick the right fence for your space and even tips on how to install it. We can get your new fence to you fast, with no hassle and often delivery is completely free!

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

ONLY FSC certified sustainable wood products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on all of our fencing materials (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

Fence Panels: Pressure Treated vs Dip Treated

There are two main types of treatment that are commonly used with timber fencing and fence panels – dip treated and pressure treated. Both of these are very effective methods of protecting your timber and today we will be discussing the most important differences.

Dip treated fence panels are often a darker brown or golden colour. The dip treating process is fairly quick to do, resulting in a lower price compared to pressure treatment which takes longer. However, dip treatment does not last quite as long and may require additional applications of a brush on preservative in order to give the timber the longest life possible.

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Pressure treated is a method that forces preservatives into the timber, through to the middle and is done by putting the timber in a vacuum and then large amounts of pressure applied to force the chemical preservatives in. These preservatives, like those in dip treatments, are very effective against insects and fungal decay. Due to this process, pressure treated fence panels are slightly more expensive because they last longer than dip treated, but you need to weigh up the importance of the initial costs against the length of time you expect the timber to last.

When pressure treating fence panels, we take the timber, after it has been cut to size, and place it on a pallet. The panel is then placed into a large circular tank which is underground and sealed before the air is removed via a vacuum. By removing the moisture within the timber, you are left with more space deep within it, and so after the air has been removed, the tank is flooded with a preservative. Once the tank is full, the air is removed again which forces the preservative deep into the grain of the timber. Pressure treatment is so deeply enthused into the grain of the timber that reapplication is rarely needed and provide far more protection against rot and fungal decay. When you purchase the majority of pressure treated fence panels from eDecks, they come with a ten year guarantee against rot and fungal decay, meaning that the initial cost may be higher, but will save you time and money in the future.

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Dip treatment, which is sometimes referred to as dipping, is kind of like a fake tan for fence panels – as with a pressure treatment, there is a tank underground, however instead of being sealed within a deep chamber, the timber is simply immersed in a bath of treatment for a period of time and then left to dry. This adds a colour and protection to the fence panels like a fake tan would, however it will fade over time. Dip treated fence panels are initially cheaper to purchase than pressure treated timber which is due to the dip treating process taking less time and therefore incurring lower labour and storage costs, however this therefore means that retreatment is necessary, meaning the cost will increase year and year.

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eDecks offers some of the best deals on Dip Treated and Pressure Treated Fence Panels around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.

Fencing: A Guide to Overlap and Vertilap Fence Panels

Fencing is a good option for adding privacy and security to your garden and with Spring on its way, it’s a good time to stop and take stock of your garden plans for the seasons ahead. Dependent upon budget, purpose and size, the variety of fence panels available is plentiful and choosing the right fit for your garden can be a struggle, however, here at eDecks we like to make things as simple as possible for our customers, and we will equip you with the knowledge you need to make a decision on what works best for you.

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Overlap Arch

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Vertilap Arch

If you would prefer a heavier duty fence panel, then vertilap fencing is the best way to go. The design means that each wooden board covers part of the next and so allows no light through yet creates a very private fencing area, as well as adding strength to the fencing panel. The added strength is excellent for security, but also helps if you or your neighbours has pets, so that they stay on the correct side of the fence. They are available in both vertical and horizontal overlaps, some boasting heavy duty boards and even made to measure.

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Overlap

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Vertilap

If you are on a budget, overlap fence panels are a common and wallet-friendly solution. Whilst these panels are not quite as strong as alternatives such as vertical lap panels, they are super easy to install, as well as being inexpensive whilst still providing your garden with privacy. With our handy guide below you can install your very own garden fencing area!

  • 1: Ask the Neighbours – Every new fencing project should begin with consulting your neighbours; this has as much to do with keeping good relations as it does practicality as constructing a new fence is always easier to do if you have access to it at both sides.
  • 2: Pick a Type – It is important to find the right type of fencing for your garden, and here at eDecks we offer a wide range to choose from so it is worth considering what you are wanting from your fence before making a decision. Overlap fence panels are constructed from overlapping horizontal boards and offer high levels of privacy at a very good price, with heavy duty vertilap being the strongest fence panels, offering a perimeter fencing that is very sturdy with a high privacy level. To calculate how many fence panels to buy, start by measuring the area that you want to cover. Since fence panels are usually 6ft wide, you need to divide the length of ground by six to calculate how many panels you will need. For example, an area of 30ft would require 5 panels.
  • 3: Post It – With your fence panel designs taken care of, it is time to then get started installing the fence posts. Steel fence posts are by far the more sturdy option in comparison to wooden fence posts, but they do require more effort to put up. Timber posts on the other hand, are relatively easy to erect so they’re perfect if this is your first time building a fence. If you are using timber posts, we do recommend extending their lifespan by using a wood preserver of your choice.
  • 4: Supporting Cast – Next up, you will need to set the posts in using concrete or steel fence supports to keep them in place. Both methods are good options for securing your posts in the ground, although if you choose to set your posts in concrete, you will require longer fence posts. For a six foot high fence, you will need eight foot long posts, as they will need to be buried at least two feet deep. If you are using steel supports, then these can be the same as the fence panel length.
  • 5: Let’s Prep – Begin preparation by marking the line your fence will follow with string, attaching it to posts along the boundary line. Any climbing plants or dense grass should also be cut away to allow easy access to the area.
  • 6: Diggin’ It – If you are using wooden posts, make sure the holes are at least two feet deep; any shallower and your fence will become wobbly during strong winds. Using your boundary string line as a guide, dig holes at both ends of the line, aiming for holes that are three times wider than the width of the posts. For example, if your post is 4x4inches, dig a hole 12x12inches wide. This will ensure the concrete foundation will be sturdy enough to secure your posts. Mark an 8ft scrap of timber two feet above the bottom to make sure that the depth of the holes are correct and if the mark lines up with the ground, your postholes are deep enough. If you are using steel fence supports, place a piece of scrap timber into the support and hammer that into the ground until the top of the steel support is level with the ground.
  • 7: Set in their Ways – If you are using steel supports, you will not need to worry about securing your posts in the ground, but if you are using wooden posts, you will need to set concrete around them to hold them in place. Once the first and last postholes are ready, position your post and ask a friend to hold it in place. You can mix your own concrete if you prefer, but a 1kg Postcrete mix will work just as well. The Postcrete mix will set in just a few minutes so ensure that your posts are straight using a spirit level. Slope the concrete away from the post using a trowel to get the water to run away from the base of your posts. Next, attach a new line of string on the top of your bookending posts to make sure the other posts line up correctly all along the boundary. You can also use this line to quickly check that the heights of your posts are correct too. With the line in place, you are then ready to continue digging the other holes if you haven’t already done so. Measure out and mark the position of the holes by placing the fence panels against the first post.
  • 8: Putting up the Panels – Now that the posts are in place, nail the post clips to the fence post first and then onto the fence panel. Two or three U-shaped clips per post will be enough to hold the panel in place. Keep the base of your panels from rotting and installing gravel boards. You can protect the top of your posts by using a decorative post cap. Prevent the cap from splitting by drilling a hole into the cap before you attach it to the post.

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Overlap

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Vertilap

eDecks offers some of the best deals on maintenance-free Overlap and Vertilap Fence Panels around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

Handy FREE installation guides.

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.

10 Year Guarantee against rotting! *Provided all products have been fitted and maintained to the manufacturer’s recommendations. *

Decking Paint: The Benefits of Applying Them

Decking paint is a fairly new addition to traditional decking treatments such as decking oils and stains. Whereas decking oils and stains are about retaining the natural appearance of the wood grain, decking paints are designed to give a different kind of appearance. Decking paints are available in a wide range of colours and are ideal for older decking which has been neglected and makeover projects if a major decking restoration isn’t possible. They can also be used on new decking if you are wanting an alternative look to the standard decking finish. As well as decking, these kinds of paints can also be used on arbours, arches, pergolas, car ports and much, much more. So whether you are wanting a colourful garden, or something demurer, read on for our top tips on using decking paints.

ronseal rescue paint

Benefits of Using a Decking Paint

  • Resistant to foot traffic and weathering. Paint often fills gaps and cracks and gives a thicker finish, so it can often be useful for repairing wood that has already been damaged a little by the elements and bad weather. Some paints are made specifically for that purpose.
  • Available in a range of attractive colours. Painting allows you to use any colour you want and because paint is solid, you can completely cover an old colour which leaves your options wide open.
  • Quick and easy to apply as well as quick drying.
  • Gives long-lasting protection and colour. It can also often be easier to clean, especially if it is a good quality paint and is allowed to cure properly before put into use as it will then create a hard shell that dirt usually washes straight off.
  • Paint is more protective of wood and generally speaking, paint resists rot, mould, and sun damage better than other options.
  • A cheap way to resurrect old, worn decking.

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As with all DIY projects, preparation is the key to success. Simply follow these steps to add some colour to your decking project.

  • Before painting, decked areas should be clean, dry, and free from surface dirt, grit and other surface contaminates.
  • Remove all garden furniture and other items from the decking so that the surface is clear.
  • Remove any old areas of decking stain or paint which have started to crack, peel or flake with a jet washer or decking stripper.
  • Any areas that are affected by mould, algae or fungi should be cleaned with a scraper, stiff broom or brush to remove all surface matter. It is worth treating these areas with a mould and mildew cleaner which will kill off any remaining spores in the wood and helps to prevent re-growth.
  • If required, use a wood preservative but one that doesn’t contain wax, oil or silicone.
  • Paint the decking boards with the decking paint working the full length of 2 to 3 boards at a time.
  • Allow the first coat to dry as per the container instructions.
  • Apply a second coat as directed by the manufacturer.

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Please note that decking paint may not be suitable for decking which has been oiled or treated with a product that contains wax in the last 12 to 24 months.

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Decking Paint around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Delivery starts at just £7.19!

Composite Fence Panels: A Contemporary Addition

A majority of fences are made from hard or soft woods, although recently, there has been a surge in the popularity of composite fence panels due to its contemporary style, which is a relatively new building material that is made from a mixture of plastic and real wood. Composite fence panels are often made from recycled materials, making it an eco-friendly option. The wood composition gives it a beautifully authentic look, while the plastic allows the fencing to last much longer than wholly organic materials. Using composite fencing means your fence will last far longer than the original wooden versions, resulting in fewer replacements and therefore fewer trees are cut down to replace them.

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There are many attributes to composite fence panels;

  • Deflects noise pollution – allowing you to enjoy the tranquillity of your garden without outside noise pollution seeping in.
  • Heavy duty – They have reinforced vertical slats ensuring they are gale force proof, resulting in no more cracked or blown out panels.
  • Maintenance free – No more painting and staining, as composite panels don’t fade like traditional fencing.
  • Superior durability – When compared to wood, composite fence panels don’t rot or splinter which is often the case in traditional wooden fencing.
  • Design – Our composite fence panels are designed to fit within your existing structure. No fixings are required as the composite fence panel fits within traditional concrete posts.
  • Cost effective – No need to buy replacement wooden panels after bad winters, as composite fence panels are excellent at withstanding harsh conditions.
  • Easy to assemble – Our composite fencing panels come ready made, so all you need to do is slot them between the original concrete posts.

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Our composite fence panels come in a range of sizes and are suitable for fitting in-between existing concrete posts. They are dual sided meaning you could even split the cost with your neighbours so that you can both enjoy the aesthetic qualities of the fencing. We also offer a variety of colours to complement our composite decking collection, including Natural, Walnut and Graphite.

composite

Composite fencing can be slightly more expensive than traditional pure wood fencing, but you can save yourself money by purchasing your fencing online, without the costs of showrooms and stores throughout the country. Online retailers can offer huge discounts on exactly the same products you may find at local hardware stores, so having a quick browse online can be a very cost effective solution. You will then still have the same guarantee as you would in person, with the added benefit that your goods will be delivered straight to your door. If you’re looking for extra guidance on installation, eDecks offers an incredible support service which you can use prior to any purchase, as well as offering professional guides to follow as you build.

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To go with your composite fence panels, we also offer a range of accessories, including Composite Fence Posts, Composite Fence Post Caps, available in Flat, Acorn or Globe styles, Composite Fence Post Bolt Downs, to make the installation of a small fence quick and easy, meaning that concrete drives are no longer a problem, and lastly Supaspikes, which have fins that bite into the soft ground giving a stable base for smaller fences.

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eDecks offers some of the best deals on maintenance-free Composite Fence Panels around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Composite fence panels are tough and hard-wearing, give the appearance of a wooden finish and are manufactured here in the UK. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

Handy FREE installation guides.

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.

20 Year Guarantee against rotting! *Provided all products have been fitted and maintained to the manufacturer’s recommend