Concrete gravel boards can be used to provide either a whole panel or, more typically, the bottom part of a panel with wood making up the rest of the panel. Installing a concrete gravel board at the bottom of a wooden panel keeps the wood further from the ground which minimises rot and decay caused by moisture damage and a vermin deterrent.
Whilst the inclusion of a gravel board does alter the visual aspect of a fence if you are going go for a wooden fence panel we would recommend including a gravel board. If you have chosen a dip-treated wooden panel then a gravel board is an absolute must have to protect the panel from ground moisture which will cause the panel to rot. Whilst not as critical for pressure-treated panels, the inclusion of them would be a prudent inclusion to maximise it's effective working life.
Since gravel boards part are fitted into the ground they provide a straight edge for the wood panels to sit on providing a tidy finish along the bottom of your fence.
As they need no treatment, they also reduce the overall amount of maintenance required in the future and add additional strength to the panel.
For landlords, a complete panel made from concrete boards is the perfect choice where a very long lasting, low maintenance and robust boundary is required.
You may come across wooden gravel boards, which are pressure treated boards but we would always recommend concrete out of the two. Similarly gravel boards also exist in the composite world, which will be more robust, typically concrete injected designed to sit at the bottom of the panel.
There are a limited number of types and styles of concrete gravel boards with the main ones being rock faced, plain (smooth) faced and recessed. A few more decorative options are entering the market gradually - again if you have found particular design which you want we are happy to work with you on a fit only basis.