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Do Concrete Or Wooden Posts Make A Difference?

When it comes to supporting your fences and gates, you will have seen both wooden and concrete posts. So you might be wondering which one is best for you and your garden.
To allow you to make an informed, non-bias, decision, we have pulled together some of the pros and cons of each option, for both gates and fences.

For Fencing

The requirements for both fencing and gates can be somewhat different (It can also be different depending upon the style of gate/fence). So starting with the fencing, here are some of the pros and cons of wooden posts.

Pros for wooden posts

  • Readily available in a range of heights
  • Cheaper than concrete
  • Can be painted to match your fencing
  • Can blend into your garden (depending on colour, trees and shrubbery)
  • Environmentally friendly and can be left to decompose after their useful lifespan.

Cons of wooden posts

  • If left untreated they can rot
  • Easier to damage in severe weather conditions

Here are some of the pros and cons of concrete posts for fencing:

Pros of concrete posts

Long lifespan
Robust and sturdy
Low maintenance

Cons of concrete posts

  • Higher initial cost
  • Not easy to blend with the fence and surroundings
  • Prone to chips and cracks
  • Not environmentally friendly

For Gates

When it comes to fitting your gates, there is a multitude of different situations that play a huge part in how it is fixed into place. This usually means that there is no one answer fits all, and to ensure that you are having your gate fitted in the most appropriate and secure manner it is best to speak to our team of experts about your specific case.
We could tell your the pros and cons of each for your gate, but again this can change depending on your circumstances. We can, however, offer you some of the most common examples of how we can fit your fence:
Fixing to a brick wall – typically we would use a wooden frame around your gate which will be affixed to the wall, rather than attaching the gate directly to the wall. This will offer a more stable structure for your gate.
Between hedges – quite often we find that gates need stronger support, whether it’s due to slamming or the wind. This means that if we are fitting your gate between two hedges, we will often recommend a concrete post. While wood will blend in better, the concrete will offer that increased support. However, depending on the location of your gate, we can discuss wood as an option.

If you are still unsure of which posts are best for your project please contact our expert team today who will be happy to assist you. Check back to our blogs regularly for some great ideas and information.


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