At Howarth Timber & Building Supplies we supply a wide range of both timber and concrete 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.
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 fencing 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. Concrete Posts, however, are less attractive.
Weight. Concrete is a solid material, meaning that it can be incredibly heavy. This can make installation difficult. However, whilst 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 timber tends to gradually rot and 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. Timber Fencing requires maintenance, typically in the form of treatments, to help ensure that they remain resilient against the elements and other damaging factors. Concrete, on the other hand, generally needs very little maintaining. However, this isn’t necessarily a big down-factor for timber, as most people will probably apply annual coats of treatments to their fence panels anyway, so also doing the fence posts won’t be too much of an extra chore.
Unsure whether concrete or timber fencing posts are the best options for you? Give your nearest branch a call, and they will be more than happy to offer assistance and knowledgeable advice.