Timber paling fence is a common type of fence used as a boundary dividing fence and it is available in standard heights being 1200mm, 1500mm, 1800mm, 2100mm and 2400mm. Timber paling fence is usually constructed form treated pine softwoods and not treated hardwoods. Treated pine paling fence is expected to be treated to H4 level to have an expected life span between 30-40 years.

Advantages of Timber Paling Fence:

  • Strong construction
  • Provides good privacy barrier
  • Pintable
  • Cost effective
  • Long life span

Disadvantages of Timber Paling Fence:

  • High maintenance
  • Timber rotting / deteriorating over time
  • Vulnerable to termites (hardwood only)
  • Cracking and bending of timber
  • Paint pealing off

Timber fencing construction /standards:

Timber Fencing Posts come in different thickness 125x75mm, 100x100mm and 125x125mm. All posts come in standard lengths being 2400mm, 2700mm and 3000mm. Our business standard is to notch the posts out to make space for the rails before the post is concreted in the ground so the concrete will set properly around the post for extra strength. All posts should be concreted in 600mm deep holes.

Rails used for fencing are 75x50mm and standard length is 5400mm. We recommend that span between two posts in not greater than 2700mm to prevent bending of rails once the fence is installed.

A natural product where knots, gum veins and hairline splits are not considered defects.
Our company recommends gap between two 150mm palings to be 50mm so the top paling that is overlapping them will have overlap of 25mm on each side.

Paling sizes:
150mm under and 100mm overlapping
100mm under and 100 mm overlapping
125mm under and 100mm overlapping
Our company recommends maximum distance between the top of the rail to top of the paling to be 170 mm same applies to the bottom rail to the bottom of the paling. All palings should be fixed with galvanised threaded nails minimum 50mm in length.


Treated pine plinth (H4) should be used for construction of a fence and it should be fixed with galvanised nails with 3 nails to each post.
Standard sizes of the plinths:
150x25mm, 150×38 mm and 150×50 mm and the lengths are 2400mm, 3000mm 4800mm, 5400mm and 6000 mm.
Thicker plinths should be used to add strength or to hold small amounts of soil.
Plinths should not be used as retaining walls.