Challenge Fencing is pleased to offer our trade customers the convenience of a Trade account. Open an account today using this Application form and receive access to discounts, flexible payment terms dependent on credit approval, and more!
Once your account is approved, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to access your account.
If you have any additional questions regarding Trade Account setup or approval, please contact us at email@example.com for assistance. We look forward to helping you save money on our fencing products!
Here’s a quick walk-through of the Trade Account login and dashboard so you can hit the ground running:
1. Head to challengefencing.com/register-login and log in using your email and provided credentials.
2. Once logged in, you’ll be directed to the Trade Account Dashboard where you can view current orders, check stock availability, place orders & pay invoices as well as review your order history
The Trade Account Dashboard allows you to manage your account with Challenge Fencing, quickly re-order regular products, see our latest stock levels & pay your outstanding balance if you have been approved for a credit account.
Please contact your local branch if you have any issues with your registered email. If you have forgotten your password, please use the Forgot Password button on the Customer login page. Once logged in you will notice the Product banner below the My Account login button turns blue. This indicates you are now logged in as a Trade customer & the prices shown across the website exclude VAT but include your pre-agreed trade discount.
Once a product is selected you will see a timestamped, Branch Stock Level panel to the right of the screen. You can update this using the Refresh button at any time. This panel displays our stock across the Challenge network. This allows you to see if your registered local branch will need a little extra time to request stock from another branch to complete your order. However please continue to deal with your registered, local branch. They will manage any stock transfers on your behalf.
Your Trade Account Dashboard is accessed via the Manage link next to My Account at the top of the page.
The first tab on the left allows you to review the details of your account including your Trade Account number & your agreed Trade discount. Working down the left-hand tabs allows you to update your Contact Information, add regular Delivery addresses, change your Password, and view your Orders, Quotations, Statements, Favourite Products and balances.
The last tab, Make a Payment allows you to pay against your agreed Credit limit. If you try to place an order that exceeds your credit limit you can using this option to pay off all or some of your outstanding balance. Please include your Trade Account number as the reference when making a payment. It usually takes a few hours to match your payment against your account & refresh your available credit balance.
Login to your new Challenge Fencing Trade Account here
If you have any questions about your order, what type of products to select or which products are best suited together, then you can always see if your question has already been answered on our FAQ page.
We also have a team of fencing experts who are always on hand to answer any questions you may have. For more information, contact us directly or visit our FAQ page now.
Split into 5 topics covering Ordering, Delivery, Product, Installation & Trade, we have collected together the most common questions our sales team receive.
If you cannot find the answer to your query, please get in touch with us and one of our dedicated team members will be more than happy to help.
We are always delighted to hear from our customers and look forward to helping you out with any fencing enquiries you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today!
Pressure-treated timber provides long term protection against fungal decay, rot and insect attack but does not prevent weathering and corrosion.
You will see an option on many of our fencing products, for example, to select Pressure Treated timber. This is a timber that has been treated in a vacuum with the latest generation TANALITH wood preservative. This renowned preservative gives a proven, outstanding performance, particularly for timbers intended for use in wet conditions.
The process involves placing the timber into a treatment vessel using a vacuum & hydraulic pressure to force the TANALITH preservative deep into the structure of the timber. The resulting timber such as garden fence panels or timber fence posts often has performance warranties of up to 15 years.
Please see the pressure treatment video below;
Pressure-treated timber with TANALITH can be used with confidence in both above-ground and in-ground situations including construction, fencing, landscaping and engineering applications. When working with pressure-treated wood, we always suggest you wear gloves, eye protection and a dust mask when handling the wood. Also because of the preservatives in pressure-treated wood, it should never be burned.
We also supply HC4/UC4 certificated timber, which is ideal for wooden fence posts and wooden gravel boards as UC4 timber is certified for ground contact. This provides additional protection against rot, decay and insect attack for longer-lasting fences.
Challenge Fencing have an extensive range of pressure-treated fence panels, fence posts and gravel boards available in the most popular sizes.
The treated timber is often light green in colour and is well suited to environmentally sensitive applications.
Challenge Fencing aim to offer the very best quality fencing & timber garden landscaping products that last longer and save you money in the long run.
Once you have acquired the materials and tools necessary to install your fence posts, it is important to ensure that they are securely fixed in place. Post-mix concrete is a popular choice for fixing fence posts because of its ease of use and strength. Here are some steps you can take when using post-mix concrete:
1. Dig a hole for your fence post that is at least two feet deep and 12 inches wide, making sure to remove any large rocks or roots from the soil.
2. Add a layer of gravel to the bottom of the hole to ensure drainage and fill it up about halfway with water.
3. Put on protective gloves and a face mask before adding the Post-Mix concrete to the water, stirring with a trowel or shovel until it’s completely mixed.
4. Place the fence post in the hole, making sure it is level and secure.
5. Pour the remaining Post-Mix concrete around the base of the post and use a trowel or shovel to spread it evenly around the edges. We would recommend leaving the Post-Mix slightly above ground and domed away from the fence post to help with drainage.
6. We would recommend a minimum of 1.5 x 20kg bag per fence post.
7. Post-Mix is fast drying so make sure your posts are set correctly within 20 minutes or so. Leave the concrete to set for at least 4 hours before adding any stress to the fence post.
8. Is Post Mix Concrete expensive? No, Post-Mix concrete is relatively inexpensive although more expensive than mixing concrete by hand. It is much more convenient and easy to use. Any unused dry Post-Mix can be stored in their water-proof bags.
9. Is Post Mix Concrete safe to use? Yes, Post-Mix concrete is a non-hazardous and non-toxic material and can be safely used around animals, pets or children. However, it’s important to remember that it is a cementitious product so please take care when handling the material.
10. Are there any maintenance requirements for the post-mix concrete? In order to ensure that your fence posts are secure and safe, we recommend checking the integrity of your post-mix concrete installation every 6 months. This can easily be done by doing a visual inspection of the post and ensuring it is still securely embedded in the soil. Additionally, you may want to check the condition of your fence posts from time to time for any signs of corrosion, wear or damage. Prompt action should be taken to address any issues to maintain the structural integrity of your fence posts.
We also recommend that you reapply a waterproofing sealant to your post-mix concrete every few years as part of your maintenance routine. This will help protect against moisture damage and will help keep your fence posts looking great for years to come. If you find any cracks or holes in the concrete, you should take action to repair them as soon as possible to prevent further damage and deterioration. Taking these steps will ensure your fence remains strong and secure for years to come!
If you have any questions about how to maintain your fence posts or need recommendations on which sealant to use, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are more than happy to help!
For more tips and advice on maintaining your fence posts, please check out our other blog posts or give us a call at Challenge Fencing today. We are always here to answer any questions you may have!
Note: Post mix is a material made from cement, aggregate, and other ingredients that can be used to quickly set a fence post
Stake and Rail fencing is a simple yet effective way to enclose large areas of land, whilst providing an attractive boundary. It is particularly popular in the countryside due to its rustic look, but can also be used in urban settings for a more contemporary style. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to know about this traditional type of fencing.
When it comes to installing your fence, it’s best to hire a professional as they will know the correct way to install the posts and rails. However, it is a project that any competent DIY’er can achieve. The posts must be dug into the ground and supported with concrete, particularly if the soil/ground is soft. Post-Mix is an ideal solution for fence posts. Just pour the dry mix around the fence post, add water and follow the on-pack instructions. We usually recommend a 1.5 x 20kg bag for a heavy-duty fence post.
If you’re looking to achieve a more attractive finish, then you may want to consider pressure-treated timber for a longer-lasting structure. For fence posts, we prefer to sell UC4-treated timber as it offers a 15-year warranty against rot, decay and insect attack and is classified for use in-ground.
Installing the horizontal rails is the next step in creating your fence. It’s important to use galvanised nails or screws so that they don’t rust after a while. The rails should be firmly attached to the posts with no gaps between them for a secure finish.
When it comes to the aesthetics of stake and rail fencing, there is plenty of room for creativity. For example, by adding additional rails or capping the posts to give a more decorative finish. Check out our range of accessories to liven up your fence and make it stand out from the rest.
There are also many choices of styles such as Chesnut rails & posts which give a ‘ranch style’ or Machined half-round rails for a smoother, neat finish. Whatever style you choose, make sure it suits the surrounding landscape and complements your property.
Finally, you may want to consider using a preservative on your fencing. A good quality wood preservative will help protect against weathering and add a protective barrier against fungal attack. It should be applied to all visible faces of the fencing, including around joints.
Happy fencing! And don’t forget that at Challenge Fencing, we’re here to help you with any questions or advice you may need. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
As Summer turns to Autumn, the weather gets a bit colder, a bit wetter… let’s be honest, a bit worse!
With this risk on the cards of more rain and storms, what can you do to prepare for Autumn/Winter?
It’s not easy keeping your shed in tip-top shape, let alone all of the tools it might house.
Luckily for you, it’s really easy to solve. Rust that forms after water damage can cause long-term problems if not looked at properly so a quick hose down to remove any mud and a wipe-over with an oily cloth will help to combat this.
Certain paints and sprays can freeze throughout the Autumn/Winter, often permanently changing their consistency.
If your shed isn’t properly insulated, it is best to keep these liquids in your home or garage.
Should your shed ever suffer water damage, any electrical items that were left on the floor may be permanently damaged. One of the best solutions to this is as simple as keeping your tools in air-tight boxes above floor level.
This will help protect them for years to come.
Spring cleaning in Autumn? Why not?
You can maximise your shed space by having a clear-out. Take an inventory of all of your tools and throw out anything you don’t use. Be ruthless – do you really need five different rakes?
Once you have a clear shed, it’s time to prepare your garden for Autumn and Winter. Consider tasks such as planting bulbs, raking any dead leaves, cleaning out gutters and checking fences for weak points. It’s also important to trim any long branches that could be damaged or fall down in the wind. If you plan ahead, it will save a lot of effort later down the line.
Invest in weatherproofing
Autumn and Winter can be a time of heavy rain, snow and strong winds. It’s important to make sure your fence or deck is well-protected from the elements. Consider investing in a Wood Protective treatment. This will help keep your fence or deck looking great for longer and also help protect it from water damage. Plus, if you’re planning to stay outside in the garden a lot during the colder months, make sure you have adequate shelter to keep yourself, family and friends dry and warm.
Finally, don’t forget to clear out any debris or leaves that might have accumulated over the Summer. This will help prevent any clogging or blockages, which can lead to water damage. Taking these steps will ensure your fence or deck is in tip-top condition to see you through till Spring arrives again!
The colder months can be a difficult time for garden furniture too. Consider treating your outdoor furniture with a Wood Protective treatment
Spending time outdoors is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul. So, if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, why not transform it into a perfect outdoor living space? One way to do this is by adding garden decking which offers a great space to relax, entertain, and eat. It’s perfect for hosting BBQ parties and outdoor gatherings. In this blog, we’ll explore why garden decking is a great solution for outdoor living.
1. Increase Your Living Space
Garden decking is a great way to increase your living space and enjoy your garden area. It can provide an excellent area to entertain guests, spend quality time with your loved ones, and relax in a comfortable outdoor space.
2. Enhance the Look and Feel of Your Garden
A deck can transform your garden area by improving its look and enhancing its functionality. It adds a modern and stylish touch to your garden, creating a space you can be proud of.
3. Low Maintenance
One of the great benefits of a deck is that it’s low maintenance. Unlike other outdoor options, it requires minimal upkeep. With regular cleaning and treatments, your decking can last for years without losing its beauty.
Decking is incredibly versatile and can be designed to suit your individual needs. Whether you want to create a dining area, a seating area, or a garden bar, garden decking can accommodate your vision.
5. Increases Property Value
Finally, garden decking can also add value to your property. A well-designed decking area can add an attractive feature to your garden, increasing the price of your property if you ever decide to sell.
In summary, garden decking provides a perfect solution for outdoor living. It’s versatile, low maintenance, enhances the look and feel of your garden, and provides you with a valuable living space that can add to your home’s value. So if you’re looking to create an outdoor living space that perfectly suits your needs, consider adding a garden decking to your outdoor space. With the right design and planning, you can transform your garden space into a beautiful and functional outdoor oasis.
We are now offering 54% off your next garden decking project. Our 4.8m double-sided Winchester decking boards are now just £18.03 each including VAT ex delivery whilst stocks last.
Buy online at challengefencing.com or get in touch with us today and let’s make your outdoor living dreams come true.
If you’re looking to add a touch of charm and personality to your garden, adding picket fencing (sometimes called a Palisade fence) is a great way to do it. Installing one yourself may seem intimidating but don’t worry – this guide will provide everything you need to know about putting up your own palisade fence.
You don’t need many tools or materials to install picket fencing, but there are some basics you will need in order to complete the job. Start by gathering:
Softwood fencing & garden products are a great choice for the environment.
When forests are harvested, there is little environmental impact, except for the effect of transport, etc. Trees take most carbon dioxide from the atmosphere when they are young, and some old trees actually emit methane that is a powerful greenhouse gas. If the trees are harvested, and the timber is used in a structure, the carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and not returned (as it would be, if the timber was burnt or decayed naturally). The impact of softwood use on the environment and the greenhouse effect is therefore beneficial.
Many of our suppliers use slow grown joinery grade Scandinavian redwood that is certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) . Softwood has long be held as the definition of “renewable” or “sustainable” making it the material of choice for consumers for many varied projects and uses, such as softwood fencing.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) has a set of criteria and principles for sustainable forest management, these include forest production chains of custody which are applied internationally against individual businesses and subject to state forestry third party audits.
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) accredits national forest certification schemes to its standards, with associated chain of custody systems, for which companies must also undergo independent auditing.
Between them, FSC and PEFC certification cover an area approaching 500 million hectares, or 11% of the total global forest areas and this continues to expand. This divides as 196 million hectares under the FSC scheme, 300 million hectares under the PEFC scheme, with the former having issued 36,000 product chain of custody certificates, the latter 20,000.
These schemes are designed to halt deforestation and forest degradation, support forest growth, promote ecosystem protection and underpin the social and economic benefits of sustainable forestry. Their key focus is tropical regions, but environmental certification has developed most rapidly in Europe, principally due to its existing high forest management standards. Today a quarter of global certified forest area is in Western Europe. The country with the highest proportion of forest certified is Finland, with 81% followed by Sweden at slightly over 60%. The coverage tends to be lower in southern countries, with Portugal and Spain at 12% and Italy 9%. The schemes’ insistence on third-party audited chain-of-custody certification ensures that end products can be tracked back to the certified forest where they originated and can be kept separate from non-certified material along the supply chain.
Challenge Fencing seek out suppliers that hold either FSC and/or PEFC chain of custody, so you can buy products that are sustainable and are making a positive contribution to the well being of the planet.
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