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  • Closeboard Fencing Company Service
  • Closeboard Fencing Company Service
  • Closeboard Fencing Company Service
  • Closeboard Fencing Company Service
  • Closeboard Fencing Company Service
  • Closeboard Fencing Company Service
  • Closeboard Fencing Company Service
  • Closeboard Fencing Company Service
  • Closeboard Fencing Company Service
  • Closeboard Fencing Company Service

Closeboard Fence Overview

Closeboard fencing is also sometimes called feather board fencing. It is constructed using arris rails and morticed fence posts, with over lapping boards attached.

Closeboard fencing (or Featherboard Fencing as it is sometimes known) is without a doubt our most popular style of fencing. It is a very strong type of fence and constructed properly and maintained regularly will literally last for many years to come. The main characteristic of closeboard fencing is the distinctive arris rail and morticed post construction technique. This leads to a perceived “good side” of the fence – basically the side that has the boards facing you and an “ugly/wrong side” – the side where you can see the posts and rails.

Which way should the good side of Closeboard Fencing face?

Despite the urban myths, there is no hard and fast rule for this. It is seen as good garden etiquette for the “good side” to face the fence owner so in the typical terraced garden you will have 1 good side and 1 bad side as your boundaries.

There is not a rule or law covering this and many times it is the person who is paying for the fence that gets to make the choice on which way round the closeboard fence is erected. In many rural settings the land owner will choose to have the flat side facing outwards as it is harder for someone to climb and also makes the exterior of the land or property look smarter. It also means any maintance on the fence can be completed within the confines of your own land.

The Good Side of Closeboard Fencing
The Good Side of Closeboard Fencing

In the below “bad side” of closeboard fencing example the fence also needed additional concrete spurs, due to the difference in height levels of the ground between the 2 properties. It is the reverse of the “good side” picture above.

The Bad Side of Closeboard Fencing
The Bad Side of Closeboard Fencing

In cases where the boundary is being shared and costs split it is down to you to discuss in advance who has what side and if agreement can’t be reached then we would recommend going with plain panel fencing!

If the fence is forming an external boundary then it is the normal practice to have the good side facing outwards. This is to ensure your property has maximum kerb appeal and also allows the external boundary line to be set in the correct place.

How low can you build a close board fence?

As close board fencing is constructed using arris rails fitted into mortised post’s you need a minimum of 2 arris rails to make a secure fence. This allows close board fences to be built from approx 3 or 4 foot high.

If needed and to keep costs lowered on custom jobs the arris rails can also be fitted via screwed on brackets as opposed to mortice joins. This doesn’t look as neat but can prove a cost effective way to erect closeboard fencing and the brackets can be painted to reduce visual impact.

If you are erecting fencing adjacent to a highway then the maximum height you can build your fence without planning permission is 1 metre. This generally applies to front gardens and in most cases the 1 metre rule applies to fencing within 1 metre of your properties boundary. Within 1 metre of your property boundary you are permitted to build fencing up to 2 metres in height without the need for Council planning permission.

Close board fences – finishing touches

There are a number of ways you can add decorative touches to your closeboard fence. The posts themselves can have added features such as pyramid or acorn tops (see pic below).

Closeboard Garden Fencing Example
Closeboard Garden Fencing With Acorn Tops

The above picture also shows an example of trellis on top of close board. These can help to “soften” the look of the fence and provide a good decorative finishing touch.

The below picture is a good example of concrete posts for increased strength and longevity with a trellis top to the featherboard fencing as a decorative finish.

Featherboard Fence With Trellis Accent
Featherboard Fence With Trellis Accent

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