Preston fencing service


Acorn Gardening offers fence installation and fence repair. We are an established, professional company who always deliver great quality.  

From small picket fences  to sturdy security fences, we have the skills to build it fast. We can custom build fences, gates and more to any size or style you would like. 

Skills for the job

Ian, our project manager, is a trained joiner and engineer who is an expert in outdoor construction projects. The team can install or custom build any type of fence you want. Seen something you like on Pinterest? We can probably build it for you!

With Acorn Gardening you can be sure that the job will be done properly. Get in touch now if you are looking for fencing Preston. 

Why Choose our Preston fencing service?

Good reputation

Ian and his team have installed fences all over Preston with customers always happy. We have the reviews to back it up! 

Guaranteed quality workmanship

We are professional landscape gardeners who care about our reputation and go the extra mile to uphold it. We only do high-quality installation using long lasting materials and solid foundations.

If it turns out something is wrong with our work we will come back and fix it free of charge.

Save money

Our suppliers are chosen from years of experience. We choose builders merchants which provide top quality at far lower prices than B & Q or other retailers. These savings are then passed on to you. Top quality Preston fencing for less. 

Guide to Choosing the best fencing

Fencing plays an important part in both your garden design and your home security.

The right type of fencing will give your garden the character you want whilst keeping strangers out. Because of that, it’s important to get the right fence, after all, fencing can be an expensive investment. Fencing can also be something which stays with you for a long time.

Unless you have managed to make a living from it like us, you probably won’t have installed many fences. This means that you may get caught out in some of the common pitfalls we have seen in the past. 

This short guide is here to help you make the best choice when it comes to choosing and installing fences in Preston. 

Get a fence that is fit for purpose

When considering getting a new fence there are four things that you should think about to make the best decision: Security, privacy, design, and durability.

1. Fences for security

Fences provide a physical barrier between the outside world and your home. We all like to feel secure and safe in our homes so choosing a fence what meets your needs could help. 

Fences come in different sizes and materials and give varying levels of security. If you simply want to keep people from walking into your garden then a small picket fence may be all the security you need. Whereas, if you want to make it very difficult for someone to get in then you need a fence that would be hard to climb or break.

Wooden fence panels typically come in heights of up to 1.8m which and can be extended to over 2m with a gravel panel. This may deter some from climbing over but without more extreme measures there is only so much that can be done to stop this. Let’s just hope that this is never a problem.

Typical wooden fences are not designed to take the impact so they can be easily broken. If you are concerned about this the look into heavy duty wood or even iron fencing. We recently installed a fence with extra supporting beams to ensure it was extremely tough.

Our Preston fencing service offers all types of fences for security. 

2. Fence for privacy

For those of us that are more concerned about keeping peeping eyes out of our house and garden, there are lots of fencing options to help. The most popular option is to go for some treated lap panel  fencing which extends above eye level. This is simple, cheap and efficient, however, there are also some popular and slightly more creative options. 

Trellises and screens can do a great job of creating a visible barrier between your kingdom and outside. Trellises can be added to the top of fences and covered in mesh, creepers, ornaments, and more. This is an interesting way of getting privacy from neighbours onlooking bedroom windows. Screens such a mesh, wire, and artificial hedges offer a cheap alternative to fencing. 

Our advice on this is to get creative. It’s nice to have a private garden where you can relax and block the world out. thankfully there are many cheap fencing options to make this happen. 

3. Fence for design

fencing is typically a 10-year investment so it’s worth thinking about the design theme of your house and garden. What is it now? What do you  want it to be? The last thing you want is to be stuck with a fence that doesn’t fit your home.

Consider if your garden is traditional or contemporary. What other wood and colours to you have? Will it work with the garden furniture? Do you want the fencing to be a feature or just to frame the rest of the garden?

Asking these questions will help you choose something that fits. And remember, this is a long-term investment so spending a little extra is usually justifiable if you have to look at it for the next 10 years.

If you would like help with choosing the right fence, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our experienced staff  are on hand to advise you based on year of experience fencing Preston gardens. 

4. Fence for durability

Most typical fences are made from treated softwood. This is because it’s cheap and looks good. The downside is that it doesn’t last. We have all seen the fences that basically turn to mush after a few years. This is the “buy cheap buy twice” option. To get a fence that lasts you need to move away from softwood and look at other materials.

Fences that last for 10 – 50 years are made from hardwood, composite fencing, aluminium, plastic, and wrought iron. These options all cost a little more up front but will save you time and money in the long run. On top of the extra durability, these materials also offer classier looks and more variety.

Consider the cost, but not of everything

If you a are getting a new fence installed, posts and all, then the cost of each fence panel may be less important than you think.

As with most landscaping work, the primary cost in the labour and preparation. When installing fences, up to 80% of the cost is in digging holes and concreting the new posts in. This means that getting the cheap fence panels may only save you a fraction compared to getting the slightly more expensive ones that you love.

Make the choice that will make you happy long term. Feel free to ask us for comparative quotes if you are in two minds over the potential price. We can help you make the best decision for fencing Preston gardens. 

Popular types of fencing and what they are for

There are hundreds of different types and configurations of fence to choose from. This section gives a quick overview of the most popular types of fence used in private properties in the UK.

We install all of these fence types and more. Get in touch if you have any questions.

Lap panel fencing

Typically lap panel fence panels are the cheapest option. They can look good but due to their materials and construction they are not very strong or durable against the elements. 

Lap panel fencing is ideal for creating a solid barrier but it won’t hold up against any impact. Lap panel fencing will also deteriorate quickly in damp conditions (the only conditions in the UK). Overall its is great if you just want something fast and cheap which looks decent but its not a long term investment.

Close board fencing

Close board fencing provides a good level of security and durability. Its structure and the use of thicker wood means it will be tough enough to withstand some punishment. It will also hold out against the elements for the a few more years than lap panel fencing.

Close board fencing is easily reinforced to make it extremely tough. Overall we recommend this for anyone who wants the look of a classic wood fence but wants an added level of security.

This is the currently the most popular fencing in Preston. 

Fence posts and gravel boards

Close board and lap panel fencing can be held in place with concrete or timber posts. Installation of posts is typically the most expensive part of purchasing a new fence. We strongly recommend that you invest in concrete fence posts over wooden ones. It has a higher upfront cost but will last far longer than timber and look good for most of its life.

Concrete fence posts will likely outlive the fence panels. But this is ok because replacing your fence panels is usually as easy as sliding the old ones out and the new ones in.

Whether to use gravel boards is both a design and a practical consideration. The gravel boards significantly change the look of the fence which some will like and some won’t.

Practically there are some advantages to using gravel boards. Gravel boards prolong the life of fence panels by separating them from the damp ground. They also add an extra foot of height which can increase security and privacy.

Picket fencing

Most commonly used in front gardens, picket fences give a quaint, traditional look. Picket fencing is most commonly made from wood however there are composite and PVC options available (more on this later). Picket fences are usually low and used to create a small but good looking physical perimeter around the front garden.

Picket fences will go well with more floral, traditional gardens but may look odd with contemporary or minimal gardens.

Plenty of people choose picket fences for dogs so that they are contained but don’t feel trapped. Be sure to check how high your dog can jump before choosing a low fence like this. Ask our fencing Preston experts if you have any questions about the right type of fence. 

Slatted fencing


We see slatted fencing as the contemporary counterpart to picket fencing. It has the same strengths and weaknesses as picket fencing but the style lends itself more to the contemporary garden.

Lattice fencing

Available as full lattice fencing or as an attachment to close board and lap panel fencing. Practically speaking, lattice panels are the same as lap panel or close board fencing. Where they differ is the added element of style. 

Lattice fence panels bring an element of traditional class to a garden. When planned properly the lattice style can compliment your garden wonderfully.

Trellis fencing

Available as full trellis panels or as an attachment to close board and lap panel fencing. Full trellis fence panels provide little by way of security.

Where trellis fences stand out is in their customisability. They are perfect for hanging things on and entwining with creepers. They can be used to bring your garden above ground level and make you feel surrounded by nature. Overall trellis and lattice fencing are great choices for those that want their fence to be more than a barrier surrounding the garden.

Composite fencing

Composite fencing is a material rather than a design. Composite fencing is made from a combination of wood and plastic. This is the premium option for those that are wed to the idea of a wooden fence but want to invest for the long term. Composite fencing comes in all colours and real wood textures. It is highly durable and mold resistant. It has a life span many times that of wooden fences.

As you would expect, composite fencing is typically more expensive than wood. However this is more than compensated for by the strength, looks and durability it provides. If you can’t tell, we like composite fencing. Overall we think composite fencing ticks more boxes than any other material.

All composite fences are not made equal. Typically there are two types of composite fencing, capped and uncapped. Without going into the technical details, capped decking has a coating of plastic which ensures that the wooden fibres won’t be exposed and begin to degrade. Uncapped decking has them exposed so it will deteriorate faster.

Composite fencing Preston is becoming more and more popular with our customers.

Plastic fencing

Finally, plastic fencing, or PVC fencing, as it is sometimes called, is growing in popularity. It is generally cheaper than composite with many of the same benefits. However, it fails to achieve the “real wood” texture of composite and is also prone to UV bleaching over time.

Plastic fencing is a good option but we recommend that our customers go for capped composite fencing over plastic fencing.

Ready to get your new fence?

We hope that this guide has been useful. Acorn gardening have been fencing Preston for years. We are all highly competent and knowledgeable in choosing and installing fencing. 

If you are looking for Preston fencing, please dont hesitate to get in touch. 

Looking for more services?

Fence installation is part of our overall landscape gardening service which offers everything you need to create a stunning garden. Check our landscape gardening Preston page for more information on our other services.

Fencing service areas

Acorn Gardening offers fencing services in Ashton, Bamber Bridge, Buckshaw Village, Chorley, Euxton, Fulwood, Grimsargh, Higher Walton, Hoghton, Howick Cross, Hutton, Lea, Leyland, Lostock Hall, Much Hoole, New Longton, Penwortham, Preston, Ribbleton, Riley Green, Samlesbury and Walton-le-Dale.