Thursday 15 March 2012

Fence Panels or Traditional Fencing?

Both Fence Panels and Traditional methods of fencing have advantages and disadvantages over each other.  Below are some of the advantages of Fence Panels and then some of the advantages of traditional fencing methods.

Fence Panel with Railing on top
A Fence Panel and a Railing Topper Panel
Fence Panels
Installation of fence panels is simple and even simpler with the use of slotted fence posts.  Install the posts and then slot the panels into the posts.

After the fence has been installed, fence panels can be lifted out of the slotted posts which allows access if necessary.

When a panel fence is being installed, it’s straight forward to include another panel on top for decoration.  These panels are known as topper panels, trellis or railings topper panels are a couple of examples.

From an aesthetic point of view, some traditional fences can look better than fence panels.  An example of this is Featherboard, as the fence would not show any posts from the outside of the fence, only boards. 
Traditional Palisade Fencing
An example of traditional palisade running up a slope

Traditional fences are easier to install if the ground slopes.  A fence installed from fence panels would have to be stepped.

Assembly of the fence is performed on site.  If a person is installing the fence on their own, it can make the job easier as they would not have to struggle to lift heavy panels.

If a couple of pales in the fence get broken then it’s easy and cheaper to replace one or two pales of a traditional fence.  Small repairs are not as easy to make on a panel fence, a new replacement panel would have to be purchased.

The length of the fence run is more flexible and easier to install, cutting rails and attaching the amount of pales required is easier than cutting panels at the end of a run to size.

If you wish the fence to change angle at less than 90° then it’s easier to do this with a traditional fence rather than a panel fence.