Dip-Treated or Pressure-Treated Fence Panels?

About Dip-Treated and Pressure-Treated Fence Panels

If you’re wondering whether to buy dip-treated or pressure-treated fence panels, you’ll need to know the difference between these two processes of applying fence preservative.

Pressure treatment and dip treatment are the two methods used by manufacturers to preserve and protect wooden fence panels.

A dip-treated, 6x6, closeboard fence panel
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Both prevent rot and fungal decay, prolonging the life of a wood fence and helping maintain its attractive appearance.

However, the two are markedly different. So, let’s take a look at the pressure-treatment and dip-treatment processes, their respective benefits and any potential drawbacks.

What Is Pressure Treatment?

Firstly, the timber is placed inside a chamber, where a vacuum empties its cells of air.

Next, the chamber is flooded with a high-quality wood preservative. Using hydraulic pressure, the preservative is forced deep inside the wood.

Another vacuum then extracts any excess preservative from the chamber, leaving the timber to dry. Under low pressure, the timber will eventually absorb any excess preservative remaining on its surface.

What is Dip Treatment?

Here, the timber is dipped into a chamber containing high-quality wood preservative and then removed, allowing time for the preservative to be absorbed by the wood.

Due to the absence of hydraulics, which force the preservatives deeper into the timber, only the surface of a dip-treated fence panel is fully protected.

Benefits of Pressure-Treated Fence Panels

Saves You Time

If a fence panel has been pressure-treated, it requires no further wood preservative, so there’s no need for you to spend time on annual re-treatments.

Once the fencing is up, you can enjoy its attractive appearance for at least 15 years before you need to think about retreating it.

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Saves Money in The Long Run

As a result of the above, you don’t need to spend money on wood preservative.

Appearance of The Fence Panels

Pressure-treated fence panels ooze luxury and blend seamlessly into any garden setting. They usually sport a lighter, more natural look than dip-treated alternatives.

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Extended Guarantees

Most of our pressure-treated fence panels come with a fantastic 15-year anti-rot guarantee, offering you peace of mind that you won’t end up incurring any unexpected, additional expenses.

Disadvantages of Pressure-Treated Fencing

Initial Cost

There’s no getting away from it, because of the lengthier, more complex treatment process, manufacturers and retailers charge a premium for pressure-treated fence panels.

Initial Appearance

The pressure-treatment process can sometimes leave panels with a slight green tinge. However, this will vanish over time.

Benefits of Dip-Treated Fence Panels

A dip-treated, 6x6 overlap fence panel
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Initial Cost

Because of the shorter, simpler treatment process, dip-treated garden fence panels are cheaper than pressure-treated panels.

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Appearance of The Fence Panels

The dip-treatment process leaves the fence panel with an orangey-brown hue, which many people find extremely attractive.

If you’re not one of them, simply paint the fence a colour of your choice. This has the added bonus of protecting it from rot and fungal decay too.

What’s more, annual re-treatment, which takes just a few hours of your time each year, means you’ll get a rejuvenated fence panel that looks brand new.

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Finally, the saving you make from buying dip-treated panels could potentially free up the funds to purchase a matching garden gate, giving you a stunning fence run.  

Disadvantages of Dip-Treated Garden Fences

Annual Treatment

To ensure a dip-treated fence panel maintains its appearance, you must apply an additional coat of wood preservative at least once a year.

We’re sure you can think of better ways to spend a Saturday morning.

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Ongoing Cost

Although you will have saved money on the initial cost of the fencing, you will need to buy a quality wood preservative when re-treatment is required.

So, Dip-Treated or Pressure-Treated Fence Panels?

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If you’ll excuse the pun, we’re going to have to sit on the fence over this one.

Both dip-treated and pressure-treated panels’ benefits far outweigh their disadvantages. The important thing is to ensure that you buy premium-quality garden fencing that has undergone one of the two processes.

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Only then can you ensure that your fence is an investment and money well spent.  

Anyway, now that you’re fully informed about what dip treatment and pressure treatment involves, you’re in an excellent position to choose for yourself.

Dip-Treated and Pressure-Treated Fence Panels for Sale

A pressure-treated, 6x6, double-slatted run of fencing
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You’re certainly in the right place to make that choice because Fencestore is the UK’s leading supplier of garden fencing. View our fantastic full range of dip-treated and pressure-treated fence panels now and select your perfect new garden boundary.

Main image: Pressure-Treated 6’x6′ Forest Featheredge Fence Panel