Concrete is a robust material that is known for its durability and strength, making it an ideal choice for fence posts. It is resistant to rot and insect attack, meaning it has a long service life. While wooden fence posts create a more natural effect, DuraPost offers a sleek and modern look. It also allows you to choose capping rails, gravel boards, and post caps of the same color for a custom fence.
However, if longevity is your top priority, DuraPost is the way to go. When it comes to safety, concrete is the best material for laying fence posts, especially if the soil is sandy. Ready-mixed concrete should be used instead of dry concrete for maximum safety. Although concrete is tough, it can trap moisture which can lead to rotting. Fences and posts are also subject to damage from vandals and car accidents.
Concrete fence posts offer a much higher level of strength and durability than wood or metal posts. At Chainwire Fencing Specialist, we strongly recommend placing concrete posts for any permanent fence we design. If the fence posts are not placed in concrete, they will eventually sag and fail structurally over time. To avoid this, we use our tried and true method of placing fence posts which goes beyond simply digging a hole and throwing some concrete before inserting the post. When it comes to installation, galvanised steel fence post systems are superior to both concrete and wooden posts. Pressure-treated wood can rot in concrete when exposed to humid environments such as trapped water.
Concrete requires minimal maintenance outside of occasional washing with wet, soapy water and is unlikely to experience wear or tear. Both types of fence posts have their pros and cons. If you are deciding between treated wooden fence posts or concrete fence posts, consider the following: Concrete is heavier than wood so it requires more than one person to maneuver into place. It also requires a drill, eye shields, plugs, screws, and a screwdriver to repair it if necessary. On the other hand, wood is easier to install but may require additional protection against rot or insect attack. The durability benefits of both wood and concrete accumulate over time and could save you money in the long run.
Drop Hammer's “percussion drivers” are the best for installing concrete fence posts but a percussion or tire can also be used. Ultimately, the aesthetics of a fence post come down to personal preference.