Feather Edge Fence Boards

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Bring structure and style to your outdoor space with Feather Edge Boards (also known as close board, shiplap or featheredge fencing). With the vertical placement of featheredge fencing (against a post framework), your garden will be securely fenced off from any intruders with no gaps for anything to sneak through- keeping your pets safe. Not only does featheredge fencing look great from both sides, but each side can be customised to your liking.

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What Are Feather Edge Fence Boards?

Along with arris rails, featheredge boards are a vital component in building a durable fence. Feather edge boards are one of the most prevalent forms of fencing in the United Kingdom. They are installed vertically onto a framework of posts with each board overlapping its neighbour, forming orderly lengths of fencing wherever it is needed.

Closeboard fences built from feather edge fence boards are conventionally more durable and robust than waney edge or overlap fences. This durability comes as a by-product of feather edge boards' construction and timber solidity. 

Not only are these feather edge boards tanalised and pressure treated, but they also provide extensive protection against fungal decay, insect attacks, and rot.

Feather Edge Fence Board Benefits

  • Fences built from feather edge fence boards are typically stronger than waney lap/overlap fences
  • Pressure treated for longer life
  • Long-lasting and weatherproof
  • Wide range of length and widths are available - to suit your fencing needs
  • Used in conjunction with fencing rails to create strong and sturdy closeboard fencing
  • Attractive finish - made from robust and high-quality natural timber
  • If one of the boards gets damaged, you can simply replace it with another

What Does Feather Edge Mean? 

The classic feather edge fence panel look is created by overlapping vertical planks of wood on the edges, with horizontal battens across the back for stability.

What Do I Need to Build a Feather Edge Fence?

To build a feather edge fence, you will need the following materials and tools:

  1. Feather Edge Boards: These are long, tapered boards used for the fence panels.
  2. Fence Posts: Typically made of wood or concrete, to support the fence.
  3. Horizontal Rails: To provide structure and support for the feather edge boards.
  4. Post Mix Concrete: For securing the fence posts in the ground.
  5. Gravel Boards: Optional, but they help protect the bottom of the fence from moisture and decay.
  6. Galvanised Nails or Screws: For attaching the boards and rails.
  7. Spirit Level: To ensure the fence is level and straight.
  8. Post Hole Digger or Auger: For creating holes for the fence posts.
  9. Hammer and Saw: For cutting and fixing the materials.
  10. Protective Coating or Paint: To protect the wood and extend the life of your fence.

Remember to also check for any local building codes or regulations before starting your project.

Frequently Asked Feather Edge Fence Boards Questions

How Long Do Feather Edge Boards Last?

When properly treated and maintained, feather edge boards can last up to 15 years or more. The lifespan significantly depends on the quality of the wood, the treatment used, and exposure to weather elements.

Can I Paint or Stain Feather Edge Boards?

Yes, feather edge boards can be painted or stained. It's recommended to use outdoor-specific products to enhance the boards' durability and resistance to weathering.

Why Is Pressure Treatment Beneficial To Feather Edge Boards? 

Pressure-treating wood is a process which impregnates timber's cellular structure with preservative chemicals. 

This process typically incorporates copper and organic co-biocides, which help to repel both insects and moisture.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Treated Timber Feather Edge Boards? 

Because pressure-treated wood is resistant to rot, moisture, and other parasites, it lasts much longer than non-treated wood when used outdoors.

Pressure-treated wood is also less susceptible to moisture which can soften and warp the wood. Here are just a handful of the benefits on offer with treated timber:  

  • It is treated to resist rot, decay and insect attacks
  • The most durable timber option which offers extra stability, making it ideal for outdoor use
  • Thanks to its treated nature, treated timber is also low-maintenance
  • You won't have to spend time and money regularly maintaining it

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