Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Care Fencing, people trust our knowledge and expertise in all things fencing so often ask us questions. Here are a small selection of questions and answers that may help you make your new fencing decision.

What’s the best fence type for pet owners?

Durable, height-appropriate fences with no gaps at the bottom are best to keep pets safe and contained.

Can I customize the design of my fence?

Yes, many companies offer customisation options including different materials, colours, and designs to match your aesthetic preferences.

How often should I replace my fence?

The lifespan varies by material; wood fences typically last 10-20 years, while vinyl or metal can last over 20 years with proper maintenance.

What’s the best way to repair a damaged fence panel?

It depends on the damage; small repairs might involve replacing individual boards, while significant damage might require replacing the entire panel.

How can I make my fence more resistant to wind?

Use sturdy posts, set deep into the ground, and consider designs that allow airflow, like slatted fences, to reduce wind pressure.

Can security fencing also provide privacy?

Yes, options like solid wood panels or vinyl fencing offer both privacy and security by obstructing views and deterring access.

Are there decorative options for security fencing?

Yes, wrought iron and steel fences offer security while providing aesthetic appeal through various designs and finishes.

How can I enhance the security of my existing fence?

Add height, anti-climb spikes, security cameras, or motion-sensor lights to deter intruders.

Is chain-link fencing a good option for security?

While not the most aesthetically pleasing, chain-link is durable and offers visibility, making it a cost-effective security option.

What features make a fence more secure?

Features include height, lack of footholds, sturdy materials, and secure gates with quality locks.

How long does it typically take to install a fence?

Installation time varies based on the project’s size and complexity, but your contractor should provide an estimated timeline.

Can fencing companies assist with permit acquisition?

Many companies can help navigate local regulations and acquire necessary permits, but always confirm this service upfront.

Should I expect a warranty from a fencing company?

Yes, reputable companies usually offer a warranty on both materials and workmanship. Ask about the terms and duration of the warranty.

How do I get an accurate quote from a fencing company?

Provide detailed information about your project, including the type of fencing, desired materials, total length, and any special features or challenges.

What should I look for in a fencing contractor?

Look for experience, licensing, insurance, a portfolio of past projects, and positive customer reviews.

How do I maintain a wooden fence?

Regularly inspect for damage, apply a wood preservative or stain to protect against rot and weathering, and repair or replace damaged sections promptly.

Can fencing increase property value?

Yes, well-designed and maintained fencing can enhance curb appeal and security, potentially increasing property value.

Are there eco-friendly fencing options?

Yes, options include bamboo, recycled plastic, or sustainably sourced wood. These materials are environmentally friendly and offer durability and aesthetic appeal.

How can I ensure my fence blends in with my landscaping?

Choose materials and colours that complement your garden and outdoor space. Incorporate landscaping elements like shrubs or climbers to integrate the fence naturally.

What factors should I consider when choosing a fencing material?

Consider durability, maintenance requirements, aesthetic appeal, cost, and the specific needs of your property such as privacy or security.

How do I choose the right material for my fence considering the Leeds climate?

The Leeds climate, characterised by variable weather conditions, requires durable materials that can withstand rain, wind, and temperature fluctuations. Care Fencing can guide you through choosing materials like treated wood, metal, or composites that are well-suited to the local climate, ensuring your fence remains robust and attractive year-round.

What is the process for repairing a fence after accidental damage?

If your fence is damaged accidentally, contact Care Fencing for an assessment. The team will evaluate the extent of the damage and recommend either repair or replacement of affected sections. The goal is to restore the fence’s appearance and functionality efficiently.

Can Care Fencing provide temporary fencing solutions for events or construction sites?

Yes, Care Fencing offers temporary fencing solutions ideal for events, construction sites, or any situation requiring short-term security or boundary definition. These solutions are quick to install, secure, and can be easily relocated as needed.

What considerations should be made for fencing in areas prone to flooding or heavy rain?

In areas prone to flooding or heavy rain, it’s important to choose materials resistant to water damage and designs that allow water to flow through without compromising the fence’s stability. Care Fencing can recommend suitable options and ensure proper drainage is considered in the installation.

How can I add a decorative touch to my fence without compromising security?

Adding decorative elements like lattice tops, ornamental post caps, or integrated planters can enhance the aesthetic appeal of a security fence. Care Fencing can incorporate these features in a way that maintains the fence’s integrity and security functions.

What is the best way to extend the life of my fence?

Extending the life of your fence involves regular maintenance such as cleaning, treating or painting (for wood fences), checking for and repairing any damage, and ensuring proper installation to prevent leaning or sagging. Care Fencing provides detailed maintenance advice and services to help maximize the longevity of your fence.

How does Care Fencing handle fencing projectsfor large properties or commercial sites?

For larger properties or commercial sites, Care Fencing conducts a thorough site assessment to understand the specific needs and challenges. The team then designs a comprehensive fencing solution that may include perimeter security, access control, and integration with existing security systems. Project management ensures timely and efficient execution, adhering to safety and quality standards.

What are the best fencing options for areas with high noise levels?

For areas with high noise levels, consider fences with mass and density, such as solid wood, concrete, or acoustic fencing panels designed to reduce noise transmission. Care Fencing can assess your specific needs and recommend effective noise-reduction fencing solutions.

Can Care Fencing help with fence design to match historical or unique architectural features?

Yes, Care Fencing specializes in custom fence designs that complement historical properties or unique architectural features. The team works closely with clients to understand their vision and ensures that the design enhances the property’s character while meeting practical requirements.

How do I maintain a metal fence?

Maintenance for metal fences includes regular cleaning to remove dirt and debris, inspection for signs of rust or damage, and application of rust-inhibitor products or touch-up paint as needed. Care Fencing provides maintenance guidelines tailored to the type of metal fence you have.

What security features can be integrated into a fence?

Security features for fences include reinforced materials, anti-climb designs, security spikes, surveillance cameras, and motion-sensor lighting. For high-security needs, electric fencing and access control systems can also be integrated. Care Fencing can design a security solution tailored to your specific requirements.

How can I ensure my fence is environmentally friendly?

Opt for fencing materials that are sustainably sourced, recyclable, or made from recycled content. Consider the longevity and maintenance requirements of the materials to minimise environmental impact over the fence’s lifetime. Care Fencing can advise on the most eco-friendly options for your project.

What factors influence the cost of a new fence?

Factors influencing the cost include the length and height of the fence, the materials chosen, the complexity of the design, and any additional features like gates or custom elements. Care Fencing provides transparent quotes and works with clients to find solutions that fit their budgets.

How does the fencing process work from consultation to installation?

The process begins with a consultation to discuss your needs, preferences, and budget. This is followed by a site survey, design proposal, and quote. Once agreed upon, Care Fencing schedules the installation, carried out by experienced professionals, ensuring minimal disruption and high-quality results.

What are the latest trends in fencing design and materials?

The latest trends in fencing include mixed materials (combining wood, metal, and composite elements), horizontal slat designs for a modern look, eco-friendly materials like bamboo, and smart fences integrated with security technologies. Care Fencing stays at the forefront of these trends, offering innovative solutions to clients.

Can Care Fencing provide fencing solutions for commercial properties?

Yes, Care Fencing offers a range of fencing solutions tailored to commercial properties, including security fencing, decorative perimeter fences, and automated gate systems. Services include professional consultation, custom design, and installation, all tailored to meet the specific needs and security requirements of commercial clients.

How does Care Fencing approach sustainability in its projects?

Care Fencing is committed to sustainability by using eco-friendly materials, minimising waste, and recycling old fencing materials where possible. The company sources materials from responsible suppliers and offers clients sustainable fencing options that contribute to environmental conservation.

What should I do if my fence is damaged in a storm?

After a storm, assess the damage from a safe distance and document it with photos for insurance purposes. Avoid attempting major repairs yourself, especially if structural integrity is compromised. Contact Care Fencing for a professional assessment and repair service to restore your fence safely and efficiently.

How can I customise my fence for added privacy?

For added privacy, consider taller fences with no gaps between panels, such as solid wood, composite, or vinyl fences. Decorative elements, trellises for climbing plants, or privacy screens can also enhance seclusion. Care Fencing specialises in custom designs to meet your specific privacy requirements.

What are the differences between manual and automated gates?

Manual gates require physical effort to open and close, while automated gates offer the convenience of remote or sensor-based operation. Automated gates are ideal for enhanced security and ease of use, especially for driveways. Care Fencing can discuss the benefits of each type and help you choose the best option for your property.

How do I choose the right gate for my fence?

Choosing the right gate involves considering the purpose of the gate (pedestrian or vehicular access), the level of security required, and the aesthetic compatibility with the fence and overall property. Care Fencing offers a variety of gate styles and materials and can provide expert advice to ensure the gate meets your functional and design needs.

How does Care Fencing ensure the safety of its installations?

Safety is a top priority in all installations, with adherence to strict safety protocols, including secure construction practicesand the use of high-quality materials. Regular training on the latest safety standards and technologies ensures that all team members are equipped to handle any fencing project safely.

What warranty does Care Fencing offer on its installations?

Care Fencing is committed to quality and customer satisfaction, offering a warranty on installations that covers craftsmanship and material integrity for a specified period. This warranty ensures that any issues arising from the installation process or material defects are addressed promptly and efficiently.

Can Care Fencing assist with boundary disputes?

While Care Fencing cannot provide legal advice, they can assist in accurately defining property boundaries with fencing solutions that respect legal boundary lines. Consulting with a legal professional in case of disputes is recommended, and Care Fencing can work alongside such advice to implement a practical fencing solution.

What fencing solutions are recommended for windy areas?

In windy areas, fences with slight gaps between panels, such as palisade or picket fences, allow wind to pass through, reducing the risk of damage. Durable materials and secure installation methods are also crucial. Care Fencing can assess your property’s exposure to wind and recommend the most suitable fencing solutions.

How can I ensure my fence complements the architectural style of my home?

Choosing a fence that complements your home’s architectural style involves considering materials, colours, and designs that harmonise with your home’s exterior. Whether you have a modern, traditional, or cottage-style home, Care Fencing offers a range of options and can provide design consultation to ensure your fence enhances your property’s overall aesthetic.

What are the key considerations for fencing in coastal areas?

Fencing in coastal areas requires materials that can withstand corrosive salt air and strong winds. Options like aluminium, treated wood, and certain composites are ideal for their durability and resistance to rust and corrosion. Care Fencing can provide expertise in selecting and installing fences that endure the harsh coastal environment.

How can I integrate lighting into my fencing?

Integrating lighting into fencing can enhance both aesthetics and security. Options include post cap lights, recessed LED lights, and spotlights. Care Fencing can assist in planning and installing fencing with integrated lighting solutions that suit your garden’s design and functionality needs.

What should I consider when choosing a fence for a pet-friendly garden?

For pet-friendly gardens, consider durable materials and designs that prevent pets from escaping, such as solid panels or tight mesh. The height of the fence should be appropriate for the size of the pet, and features like smooth surfaces can prevent injury. Care Fencing can help design a fence that ensures the safety and freedom of your pets while complementing your garden.

How does fence height impact privacy and security?

The height of a fence directly impacts both privacy and security. Taller fences offer more privacy from passersby and neighbors, and enhance security by making it more difficult for potential intruders to enter your property. Care Fencing can advise on the optimal height for your specific needs, considering local regulations and aesthetic preferences.

Are there eco-friendly fencing options available?

Yes, Care Fencing offers a range of eco-friendly fencing options, including materials sourced from sustainable forests, recycled plastic composites, and bamboo. These options provide an environmentally conscious choice without compromising on strength or style.

What are the benefits of composite fencing?

Composite fencing offers the aesthetic appeal of wood without the extensive maintenance. It’s resistant to rot, pests, and weather-related damage, making it a durable choice for the UK climate. Although the initial investment may be higher than traditional wood, its longevity and low maintenance requirements can make it a cost-effective option in the long term.

Can Care Fencing repair a section of my fence, or do I need to replace the whole thing?

In many cases, individual sections of a fence can be repaired without the need to replace the entire fence. Care Fencing’s team can assess the damage and recommend the most cost-effective and practical solution, focusing on restoring the fence’s integrity and appearance.

What maintenance is required for wooden fences?

Wooden fences require regular maintenance to ensure their longevity and aesthetic appeal. This typically includes annual cleaning, periodic staining or painting, and checking for any signs of damage or rot. Care Fencing can provide guidance on specific care routines for different wood types and environmental conditions in Leeds.

How long does fence installation typically take?

The duration of fence installation can vary based on the length of the fence, the type of materials used, and the terrain of the property. For standard residential projects in Leeds, installations can range from a single day for simple fence types to several days for more complex or extensive fencing solutions. Care Fencing ensures efficient project management to minimize disruption while delivering high-quality results.

Can I put up an 8-foot fence in the UK?

In most cases, fences up to 2 meters (about 6.5 feet) are permissible without planning permission. An 8-foot fence may require planning permission, depending on local council regulations and specific circumstances like the fence’s location and potential impact on neighbours.

hat is the cheapest type of fencing in the UK?

The cheapest fencing options typically include chain-link and basic wooden panel fences. These options offer functionality and boundary definition at a lower cost but may require additional features or treatments for privacy and longevity.

Is a chain-link fence good for security?

Chain-link fences can provide a basic level of security, especially if they are tall and topped with barbed wire. However, they offer less privacy and can be easier to climb than more solid alternatives.

Does a fence increase security?

Yes, a well-designed fence acts as a physical barrier, deterrent, and boundary marker, significantly enhancing the security of a property by making unauthorized access more difficult and visible.

What is a high-security fence?

A high-security fence is designed to provide maximum protection against unauthorized access, often used around commercial or high-risk residential areas. These fences are characterized by their height, robust materials, and additional security features like surveillance systems and alarms.

How much does a security fence gate cost?

The cost depends on the size, material, and security features of the gate. Basic metal security gates start from a few hundred pounds, but prices can rise significantly for larger, custom-designed gates with advanced security features like electronic access controls.

What does a security fence look like?

Security fences can vary in appearance, from imposing metal palisades to more subtle, decorative designs with integrated security features. The key is to provide a strong barrier that deters unauthorized access while complementing the property’s aesthetic.

Do you need planning permission for security fencing?

In Leeds, planning permission may be required for fences over 2 meters high or if the property is listed or in a conservation area. Care Fencing can advise on local regulations and assist with the planning permission process if needed.

How do you burglar-proof a fence?

To burglar-proof a fence, consider height (at least 2 meters), solid construction materials that block visibility, anti-climb features (like roller bars), and deterrents such as spikes (with legal compliance). Regular maintenance to fix vulnerabilities and integrating surveillance can further enhance security.

What can I legally put on my fence to stop burglars?

In the UK, you can add deterrents like anti-climb spikes, provided they’re above a certain height (usually 2.4 meters) and that warning signs are clearly displayed. It’s important to ensure that any additions comply with UK law to avoid liability issues.

What is the most cost-effective security fence?

Chain link fences with barbed wire or razor wire toppings provide a cost-effective security solution. They are durable, low maintenance, and offer visibility, which can be a deterrent in itself. However, the aesthetic may not be suitable for all properties, and additional privacy measures might be needed.

What is the best residential security fence?

For residential areas, a balance between aesthetics and security is key. High, solid wood fences or metal fences with decorative elements that also incorporate anti-climb and visibility-reducing features are popular. Care Fencing offers bespoke solutions to meet both security needs and design preferences.

What is the best fence to stop intruders?

A fence that combines height, strength, and minimal points of entry, such as a solid metal fence with anti-climb features, is highly effective at deterring intruders. Integrating security enhancements like motion sensors or CCTV can further increase the deterrent effect.

What type of fence is best for security?

The best security fences are robust, tall, and difficult to climb or bypass. Materials like steel or reinforced aluminium, combined with anti-climb designs, offer high security. Features like spiked tops and minimal horizontal rails deter intruders. Care Fencing recommends considering the specific security needs and aesthetic preferences of your property in Leeds when choosing a security fence.

Can fence panels be used to support garden wildlife like birds or insects?

Yes, incorporating elements like birdhouses, feeders, or insect hotels into the fence design can support local wildlife. Leaving gaps at the base of the fence can also create a wildlife corridor for small animals.

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What are the best practices for recycling or disposing of old fence panels?

Old wooden panels can be repurposed for DIY projects or chopped for firewood. For disposal, check with local waste management for recycling options. Avoid burning treated wood, as it can release harmful chemicals.

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Are there any specific fence panel treatments recommended for allergy sufferers?

For allergy sufferers, use non-toxic, hypoallergenic treatments and avoid those with strong odours or chemicals that can aggravate allergies. Natural oils and stains are often a safer choice.

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How can I effectively match my fence panels with the style of my house?

Consider the architectural style and colour scheme of your house. Traditional homes may suit classic wooden panels, while contemporary homes might benefit from modern designs like horizontal slats or composite materials.

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What is the environmental impact of different fence panel materials?

Wood, especially from sustainable sources, has a lower carbon footprint but requires regular treatment. Metals can be highly durable and recyclable. Composites offer longevity but can be less eco-friendly in production and disposal.

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How can I ensure my fence panels are child-safe?

Choose panels without sharp edges or points, and ensure there are no wide gaps where children could get stuck. The panels should be sturdy and securely installed to prevent tipping.

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What are some creative ways to style fence panels for aesthetic appeal?

Creative styling can include painting panels in bold colours, installing decorative post caps, using a combination of different materials, or incorporating patterned designs within the panels.

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Can I integrate a gate into my fence panel design?

Yes, a gate can be integrated into the fence panel design. It’s important to ensure that the gate matches the style and material of the panels for aesthetic consistency and that it’s installed with sturdy hinges and locks for security.

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How do I ensure the longevity of my fence panels in a coastal environment?

In coastal environments, opt for materials resistant to salt and moisture, such as pressure-treated wood, corrosion-resistant metals, or high-quality composites. Regular cleaning to remove salt deposits and protective coatings are also beneficial.

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What are the benefits of using lattice panels in garden fencing?

Lattice panels offer a balance between privacy and airflow. They’re ideal for supporting climbing plants, adding a decorative element to the garden while still allowing light and air to pass through.

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Is it possible to soundproof fence panels for urban gardens?

While complete soundproofing is challenging, certain fence designs can help reduce urban noise. Solid, dense panels with no gaps, like acoustic fencing, are more effective at blocking sound. Adding mass-loaded vinyl or other sound-absorbing materials to the fence can further enhance its noise reduction capabilities.

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What maintenance is required for metal fence panels?

Metal fence panels typically require less maintenance than wood. Regularly check for rust or damage, especially in joints and welds. Apply rust-resistant paint as needed to protect the metal.

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How do climatic conditions in the UK affect fence panel choices?

The UK’s variable weather requires choosing materials that can withstand rain, wind, and occasional extreme conditions. Pressure-treated wood, durable metals, and high-quality composites are good choices.

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What are the legal considerations when installing fence panels near public walkways?

Ensure that the fence doesn’t obstruct public pathways or sightlines for traffic. Check local council regulations regarding height and positioning, and ensure the fence isn’t encroaching on public land.

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Can I install lighting fixtures on fence panels without damaging them?

Yes, lightweight solar or LED fixtures can be installed on fence panels. Ensure they are securely attached without causing significant damage to the structure of the panels.

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How do I protect fence panels against termites and other insects?

Use pressure-treated wood that’s been treated with insect repellent. Regularly inspect your fence for signs of infestation and treat the area with appropriate insecticides if needed.

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What is the best way to align fence panels on uneven ground?

On uneven ground, stepping or grading the panels helps maintain a uniform appearance. This involves installing the panels at different heights to follow the contour of the ground.

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Can fence panels be customised to fit irregular garden shapes?

Yes, fence panels can be cut or adjusted to fit irregular shapes, though it requires precise measurement and cutting. Custom-made panels are also an option for particularly challenging garden layouts.

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Are there any innovative designs in fence panels that are gaining popularity in the UK?

Contemporary designs like horizontal slats, mixed materials (combining wood with metal or glass), and eco-friendly composite panels are gaining popularity. These designs often focus on aesthetics as well as functionality.

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What’s the cost difference between professional installation and DIY for fence panels?

DIY installation of fence panels can save on labor costs, which can be significant. However, if you lack the necessary tools or skills, professional installation ensures a secure, long-lasting fence and might save you money in the long run by avoiding mistakes and ensuring a proper installation.

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How can I add more privacy to my existing fence panels?

You can add privacy to existing fence panels by attaching lattice sections on top, growing climbing plants, or installing privacy screens or slats.

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Are there specific fence panels recommended for gardens with a lot of shade?

In shaded gardens, choose fence panels with a treatment resistant to damp and mould, as shaded areas can be more prone to these issues. Slatted panels can also help improve air circulation.

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How do I choose the right height for my fence panels?

Consider the purpose of the fence (privacy, security, decoration). For privacy, taller panels (around 6 feet) are preferred. For front gardens or decorative purposes, shorter panels might be more suitable. Always check local planning restrictions for height limits.

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Can I use fence panels to create a boundary with my neighbour?

Yes, fence panels are commonly used to define property boundaries. However, it’s important to discuss this with your neighbour and ensure that you comply with any local planning regulations and boundary laws.

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What is the best type of wood for fence panels in terms of longevity?

In the UK, hardwoods like oak or European Redwood (Pine) are known for their longevity. These woods, especially when pressure-treated, can withstand harsh weather conditions and resist rot and insects more effectively than softwoods.

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How often should I inspect my fence panels?

It’s advisable to inspect your fence panels at least once a year or after extreme weather conditions. Look for signs of wear, damage, or instability and address any issues promptly to prevent further deterioration.

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What’s the best way to fix a leaning fence panel?

A leaning fence panel often indicates issues with the posts. Check if the posts are loose or rotted. In some cases, you can straighten and stabilise the post by packing soil or concrete around its base, or you might need to replace it.

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Are there specific fence panels that are pet-friendly?

Pet-friendly fence panels are typically sturdy and without gaps large enough for pets to escape through. Consider the height of the fence for jumping pets and the robustness for pets that might chew or scratch.

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Can I install solar lights on my fence panels?

Yes, solar lights can be installed on fence panels to enhance garden aesthetics and provide lighting. Ensure the lights are weatherproof and designed for outdoor use. The installation should not damage the structural integrity of the panels.

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What are the best practices for cleaning fence panels?

Use a soft brush or cloth and a mild detergent solution to gently clean the panels. Avoid harsh chemicals and high-pressure washers which can damage the panel surface. For wooden panels, it’s advisable to reapply a protective coat after cleaning.

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How can I make my fence panels more wildlife-friendly?

Incorporate gaps at the base for small animals to pass through, use bird boxes or feeders, and choose materials and treatments that are non-toxic to wildlife. Planting hedges or climbers around the fence can also create habitats for various species.

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