How to hide the join line of your modular fence panels
Such a tiny line, such a big question…in this article, we dive into how to hide the join line of your modular fence panels!
First of all…maybe don’t.
Yeah, we know…it’s not the answer you wanted. But we had to try; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Most of our customers either don’t notice notice the join line or simply consider it a feature of the wall design. Furthermore, a badly covered join line can look way worse than when you started; so really consider if it’s worth you trying to fill it in.
However, if it’s important to you, here’s what we suggest!
The only professional way to cover the panel join line is to set it and cover the entire panel face with an acrylic render. Note that this render will only need to be applied to the panels; the posts and capping will need to be finished with an exterior-grade paint or texture paint, such as Dulux’s AcraTex AcraSand, as they do not accept renders.
If you have Flush wall capping, you can also render over this; however, to stop any possible movement and cracking in the render, the capping should first be glued on and riveted (with a countersunk rivet) through the capping and fibre cement sheet.
If you have External (or box-style) wall capping, then you can simply render up to the underside of this.
It does cost more than the standard lick of paint, but it will effectively cover that join line; and you’re still saving a bundle of money, compared to a rendered brick wall!
Can’t I just cover it with a polyurethane sealant?
Since our installation requires the use of a sealant like Sikaflex or FLEXIT, customers always ask if they can also use this to cover the join line.
While we have seen customers do this before, we don’t recommend it; it ends up leaving a shiny, brighter surface that shows through the paint. In fact, it can end up looking way more obvious this way! We recommend avoiding this technique altogether.
What about external fillers?
Filling it with an external filler and sanding it back can also look terrible; as with the above option, there is only one way to do it correctly and it takes a fairly high level of craftsmanship to pull it off. We take huge pride in the appearance of our finished walls and also want happy customers; therefore, when you purchase our premium products, we want to be honest and blunt for the sake of your finished product!
Tiling or cladding
Another way to cover the line is to tile or clad the fence panels; of course, this option is most suited to shorter lengths of wall.
However, for feature walls, pool walls, outdoor kitchen splash-backs or front entrances, it creates a stunning effect that adds a designer element to your property.
Alisa & Lysanda choose SlimWall with Expressed Joint
Pool feature wall with Expressed Joint
SlimWall front wall with Expressed Joint
VogueWall pool wall with Expressed Joint
Feature fence with Expressed Joint
DIY fence with Expressed Joint
Expressed Joint perfectly harmonises with weatherboard cladding
Expressed Joint feature
In design, there is the belief that sometimes the best way to transform or conceal a design detail is to embrace it as a feature; which is exactly what we’ve done with our Expressed Joint option!
By making the panel join a design feature, you can introduce a unique lineal structure and architectural edge to your wall or fence design. In fact, it’s been championed by many design gurus as a standout feature, including The Block‘s Alisa & Lysandra.
Written by Evelyn Kandris