Batten fences have become very popular in the last few years and really compliment modern homes. They are similar to picket fences but provide a “chunkier” look.
Posts for these fences could be concealed or exposed (seen from the front).
Galvanized posts are sometimes used to create a standout feature.
Batten fencing is built using Kiln Dried Treated Pine rails and plinth (building grade timber) frame so as to ensure a higher quality fencing outcome. Posts would be “Dressed All Round” so as to be ready for painting or staining.
Battens could be either Hardwood – Silver Ash, Merbau – 19/55mm, 40/55mm, 40/65mm, 40/40mm, or Treated Pine (primed or unprimed). They are usually approx 32/42mm wide.
Also available now is “Radial Sawn Batten” which has a narrow leading face and wider rear face. These timbers are available in Silver Ash Hardwood in varying widths and thicknesses. They provide a very elegant looking screen fence and can be stained, painted or allowed to weather to provide a “greyer” look if appropriate.
Spacing is usually at approx 15-20mm to enable painting or staining between the battens.
Fixing battens closer may present issues in painting or staining.
Battens over a thickness of 19mm would be pre drilled and screwed to the frame using galvanized decking screws.
Typical batten fencing specifications:
125/75 or 125/125 Cypress Posts
3 x 70/45 Kiln Dried Treated pine rails
140/35 Kiln Dried Treated pine plinth
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