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Storm Related Advice
If the storms have caused damage to your home or business, and you're worried about the cost of the repairs, then don't panic. There are grants and funding available to help you recover quickly.
The National Flood Forum
The National Flood Forum is a charity that supports communities at risk of flooding or those who have been affected by flooding. They help people prepare for floods in order to prevent damage; help people recover after the damage of a flood. And they campaign on the behalf of communities at risk of flood.
They can provide support in a variety of ways, so whether you're in need of information, a voice, or funding, the National Flood Forum can help. Scotland has the Scottish Flood Forum. Find more information on their website here. They also have a directory of helpful products and services specifically for flooding here.
Help from the Government
The government has announced a variety of different means of support, including:
Find more information from the Government on preparing for a flood and getting help
Help from the Banks
RBS, Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC, Santander and Nationwide have all announced schemes to help homeowners and businesses affected by the flood. Check with your bank to see what they offer. This may include mortgage holidays, interest free loans and overdraft extensions.
Local Charity Support
There are 160 affiliated groups around the UK, so if you're in a flood-affected area, then there'll probably be a charity to help.
In Devon, for instance, there is the Devon Community Foundation, who support local charities that help vulnerable people. If you are a group or an individual that supports elderly people, disabled people or those with young children, then they want to hear from you. They can help you get grants and funds to help you in your work.
In Surrey, there is a similar foundation providing support for charities and vulnerable people called the Community Foundation for Surrey who we are currently supporting. If you need to apply for funding for your organisation, you can find out more information here.
A useful guide can be found at knowyourfloodrisk.co.uk for the variety of issues that you'll encounter after a flood.
How to storm proof your garden
Storms can wreak havoc on your garden and there is no better time to storm proof it against driving rain and gale force winds. Read on to find out how to protect your outdoor space from severe weather conditions.
Assess your garden and make a note of the areas that require repairs. For example, check that your garden shed windows are in tip top condition and that your fence panels aren’t sagging or curving. The better condition your garden is in, the less chance of your outdoor space being damaged when bad weather strikes. Keep any bushes or trees well trimmed to lower the chance of dead limbs and debris falling into your garden and causing damage.
Preparing your garden can minimize damage should a storm occur. Unsecured items in your garden like garden sheds or hanging baskets can do a lot of damage to your garden fence and your home should they take flight in windy weather. If there has been a storm warning, move garden furniture and barbeques inside to prevent them being uplifted by strong winds. Alternatively, secure larger items to the floor if you don’t have the space you need indoors.
Repairing and Replacing Fence Panels
If you need to know more about repairing or replacing your fence panels take a look at these handy videos:
Welcome to our storm support page. This section is dedicated to helping all of our customers when repairing, replacing and purchasing new fence panels after a storm.
In this section you will find help and advice information for dealing with storms as well as repairing and replacing fence panels. You can also watch our useful videos around replacing damaged fence posts and installing a new fence for further advice, or you can take a look at our recommended panels if you need to completely replace your fence.
When should I repair / replace my fence?
If your fence has been damaged by high winds or fallen trees, you may be wondering if your fence panels are salvageable. Storms can cause havoc on your garden fence but is it best to repair or replace your fence? If your fence panels or posts have blown down due to severe weather conditions, the first step is to assess the damage. Check for wobbly posts and any cracks in the fence panels.
When to Repair your Fence
If a couple of the fence panels have begun to sag due to the storm or one has blown down, you could easily replace the broken boards. Large holes or cracks in the fence panels can also be rectified quickly and easily simply by replacing the panels.
However, it is worth noting that if you replace only a couple of panels, the rest of your fence will wear out earlier than these new panels so replacing may be a better option should you need to repair more than a couple of panels.
When to Replace Your Fence
If the majority of your fence is broken, replacing it will be the most cost effective option. You can choose from a variety of fence panels in different sizes and styles to suit you, giving you plenty of options for getting your garden back in shape.
If I need to replace my fence, what are my best options?
Finding the perfect, solid, sturdiest design can be harder than expected as the range is currently expanding. Pressure treated panels are the ultimate panels for a low maintenance, cost effective option. They hold a guarantee of a minimum of 15 years against rot and fungal decay without retreatment.
What are the advantages of buying quality fencing?
If you want to enhance your outdoor space with a garden fence, it can be tempting to save money by opting for the cheapest one. While this may save you money at the time, in the long run you could regret compromising on quality. If you are looking for a garden fence that will stand the test of time, it is essential that you choose a product that is constructed with premium quality materials. Here’s why:
A Longer Life
Your fence will need to withstand a variety of weather conditions and as a result it must be made of tough, hardwearing materials. Buying the best fence that your budget allows can ensure that it is built to last. Customers who spend a little bit more on a pressure treated fence can take an advantage of a 15 year anti-rot guarantee for ultimate peace of mind.
No one wants to spend their spare time repairing broken fence panels or treating fence panels and by investing in a premium pressure treated quality fence with a 15 year anti-rot guarantee, you will never have to worry about treating or repairing your fence annually.
For more information or support, do get in touch and one of our advisors will be happy to help.
To replace a damaged fence post you will need:
Step by step instructions:
To install a fence you will need: