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How to replace fence panels: our guide to traditional timber fencing

Thursday, October 25, 2018

With winter just on the horizon, we’ve got plenty of windy and damp weather to look forward to – and with that inevitably comes damage to our garden fences. Fence panels can need replacing because they’ve become rotten, been damaged during a storm, or simply because they’ve become weak due to age. A rotten or damaged fence can make your home look shoddy and neglected, as well as being impractical for matters such as keeping pets inside its boundaries.

Luckily though, replacing a fence panel is a relatively simple job.

Before you decide to replace a fence panel it’s worth examining the whole length of your fence, as it may be in a bad state, in which case removing it in its entirety (including the posts) and investing in a new one may be your best option.

If you do decide to just replace one panel though, here’s how we’d recommend doing it.

1. First things first, you should measure the length of the fence panel you’re replacing to ensure that the replacement panel is the correct width and length

2. Next you want to wiggle and pull apart the broken fence panel from the fence post. This may take some force depending on how the panel is secured to the posts – you may need gloves to protect your fingers, and a crowbar for force. If it’s secured with nails, it may be easier to saw through them and then hammer in the remnants, rather than pulling them loose. If it’s secured with fencing clips though, these can simply be unscrewed.

3. You can then pry the panel fully away from the fence posts its attached to on either side.

4. When securing your new panel, we’d recommend using fence clips – as these will make your life easier when replacing panels in future. You then need to use a drill to fix the brackets in place on each fence post. Assuming your gravel board is intact, you then just need to find someone to help you lift it up the new fence panel and slide it between the existing fences into position.

This should leave you with a beautiful looking fence that’s as good as new. Browse our range of attractive traditional fence panels if you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor space before the weather gets too cold.