Wooden VS Concrete Fence Posts
Installing a garden fence is something you should do once every 25 years or so. When you replace your fencing you will have a few options when deciding which products to use, one of the most important being which fence posts.
That brings us to the question we have been asked countless times over the years "which fence posts should i use".
There is no definitive answer to this question, both concrete and wooden fence posts have their advantages and disadvantages, lets take a look at them below.
Concrete Fence Posts Advantages
Concrete fence posts are really strong
Concrete doesn't rot
You can expect a 25 year life
They're cheaper than wooden posts
Concrete posts have ZERO maintenance.
Concrete Fence Posts Disadvantages
- Concrete posts are heavy - you may need a couple of people to lift them
- They don't give a natural look/feel
- They can look too bulky on a very small fence
We're sure that the more people you ask, the longer both of these lists will get. We've covered the main good and bad points of concrete fence posts here, whilst answering some of our most frequently asked questions; If you've every wondered how long do concrete fence posts last, you should expect around 20 years.
The low maintenance option for a new boundary fence is timber fence panels with concrete fence posts and concrete gravel boards. This style of fence provides a low maintenance secure fence that should last for 20+ years.
The nature of concrete means it simply doesn't rot, you can have your new fence installed by a professional or try it out yourself, either way once correctly installed a concrete fence post will require absolutely zero maintenance.
Installing a fence using concrete fence posts is easier than using wooden posts, especially when using gravel boards. Our concrete post have a gravel board support built-in so over time your gravel boards / fence panels will remain supported and won't sink / move.
Wooden Fence Posts Advantages
- They're lighter than concrete posts
- Our wooden fence posts are pressure treated
- Wooden posts can be used for multiple purposes
Wooden Fence Posts Disadvantages
- Timber will always rot over time
- With increasing timber prices, Wooden fence posts are no longer the cheapest
- They're not as strong as concrete posts
As you can see both concrete and wooden posts have good points and bad, but as in our first paragraph its all about the purpose of the fence posts.
A small front garden picket fence just does't look right with concrete posts, and treated wood posts are the most popular choice for this range of fencing. Other styles which work well with wooden fence posts include feather edge fencing & knee rail fencing.
Wooden fence posts can also be used for many other things such as hanging gates, installing pergolas or a lean-to.
How long do wooden fence posts last?
Our wood fence posts are pressure treated to prevent post rot, they're placed in a pressurized chamber and wood preservative / wood treatment is pushed deep into the timber, pressure treated fence posts last many years longer than untreated fence posts.
If you're still torn between concrete or wooden posts you should ask yourself what the intended use of the post is, if you need the versatility of a wooden fence posts that a concrete posts can't offer then a wooden post is for you. if you want to install a post in a run of fencing and forget about it for the next 20+ years, a concrete fence post is perfect.