Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:43
I have to say that I think your new fence looks terrible. I suspect the very dark slats are made from timber which has got damp before it was treated and if so it's unlikely ever to match the rest. Your neighbours fence has been coloured, either before or after installatoin, which is why the colour is much more uniform.
You could do the same, but I suspect that because there is so much difference in initial slat colour on your the end result will not be as uniform.
I can't give a sensible reason for the gaps between the slats other than the fence manufacturer is rubbish! I have a close boarded fence and there are no gaps. "Wind gaps"???? I don't think so.