Jacksons Fencing - Frequently Asked Questions
Below are frequently asked questions by our customers - if your question is not there please don't hesitate to contact us
Do I need planning permission for my fence?
Why does the fencing have to be galvanised?
How long will the galvanised fencing last?
If I wanted to paint the fence does it also need to be galvanised?
If I live near the sea will the galvanising protect my gate or fence?
Whats the difference between Galfan and Galvanised finish on steel?
What is polyester powder coating? and why is polyester powder coating better than painting?
Do you make special gates and fencing?
If I am looking for a bespoke product and/or site drawings, can you draw it for me prior to me buying it?
Is it possible to cut the fencing down to suit a certain width?
Can you automate gates?
Do you offer service / maintenance contracts for automated gates and barriers?
Do you supply and install? or only supply?
Whats the normal lead time?
What is the lead time for installation?
Do you sub contract your installation teams?
At what height can I add security spikes to my fence?
Can I see any of the security fencing at any our your fencing centres?
Do I need planning permission to install fence spikes?
Why do schools need acoustic fencing?
How to secure a children’s play area
- Do I need planning permission for my fence?
If you are replacing an existing fence the answer is no as long as the new fence is the same height & style as the fence being replaced but if it is a new fence planning will almost certainly be required, you should always check with the planners .
- Why does the fencing have to be galvanised?
The galvanised coating protects the metal and prevents rusting.
- How long will the galvanised fencing last?
That depends on the quality of the galvanising and the area that the fence is going to be installed. For good quality galvanising in most parts of the UK, away from the sea, the galvanising will last for excess of 25 years before the first sign of rust.
- If I wanted to paint the fence does it also need to be galvanised?
Yes, the way the protection works is the galvanised steel stops the paint being "pushed off" when it rusts, although the fencing will need to be treated and primed to enable the paint to stick. Alternatively Jacksons can offer powder coating.
- If I live near the sea will the galvanising protect my gate or fence?
Not on it's own, depending on how close you are to the sea there are solutions either standard powder coating or special Plascoat coating.
- What is the difference between Galfan and Galvanised finish on steel?
Galfan coating is an enhanced galvanised process that has aluminium
added to zinc that gives up to 4 times the life of normal galvanising.
- What is polyester powder coating? and why is polyester powder coating better than painting?
Polyester powder coating is a method of painting that ensures that
there is a consistent coating thickness all over the product,
conventional painting will have an uneven coating that can lead to the
failure of the paint.
- Do you make special gates and fencing?
Yes we have a huge expertise in making bespoke products for all markets.
- If I am looking for a bespoke product and / or site drawings, can you draw it for me prior to me buying it?
For all non standard products we will provide drawings for approval prior to manufacture.
- Is it possible to cut the fencing down to suit a certain width?
Any of our steel panels can be cut down to suit but you will need to treat the cut ends, we can supply this for galvanised finish and for galvanised and powder coated.
Yes, we have a team of 12 engineers that have been trained in house to give the level of service and expertise that is required for the installation of an automatic gate or barrier.
- Do you offer service / maintenance contracts for automated gates and barriers?
Yes we do, under the current health and safety regulations you have a legal responsibility to have all powered gates / barriers maintained on a regular basis by a suitable qualified engineer and that a proper record is kept. Jacksons Fencing maintenance contracts are specifically designed to cover you under the regulations and ensure you receive optimum safe performance.
- Do you supply and install or only supply?
We can do whatever best suits the customer - from supply only to design, supply, install and automate.
- What is the normal lead time?
We have a large stock but if what you require is not in stock our target is three weeks for galvanised products and four weeks for galvanised and powder coated.
- What is the lead time for installation?
Typically the lead time for installation matches the lead time for materials.
- Do you sub contract your installation teams?
We have a team of fencers all over the country that we have used for many years, although technically they are sub contractors because they are used regularly they fully understand all of our installation techniques.
- At what height can I add security spikes to my fence?
There is not a hard and fast rule, but normally 2m is what is accepted but it must be where the general public cannot accidentally come to contact with the spikes.
- Can I see any of the security fencing at any of your fencing centres?
We have some security fencing at all of our fencing centres, alternatively we could advise where there is a site near you where we have done an installation.
- Do I need planning permission for fence spikes?
Installation of security fence spikes may require planning permission or Building Regulations approval, please consult your relevant Local Authority department.
- Why do schools need acoustic fencing?
Complaints abound about school noise and the press is full of reports about schools cancelling breaks and hard ball games to avoid a noise abatement order. One school was even investigated after claims that children were laughing too loudly …click here to read more