Estate fencing had been a popular option for homeowners, estates and public fixtures since the Victorian era; favoured for its simple, clean and elegant design.
Estate fencing has since enjoyed a revival amongst landscapers, garden designers and property developers, due to its ability to distinguish between formal areas, gardens and land boundaries.
Installing estate fencing is considered an investment for your property since the high-quality solid steel will be guaranteed to last a lifetime.
In this piece, we’ll be covering exactly what you need to know about estate fencing.
What is Estate Fencing?
We don’t know exactly when estate fencing came into prominence, but it was an incredibly popular option in Victorian landscaping and design. Traditionally used in public spaces, such as parks, it soon began to catch on with those in charge of large country homes.
It was well-liked by wealthy landowners, as it was an ideal solution to mark out the boundaries of their land, but still gave them an excellent view of the rolling hills and fields of the English countryside.
Estate fencing was a more popular option in the countryside than the fencing found in cities, which had become far more ornate and used more so for security purposes, such as the triad spear fencing, which is still popular today to offer security around public areas.
Over time, due to its considerable strength and longevity, estate fencing was used across farmlands too, as it could still contain cattle, horses and other animals, without obstructing the farmer’s view of their animals.
How to Install Estate Fencing
Our estate fencing is installed on-site and welded to ensure incredible strength and durability. We fabricate here in the Uk, supplying and installing the highest quality steel.
Generally, our rail spacings will decrease towards the ground to contain pets or keep out livestock. Our rails arrive on site in 6-metre lengths and are fed through 40mm x 8mm solid intermediate posts, driven in every metre.
Our most popular fencing includes a 20mm solid round top rail with solid 25mm x 6mm flat under rails, however, we also offer solid round 16mm under rails or all 20mm round rails for maximum structural integrity for keeping large cattle such as highland cattle. Every 3rd intermediate post includes a welded-on 150mm thrust plate that is driven underground and secured with postcrete to increase the rigidity of our estate fencing.
If you require your fencing painting, all our intermediate posts, rails, end/corner posts and gates are undercoated (primed) in our fabrication unit prior to site arrival and top coated with a 100-micron minimum satin black coating using spray guns.
All our welds on site are chipped, wire brushed and primed again before top coating. Please note, other paint colours are also available.
Although we’re able to create an array of bespoke estate fencing options, our most popular estate fencing height and rail options are as follows:
- 1.4 metres high with 6 rails.
- 1.2 metres high with 5 rails.
- 1.2 metres high with 4 rails.
- 1 metre high with 5 rails.
- 1 metre high with 4 rails.
If you’d like to learn more about bespoke options, then give us a call and we can talk through your requirements in more detail.
How Much Does Estate Fencing Cost?
If you’re looking for an exact quote on our estate fencing, or any other outdoor steel products, then we’d advise you to get in touch with us and we can offer you a quote customised to your unique requirements.
Is Estate Fencing Safe for Animals?
We manufacture and install several animal-safe designs to prevent animals from getting into or getting out of certain areas on your land.
The most popular, and decorative option, is the 6mm round bar, which is often used in gardens. This option includes a fine rail which is fitted between the gaps at the bottom of the fence to prevent animals from escaping.
If you’re managing sheep on your land, then we can install a 2.5mm high tensile galvanised lamb wire between the bottom rails, which is not only invisible from a distance but is completely safe for the animal too.
If you’re managing cattle or other heavier animals, such as horses, we recommend opting for our livestock estate fencing, where each rail is round and 20mm for added durability and strength.
With our standard estate fencing a thrust plate is welded on the bottom of every third post, the livestock estate fencing has a 150mm thrust plate welded to the bottom of every post and every third post is set in concrete for added durability.
Which Fencing is Best For Farmland?
To select the best estate fencing for your property, it’s crucial to consider the kind of animals you have on the land.
For larger expanses of land, our estate fencing is absolutely ideal to help create clean, sweeping boundaries and keep some areas fenced in.
For larger animals, such as cattle, horses and pigs, it’s important to ensure that the fencing is strong enough to contain them and prevent them from doing any damage to themselves, livestock fencing is robust and completely safe for this purpose.
If you find signs of deer on your land and they’re causing damage to your plants and trees, then it’s a good idea to protect those areas with deer fencing.
Our deer fencing is styled in the same way as the estate fencing but is much taller to prevent the deer from leaping over and includes more rails to prevent the deer from squeezing through the gaps.
Although you wouldn’t think it to look at them, deer are able to squeeze through gaps of just 30cm, which means they can crawl through or even underneath some less specialised fencing options.
If you’d prefer to keep your land as open as possible, then another option to protect fledgling saplings and younger trees is tree guards. This is especially useful in early winter during the rutting season, when male deer can make light work of a newly established tree.
How Long Does Estate Fencing Last?
All of our estate fencing is made using solid mild steel, which once painted or galvanised will last a lifetime.
By far the most typical option we’re asked for is mild steel estate fencing and a painted finish, but we also offer galvanised mild steel fencing, which can be left galvanised, as stainless steel or untreated so it turns to a natural golden patina.
Although location can have a bearing on this process, with urban areas and coastal environments experiencing faster weathering, it can take several months for your estate fencing to establish a natural golden brown colour.
If you have any questions about estate fencing, or you’d like more information about our other products or services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.