Closeboard Garden Fencing – Kent
Closeboard is a stronger alternative to panel fencing. Constructed on site using tenon and mortise joints it creates a very strong and attractive barrier. As standard we erect our closeboard from 100x125mm round topped posts set approximately 750mm into the ground and concreted in. Fences up to 1.2m high will have 2 triangular arris rails over that height will have 3. At the bottom of the fence there is a 22x150mm gravel board fixed to the posts with a cleat and has a 50x50mm centre stump in the middle nailed to the bottom arris rail and the gravel board and concreted into the ground.
On top of the fence it has counter rail and capping, the counter rail is slotted into mortises in the posts and nailed to some of the feather edge, the capping is then nailed to the top of the counter rail using 75mm galvanized nails. The fence is finished off with ex22mm x 100mm feather edge overlapped by 25mm. the life expectancy of this fence is up to 25 years. Closeboard fencing comes in 3m long bays and heights of 600mm to 3000mm in 150mm intervals. Instead of capping the fence could trellis of any height either square holed or diamond trellis.
These can be flat topped, scalloped or bow topped, or a combination. If there is a change in height from one side of the fence to the other the gravel board will often hold back the soil, when this is insufficient we can use a heavy duty 50x150mm timber (or two if the soil goes over the height of one). If this is still insufficient we could use 100x200mm softwood sleepers to any height.
The fence can either be situated behind the sleepers or by using a 100x125mm spur bolted to the sleepers and the fence post can be put directly on top of the sleepers to form a very strong retaining wall and fence. Alternatively concrete posts and gravel boards can be used but in standard heights only.
Displayed are some recent examples of the Closeboard Garden Fencing work carried out.