Paul installing new Waney fence panels

Installing Fence Panels

Erecting Fence Panels

Paul installing new Waney fence panels
Paul installing new Waney fence panels

Fences can be installed using cement / postfix into the ground, by metal spikes or by bolting them down with a plate. Here we are going to use the most common method which is to concrete the posts into the ground.

How many panels will I need?

To determine the number of panels you will need, you need to measure the length of the area you wish to install and then divide this figure by 1.9. This will give you the total number of panels needed to complete the installation based on a standard 6ft fence panel.

What tools will you need?

  • Galvanised nails
  • String Line
  • Spade / Post hole digger
  • Spirit level
  • Measuring tape
  • Concrete mix / postfix for fixing the fence posts

Once you have everything you need, it is time to start erecting your fence.

Set Out

First of all we recommend discussing your plans with neighbours if you are going to be installing your fence next to their property.

Assuming everything is okay you will need to find your boundary line and use a string line to mark this area so you can make sure your panels are installed nice and level along the boundary line. This also prevents any fall outs with neighbours over encroaching onto their property.

Preparing your post holes

In the interests of health and safety its recommended to use a detector to make sure that there are no electric cables or pipes in the ground where you are going to be erecting your new fence.

Once you know the area is safe, you are ready to dig out the hole for your first fence post. Using a digging spade or post hole digger dig the hole to a minimum of 600mm (go deeper if the ground is very soft).

Fit the posts

Drop your post into place, and make sure it is sitting level with your spirit level. You can then backfill with your concrete / postfix and any hard core that came out of the hole.

We recommend using wood to support your post whilst waiting for the mix to set.

Measure along from the first post to where your second post needs to be located and prepare your next hole.

Set the second post in the hole, but don’t backfill it yet. Either get someone to hold it, or again use some timber to temporarily prop it in position.

Attach the fence panels

Set your panel into position, making sure you have the correct side facing and you leave enough height if you are installing a gravel board. Then attach your panel to the posts as recommended by your panel manufacturer.

Lay the gravel boards

To stop the bottom of the fencing panel from rotting, it is recommended to install a concrete or timber gravel board. For the purpose of this guide we will assume you are using a timber gravel board.

Lay the gravel board in position along the lowest part of the panel, resting it on the ground. Mark where each one crosses a post and cut to fit.

You can visit our Peterborough Fencing Home Page and contact us should you need any further advice, or if you think you would prefer one of our professional fencing installers to complete the project for you.

Synthetic Slate

Should I repair or replace my roof?

There a quite a few things you are going to have to take into account if you have a damaged roof and are in two minds, wether to replace it or simply fix it. I’ve put together a list of useful questions you can answer to help you make the right decision.

  1. How old is your roof, and how long is it realistically expected to last?

If you have a 19 year old roof and it is only expected to realistcally last for 20 years it makes sense to replace it, if your finances allow it. I’ve listed below the most common roofing materials and given some approximate lifespan ideas.

Cement Tiles: This is probably the most common roofing material that is used residentially and it’s usually expected to last around 40 years in the UK.

Cement Roofing Tiles

Natural Slate: This is generally found used on older listed buildings. Natural slate can last well into 100 years.

Natural Slate

Synthetic Slate: Designed to look like natural slate, synthetic slate is made up of a mixture of plastic and rubber with a lifespam of between 40-50 years. (Most new synthetic slate comes with a guarantee of around 40 years).

Synthetic Slate

Cedar Shingles: Cedar Shingles are used for domestic and commercial roofing, they are generally produced from material remaining after logs have been processed by commercial mills and although quite expensive they look superb. I would expect these to last around 25 years but this could be increased to around 40 years if treated with with Tanalith ‘E’ preservative.

Cedar Shingles Roofing

Metal: Metal roofing is gaining in popularity here in the UK. The lifespan is good to at around 50 years.

Metal Roofing

Depending on how old your roof is compared to how long its lifespam is, here are a few suggestions on when you are best off repairing apposed to replacing your roof.

When you are best off repairing your Roof:

  • If the leak is the first leak you have had
  • If the leak appears after heavy rain and you can spot it each time in the same area
  • If the leak appears to be coming from an area with a missing or damaged tile
  • If it is going to be too expensive for you to affford a full roof replacement

When you should consider replacing your Roof

  • If there a number of leaks in different places that you have already tried repairing
  • If the roof has lots of damaged or missing tiles
  • If the roof has become damaged through a storm and replacement will be covered by insurance
  • If you want to increase the desirability and value of your home.

What next?

Replacing or fixing your roof is just the start. You will now need to decide if you think it is a job you are capable of carrying out yourself or if you are going to employ a professional to do the work for you.

If you are having issues with your roof and want some advice, please feel free to contact our office on 01733 306022 or visit our roofing information page and request a quote for any work you might require.


Fence Blown Down Advice Guide

What to do when your fence blows down

In this post we are going to give you some helpful advice if you have been unfortunate to have your fence blown down due to high winds, who is responsible to replace and how to improve the strength.

Fence Blown Down

What options do you have with a blown down fence?

Nobody can prevent bad weather and if you've been unfortunate enough to have your fence blown down because of a storm, you really have two options -repair the fence or replace it. The choice is going to be down to the severity of the damage and wether the fence posts or panels are beyond repair.

In most cases its probably going to be more economical and sensible to simply replace your fence with a new one. We always recommend installing a high quality fence that will withstand strong winds and suffer minimal damage even under the strongest of conditions. A well installed closeboard fence with concrete posts from Peterborough Improvements should last 10 - 15 years.

If your fence has come down in a lot of cases it will be down to the fence posts themselves snapping at the bottom of the post, usually due to moisture from the ground rotting the post.

Economical Fencing Repair For Broken Post

Concrete Spur Post Repair Peterborough
Concrete Spur Post Repair example

One economical repair you can do in this situation is to keep the existing posts in place and install a new concrete spur post to it.

This is then concreted into the ground giving the strength of a concrete post without having to take the entire fence down or replace it and keeping cost to a minimum. You should expect to pay somewhere between £75-£100 for each spur post to be supplied and fitted.

Below we have included an instructional video showing how to install a new concrete spur post should you have the confidence to do this sort of work yourself.



Econimical Fencing Repair for broken Arris rail

The arris rail is the horizontal timber that runs along of the back of a straight through closeboard (featheredge) fencing section. This can become damaged in high winds especially if a post has snapped causing the arris rail to take the weight of the fence.

An arris rail can be fixed relatively easily with the use of an arris rail bracket. This is a bracket made of galvanised steel that is specifically shaped to fit around the rail with holes in place for you to secure with screws. The bracket comes in two different designs flanged and non-flanged (flanged design shown below), which one you will need to use will depend on where the break is.

arris rail repair


There are two areas where the arris rail can break - close to the post or in the centre.

Here you can see how the repair is made using the arris rail bracket and for most this will be a repair that can be completed without the need to hire a professional.

The steps below will show you have to fix a broken arris rail near the fence post (common repair) using a flanged arris rail bracket. Simply use a non flanged bracket if the repair is near the centre placing the centre of the bracket over the break and attaching with screws to both broken parts.

Fixing an arris rail using a repair bracket

Step 1

Hold the fencing in place ideally with someone to help and place the broken arris rail back into its original position.

Step 2

Place the arris rail repair bracket into position as shown in the image above and check the level using a spirit level.

Once you are happy that the rail is level secure the bracket into position on the arris rail and post using decking screws ideally with a power drill driver.

What makes a fence weak to the weather?

General Wear and Tear
The main reason for a weak fence is usually down to wear and tear. If the fence is more than 10 years old it likely that the posts (if wooden) will have become weakened at the base due to moisture in the soil soaking through into the wood.

Poorly Installed
If the fence has been poorly installed this is obviously going to affect its ability to stand up to adverse weather. It may be that the posts have not been set deep enough into the ground, or not concreted in.

Fence Responsibility

Who's responsible for a fence? Is it you or your neighbour ?

Dispite what many people might tell you, there is in fact no general rule about you owning the fence on the left or the fence on the right as you look out onto your garden. The truth is that the property developer who built your house originally would have devided the land into plots and each plot would have had its own boundarys assigned. This is something you should be able to find on your conveyance deed or "transfer deed" under "the boundaries for which the buyer is reponsible."

You can find more information about boundaries and your responsibilities at this link

Some useful hints and tips

  • If you are living in an area that is prone to high winds you might want to consider a fence that allows the wind to pass through it. Installing garden railings or a picket fence will allow the wind to pass through whilst still giving an amount of privacy and security.
  • Make sure that your posts are set at least 2 foot into the ground and secure with concrete to increase the stability.
  • Treating your fence with a fence treatment product will increase its resistance to moisture and prevent it from rotting away over time.

Replacing Blown Down Fence

In most cases if more than half of the fence is damaged it is economically best to replace a damaged fence with a new one. If your fence does need replacing we will happily give you a free quotation and advise on the best fence to install. All our fences are professionally installed to the highest standard and are built to last. You can find more information about our fencing installations in Peterborough here.


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