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Close Board
21/05/21
Close board fencing explained

Close board fencing is by far the most requested style of fencing that we supply and install. It benefits from clean lines and durability, it's pleasing to the eye and works in most locations. 

Not to be confused with ready made close board panels it is constructed on site from individual timbers and is one of the most flexible styles of fencing, it can be any height, any width and used in conjunction with concrete or timber posts and gravel boards. Each section is usually called a bay.

Being bespoke we can build it up to or around trees, in line with different ground levels acheiving a level top with no stepping, something that is not easily acheived with a panel fence, close board is also ideal for a corner property as a radius can be achieved. It can also be built on top of a wall for extra height and privacy.

Your posts can be concrete or timber but they must be mortised to suit the tennons of the arris rails. We advise that posts are at least 2' 6" in the ground for a 6' high fence. The posts should be sunken in a good quality postcrete or ballast and cement mix. Concrete posts come pre mortised, timber posts are mortised to order. If you are doing it yourself we can mortise your timber posts to order, we need to know the measurement from the top of the post to the top of the first mortise and the measurement from the top of the post to the top of every mortise after that. A nice feature is a round top post, it looks more finished than flat top, you could also have a point top, back weather or may be use a post cap.

Arris rails are the triangular timbers that run along the back of the fence and are inserted in to the mortises of the posts. They can be flat ended or scarfed, meaning they are shaped to suit a mortise. Scarfed rails are ideal if doing it yourself but shaping them yourself will give a tighter fit. Usually you would expect to see 2 rails on a 3' - 4' fence, 3- rails on a 5' - 6' 6" high fence and may be 4 rails on 7' or higher. Usually supplied in green timber and UC3 as they do not come in to contact with the ground.

Gravel boards can be either timber or concrete with the latter lasting a lot longer. Timber gravel boards are usually availble in 6" high, concrete in 6" or 12" high. Timber gravel boards are the ideal option when there is no soil to retain or there maybe a large tree root on the fence line that can't be removed, timber can be shaped over the root and can also be cut to create hedgehog holes.

Concrete is a more durable option but can sometimes look a bit commercial. Ideal for retaining soil and where the neighbouring levels are different. A mixture of both can be used where there is soil to be retained but you don't want to see such an expanse of concrete, using the timber gravel board on top of the concrete.

You can mix timber posts with concrete gravel boards and the other way, a suitable cleat is always necessary for what ever combination you use. Cleats attach the gravel board to the post and can be timber or galvanised metal, a centre stump is also required, this runs fron the bottom of the lower arris rail to the gravel board, helping to keep the featheredge pales in line with the gravel board.

Featheredge pales are the pieces of wood that are vertically overlapped and nailed to the arris rails. Commonly used in 100 x ex22mm size and available in various heights. We install them with an approximate 1" overlap, reducing the risk of gapping. Each bay of fencing usually runs the same way but another way of fixing them is reverse pale, the pales are fixed to the arris rales in the opposite direction on alternate bays, this does take a bit longer. Feather edge plaes offer much versatility, they can be cut to suit the slope of the ground and cut in a slope or swan neck to suit a boundary fence going on to a driveway. A convex, concave or wave top finish along with cut out designs are all possible, they take a little longer and cost a bit more but can completely change the look of a fence.

A capping can be the finishing touch to a close board fence. If you decide on a capping you will also require a counter rail. If you go for this option your timber post will need to be mortised accordingly to take the counter rail, at this point you will also need to know how you are finishing the top of your post as this will need to be taken in to consideration. A cappng can be used with a timber or concrete post. Capping finishes any close board fence nicely but isn't essential and isnt usually offered in an estimate unless requested, however we think it always suits a lower fence.

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