Month: November 2021

Cedar Slat Screen Fence Project in London

Cedar Screen Fencing in London installed by Oilcanfinish Landscaping

This Canadian Western Red Cedar Slat Screen Fence project began once the clients completed the house extension and inside works with bifold doors leading onto their new porcelain patio and raised wraparound beds. The only item left to finish the view was the slat panel fencing on either side. This modern landscaping fencing project was a good example of how to finish the back drop of a typical london garden. The garden benefits from a brick feature wall at the rear of the property.

We built a Frame which is attached to the concrete posts, and installed slat fencing on both sides to complete the finished look inside and out.

The materials selected for this bespoke slat fence installation was Canadian Western Red Cedar. This softwood has natural colour variations of reds, oranges, and browns which soften the square appearance of these types of gardens and also blend naturally into the environment the way one solid colour never can achieve. 

Properly installed and maintained, Canadian Western Red Cedar is one of the few softwoods which has a usable life of over 50 years. It will naturally turn silver over time unless oiled regularly. To achieve this type on lifespan stainless steel screws and nails must be used and the wood must be kept clear of topsoil and have clear air flow around all pieces.

If you are looking for a slat fence appearance but the cost of cedar doesnt fit your budget, good alternatives to Cedar are Siberian Larch slats or Redwood slats for your Slat Screen Fence project. If using Redwood we recommend painting them a solid colour to provide them with protection from the elements. Larch and Redwood will not last as long as Cedar, however it is reasonable to expect them to last 20 years for Larch and 15 Years for Redwood if installed and maintained correctly. 

Note the Planed Redwood we use to achieve 15 Years comes from 2 specific suppliers who have a proprietary wood treatment process achieving Use Class 4 wood protection. Standard Redwood treated to Use Class 3 will last a maximum of 7-10 years installed outside if Pressure Treated, 4-7 years if Dip Treated.

Champion Timber supplied the Canadian Western Red Cedar materials for this project: https://www.championtimber.com/

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