Timber Fencing

While timber is becoming more expensive than Colorbond for fencing in many cases, sometimes site conditions, customer preferences or just the general ‘ambience’ dictate the more natural alternative.

The most common combination today uses hardwood posts, pine rails and pine palings. If termites are an issue, galvanised steel posts can be used instead.

A long straight timber fence can look quite spectacular – but get a nail gun if planning DIY.

When a fence is needed over a concrete slab, the hardwood posts can be attached to the slab with galvanised stirrups rather than digging a hole. Posts can also be bolted to house walls if required.

Fences and gates can sometimes require unusual solutions – timber can offer very flexible solutions

For areas with uneven ground, obstacles, or where an unusual effect is required, timber may be the best option. Both the top and bottom edges can be ‘moulded’ to suit the environment or the customer’s requirements.

Timber fences can be sculpted into almost any shape

When gates are required in timber fences, one great option is to use galvanised steel framing with palings nailed or screwed to the frame. If like us, you have a shop just around the corner that fabricates such frames to order, these are the best option. Otherwise, most hardware stores sell the gate kits that can be adjusted to suit each particular job. If using screws to attach the palings, make sure to get ‘wingteks’ that cut a clearance hole in the timber around the screw before cutting into the steel frame. Alternately you can get special nails to suit most nail guns.

With galvanised steel gate frames, sag is a thing of the past, even without bracing.

Finally, timber fences are easier when integrating things like letterboxes into the fence.

Whether it’s a letterbox or a key-type deadlock, timber fences make it easy.