We have just had a relatively long run of close board fencing installed and have been worried by the splits and warping that seem to be occuring. I am trying to establish what is normal. The contractor involved says it is not normal and the wood was not seasoned correctly, but the wood supplier has said it is normal.
I appreciate some movement is always going to happen but some of the boards have split and the slight warping of the arris (?) rails is not helping. A gate installed shows a shut gap that goes from 0.5 - 1.8 cm according to weather conditions.
I have been told by the contractor that replacing the split boards is easy but that lots of other boards will get damaged in the process. The supplier will not re-supply replacements for any split boards as it is "normal"
Any advice on what I should expect is appreciated.