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What is The Best Type of Fencing for a Garden?

We’re all looking at ways to improve our gardens, whether that’s inviting more wildlife to your garden, making it more child-friendly or creating stunning seating areas for bliss evenings of entertainment. Every improvement is a job worth doing, but one of the most crucial aspects is creating the privacy and security you need in the first place, which necessitates the best quality fencing.

Installing new garden fencing comes at a price, making it all the more important to take your time during the research phase and see what products best fit your needs. Stay with us as we delve into the different types of garden fencing available on the market, helping you get off to the best possible start.

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Metal Fencing

How can you make your home look more beautiful to visitors (or potential buyers)? First, make sure you have no major exterior issues, such as cracked driveways, broken fence panels, loose bricks or failing security cameras. Next, make use of metal fencing to differentiate your property from the neighbouring houses. This type of fencing not only adds elegance and sophistication to your front and rear garden, but provides excellent security from the outside world. Its strength, durability and downright authority makes it an excellent investment for those looking for a long-term solution without breaking the bank, which is even more crucial in a cost-of-living crisis.

Mental fencing is built from wrought iron and is renowned for being low-maintenance and impervious to corrosion and rust, make it highly resistant to extreme weather conditions. Just a simple wipe down with warm, soapy water is needed every now and then to keep it looking perfect. Wrought iron metal fencing is also easy to install and can be crafted into decorative shapes and patterns, which largely adds to its overall appeal. Whether you're looking for a simple, ornate design for a traditional townhouse or something more modern - metal fencing has to be explored!


Wooden Fencing

Wooden fencing is another affordable and traditional option but you could argue it’s not as well protected from the elements. Rotting, warping and UV damage from the sun are just a handful of common issues, but these fences can be costly to repair if not treated. The type of wood used will determine how long the fence will last. We know softwoods such as pine are relatively cost-effective, but are they going to last as long as slow-growing hardwoods such as oak or cedar? No chance. Hardwoods are much better at withstanding adverse conditions. Wooden fencing is attractive and versatile, easily painted or stained any colour – so be sure to treat your fence with a weatherproof coating which will help preserve the wood and extend its life.


Rules and Regulations in the UK

No matter which type of fencing you opt for, rules and regulations must be adhered to. Here in the UK, garden fences can be a maximum of 2 metres tall (that's 6.5 in feet). If you wish to install a taller fence, you will need to seek planning permission to do so.

Depending on where you live, some areas will have different boundaries for privacy and security reasons. So before you begin, it’s a good idea to consult with your local council or the property owners association to find out what kind of fencing is permitted in your area.


Where can I purchase garden fencing online?

Metal Gates Direct is one of the leading online suppliers for garden and driveway gates, supplying thousands of high quality metal fence panels to satisfied customers throughout the UK. With a vast selection of sizes, designs, and styles available for every budget, we're confident you will find the perfect fence for your garden project.

We’re here to help you every step of the way. Whether you need guidance or advice, reach out to our friendly customer service team by calling 0844 804 5577 or emailing

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