Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Fence for Your Garden

Garden fences offer many features that homeowners will find attractive. From offering better security for your property to adding a finishing touch to your garden, fencing is an important addition to any home. So, before investing in a new garden fence, it’s best to assess which type satisfies your needs the most. There are many types of fence available and each has its particular strengths. This month, GV Paving are taking a look at which will be the right one for you with our guide to choosing a garden fence.


Purchase a fence from a leading manufacturer and you’ll be assured of high quality materials and manufacturing processes. Have it professionally installed and you’ll benefit from expert workmanship and free advice regarding the maintenance of your fence. Before any of this can be done, you’ll need to decide on the main material that your fence will be made of. Here are the most common materials used by fencing contractors…

Wooden Fencing

Wooden fences are ideal in that they are affordable, versatile, have many privacy options and will last a long time with the right care. You can also specify concrete components, such as concrete fence posts and gravel boards which will extend the life of the fence and minimise the required maintenance. Wooden fencing can be found under various names including closeboard fencing, featherboard fencing and lap panel fencing. All of these types use large panels that are easily replaced if they ever become damaged.

Post and Rail Fencing

Post and rail fencing gives a classic aesthetic to country homes and rural areas. Its simple design conjures images of horse fields, livestock and, practically speaking, this is where the post and rails’ strengths lie. However, because post and rail was originally designed to contain animals and keep them accessible to farmers, this means post and rail fencing is decorative for gardens and offers little, if any, security for your garden. For small front gardens it is ideal and adds kerb appeal to your home. For back gardens and improved privacy, look elsewhere.

Metal Fencing

Railings are a type of fencing that is time-consuming to install and are typically used for schools, hospitals and business parks. They’re, therefore, unideal for use in the home or garden and are often expensive to purchase and install. They do make for a classic look and if your property is listed, or of a certain era, railings may be worth considering as an alternative. Indeed, they might be the only type of fencing that you can install, with them being in-keeping with the overall look of the surrounding area.

Fence Location

The location of a fence will typically determine its purpose. This will have an impact on the style and height of the fence, too. For a front garden, for example, planning rules apply. You’re, therefore, required to choose shorter panels than those used for the rear of the property. If you need to safely contain a dog, trellising or other semi-solid top panels can be fitted. The rear garden is afforded more flexibility, so you can fit a fence as tall as 2 metres around the border of the garden with no planning issues whatsoever.


Here at GV Paving, we’re proud to offer the highest quality hard landscaping services to our valued customers in Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Loughborough and beyond. Our family run business has been providing block paving and gravel driveways, patios, garden walls, fencing and turf laying services for over 25 years. If you’re looking for an award-winning driveway contractor in the East Midlands area, we’re the team to call. Simply contact us today to speak to a professional in paving and driveway laying.