15th Jun 2023 -

Fences play a vital role in enhancing the aesthetics, security, and privacy of a property. However, they can be plagued by issues such as durability, maintenance, and longevity, with costly overhauls awaiting homeowners, alongside unhappy clients for professional installers.

One of the best solutions available is to install gravel boards alongside your fence posts and panels.

In this article, we delve into the crucial role of gravel boards and their benefits for enhancing your fences, helping you understand why so many professionals consider them essential.

What Are Gravel Boards?

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Gravel boards serve as the foundation of your fencing installation, providing vital support and protection. These horizontal blocks, available in materials like concrete, timber, or composite, are positioned at the base of fencing panels. 

By ensuring that the fence panels themselves do not come into direct contact with grass, other plants, or wet ground, gravel boards offer valuable defence against moisture, rot, and insect damage.

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    • Treated to resist dry rot and preserve timber
    • Prevents direct contact with the ground
    Price from: £7.88 £9.46

    • Provides additional stability to the fence
    • Protects the fence panels
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    • Designed to seamlessly fit into concrete slotted posts
    • Protects the fence panels
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How Important is a Gravel Board?

Gravel boards are vital for ensuring the longevity and stability of your fences, especially if you are installing a timber fence. 

They act as a shield, preventing ground-level moisture from compromising the integrity of your fence. This protection is vital in safeguarding your investment and ensuring that your fence stands the test of time. 

Additionally, gravel boards elevate the overall aesthetics of your fences, providing a clean and polished appearance to any property.

The Advantages of Gravel Boards

Gravel boards offer a myriad of advantages for those either installing a fence in their own garden or installing them professionally across client properties.

Concrete gravel boards excel in durability, offering exceptional resistance to rot and decay. For those seeking a more attractive option, timber or composite gravel boards provide inherent beauty to meet various design preferences. 

Regardless of the material chosen, gravel boards contribute significantly to the structural integrity of fencing systems, especially in areas prone to moisture or high winds.

Maintenance and Longevity

Depending on your material choice, the level of maintenance required for your gravel boards will change. Composite boards are designed around low maintenance and can be simply cleaned over the years. Concrete too is essentially a maintenance-free product. However, should you opt for timber gravel boards you’ll need to stain or paint them over time in order to retain their moisture resistance.

By installing gravel boards you’ll be boosting the longevity of your fence boards, making them a cost-effective addition to any gardening project.

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Enhancing Fencing Performance

The benefits of gravel boards extend beyond durability and maintenance, offering enhanced stability, resistance to soil movement, and protection against ground-level issues. 

By preventing waterlogging, frost heave, or ground shifts, gravel boards minimise the risk of damage to your fences. Whether you’re looking to get decades of performance from a new fence in your garden or to offer the best possible protection for a client, gravel boards should be incorporated into your fence installation.

Compatibility and Installation

Gravel boards are compatible with various fencing types and materials, making them a versatile choice for any project. When selecting gravel boards, it is crucial to consider their design and dimensions to ensure a seamless fit with your fencing system. 

Enhance Your Fencing With Gravel Boards

By understanding the importance of gravel boards, you can strengthen your fences and enjoy the benefits of enhanced durability, stability, and overall performance. 

We provide a wide range of high-quality gravel boards to cater to your specific needs, with timber, composite, and concrete options, all of which can be delivered across the UK. 

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