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Fence Posts

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At Howarth Timber & Building Supplies we supply a wide range of both wood fence posts and concrete fence posts and can not only provide the traditional range of sizes for fence posts but are also able to offer larger sizes and sections to meet your own specific requirements for your garden fencing.  

Timber or Concrete Fencing Posts?  

There are a lot of reasons why you might choose one over the other, but the common reasons include:  

Appearance. For many people, choosing between timber and concrete fence posts is one based on tastes. In general, timber is more attractive to look at. Timber has always been a popular choice because woods are naturally nice to look at, and most importantly they match your fencing panels as well. 

Weight. Concrete is a solid material, meaning that it can be incredibly heavy. This can make installation difficult. However, whilst the installation of timber posts might be easier, the weight of concrete ensures that they are substantially more resilient against strong winds. This is especially important to think about if you live in an area that is prone to high winds.  

Durability. If they are looked after, concrete posts can last for years before needing to be replaced. However, a natural product like timber tends to gradually split over time which will, of course, affect the overall strength of your fencing. It’s worth thinking about what extraordinary factors might reduce the lifespan of timber posts more than normal, such as sea spray which can speed up the effects of natural rotting.  

Maintenance. Concrete posts are very low maintenance; they don't require any treatments to protect them and are strong, so damage is less likely to occur as a result of strong winds, etc. Moisture will also be unable to rise from the ground into the concrete. 

Wooden Fence Posts are typically pressure treated, meaning that they are protected from rot and decay that is common in wooden products, especially ones that are being inserted into the ground. The pressure treatment also means that they won't need any additional treatments to be applied during their life. However, timber posts are potentially more likely to become damaged for example if something knocks it with extreme force.