Installation of a Wood plastic composite Villa Fencing product is easy and straightforward. All our products are compatible with recognised building and fencing materials. Supalite can be sawn and fixed using traditional cutting tools. This easy-to-understand picture guide provides a detailed summary of installation.
1. PLANNING YOUR PROJECT
All fence panels are made to a standard 6ft (1.8m) width, and are usually available in four heights – 3ft (900mm), 4ft (1.2m), 5ft (1.52m) and 6ft (1.8m). If gravel boards are to be utilised, you should make an allowance of 1ft (300mm) when choosing panel heights. Posts will be 2ft (600mm) longer than the actual fence height (including the gravel board if actually used). EcoFencing posts should be concreted into the ground to ensure that the fence is sturdy. Allow 2ft (600mm) above the chosen fence height when deciding on post height. This extra 2ft (600mm) will be set below ground level in the concrete.
2. MARKING OUT THE RUN
Establish the line of the fence by stretching a strong cord between stakes at the extremities of the run. Note that the posts should always be on your side of the boundary. Be sure to clear away any plants and vegetation along the line of the fence.
3. MOUNTING THE FIRST POST
The first post will be the datum point for the complete run and therefore must be set accurately and upright. If the fence is running up to the house make sure the first post is securely attached to the building with wall anchors i.e.drilled and plugged. Be sure to insert these directly into the brickwork and not into the mortar.
Anchors should be spaced no more than 2ft (0.6m) apart with no less than two in total. Drill the holes in the post first and allow only a small clearance over the shank diameter of the anchor bolt. Offer the post to the wall ensuring it is level in both vertical planes and aligned correctly (using a spirit level and engineers square). If necessary use packing between the post and the wall. Bolt the post firmly into position.
If the first post is in open ground it will again need to be upright and perpendicular to the ground in both vertical planes and facing accurately in the correct direction. Mount in concrete as detailed below then attach to the first fence panel using 2.5″ wood screws.
4. FIXING YOUR POSTS IN CONCRETE
Following the line you have marked, using either a post borer or spade, dig holes to accommodate the posts at a minimum depth of 26″ (650mm). Pack the base of the hole with approximately 50mm of broken brick or stone hardcore to provide initial support for your post.
Utilising wooden braces for support as well as a spirit level, and square for positioning, pack with more hardcore around the bottom of the post leaving approximately 1ft (300mm) for further packing and concrete. When you are satisfied the post is level fill the hole with concrete. You should allow a full 24 hours for the concrete to go off and set before removing the support braces. A good tip would be to use quick drying concrete, which should save time and allow the fence to become permanent within a shorter space of time.
When finishing the concrete around the base of the post, angle the concrete away from the post to allow rainwater to drain away easily.
5. SECURING THE GRAVELBOARD AND FENCE PANEL
Place the gravel board into the ‘H’ slot of the post and align. The gravelboard may be sunk into the ground to provide a more secure fitting. Position your next post in place allowing a 2.5mm expansion gap at both ends of the gravelboard (use spacers).
Secure the post as above, and finally, slot the fence panel between the two posts. If required, cut the posts down to size using standard cutting tools and complete by fitting decorative caps to posts.
6. CREATING A FENCE ON SLOPE
Essentially the methods above can be used to create a sloping fence. Cut your PVC gravel board to shape using standard cutting tools to provide a terrace effect. Longer fence posts may be required to compensate for the stepped panels (please refer to your local supplier). Where possible, attempt to spread the change as evenly as possible over the fence run to provide a more aesthetically pleasing finish.
7. HANGING A GATE
Gates may be hung from WPC Fencing posts giving aesthetic continuity to the fence run. Heavy gates may need to be hung on a reinforced post (see fig 10). Hook and band hinges will bolt directly to the post and provide the simplest solution, however other hinges can be used if a timber insert is bolted into the slot in the post (fig 11). Catches and bolts can be used as normal by bolting a 2″ x 3″ timber insert to the post on the opening side.