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Fence Post, Concrete or Wood

Discussion in ‘In the Garden’ began by RSource, 20 Feb 2007.

This topic originated from the How to page called Erecting the fence.

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I am planning to build a vertical boarded fence, approx 2m in height, along with gaps in between the boards. Should i use concrete posts or wood posts, i have seen a lot of fencing locally in wooden posts which usually look good and are probably cheaper, yet i thought they would rot over time, Does anyone have any thoughts on this particular, Soil conditions are clay beneath the topsoil if that makes a positive change

Thanks advance for your help

RSource, 20 Feb 2007



They are a little bit dearer to buy, and a lot weightier to hump around, but if you might have ever had to get a huge lump associated with concrete out of the ground after a wood post has rotted and damaged off, you will resolve never to make use of wooden posts again.

For attractiveness, you can paint the concrete articles and concrete gravel boards (which I also recommend) with dark brown brickwork paint to make them blend in using the stained timber. It is much simpler to paint them before installation.



JohnD, 20 Feb 2007


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I’d go with what John said.

The concrete posts will stay strong for much longer.

Nath., 22 Feb 2007


dont think me and david will ever agree on this one!

depends on what look you like. Concrete can look ugly when it begins to break down and spall off, specifically near the coast. If you are going to make use of timber your better going for four inch posts. they will last more years than a 3 inch post. Personally, i think timber looks better, and am hump out lumps of cement from fences all the time at work! every to his own though

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Thermo stated:
i hump out lumps associated with concrete from fences all the time at your workplace!
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JohnD, 22 Feb 2007


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Either or, I’m seated on the fence with this one.

If any part of the fence backs on to an area where vehicles pass by after that use timber. Only takes a little knock from a careless driver along with a concrete post will crack. Timber posts are easier to repair/replace.

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With concrete articles the panels can rattle within the wind, and can get a tad bad. With timber posts, the sections can be screws in tight, therefore no rattle. Also any restoration work due to wind damage is easier with timber posts

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True, I’ve utilized concrete posts and covered the particular post in timber, no shake and no rot at the bottom of the articles in the future

There’s a photo of it someplace on here, god know exactly where it is

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cuttertree said:
With concrete posts the sections can rattle in the wind, and may get a tad annoying. With wood posts, the panels can be anchoring screws in tight, so no shake. Also any repair work because of wind damage is a lot easier with wood posts
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