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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Are you looking to create a scene in your garden? If you’re looking to create a stunning view of the landscape from your garden and you want garden decking, then get in touch with us here at Lothian Fencing & Decking. We can talk you through your many choices and help to create something dynamic, an area which you’ll turn to again and again when you want to entertain, or simply sit outdoors when you need to relax.

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.

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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.

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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. 

How to Clean Your Wooden Decking

If you're new to wooden decking and you've been enjoying it since it's installation, you may be looking at it now and and beginning to realise it needs a good clean. Perhaps you're concerned about which technique you should use and which cleaning products are best. We're going to be talking about how to clean your wooden garden decking, so you can clean it without fear of damage, or worry that you're doing it the wrong way.

It's Time to Clean That Garden Decking

Your garden decking looks amazing when it's new. It sits there as an inviting area in which to sit during the warmer months and you've been happy to entertain guests on it. However, as its aged it starting to look a bit lived in, which is great, because wood is full of character as it gets older. Thing is, you do need to maintain it, it needs a good clean every now and again to keep it in good condition.

Start With a Simple Sweep

If you maintain the integrity of the wood, it will serve you well over the years. To start simply, make sure you clean away any debris lying around the decking. Sweeping away debris on a fortnightly basis can make a real difference to the decking which you will see in next to no time.

Wash the Decking Once a Year

On an annual basis it's a good idea to wash the decking completely. Before you do this make sure you clear away any furniture, plants and any small items before you start. Remove rubbish by hand and then carry out your usual sweep of the area, check any debris that may be trapped between deck boards.

It's Time to Bring the Garden Hose Out

If you have a garden hose then that's great, but you can purchase one at any DIY/garden store if you haven't. You'll also need a spray attachment which will be powerful enough to clean the deck and rinse away dirt. If you can spot heavily stained or heavily muddied areas on the decking, switch the hose onto full power and aim at the dirtiest areas. Rinse the entire deck afterwards.

Cleanse and Wash

If you're wondering which solution to use to cleanse and clean the deck, then a mild solution of laundry washing up powder/detergent is more than sufficient. Then use a brush again around the entire deck and finish off by using the garden hose once more to remove the solution.

Mildew & Algae

If you have any mildew or algae it may need something a little stronger to remove, so a solution with a little bleach on it will suffice, but don't use too much in case you damage the decking. Always make sure you rinse away the bleach afterwards. Allow it to dry thoroughly before applying sealant.

After it's dried and sealed, you can put all your garden furniture back along with any other items you keep on the decking.

Lothian Fencing & Decking

Here at Lothian Fencing and Decking, we've spent a lifetime learning our craft, training and keeping our skills up to date, that's what makes our team strong. We know garden decking like the back of our hand, we've had years of experience installing it in people's homes.

If you need any further advice and guidance regarding cleaning your wooden decking, or you'd like advice on any other matter regarding your garden decking, then please get in touch, we'll be happy to help.

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Fencing Contractor

In this post we're going to be looking at hiring a fencing contractor and taking a look at what questions you should be asking.

Shop Around, Be Diligent

Firstly, don't go to the first contractor you come to. Shop around, and as with anything you're going to invest in, make sure you check their testimonials from previous clients. How good are they? Are there pictures of their fencing? Ask if you can contact some of their previous customers and ask them about what the customer service was like.

Come to think of it, once you've done all that, what exactly is a good fence? Perhaps you're not too sure what constitutes a good fence at all, and how can you buy something when you don't know what you're looking for?

What kind of fencing should you be looking for?

A good fence for garden decking should be strong, which is pretty obvious, straight, naturally, and of course, on the level. It must also be durable, because it has to endure all kinds of weather. Will your chosen fence last through the poor weather that gets thrown at it? It's important that materials of a high quality are used and that the person who creates your fencing is qualified and fully trained. Hopefully the materials used should conform to British Standards, remember to ask about this.

What kind of experience does the fencing contractor have?

Your fencing contractor seems to know what he's talking about, or at least it sounds that way, but how do you know he has the right kind of experience? Again, it's all about checking the testimonials, see if he/she has any online on his/her website and also take into consideration how long the business has been trading.

Cost

How much should you expect to pay for good quality fencing? Don't think you're saving money by going for the cheapest, because the cheapest isn't always the best. You can ask for a breakdown of the cost if you believe you're paying to much for it. What you want is value for money and keep in mind you're also paying for the materials, the contractors skills and his time.

Aftercare Costs

Will there be aftercare costs for your fence? You may need to treat your fence if it's made of wood. Have they been pressure-treated, if this is the case then they won't need treating, you need to ask the fencing contractor about this so you know what you're letting yourself in for. The pickets often need care even if they've been pressure-treated. Make sure you talk to your contractor about these things, so you're clear on what needs doing.

Lothian Fencing & Decking

So are you still looking for good quality fencing and you need a good fencing contractor? Then please get in touch with Lothian Fencing & Decking. We can show you our testimonials, and all our materials are British Standard that are both durable and functional. We have many years of experience and we are all fully trained and qualified to do our jobs. This makes us the perfect fencing contractor for your needs, so get in touch.

Why Choose Decking For Your Garden?

It would seem that more people than ever are investing in garden decking and with good reason. After all, it's beautiful to look at, it's certainly great to sit in and provides an elegant and relaxing area to entertain family and friends. There's a great range of patterns, textures and colours these days as well as different shapes, so you can have your decking just how you'd like it.

Once you have your garden decking in place, that's it, you can sit back and enjoy it. It's extremely low maintenance and requires little in the way of cleaning other than a few professional cleaning products to keep it looking good. An occasional polish every now and again also helps.

Durability and Functionality

It's durable and it lasts so you definitely get a return on your investment. Garden decking is usually made from strong hardwood that has it's own natural resistance to British weather with rain, frost and cold. You'll also find that certain softwoods are quite good too if they've been pressure treated first.

Slopes Don't Stop You From Having Garden Decking

If you're garden slopes and you're worried that garden decking simply won't work on an uneven surface, then do not fear, decking is great for straightening out your garden and will leave it with a more consistent feel. It'll make the garden safe for your family and friends to walk on with no uneven surfaces to trip over.

Have Decking and Still be Kind to the Environment

If you care about the environment, then you'll be pleased to know that the hardwoods used to make garden decking is usually bio-degradable, so ask your retailer about it and don't buy it if it isn't. When it's bio-degradable this usually means that it can be easily recycled so it's environmentally friendly.

Aesthetically Pleasing

Oh yes, garden decking is easy on the eye and really makes your garden come alive. It looks even better as it ages and becomes more rustic looking. In all the seasons the decking will come alive with each type of weather, giving you a garden you really want to spend time in. Whether it's watching the leaves fall in autumn or looking at the frosted branches of the trees nearby, your garden will be a beautiful part of it.

Timber decking looks beautiful all year round and even during the months you can 't sit out in it and entertain friends, you'll still have a platform from which to look at the changing weather.

Flexibility and Versatility

You can have your garden decking in any style you want from any wood you like. You can use decking around pools, water features and ponds, and even under pergolas. You can build a gazebo on it and you can have an inbuilt barbecue, so entertaining is a doddle during the warm spring and summer months. You can have the children playing outside in it as its quite safe and you can entertain guests outdoors at any time of the day.

Transform Your Garden With Decking

Have you made your mind up? Have you decided that garden decking is for you and you'd like to go ahead. Why not get in touch or pay us a visit here at Lothian Fencing and Decking and one of our team will be more than happy to help you. We have an experienced and reliable team behind us and we're all qualified and trained to work with decking. So get in touch today and make your garden come alive.

Common Decking Problems

You've invested in garden decking and you're absolutely loving the change it's made to your life and the life of your garden. However, there are things to consider when you have garden fencing in order to give it longevity. Maintenance is an important factor in keeping your decking in tip top condition.

You also spot problems, after all, out in the garden, there are all sorts of hazards and things that can attack your decking. You need to be able to know what you can do to sort these problems out before they get even worse.

So in our guide today, we're going to talk about the outdoor garden hazards that can affect your decking in detail, and give you some tips on what you can do.

Fading

Being outside, your garden decking is prone to the vagaries of British weather. With this in mind, it's only natural that as time goes by, your decking will start to fade. It will also warp and crack over the years because it's made of wood.

The fading, warping and cracking can give the decking some character, however you may want to slow down the process. One way of doing this is to treat the decking by adding a stain or repainting it. Retreating it and sealing it every couple of years should help add a few extra years to the decking, you can also use a stain or paint that has a water sealer or wood preserver which is a good economical combination, doing two jobs at once.

Rot

Always check for staining and mould to the joists as this is the foundation of your garden decking. There can be a build up of dirt and water around the posts and these need to be checked every now and again. Water build-up can be a real enemy to wood, so check for this too. Replace any planks that have wood rot with new ones, so your decking can be given a new lease of life.

Mould

Mould can be scrubbed or scraped off with water and soap and you can also use a jet spray.

Gaps in the planks/boards

You boards will need replacing if they shrink as they dry out after rain, this can cause gaps in the decking so replacing them with new planks is the only solution to this problem.

Structural Issues

If your garden decking has any 'give' and doesn't seem very strong, then perhaps it needs some repair due to structural problems. Check the joists and posts underneath, and if you're unsure of what you're looking for then call in a professional who can take a look at it for you.

Professional Garden Decking Specialists

If you'd like us to take a look at your garden fencing, then we'd be more than happy to send a member of our team round to your home to check it out. We have many years of experience in the decking business and we know what problems to look out for when it comes to garden decking. Just get in touch and we'll see what we can do.

Choosing Your Garden Decking

Wood is the most precious natural material we have, and it is evident that Britain is starting to see its beauty. It’s not only strong and functional, it is hardwearing and weatherproof with the right care. There are so many different types of wood to choose from, and the British public are now using wood both indoors and outdoors for both functional and aesthetic purposes.

As an outdoor material wood is a perfect choice, it has many benefits, with minimal foundation work making it a big hit. It can be used to fence a garden, it’s easy and quick to build, and adds character to a garden.

Garden decking is a great idea because wood is so light and it’s great to walk on and blends in beautifully with its surroundings.

Which is the right type of decking for you?

You will need to think about whether the ground you’ll be using your decking for is on a slope or whether it’s flat. Will it be directly in the sun or will it be shaded? Will you be wanting to create a screen to protect yourself from the wind, if this is the case, then you’ll have to figure this in with your initial plans.

Public or private?

Is your garden decking going to be in public view, or do you want it to be in private space, and do you want trees and shrubbery to provide some much needed privacy?

Drains and Manholes

Make sure the decking isn’t going to be in the way of your drains or on any manholes.

Who is your decking for?

Who’s going to be using the garden decking, is it for adults or large family use? You may want to install a play area where the children can play interrupted.

Softwood or hardwood?

Whether you choose to use softwood or hardwood, what you will find is that not all types of either wood are suitable for garden decking. You need something that will work in all weathers when it’s outdoors. You need something that is naturally durable which will invariably be a hardwood. Otherwise a softwood that’s been treated so it is durable.

Treated softwoods are popular in the UK with Scottish pines being a big favourite. Hardwoods are a big advantage with their hardwearing abilities and of course the colours and grain pattern are a big attraction. There are many different types of hardwood that are quite popular and they have a long life expectancy as do treated softwoods.

Deck Board Styles

Garden decking boards have different styles as well as woods. You can have grooves, ribs or with hi-grip if you want extra security for door access points. Choose a style that is in keeping with your own personal style and one which complements your home.

Garden Decking – Lothian Fencing & Decking

If you choose us to fit your garden decking, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that we only work to good industry practices and comply with the guidelines of the Timber Decking Association, so your garden decking will be both safe and secure.

We hope you found our guide on garden decking useful, if you have any further questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Garden Decking FAQ

In our post this week, we’re going to explore some of the most commonly asked questions regarding garden decking. If you’re thinking about investing in new garden decking, and perhaps you’ve not had it before, then this FAQ post should be helpful.

Do I need planning permission for garden decking?

It all depends on the type of structure you’re going to build. It is possible that this will be the case, and if it’s not a house, but some other kind of building then you will need planning permission.

The circumstances where you may need planning permission is when you’re near a motorway, if it’s more than 30cm above the ground and if it covers more than 50% of the garden. You need to take care that it doesn’t invade privacy, and that it’s not attached to a listed building. If your decking is going to be in a conservation area or a national trust then you will be expected to make sure that your decking is in proportion with the rest of your property

How long does garden decking last?

What type of wood you use can determine the lifespan of your decking. If it’s a durable wood it can last up to 15 years or more.

Can water make garden decking unsafe to walk on?

Yes, it can do but if you keep the decking surface clean and make sure there’s no mildew, algae or moss then these won’t collect to create slippery deposits. Make sure you also brush the decking with a good quality broom and clean it, maybe once year in warm weather with a power spray.

If the ground in my garden isn’t flat can I still have garden decking?

If your garden slopes slightly you can still have decking and you’ll find it’s the perfect solution for it. Slopes can be straightened out with good support beneath the decking. No more sloping garden, welcome sleek, straight garden decking.

Is it possible to have a hot tub installed on my garden decking?

Yes it is, however the decking will need to be specifically designed to support the extra weight. The timber used will need to be stress graded in order to provide the support needed. However, with this in mind, there is no reason why you can’t have a hot tub if you take the necessary precautions.

Is garden decking environmentally friendly?

Wooden decking is one of the most sustainable products used in building timber can be recycled once it’s past its sell by date. Much of the timber used in the UK comes from Scandinavian countries where it’s much colder and the quality of woods comes with less knots.

Lothian F&D Decking – For All Your Garden Decking Needs

If you’re still two minds on whether to have garden decking in your property and you have more questions, then contact us here at Lothian F&D Decking. We’ll answer all your questions and give you reassurances on any uncertainties you may still have.

We’re experienced and qualified to fit garden decking so if you do decide to go with us, then you’ll get value for money and a worthwhile investment that could add value to your property.

Garden Decking Maintenance Tips

So now you have your garden decking - that’s it now, right? You can just sit back and enjoy it. But perhaps that’s not quite it, because as with all garden decking, it needs careful, regular maintenance in order to preserve it. That way you’ll be able to use it for a long time to come.

Weather

Yes, the weather. In the UK we go through all 4 seasons and that can be quite an annual journey with humidity, freezing temperatures, sun, snow and sleet. With that in mind, your garden decking has a lot to contend with. The vagaries of the weather can really wreak havoc on your decking.

Products, You Need Products

If you have garden fencing and wooden fencing especially, you’ll have realised by now that your fencing has started to change shape in response to the weather. Wood is vulnerable to warping, however, it’s not all doom and gloom, you can do something about it.

Wood can blacken in time, this can happen as a result of water getting into the wood, but it can be dealt with by using a fungicidal wash. Wood can also go grey as well as black and this is due to sun damage. You may like it to stay this way, however if you don’t, then you can use a reviver gel that will restore it to its natural colour.

Cleaning Your Garden Decking

You can get the products described above at most good DIY stores. However, you should always make sure you clean the deck first before you treat it. You could go over it with washing up liquid and some warm water first, or some TSP. It’s best not to go over with any bleach, it may damage the timber.

You can use a jet spray to clean your deck, but its best if it isn’t too powerful as it could do serious damage to the wood fibres.

You could use a garden fungicide for your decking too, to clear away algae and mildew. Keep in mind this isn’t for cleaning, it’s just a fungicide and serves its purpose.

Decking Oils

Following a good clean you can then try a good treatment regime that’ll work in the long term. Please remember that it’s important to still clean your deck regularly even after you’ve treated it. Decking oil is another good treatment that fills the cells within the wooden decking and helps protect it.

A penetrating oil is much better than a varnish type finish as it won’t crack when the timber contracts and expands with the weather. You’ll also find that a good quality decking oil will help replace any natural oils that get lost over time with wear and tear.

Make sure you clean the deck thoroughly in the way we’ve described above before you apply decking oil.

Garden Decking West Lothian and Central Scotland

If you have any further questions regarding garden decking in West Lothian and beyond then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Lothian Fencing and Decking, we’ll be more than happy to help.  

 

Artificial Grass in Dog Kennels & Dog Runs

If you are trying to maintain real turf in a dog kennel you are fighting a losing battle. Both the dogs and the seasons have other ideas for your beautifully manicured grass. How many hours do you spend a week looking after the turf in your kennels? It is probably quite a few, and for many business owners, the cost and time consumption of looking after real grass is just too much.

Which is why artificial grass for dogs is becoming increasingly popular with kennel owners up and down the country. Let’s take a look why.

Good For the Dogs

As a kennel owner, your number one concern is rightly going to be the dogs you are looking after. Artificial grass helps you to take care of them better. It provides a more durable, stable surface for them to play on. It won’t get slippery or become uneven and full of holes. With artificial grass dogs can run and play just as they would on normal grass, without the chance of catching a paw or taking a nasty tumble.

Best of all, dogs like artificial grass. They won’t even be able to tell the difference, and will soon be lying, rolling, and – yes – peeing on it!

Good For You

With artificial grass dogs can have a good time, and you can have an easier time. Artificial grass for dogs is incredibly easy to maintain, requiring just a quick going over with a hosepipe every now and then, or a bit of soap and water for a more intensive clean. Urine filters through into the ground, and faeces is easy to pick up, so it’s a very hygienic surface.

It makes looking after the dogs easier, too. By not getting muddy, artificial grass for dogs is saving you a lot of time spent hosing down dirty pooches.

Artificial grass for dogs also looks fantastic. It remains the same neat and pleasing length, and won’t fade in the sun like traditional grass does during the hotter months. It will remain a luscious green all year round, and can’t be dug up or disturbed by the dogs.

Good For Business

Switching to artificial grass frees up a lot of your time, while making your dog run more accessible. Dogs will be able to use it all year round to get exercise and let off steam.

Want to know more about easy to maintain, simple to install artificial grass dogs will just love to play on? Get in touch with us today.

Choosing Garden Fencing in West Lothian

At first glance it may seem easy – choosing your garden fencing in West Lothian. You just look through a brochure and pick the most attractive one you can find, however, this may not be as simple as it looks, after all there are other things to consider. In this post, we’re going to take a look at what to think about when choosing fencing for your garden.

Firstly let’s take a quick look at some of the most important factors to consider when choosing garden fencing:-

  • Your budget

  • Hiring the right people with the necessary training and expertise

  • Your reason for having fencing – is for security, purely for decoration, to keep animals out or just for privacy?

  • The type of maintenance your fence will need over the years.

There are quite a few different types of garden fencing on the market including Composite Panel Fences, Trellis, Screens, Picket, Close board, Lap Panel Fences and Decorative Fence Panels. Which one you choose is dependent on what purpose it will serve.

Privacy Fencing

If you need privacy then an overlapping panel fence may be just the thing to keep people traffic and noisy neighbours out. They’re sometimes made from heavier wood and can also keep out noise too, for this try feather edge or treated boards.

Wind Breaker Fencing

If you need to break down a cruel breeze and harsh winds in autumn and winter, or you’re just in a place where your garden catches the wind, then a good fence that acts as a barrier against the wind is a great idea. Try hazel or willow hurdle fences, there are some great fencing panels designs that are specifically made to act as wind breaks.

Noise Reduction Fencing

We’ve already seen that a thicker timber panel fencing can keep out noise such as feather edge or specially treated boards. We have garden fencing that can cut out noise regardless of where it originates, whether it’s below panel height or higher.

Fencing With Aesthetic Appeal

Are you having garden fencing in West Lothian because you fancy a change and you want something that looks attractive, something that helps your garden and house to look more attractive? You can have something more imposing with solid gates or you can have something lighter but at the same time practical too.

Garden Fencing West Lothian

For whichever reason you’re having garden fencing in West Lothian, whether it’s as a wind break, for noise or purely for aesthetic reasons then come to Lothian Fencing and Decking . We have an excellent choice of garden fencing and we can talk you through what might work best for your garden depending on what you need it for. 

Garden Fencing Maintenance

Taking Care of Your Garden Fencing

How do you maintain you fence once it’s been installed? Once the fence is installed, you’re left with the care and maintenance of these great new additions to your garden.

Today, we’ve put together some handy bits of tips and advice, so you can take care of your new fencing so it stays exactly as it was when you bought it - in pristine condition.

Make regular checks a priority

Never leave the bits you can’t see to chance, that would include the bottom of your fence as well as the top. They can get damaged every bit as easily as the uppermost area of your picket fence. You must clean and repair any damage you find in order to keep on top of things, and before it overwhelms you.

Inspections on a regular basis

It makes sense to check and inspect regularly so that the damage, if discovered, can be rectified quickly before it becomes too big a job. This will keep the fencing in good condition and avoid bigger jobs later. Maintenance is low, because when you check regularly there’s less to do.

Make sure you have certain tools to hand, so any damage you do find, you’ll have the right things to hand to help you stay on top of it. Items to include are paint brushes, and naturally the same paint you used to paint your fence, washing solutions, a hose, wood trimmer and some sander.

Paint

Does your fence need repainting in certain parts? It can retain its colour if its kept topped up on a regular basis, making sure you have a reasonable stock of the same paint you used originally, so colours are even.

You can go over the whole fence or just paint certain areas, it’s up to you what part or how much of the fence you need to paint over.

Pressure Washing

You need to make sure your garden fencing is nice and clean, not just painting over dirt as well as damaged parts. If you keep it clean then your fence will last much longer and aesthetically, it will look good for longer too. Pressure washing your fence is one way of keeping your fence clean. Pressure washing involves using a pressure washing solution that you can use with other cleaning agents, if you wish. You need to use a hose to create the pressure, and once done, it’ll add a nice fresh glow to your picket fence.

Keep chemicals away from your garden fencing

One important factor you need to keep in consideration is the number and type of pesticides you currently use in your garden. They could cause irreparable damage to your fence, so it’s advisable to create a good distance between where you use your pesticides and where your fence is.

Sanding a wooden garden fencing

Keep an eye out for sharp bits on your picket fence, especially wood blisters and splinters that could trip you up or cause nasty cuts. You can use a sander to smooth your fence down and level the surface off. It’ll look good and it’ll be a lot safer too.

So there you have, it a few simple tips to keep your new fencing in immaculate condition and when you buy garden fencing in West Lothian you’re already winning with our strong, good quality fencing.