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South East Fencing & Paving is a groundwork and fencing firm situated in the South East of England. Since 2011, we’ve been providing wooden gates, exceptional landscaping and bespoke fencing services to our clients. We provide ‘quality without compromise’ solutions for all properties thanks to our significant experience and competence in the landscaping sector. We instill a passion for client satisfaction and quality workmanship, and we provide a free one-of-a-kind design service that includes inspirational and bespoke ideas, concepts, and solutions tailored to your specific property requirements. Our landscapers are very competent in all elements of landscaping, from paving to elevating beds and adding natural turf, ensuring exceptional outcomes.
We are the best choice in South East England for professional and stress-free fencing, paving, and landscaping. Providing a wide range of low-cost landscaping solutions whilst keeping a stock of materials and products on hand to ensure prompt service. Surface construction and repair services are provided to a diverse customer base and we are singularly focused on anticipating our customers’ needs.
Our custom designs and services for gardens and driveways can help you create your ideal outdoor space!
We ensure all work is beautifully crafted by us with top of the range materials. We take care of the delivery and the hard work whilst you sit back and view the progress. Whether you choose a wooden garden gate, timber gates or metal gates, we can make just what you need.
What’s better, wooden timber or metal gates?
Wood is a more environmentally friendly material than metal, so if you care about the environment, wood is the way to go! A metal gate, on the other hand, necessitates a significant amount of energy to manufacture, increasing your carbon footprint. Treated metal gates appear to be more expensive than treated wooden gates at first glance. To have a better understanding, look at both of their future maintenance requirements. Metal treatments are more expensive, but they only need to be repeated a few times if at all.
You may be concerned about the durability of a metal gate and whether it’s a wise choice. Metal is a terrific choice in general because it will not let you down after a few days. Metal gates, on the other hand, are known to last more than 20 years and, with proper care, can last much longer. Hardwood gates will last for at least 30 to 35 years, providing you with many years of enjoyment. In terms of superior grain and reduced knot count, your hardwood gate will outperform its softwood rivals. A hardwood gate will last a long time and provide you with many years of service. This is particularly crucial if you have a large property that requires a lot of wooden fencing to protect it.
To make the gate self-closing, you don’t have to replace it or use automation. All you have to do is purchase a gate spring, mount it to the hinged side of the gate and the frame, and then torque the spring. The hinges of your metal gate will be fastened to the wrought-iron or block aperture in the wall. You can accessorise your gate by adding barriers for privacy or a basket for flowers.
There is no standard size for pedestrian gates, however they are typically four feet tall. You may wish to raise your gate and fence to a height of 6 feet or more for privacy purposes. Driveway gates are usually wider because they must accommodate automobiles. The ornate tips welded to the top of your fence or gate are known as finials. They are the feature that gives this style of fence and gate its distinctive appearance. A single gate should be no more than 42 inches wide, or 3.5 feet. A bigger gate reduces the angle of the cross-brace, causing the gate to droop. The door height must be bigger than the width to achieve a cross-brace angle greater than 45 degrees.
Wooden Gates / Wooden Side Gates / Timber Gates
Wooden security gates can provide adequate protection against opportunistic crime by erecting a durable barrier that is not only difficult to breach but also serves as a powerful deterrent. Wooden gates have excellent security features as well. They’re not only resistant to heavy rain, but they’re also extremely tough to climb due to a lack of footholds. Under a gate, a clearance of 3″ to 6″ is adequate, but a clearance of 4″ to 5″ is ideal for looks. A gate that is set too high above the ground will appear to float. It will feel more like a fence than a gate if it is too close to the ground.
Unlike its metal or plastic cousins, wood has a distinct ageing process that many people find appealing. Your wooden gate will last for many years with the correct protective care and will age gracefully. Wooden gates are less difficult to repair than metal or plastic gates. If your gate is damaged, the materials and skill required to repair it are significantly less expensive than the materials and expertise required to repair a metal or plastic gate. Gates made of wood can be used for a variety of purposes. You can use them as a side gate to offer easy access to the back of your property. However, to prevent intruders from getting unwanted entry to your property, make sure you invest in some high-quality ironmongery. Wooden gates can be used for a variety of purposes, including field gates, estate gates, and dividing separate portions of your garden internally.
When it comes to wood, rot-resistant species are your best chance (cedar, redwood, teak, mahogany). Because we now know that preservatives do transfer (to the touch and into the water table), and because cuts necessitate highly toxic on-site treatment, pressure-treated inferior woods are out of favor. Iroko and European Oak are the two most common hardwoods used for gates. Iroko is a long-lasting, stable, and handsome with a long lifespan, while European Oak denser with a high tannin content that makes it resistant to fungal and insect attacks. Whether the wood is softwood or hardwood, it will last for years if it is treated with a wood preservative and a top coat of oil, stain, paint, or varnish. Garden gates benefit from fence paints since they preserve the wood from weathering and water damage.
Spruce, fir, pine, cypress, cedar, and redwood are the ideal woods for garden gates. The final decision is based on your purchasing budget, personal style, maintenance budget, and state climate. Keep whatever wood you chose in good condition to safeguard it from the elements.
Are wooden driveway gates the best choice?
That irrefutable sense of home luxury not only affects how your home feels, but it also increases the value of your home. Attractive automatic driveway gates have been proved to boost the value of a home and generate more interest on the open market, according to realtors. The general agreement appears to be that driveway gates do deter burglaries, but they cannot guarantee that they will prevent all thefts. Driveway gates will make your property less appealing to potential burglars, but they should just be one aspect of your overall home security system. If there is no increase in height, you will not need to apply for planning permission to remove a fence, wall, or gate, or to change, maintain, or upgrade an existing fence, wall, or gate (no matter how high).
A swing gate is definitely the best alternative if you don’t want to worry about gate upkeep. When compared to a sliding gate, which requires continual track clearing, even the tiniest debris can cause jamming troubles along the track, it requires relatively little maintenance. When compared to swing gates, sliding gates are generally more expensive to own and install. Even if the gates are of equal quality, material, and size, they are usually more expensive. A double drive gate is when a drop rod assembly is fitted between the two leaves of a double drive swing gate and pins the gate leaves to the ground. This is not as secure as a single swing gate with a concrete base and a latch post. It can be installed as a single swing gate or a double gates. While wood can offer excellent, affordable privacy, it does require frequent maintenance to keep it looking its best. The average cost of wooden driveway gates is £375 for materials and £375 for labour, with a total cost of £750. You can view and add accessories at request such as a postbox or lights.
For millennia, metal has been utilized for various forms of entry gates all throughout the world. Metal, which comprises wrought iron, bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel, has a plethora of design possibilities. For lifespan, robustness, and security, we recommend wrought iron for residential gates. Steel is another popular metal for gate fabrication, particularly when a modern aesthetic is sought. Steel is also popular for gates because it is stronger than wrought iron, is corrosion resistant, and does not rust. The major distinction between these two metals is that wrought iron is wholly made of iron, whereas steel is made up of an iron-carbon alloy. Steel gates are stronger than wrought iron gates because of the carbon component, which allows them to survive the elements and resist damage. Steel is employed more frequently than iron in large-scale sectors like construction because of its higher strength properties. It’s more robust and less likely to corrode, as well as having better tension and compression qualities.
The majority of automated gates can be operated without the use of electricity. A key-activated manual release mechanism guarantees that the automated gate safely shifts to manual mode in the case of a power loss.
Choosing which material to use for a garden gate
Spruce, fir, pine, cypress, cedar, and redwood are the ideal woods for garden gates. The final decision is based on your purchasing budget, personal style, maintenance budget, and state climate. Keep whatever you chose in good condition to safeguard it from the elements. Gates should match the primary fencing material, so pick your fencing and gates together. Gates that match your primary material are available from most contractors for you to view what’s on offer. Timber is one of your alternatives. When building a double gate, keep in mind that the gates must be the correct size for the opening. Most hinges require 1-inch clearance on the outside edges to function properly. As the gates meet in the middle, allow at least 1/2 inch between them.
The cost of a single wrought iron gate can range from £100 to £800. Alternatively, you may get a pair of twin wrought iron gates. On a driveway, double gates are commonly built to keep your vehicles safe and secure. The price of these driveway gates can range from £300 to £3,000. Wrought iron is a very long-lasting material. Since before the Victorian era, it has been used to construct fences and doors. It’s low-maintenance and resistant to corrosion and rust. Because it is weighty, it is an excellent choice for those who are concerned about security. Steel and wrought iron are both strong, unyielding materials that can be used to create long-lasting fencing. The fundamental distinction is that wrought iron is made wholly of iron, whereas steel fencing is made up of an iron-carbon alloy. Wrought Iron: Why Is It So Expensive? Cast iron is continuously heated and reworked to create wrought iron. Wrought iron is a pricey material due to the manufacturing process that gives it its laminar structure. It is significantly more ductile and has a far higher tensile strength than cast iron.
Wooden fencing in the garden
Trellis is one of the most common ways to add height to a fence and create a pleasant view. A fence topper is a simple choice because it is meant to sit atop your existing fence. Most fence toppers are 6ft long 1ft or 2ft wide trellis segments that span the whole width of the fence. Trellis and fencing have the same legal definition. If you want to add accessories to your garden such as trellis, it should not exceed 2 meters in height. Some local governments even urge residents to add trellis to the tops of their fences as a burglar deterrent. Trellis also looks great at Christmas with lights going through the slats. There are alternative components that provide purpose or style to your fence in addition to posts, backer rails, and pickets. Separate items that attach to the top of your post are post finials and post caps. Pine and cedar wood are two popular wood species for making robust wooden fence panels. Both woods are prized for their aesthetics and durability, among other qualities. The most durable woods include redwood, cedar, and pressure-treated pine. If manufactured of turnout-resistant wood, a fence can survive up to 20 years. Then posts are usually the first to go; panels, on the other hand, tend to last longer because they don’t touch the ground. Fences must be able to resist the elements all year. Vertical fences will follow the contour of any sloped land with a smooth appearance on both the top and bottom of the fence. A horizontal fence is the greatest option for any installation that requires a contemporary aesthetic. Vertical fences can’t match the powerful stylistic tone of these fences. Because moisture leaves wood up to 12 times faster at the ends of a board than through the rest of its surfaces, sealing the ends of timber can help avoid warping. The ends of boards tend to shrink faster if they are not properly sealed, resulting in warping.
Wood fences are the most likely to raise the value of a home at a quick view, but they must be sealed or stained on a regular basis to maintain their structural integrity. Wooden fences can be protected from rot and termite infestation if they are maintained on a regular basis. The fence boards alternate on the sides of the rails, overlapping by at least 1 inch on each side of the boards. Thus, 6-inch fence boards would be spaced approximately 3 1/2 inches apart, since the actual width of a 6-inch board is 5 1/2 inches. Fence posts can be spaced 8 to 12 feet apart in most cases. While this is a broad criterion, it does not apply to all situations. For example, high tensile fence can have wider spacing, with field fence designs requiring line posts every 15 to 20 feet and high tension barbed and smooth wire requiring line posts every 20 to 30 feet.
Storage and accessories for the garden
If you have the space, a shed is a great option for storing your garden and home accessories. Storage is important if you wish to keep your garden furniture or tools in top condition. Many people use the shed as storage for household items such as paint and furniture they don’t want to use. You can either build or buy fantastic sheds that have a great ascetic view or blend in with the scenery. Tarps. Plastic tarps provide almost immediate cover for items stored outside. Wooden pallets are frequently available for free, as businesses discard them after receiving shipments of products that were shipped on them. Plastic Crates, the porch or under decking can also be used as storage space if limited within the home.
Whether you choose a wooden garden gate, timber gates or metal gates, we can make just what you need.