fence care and maintenance

Pressure Treated wood:

To ensure the longevity of all exposed softwood timber, preservation is essential. All the wood we use in our fencing has undergone pressure treatment which will aid in the protection against: Rot, decay and infestation.

Our supplier uses a pressure treatment called ACQ 1900 :

1 – ACQ 1900, Green – typically a light olive green
2 – ACQ 1900, Brown – typically a deep brown

ACQ 1900 conforms to British, European and international standards for use in BS EN 335 Hazard Classes 1,2,3 & 4.  The timber is kiln dried which then allows greater penetration of the wood by the pressure treatment process.

Pressure treated wood will help to protect the timber from weathering but we would still recommend adding further wood preservatives after two or three years in order to maintain the integrity of the wood.  We are happy to carry out this work for you and for some customers we have an informal contract whereby we repaint installed fences and sheds every couple of years.

Ground rot:

By far the most common reason for a fence to collapse is due to ground level rot to the posts.  We usually find that a timber post that has failed will do so because ground moisture has rotted the very small area that is in contact with the ground….the rest of the post is usually solid and strong.  As well as only using pressure treated posts, we would also recommend using a product called Post Saver:

Post Savers are a bitumen sleeve which fit around the post before it is installed in the ground.  We then heat shrink the sleeve until it sticks tightly to the timber to create a waterproof collar around the post at ground level.  Post Saver sleeves will protect the post from ground rot and therefore will greatly extend the lifespan of the entire fence.  They are also relatively cheap to install at around £3.00 per post installed.