Picket fencing can offer a discrete, visually pleasing fence, while still defining a boundary. Although picket fencing can be fitted to various heights, it is usually used to define a boundary rather than adding privacy. This style of fencing lends itself to areas that are open to the winds and requires a lot less maintenance than a hedge.
Picket fencing is usually installed on timber posts, but there are various concrete post options available such as multi-hole and recessed concrete posts. Fence posts are set in at 1.8-meter centres. This allows a 3.6m rail to cover 3 posts (2 bays) and allows a secondary rail to be staggered from the second post in the fence line again spanning over 3 posts, creating a brick bond effect with the rails. This helps to increase the strength and longevity of the fence line.
With a concrete post option, the rails are bolted through the pre-fabricated holes and held in position with M10 bolts, nuts, and washers. With timber posts, the rails are simply screwed to the face of the posts. Individual picket pales are then fixed to the timber rails in each bay.
Due to building each bay with individual pales, we can offer a bespoke fence with any size gap between the pales. The tops of the pales are commonly available with a square, round or pointed finish, and are planed and smoothed timber. The pales can be fitted to any required height and are usually fitted just above ground level, in a uniformed height reflecting the flow of the ground level.
Although it is not necessary to install a gravel board to picket fencing, six-inch timber gravel can be added to the timber posts with the pales sitting on top of it. This allows a flower bed to be created up to the boundary and will retain any soil, bark chippings, decorative shingle, or gravel.
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