How to Maintain Your Decking This Winter

You have decking, and the question is, when winter comes how can you maintain it? If you leave it, then once spring comes you’ll have a rather unpleasant and unkempt garden decking to deal with. So, winter is an ideal time to keep it in check, so you don’t have any nasty surprises to deal with once the warmer months arrive.

Clean Your Decking

It may seem blindingly obvious, but not everyone realises the importance of cleaning your decking regularly. It’s cost effective and will help your decking last longer. Check your decking for any debris and sweep it all away before cleaning. There may be debris and moss too that will have formed over the decks. You can use a broom to remove it, sweeping firmly to get rid of it. After you’ve completed this exercise, you want to use a hose pipe to clean it down, the pressure washing effect should be good enough to remove any build-up of debris.

The Weather Can Do Its Worst

There’s no hard and fast rule on how often you should clean it, but depending on the weather conditions where you are, some of you may have to clean it more often than others. The weather is always the nasty culprit, and if it’s especially rough and windy where you are, or you get a lot of rain, then it may be necessary and beneficial for you to clean your garden decking more often.

Protect Your Decking

It makes sense that in order to maintain your garden decking you protect it. To do this you can rely on a range of good quality products from hardware stores that will help protect your garden decking. The three main ones are protector, stain and oil.

A protector will help absorb water, so it creates a layer of protection over the wood, you can’t see it, but it will be effective and help your decking avoid wood rot. A stain will come in different colours and will help weather proof your wood. If you decide to use a decking oil, you’ll find this is a product which will replace the natural oils in your decking and give it colour. These layers will help protect your decking against the elements, helping it to look amazing. It’ll also help keep it good condition against knocks and scuffs from animals or humans, so it’ll always look in pristine condition.

Naturally, as you can imagine, winter weather is when your decking is at risk of attack. It’s now in these colder, wetter months that you give it the protection it needs. You could give even more protection once you’ve cleaned it and applied oil/stain/protection. You could apply a protective cover and leave it there till the worst is over, and this will also protect it from ice and snow. Don’t leave it on too long however, or you could leave it at risk of condensation and that can cause its own kind of damage, and it doesn’t look good either. Let the decking have some air, so don’t apply it too tightly or leave it on for too long.

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Why install a fence this winter?

Once the winter comes you may feel like curling your feet up and relaxing. Going out into your garden for some routine maintenance might be the last thing on your mind. And if your fences need replacing can’t it wait until spring? Today we’re going to be looking at some of the reasons why you should install a fence in winter, you may find it’s the best thing you’ve done since summer.

It’s Much Easier To Erect a Fence In Winter

You might find this surprising, but winter’s the best time to do some landscaping. The ground is hard, and the garden is dormant throughout the winter months so it’s less likely your lawn or plants will be damaged while you install it.

Fill In Those Gaps Left By Plants In Winter and Give Yourself Some Privacy

As you can imagine, the garden looks a little bare in winter and that means prying eyes can see into your garden, much more than they normally would when the trees and plants are in full bloom. Therefore, what better time to have a fence constructed than in winter, filling in all those gaps will help you to feel less exposed during those colder wintry months.

Get Your Fence Erected In Winter and Get It Done Quicker

Fencing contractors work all year round, not just in the spring and summer. As a lot of people aren’t aware of this, they may have less work on during the winter months. If you book your fencing contractor in the colder, less popular months you’ll probably get your fence erected that much quicker.

Get It Done Now and Enjoy It During The Warmer Months To Come

If you get your fence erected now, you’ll be able to enjoy it in the spring. Your fence will be standing strong by this point as it will have had time to settle, and you can start your barbecues, parties and family get togethers in the garden. Rather than erecting it in spring, by doing it early, you’ll be literally laying the ground work for the warmer months.

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Benefits of Artificial Grass

Artificial grass has many benefits for the garden and commercial properties. For those of you unaware, and perhaps considering the addition of artificial grass for your garden, then read on while we make you aware of the many benefits that artificial grass can bring.

Aesthetically Pleasing All Year Round

Firstly, artificial grass looks good. And that’s all year round. It doesn’t matter what the weather’s like or what time of year it is, your artificial grass is going to look lush and green all the time. Therefore, on an aesthetic level it’s perfect for that all year-round healthy lawn look.

Say Goodbye to Water Hoses and Chemicals and All That YearlyMaintenance

At the moment, your natural lawn probably requires a certain degree of care and attention. This will include watering during dry spells, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides to keep pests away. You’ll also be mowing regularly to keep your lawn at a reasonable grass length. When you have artificial grass, that is over. When you have artificial grass, you don’t need to mow it, cover it with chemicals or water it even. This means that you save your money and the environment, your utility bills will be less because you’re not using so much water and electricity mowing and watering your garden.

Allergies Are No Longer an Issue With Artificial Grass

If you suffer with allergies, then you’ll know how hard it is going outside in the garden at the height of the pollen season. This may also apply to your children, if you have any, and to any pets even. Hay fever can create havoc during the warmer seasons and make life unbearable. Going outside becomes agony. Not so with artificial grass. You can go outside in the spring and summer and enjoy it in a way that you couldn’t before.

Easy Installation

What you’ll also find is that artificial grass is incredibly easy to install and nowhere near as difficult as you might think. Just a small amount of effort, focus and concentration and you’ll have a gorgeous brand-new lawn that’s fit for purpose.

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So, have we convinced you of the benefits of artificial grass yet? We hope so, and if you feel that installation isn’t something you’d like to attempt you can always let us do it for you instead. We’re always here to help, and if you have any questions regarding artificial grass ask us, and we’ll be happy to answer.

Don’t delay, get artificial grass in your garden and kiss goodbye to all that maintenance and save money. You’ll also have a garden that looks amazing throughout the year, one that looks green, lush and healthy all the time, a garden you’ll be more than happy to spend time in.

How to Maintain Your Garden Fencing

It’s all very well getting that garden fencing up, but what happens once it’s in place? You need to keep it maintained or otherwise it won’t last, especially with autumn upon us and winter only a few months away. In our post this week we’re going to be talking about how to maintain your garden fencing, and hopefully you’ll be able to use them on your own fencing and keep it in excellent condition.

What is your garden fencing made of?

Wood will need a lot of maintenance because it’s susceptible to rot and permanent damage therefore it’s best to seal and stain your wooden fencing. If you’re fencing is made from vinyl it may not need as much work to maintain it, but it may not look quite as authentic as wooden garden fencing. You’ll need to learn how to take care of your wooden fencing if it’s wood and learn how to protect it from pests and weather damage. That way your wooden fencing will last a long time.

Keeping your wooden garden fencing stained and sealed

Staining and sealing deserves another mention here due to its importance in the upkeep of wooden garden fencing. You may decide not to paint your fences and leave them natural, if you do make sure you seal them so they have some protection against the elements. If you stain them too you’ll given them some colour, but a more natural wooden feel. If you live in an area where the weather is particularly bad in winter it’s probably a good idea to seal and stain your wooden fencing a little more often. You’ll know when it looks like it needs another coating by how easily water soaks into it.

Equipment

It’s a good idea and will make things much easier in the long run if you make sure you have all the things you need to maintain your garden fencing. You’ll need a hose or a power washer to clean your fencing, and for staining and sealing, protective sheets, wood stain and some brushes, and of course your stain and seal.

Try treating termite infestation with natural insecticide

We mentioned pests earlier on, what we meant was termites and these can be very destructive. Softwoods are particular susceptible and unfortunately it is softwoods which are used for most garden fencing. You can use a professional service to rid your fences of it if you prefer, but you can treat the fencing yourself. Try using borax, this is a natural insecticide and much safer to use than other chemical treatments. You should keep it away from children and pets just to be on the safe side, however, borax is probably a safer than anything else under your kitchen sink.

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Garden Fencing: Boundaries and Planning

We're going to be talking about garden fencing and planning, we feel this is a useful topic and of benefit to our readers. It's a quick guide to give you a better idea of what you can and can't do, and when you should seek advice from a professional. We hope you find it useful.

Is it necessary to fence your boundaries on you own land?

To find the answer it may be of use to look to your property titles first, you will find these with the Land Registry. If your land is unregistered then you will find your answer in the deeds.

If you have animal stock, such as cows and sheep, there is a legal obligation to fence off the land. It is necessary to fence off animals in this way so as to protect people's safety.

Other than that, there is no common law requirement or statutory legal requirements to erect a boundary to your land, especially if it does not say this in the property's deeds. Naturally however it is a good idea to have something that denotes ownership of the land, even if you don't have livestock. For instance, if you have a dog, or any kind of domestic pet it will need to be contained within the boundaries of your property.

Who Owns Garden Fencing?

People often ask whether the fence on the left-hand side of a property is owned by the house owner. You can see which boundary fence belongs to who by looking out for what's known as T marks. This T mark will be drawn on the side of the property which they own and are therefore responsible for that boundary fence.

However, the left side of the fence ownership, if you're viewing it from the street, is not true unless you live in a row of terraced houses, but owners at the far right of the terrace, at the end, will be responsible for all of their fences and not just the ones on the left-hand side.

Coming back to the T mark, even though a T mark will indicate that a fence belongs to the property who will have responsibility for maintenance and erection of that boundary, if it was erected by the neighbouring property, then they will have ownership, even if the deeds dictate that you own it.

Sometimes a T mark may show a H instead of a T, this symbolises two Ts and means that the responsibility of a particular boundary is shared between two properties. It is always best to keep lines of communication open with your neighbours and be aware of who owns which boundary, and hopefully you can come to an amicable agreement of who does what.

Whoever owns which boundary, as we've seen today, it’s not always as cut and dried as we'd like it to be. However, what is important is that you talk to your neighbours and always be in agreement about who does what and who is responsible for their side of the fence. Also important is to check the Land Registry or your property's deeds.

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Garden Decking Maintenance Over Summer

Once you’ve bought your garden decking and then installed it you may think the hard work is over and you can simply enjoy it, and while this is mostly true, you will need to carry out a certain amount of maintenance. This will be in the form of treating it and cleaning it. In this post, we’re going to be talking about how you can go about doing this, so you can maintain your decking’s attractive appearance and improve its longevity.

Old Treatments or Stains Can Be Removed With a Good Power Wash

Firstly, has your decking been treated with a stain, oil or any type of treatment? If it’s wood then your decking will definitely need to be treated so it doesn’t turn colour. If it is a little silver or grey already, or if it looks a little dry, then it’s probably never been treated or it’s been a while. This could be decking you’ve inherited with the property you’ve bought – it may also be peeling or flaking and this could be due to a coloured finish which is now a little old. What you can do is power wash your decking to remove any old stain or finish and any mould or algae. Use water and don’t try using a detergent as this could harm the wood. Let it dry once you’ve finished and then you can treat it again anew.

Always Keep Your Decking Free of Debris

One of the most important things to get you started is to keep debris off it as often as possible. Debris is usually things like pollen, which in itself can cause misery with allergies. Then it’s dirt, dust, leaves and sand. If it builds up then you have a film of dirt that can rise up when it’s windy, so get a soft broom and sweep now and again so you’re on top of it.

Garden Decking Décor Update

Once you’ve given your decking a clean, whether it was a power wash or a simple brushing, followed by new round of treatment, you can then think about the aesthetics. Depending on the season, you’ll probably have a different kind of décor for the time of year. You can make it festive nearer Christmas, more colourful and fresh in summer, and in spring perhaps a few flowers to celebrate the arrival of new plants and flowers.

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Why Invest in Artificial Turf This Summer?

Are you wondering whether artificial turf is right for you this summer? If you are then let us spend some time convincing you of its benefits. We know how great artificial turf is and that’s why we sell it, we’ve seen how it’s been able to transform people’s gardens and make gardening a much lower maintenance thing all round. This means there’s more time for you to spend outdoors entertaining friends and family than having to care for natural grass. Read on to discover how artificial grass could make your life a whole lot easier.

Hayfever

If you suffer from this debilitating condition then you’ll only know too well how much of a nightmare it can be when you go outdoors. It really does mean less time out in the sunshine and less time outside in the garden with friends. Artificial grass will pretty much eliminate all that for you, if your main allergies are grass related then say goodbye to your natural lawn and a big hello to artificial grass. You’ll be able to spend time out in the summer without sneezing and having your eyes water, those awful symptoms which make going out in the garden such a chore.

Artificial Grass, Versatile and Natural Looking

It’s true that in the past artificial grass has had a bad rap, and before more sophisticated materials were used, it was pretty awful. In fact, it was easy to identify as artificial grass because it looked so fake an unnatural. That’s not the case anymore because artificial grass is come a long way. Not only is it better made, there are different varieties to choose from, making it versatile as well as durable. It’s aesthetically pleasing in an authentic way, making your grass lawn look real, with lush looking green grass throughout the year – without any of the hard work.

Little to No Maintenance

Yes, there’s little to no maintenance with artificial grass, no herbicides and no pesticides, no mowing and no watering, so it’s kind to your pocket, the environment and to your nose! If there are any hose pipe bans this summer, you won’t have to worry about it because your garden won’t need watering. All it will need is the occasional brushing and wiping over with a damp towel.

Pets are Going to Love It

If you have pets, then don’t worry, any solids can be picked up from the surface and liquids will drain away beneath.

Children won’t be bringing the half the garden in with them!

If you have children, then perhaps you’re tired of them bringing in grass and mud from the garden, leaving your house muddy mess, with artificial grass you can forget that. What you’ll find is that there’ll be no more puddles, no more patches, no more grassy carpet, your children can play outside and come in without half the garden attached to them!

Artificial grass has advanced exponentially

Artificial grass has had such a bad rap in the past, but it’s come on in leaps and bounds since then become the favourite for many domestic as well as commercial properties. It’s also popular indoors as well as outdoors, but for summer you’ll find it’s the perfect outdoor solution for hay-fever sufferers and the perfect host for exuberant children and happy bouncy pets!

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Garden Decking Ideas

Do you have garden decking? It may be something you already have, or something you are considering investing in. Garden decking is a great way of relaxing and entertaining outdoors during the summer months. It’s also good for increasing the value of your property, decking can really swing the balance if someone is looking to buy. As part of the fixtures and fittings, decking gives that extra oomph that another similar property won’t have.

Jazzing up the garden decking

If you want to make your decking look that little bit more interesting, how can you do it? Whether it’s to make it more interesting to sell or purely for your own pleasure, we’ve come up with some ideas which may help jazz up your garden decking. If you’re interested in giving your garden decking a makeover then read on to find out how.

Edging

This is edging around your decking that’s made from either brick or gravel. You’ll just need a little extra decking and some coloured gravel. Just add some weed membrane so you won’t have any weeds come through, and you’ll have a really fabulous looking professional finish.

Planters

Rather than just have wooden boards, why not have an area within your decking where you can place either an herb garden or plants. A little greenery can make the decking seem less boring and vanilla, adding a little nature and an interesting talking point.

Seating

Obviously, you’ll be considering seating for your decking, but have you considered matching seating? You can make it out of the same decking boards you used to create your garden decking and create storage areas within it at the same time. With raised decking, you can have built in seating with storage beneath. This will also help to keep clutter to a minimum.

Lights – You can easily provide lighting to your decking without it having to be a complicated affair. It can help create mood and ambience to evening entertainment. You could have lighting fitted to the decking or have it with lights already fitted, some decking tiles come with pre-fitted lighting. This has the ability to make your decking look a little more expensive and high end.

Drinks - How about adding a drinks cooler, for the ultimate in summer entertainment? You could use simple materials to create it, such as using outdoor guttering, or any material that allows for drainage and fits in within the decking boards. It’ll need to be strong enough to add ice and bottles, but it’ll be a really interesting addition to entertaining guests.

Handrails

Your decking will certainly have a polished look if you have handrails around it. You can opt for glass and metal for a more industrial, minimal look or try something fun like rope. Whatever you use, it’ll add extra style to your decking.

If you are looking to install garden decking get in touch with us here at Lothian Decking & Fencing and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Security Garden Fencing

Depending on where you live, whether it’s for your home or a commercial property, security fencing is going to be of great importance to you. You should consider security throughout the entire property, but naturally the perimeters are going to be worthy of a little more attention.

Spend time considering what type of fencing will do the job best

Security fencing can be a good deterrent to word-be burglars and help protect your property from criminals. By spending time considering the type of fencing you have on the perimeters of your property, you may create a useful and effective way of stopping anyone from breaking in.

Metal security fencing – There are types of metal security fencing, steel, bow top and steel palisade. Wire mesh and steel palisade offer higher security but all three are useful.

High security fencing is good for all kinds of different property

If you’re going for medium and high security fencing then you’ll need to consider the kind of threats your property will face before deciding on what type to aim for. As we’ve already mentioned, wire mesh and steel palisade offer the best security, they’re good for factories, warehouses, prisons and airports, so they’re known for being effective.

The best obstacle and deterrent

They can help to create a hard to breach obstacle in the way of criminals, they’re tough to climb or get past and look very imposing. This type of fencing is good as a first line of defence, and are a visual threat to anyone who’s considering breaking and entering. The type of fencing we’ve discussed so far is designed specifically as a barricade against forced entry. They’re high and it can be too dangerous for anyone to attempt at climbing it.

If they can’t climb it they may try to break through it, however the time it takes to break through such sturdy fencing is enough time for them to be discovered, or for your security team to apprehend them, and enough time to for you to call the police.

CCTV and electronic access control can support your high security fencing

Metal is a sturdy material and can easily stand up to brute force, but if you feel security fencing isn’t enough on its own, you could invest in CCTV cameras and electronic access control. Never forget however, that a good quality steel fence will always provide solid foundation against first attempts to get through the perimeters of your property.

In summary then, have high security fencing as a deterrent and follow it through with other security measures

As we’ve already seen, the visual impact of a good quality high security fence is enough to deter any criminals from attempting a break in, and even in the unlikely event they manage to break through, after the time it’s taken for them to get over or through the fencing, any other security measures you’ve taken will catch them before they get any further. Other security measures we’ve discussed might be CCTV cameras and electronic access control.

If you’re after high security fencing for the parameters of your property, get in touch with us here at Lothian Decking & Fencing and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Why Choose Wooden Decking?

If you’re investing in some decking, then you’re probably going to choose wood simply because it’s what we most associate with garden decking. There are different types of wooden decking such as hardwood or softwood, and you can also have PVC if you prefer. We’re going to be talking about wooden decking in this post and convince you of its virtues, and why it’s always such an excellent choice for your home.

You’ve already decided to have garden decking, and the reasons you’ve chosen to have it is probably because it provides such a versatile and elegant way to entertain, providing unique seating space and an area to relax. You can even have a pool or hot tub area, so you can loosen up in style at the end of a busy day.

What are the advantages of wooden decking?

Keep in mind that wood is a natural material, yes stating the obvious, but this natural occurring material is a sustainable resource and so eco-friendly, much more so than manmade decking.

Wood – a unique, beautiful material to work with

What you’ll also find is that there’s no two pieces of wood the same, each sharing its own unique set of patterns, colour and hue. You’ll also be pleased to know that wooden decking is a lot cheaper than PVC or composite decking. Of course, wood will need some tender loving care as it can be susceptible to cracking, warping and rot. However, a little care and attention over which type of wood you purchase should help, so spend some time choosing between soft and hardwood.

Hardwood – Hardwood is either elm, teak, oak, maple, birch or cherry, and all of these are renowned for their density, which in turn makes them extremely durable. They can last for over 20 years, so you certainly get your money’s worth if you buy garden decking made from a hardwood. The only downside is that they are a little more expensive than softwood, although you may consider this a worthy investment in terms of what you get back.

Softwood – Softwood consists of spruce, pine and cedar and they are all far less dense than hardwoods. They come from coniferous trees and can last as long as hardwoods as long as they’re treated first. This will usually consist of a preservative that is consistent with British Standards EN 335.

Making an informed decision and adding value to your property

Always make an informed decision before you buy so that when you do come to purchase your garden decking, you’re choosing something you really love, and something that you’re going to get years of pleasure from. It’s also part of the fixtures and fittings and should add value to your property, so make sure you’ve made a sensible decision over the materials you’re going to use. For the best results possible, and for a long-lasting, strong garden decking, make sure you use a professional to install it, and that way it’ll last a lifetime.

Contact us here at Lothian Fencing and Decking if you have any further questions about what we’ve talked about today. Our professional team are always on hand to help, and we’d be happy to take you through our versatile range of decking and install it for you so you get a good fit. Call us today.

5 Signs That You Need New Fencing

A broken garden fence is usually a good sign that it needs replacing, however there may be more subtle signs that you’re in need of new fences and that’s what we’re going to be discussing today. Yes, most fencing lasts a lifetime, but sometimes you’ll be unlucky and have some that don’t, and you’ll need to replace it. Naturally, it helps if you take good care of your fencing and regularly maintain it, but what signs should you be looking out for that scream replace me?

Leaning

A leaning fence is one of the most visible signs of damage and is usually caused by structural weakness. This can be due to poor weather conditions such as rain and wind, which are the most likely culprits. If it’s not too bad, the lean can be repaired with minor adjustments, however if it’s too bad, then it may be that the whole of the fence needs to be replaced.

Rot

There can be a number of reasons why a fence rots quickly, it could be because it’s preservatives have stopped working, and once these have lost their power to resist rot then they’ll decay even faster. Depending on how much the decay has spread it may be worthwhile to replace it with new fencing, rather than just one or two parts replaced with new panels.

Damage

Repeated damage is also a sure-fire way of seeing the end to your fence. This can be caused by anything from football, children and animals. Minor repairs can be administered over time, but there’s only so long you can continue to repair before the fence is beyond help.

Loose ‘Parts’

You’ll find that the older your fence gets the more repairs it needs as bits of the fence and much needed fasteners fall off, for whatever reason, and make it hard to stay erect.

Colour

Your fencing can lose colour over time and you might not be too overly bothered about this as long as your fencing continues to perform. However, should you decide to sell your property in the future, you may feel it’s worth the effort to spruce up the property with a few layers of paint or to completely replace it. This may be more urgent if the fence is subjected to strong sunlight which could lead to splitting and fracturing.

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Your Guide to Garden Decking Design

Are you thinking of having some garden decking installed? It’s wise move, because not only will you be able to spend many years enjoying it along with your friends and family, you’ll also increase the value of your property.

We’re going to be looking at garden decking design, and we’re hoping give you some tips on how to make it look as perfect as you want it too.

Garden Decking Patterns

Just the simple way you lay out your wood can make a difference to your garden. When planning your decking, take a look around and see what it is you’d like to change or improve about the way it looks. If you have some areas which are deprived of space, why not take the attention away from that and use narrow bands of hardwood which leads out on to the horizon. Hardwood is a great choice as it can really set the scene for your garden, and by changing the direction in which the bands of wood go, you can really create a beautiful scene, by going either diagonally or at perpendicular intervals.

Garden Decking Structure

A good structure is essential and if well made can carry the weight of planters and garden furniture. It can hide things too, such as lighting cables and irrigation pipes, so while everything is beautifully laid out on the top, all the stuff that helps to make it work is underneath where it can’t be seen. If you want to have handrails, planters, vases, furniture and perhaps some cooking equipment on your decking, then making sure the structure is strong enough is important. Discuss this with your builder/designer.

Garden Decking Steps

Consider some steps as part of your decking, it’s a great feature and if you install lighting beneath, then it creates a really gorgeous effect in the evening. If you have enough space you could even consider creating deeper steps and adding plants to the side, so you create a beautifully scented and colourful scene.

Garden Decking Lighting

Use lighting carefully so it adds drama and excitement at night and can remain shut off during the day so they don’t distract from the design of your decking. LED strips are good because they’re really effective for your garden in the evening and they don’t create glare.

Mixing Materials

Mixing a different materials with the wood of your decking is a great idea. You can balance contemporary designs with a more old fashioned look, and create a warm, intimate space. Stone is one material you could consider, it’s a material that blends in well with decking to form an exciting and vibrant scene.

Mixing materials – Hardwoods and Softwoods

You can also mix woods together to create strong, durable garden decking. You also create different patterns and shades, and this can make for an interesting dynamic and a great talking point.

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Tips to Choose the Right Garden Fencing

Today we’re looking at choosing the right garden fencing for your property. So, if you have this current dilemma at the beginning of a new year, then you’ve struck gold, because that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.

Garden Fencing - What Are Your Needs?

Any fencing you choose needs to fit in with your lifestyle and the needs of your family, and of course the shape and design of your garden. When choosing something suitable you’ll also have to think about how much maintenance it’s going to need, and what type of restrictions there might be regarding things such as height. If you’re hiring someone to put up the fencing, then you’ll have to let them know if there are height restrictions.

Why do you need new garden fencing?

When deciding on which type of fencing to invest in, ask yourself why you need a fence in the first place. This may help you to think about what your fence needs to do, what its purpose is. You may want a combination of security and privacy, visual appeal, or just to make it safe for children and pets.

What is Your Fence For?

Keep in mind that wherever your fencing goes, whether it’s front or back, you’ll need to make it visually appealing enough so that it attracts buyers should you decide to sell in the future. If you have a 6ft fence, they may look at it and think, what are they hiding?

Materials

The materials you use will have some visual as well as functional impact. If you’re looking for privacy then wood is probably the best material for your fencing, as well as giving privacy, wood is also a strong material that will withstand inclement weather well, as long as it’s been treated first. Vinyl fencing panels may be too far apart to offer much in the way of privacy, but if you’re not too bothered about that, and it’s not your priority, then vinyl might be perfect. Aluminium is great too, offering a minimalist look that’s open and clean.

If you want to keep pets and children on your side of the garden, any material will do. However, with pets in mind, you may want to find something that’s capable of stopping dogs from digging their way out, or jumping over them.

Maintenance

We discussed wooden fencing as a potential material for privacy earlier, but wood does require a certain amount of maintenance. It’ll need painting and staining every few years or so, but for all the time you have to spend on it, you’ll get it back when you increase the value of your property. Never underestimate curb appeal. If you’re not keen on maintenance, then perhaps vinyl or aluminium is a better choice.

Check WithYour Local Authority

Always take into account what rules govern your area regarding fence height. Get in touch with the planning office at your local authority so you get it right first time. That last thing you need is to have to take it down and erect another one.

If you have any further questions regarding garden fencing, do get in touch, we’re here to help.

5 Common Decking Problems & Solutions

1 Slippery Decking

Make sure you treat your garden decking so it won’t be slippery. Using anti-slip decking paint and varnish will help, however these may deteriorate over time and both flake and peel. You may be better off treating your decking with anti-slip decking oil.

2 Blackened Decking

The winter season can cause real problems for your garden decking and blackening of the wood is one of them. It’s usually caused by fungus on wet wood. You need to act quickly if you see this happening. Buy yourself a good quality mould and mildew cleaner and this should help clean the black stains away from your decking. This is a strong fungicidal wash which is made specifically to kill off fungi, mildew, mould, and of course, algae. It’s great for outdoor wooden doors too and sheds, fences and windows.

3 Faded Decking

To bring back the natural colour of your garden decking try using a good quality biodegradable cleaner which will help restore your decking to its former glory. Remove the cleaner from the decking once 20 minutes have elapsed by using a brush and water. If the staining is severe you may need to do it a few times and clean it over and over again, it will be worth it in the end.

4 Dirty Decking

Use a good quality garden decking and patio cleaner that will be specifically designed to remove grime and dirt. It will also help with mould, algae and mildew. Apply a quality decking oil after so you’ll give your decking some protection afterwards.

5 Warped Decking

If you’ve not had the time to take care of your garden decking for a while, then when you come back to it, you may have noticed that it’s slightly bowed. This can happen when it’s not been treated to cope with the vagaries of the weather.

You could try straightening them, but if this doesn’t work, then try replacing the individually warped boards. You can also fill in holes and gaps where rot may have started to take hold by using a good quality wood filling product. Don’t use it for really big gaps and holes as it won’t be strong enough, this will involve a bigger job of actually replacing the boards.

Lothian Fencing & Decking – For All Your Garden Decking Needs

If you have any further queries about garden decking care, or if you’re concerned about anything about fencing or decking, get in touch and one of our team will be more than happy to help.

Considerations When Erecting Garden Fencing

If you’re considering erecting garden fencing around the perimeters of your property, whether domestic or commercial there is much to think about. However, fencing can be cheap and easy to maintain and can easily fit into your environment. Chosen carefully, a fence around your garden can be built to last and be both reliable and secure.

How High Should You Go?

Before you erect garden fencing, think of the neighbours. There are rules for residential areas, and these are that your fence should not be any higher than 6ft. It can be even less than that for a front garden or yard with a limit of 4ft.

Let’s Talk Garden Fence Boundaries

A few inches outside your boundary could cause conflict with your neighbours, if you encroach someone else’s land you could land yourself in trouble. It can depend on the type of neighbours you have, but some may not always be so generous if your fence has crept into their garden.

Treating Your Fence and Keeping it in Good Condition

So now you’ve gone over the boundaries, the height of your garden fencing and now everyone is happy. So what next? What you need to consider now is what sort of treatment if any your fence will need to keep it in good condition. If your fence is wooden, as it often is, then you’ll need to preserve and stain it in advance. There are a number of different treatments available, so choose one which will best suit the fence you’ve chosen. If you’re going to paint over it, it will need upkeep, and repainting every few years.

Garden Fencing Design

You want your garden fencing to fit in with the rest of your property. You want the design, colour, height and whatever panelling it has to look good and to fit seamlessly in with the rest of the area in which you live.

Try to find garden fencing that fits in terms of design, height and colour, you don’t want it to be too much of an eyesore. For instance, if you have a smaller garden go for something smaller and if you have large garden again, find a larger fence which fits in with the overall size and shape of your property.

Lothian Fencing & Decking – First Class Fencing

Beautiful looking garden fencing will help you to keep your garden neat, set boundaries, and give a seamless finish to where your property ends. If you check the size, shape and height of your garden fencing, making sure it doesn’t upset the neighbours and fits in with your environment, then you shouldn’t get any nasty surprises somewhere down the line.

Why not get in touch with us here at Lothian Fencing and Decking, and let one of our professional team members reassure you on any further questions you may have on erecting garden fencing.

Garden Decking Installation: Things to Consider

If you’re thinking of having garden decking installed, then there’ll be certain things you need to consider. You want it to be the centre-piece of your garden, a place where your family and friends can relax and unwind, a place where you can entertain and where your guests feel comfortable.

You should think about planning permission before you come up with too many ideas. Your decking will have to be no nearer to the main road than 20mtrs and it can’t be greater than 3mtrs in height. If you do want it higher than that you’ll need permission.

Building Regulations For Garden Decking

To satisfy the regulations you’ll need to make sure your decking is strong and gives enough support. This can be done by making sure the posts you use are securely anchored with concrete. You’ll also have to make sure the joists and supports are secure so the decking is stable. There are minimum joist dimensions and these are around 150 x 50mm at around 400mm centres.

Type of Garden Decking

For your decking to work, it needs to be fairly robust, you can either have them treated or untreated. If your decking’s going to be in the shade, then non-slip decking might be better so no one slips in wet weather.

Garden Decking Board Arrangements

How you arrange the garden decking boards is something you need to factor in, you can have them either horizontal or vertical, or perhaps opt for a more complex arrangement such as herringbone. You’ll need concrete foundations for it to be stable, but if you use the house as the foundation, then you’ll definitely need to comply with the building regulations.

Sun and Garden Features

Will your garden decking be surrounded by garden features? You may need to build your decking around it. If you’re going to be using it for barbecues, consider an area in your garden where it gets sun into early evening.

Garden Decking Access From the House

Make sure the doors that lead onto the decking will still be accessible with proper access from the house. Consider anyone in your house with a disability or difficulty moving around.

Let Us Help With Your Decking Plans

If you’re unsure about anything, get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and have a great team of professionals who’ve all been trained and are qualified to work on garden decking

A Guide to Garden Fencing

We’re going to be looking at some basics of fencing today, and we hope you’ll go away feeling a lot more informed. If you’re planning on putting up fencing yourself, or even just fixing some existing fencing, then we hope this guide will help you.

Fence Choice

Choosing fencing will largely depend on what type of garden you have. Think about privacy, how much or little you think you need, the weather conditions you’re likely to get there, and how strong you think you need your fencing to be.

Picket Fencing

This is an attractive type of fencing and can be bought in a variety of different styles. This is great for small cottages with small gardens where you don’t have too much to worry about regarding weather conditions.

Picket fencing is also known as palisade fencing, it’s available in a variety of different sizes and creates a really attractive and uniform look for your garden.

Trellis and Lattice Panels

Although similar to picket fences, they are made so you can see people coming, it’s really useful if you need to see people before they get close to the house. You could just use trellis and lattice panels as additions to your already existing fencing to help with privacy. It’s great for adding an extra partition in your garden and for dividing it up if that’s what you need. You can even create a wall display with it. This type of fencing is great as standalone panels so you have a more open style of fencing.

Close Board Fencing

a type of fencing which is arranged vertically, supported by rails which are arranged horizontally between timber posts. This type of fencing is great for strength and sturdiness, so if you live somewhere where the weather is frequently bad with strong winds, then this could be the best type of fencing for you.

If you’re looking for elegance and something that blends easily into the background, then close board fencing could be for you. It’s available in a variety of different heights and it’s great for privacy, as well as providing protection from the elements.

Garden Fencing Experts

If you need new fencing and you’re still a little unsure about what’s best for your garden, or perhaps you just want to add something extra to your already existing fencing, then get in touch.

Here at Lothian Decking and Fencing, we’re experts at garden fencing and we’re more than equipped to advise, and as well as that we’re qualified and trained to install too. Not everybody wants to install their own fencing, so if you don’t think you want to tackle it, then ask us about that aspect of our service.

New fencing can serve many different purposes, and as we’ve seen, there are different types, it’s just a question of finding the right one. As well as maintaining privacy and giving your garden protection, fencing can also add an attractive element to your garden, so let us help you choose.

A Guide to Buying Fencing if You Have a Dog

Fencing is a great way of keeping your dog in and other people’s dogs out. But is it that simple? There is so much to consider, if you buy fencing which is inadequate for the purpose, you could end up with the same problem, but out of pocket.

In today’s post, we’re going to be talking about fencing for dog owners, so if you’re a little lost as to what’s best for your garden, then our guide on fencing should be helpful.

Appropriate Garden Fencing Fit For Purpose

Appropriate fencing for dogs is going to help you sleep at night, without forever worrying your dog has dug his way out to freedom, chasing other dogs and generally spreading terror in the vicinity. At worst, if you live in a rural area, they could be chasing sheep and other livestock, and just around springtime when sheep are about to give birth, this poses a great danger to the sheep and their unborn lambs.

How big is your dog?

The type of garden fencing you have will largely depend on the type of dog you have, and of course your own personal taste. You can buy fences anywhere, online and in well-known hardware stores. Naturally, we’d prefer it if you bought your fencing from us, but you must make an informed choice, and we’re hoping that after reading this post you’ll feel better able to choose which fencing to buy.

Picket Fencing

Picket fencing or the more sophisticated title of palisade fencing, is a great way of creating strong fencing with no spaces for clever dogs to squeeze through. They come in a variety of different heights and it’s a good idea to choose one which defeats the height which your dog can jump! If your dog’s a pup, remember then he’ll grow to a bigger size and the fencing you invest in should reflect that.

Lightweight Mesh/Chain Link and Chain Mesh

Lightweight mesh is a good way of keeping dogs inside the garden safely, and it helps if you buy galvanised mesh as this won’t rust over time. A dog friendly chain link and mesh provides for a pretty good fencing structure too, using posts and railing to hold it all together.

You’ll find that a fence will act as a defence as well as providing prevention of any dog escape! You can easily protect yourself from strangers, while at the same time allowing your dog to bark and issue warnings without them causing more harm e.g. biting, attacking.

Does somebody want to steal your dog?

Also, if your dog is a popular breed then he/she might be an attractive option to a would-be dog thief. It’s not unknown for potential kidnappers to break into people’s gardens and houses to take your precious pooch. Good strong fencing of an appropriate height can help avoid this.

Lothian Fencing & Decking – Quality Garden Fencing

If you’d like any more advice about fencing for your garden with a dog in mind, then get in touch with us here at Lothian Fencing and Decking, and one of our professional team members will be more than happy to help.

How to Clean Garden Decking with a Pressure Washer

If you’re thinking of washing your garden decking, you’re probably preparing both the deck and yourself. It may have been awhile since you cleaned it, or it may be the first time, and now you realise it needs a good clean. Cleaning garden decking isn’t the hard work it may seem, and it’s much easier to take care of than you think. However, you may be a little concerned about using a pressure washer.

Pressure Washing Rids Your Garden Decking of Stubborn Dirt

In this post we’re going to be going over the use of a pressure washer to clean your garden decking, as a way of getting rid of stubborn stains. Using a pressure washer is a good way of getting rid of any lichen, moss and algae and by using a pressure washer, you save yourself the hard work of having to use a broom, although it might be a good idea to brush quickly before you use the washer, however this will be fairly minimal. It will remove any debris, grime and dirt so your decking is beautifully clean once you’ve finished.

Before you start, make sure you clear your patio of everything, this is anything from pots, plants and any furniture. Use a broom to brush loose debris away. Now you’re ready.

Your Hose Should Be of a Certain Length and Thickness

Connect the hose and allow the water to run freely from it, the hose itself should be of reasonable length so you can use it with ease, perhaps at least 7.5m and at least around ½ an inch in thickness. Make sure the hose is free of kinks or potential knots. Once your pressure washer is connected to the electricity supply, you can now apply some detergent to help dissolve any stubborn dirt on the garden decking. You can also possibly get a detergent that helps add some protection to your decking and protect the surfaces from further weather damage.

Using Specialist Detergents on Garden Decking

When you are pressure washing your garden decking there is detergents that come specifically with UV protection as well as helping to rid your decking of stubborn dirt. This may be a better alternative to using a nozzle, because the use of nozzles on the end of a pressure washer can make the stream of water considerably more powerful. This won’t help your garden decking and could damage it, a nozzle is usually best for stone or brickwork. Your pressure washer should come with some sort of pressure control, so it might be best to turn it down to a reduced setting so you don’t risk damaging your decking.

Quality Garden Decking From Professionals

If you need any further advice or guidance with regards to pressure washing your garden decking, or cleaning your decking in general, then please get in touch, we’re here to help.

Top Tips for Designing Garden Decking

Are you thinking of designing your own garden decking? If so, then our handy post this week should be really helpful. We're going to be giving you some top tips on designing garden decking, so read on and find out how you can plan for a successful time spent outside in the garden this year!

Take a look online for free deck plans

Firstly, take a look online and you'll find there are plenty of free decking plans from which you can glean some ideas. Once you have a good idea of what you want, it's important to take a look at the size of your garden and your home to see how realistic your plans are.

Think about the way you live, you and your family. Accommodate your garden decking ideas so they fit in with how you like to live and entertain, whether it's endless parties, entertaining, or preparing food for guests.

Plan your garden decking out carefully

You'll need to make sure your garden is planned carefully around your decking so it fits in well with your plans. You don't want to aim for streamlined and only get cluttered in return for your efforts. Plan your garden decking well, make sure you have enough room for everything you want, including furniture, and room for people to sit.

Choose a natural look for your decking that needs occasional maintenance, or choose something that won't. You can have composite wood, PVC and similar materials that don't require any maintenance.

Cooking on your decking?

If you're going to be doing a lot of cooking on your garden decking, then make sure you have all the right appliances and equipment so the cooking is a pleasure rather than a chore. You may want to make the area a simple preparation area rather than a sophisticated outdoor kitchen, and if you do, then that's fine. Just create a small area, like an alcove, where you can get everything ready but still be able to talk and entertain.

Check out the views – but plan your decking well first

Have you considered the views? If you have a massive fence directly in front, or a brick wall, there's a good chance that where you've decided to put your garden fencing isn't such a great idea after all. Think of where your garden decking is going to go and whether you'll have great views. It could spoil your enjoyment of your new decking, and also have a detrimental impact on the value of the property should you decide to sell. Well fitted garden decking and some wonderful views make for a great selling point.

All the little details – railings and skirting

Think of all the other things that go towards making some great garden decking. The skirting and railing are just as important so that all the elements of your garden decking come together. You want a great visual impact, so think about how you're going to design it from top to bottom. There are some great designs when it comes to components and railing designs, so don't leave these details out.

Sun, seating and plants

What about seating arrangements, plants and overheads? You'll need some shade from the sun, so think about a pergola perhaps, or an awning for when the sun is at its hottest. A few planters are a great idea too, along with some large pots, they could be part of the railing offering shelter from the sun, giving you some much needed privacy.

Lothian Fencing & Decking – For Quality Supplies

If you think you'd like to go ahead with creating your own garden decking, make sure you check us out, as we have all the quality supplies you need to create your perfect decking. We'll be more than happy to advise and guide you too, as we want you to get the best out of your garden. So get in touch and let's get started.