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The Importance of Fence Posts

When it comes to deciding on a new fence for your garden, it's never easy to choose the right fence post for the job. There are many positives and negatives to be taken into account before making a purchase. So you need to consider the practicality, costs, aesthetics and sustainability of your fence posts.

There are 3 main types of fence posts, Concrete, Wooden and DuraPost. As mentioned before all 3 have positives and negatives but, ultimately it is up to you which you prefer.

However, our recommendation is DuraPost. The DuraPost system is made from galvanised steel which complements the beauty of wood with the strength of steel to create a durable fence post that’s quick to instal, stronger, lighter and faster.

The cost of Fence posts

When it comes to the cost of your fence posts it's important to focus on the upfront costs of buying a fence post. Products that have a higher upfront cost will likely last considerably longer compared to products with a lower upfront cost. 

This is why it's important to fully research a product before buying it. Cheaper options may look more appealing to you at first.  But over time they would likely need replacing or repairing multiple times. This is why we recommend a cost-effective solution like DuraPost. DuraPost has a 25-year guarantee which is over double that of wooden posts. 

Cheaper options such as wooden posts are great in the short term and have many other uses in your garden. Although over time wooden products tend to rot which results in splitting. You would then need to replace these posts and the cost of this is much more compared to the single upfront cost of DuraPost.

It’s important to note that Concrete posts do have a 20-year lifespan and they do last longer than timber posts. But Concrete posts are more vulnerable in the winter to cracks which are made worse by the winter cold.

Hairline crack in post

Over the winter in the UK we tend to get many heavy downpours. This water sneaks into the small holes and cracks in your Concrete posts. As this water freezes, it expands widening the hole or cracks. Eventually, this becomes a hairline crack right the way through your posts. 

This is where DuraPost excels. The upfront cost is similar compared to Timber and Concrete posts. The strength and durability of DuraPost are why it is such a popular product. It comes with a 25-year warranty so you won't be replacing it any time soon. DuraPost is very much worth it and will keep your fence standing strong for decades.

Much longer than if you were to install Wooden or Concrete posts to hold your fence up. 

Aesthetics.

When it comes to the Aesthetics it all comes down to your personal choice and also what your garden currently looks like. This will have an impact on the colour and size of your fences. If you were to purchase Concrete or Wooden posts your options would be limited. 

This is why Durapost comes in 4 different colours: Olive Green, Anthracite Grey, Sepia Brown and Galvanised. This means there a plenty of options to suit your garden's unique style. Not only does this post itself come in all 4 colours so do the Gravel Boards, Caps and Rails. When it comes to size DuraPost has 4 options from 6ft up to 10ft posts. 

DuraPost Fence colours

The advantage of having other materials in your garden means your garden will stay natural. This is why wooden and concrete posts are still a great feature of your Garden. Timber posts are better if you're installing a wooden fence as there generally natural and give the same appearance across your whole fence rather than being interpreted by concrete posts.

Not only are DuraPost great for your fences the DuraPost system can actually be used in a range of different ways. Whether that be in your back garden or your driveway DuraPost can be used to create outdoor structures like gazebos or flowerbeds. Keep checking back on our blog page for other ways DuraPost can be used in your garden. 

Durability and sustainability

When buying a fence durability and sustainability are arguably the 2 most important factors. They influence all the other factors so it's important to know how durable your posts are. 

Damaged posts are not good for any garden. If damaged they will not stand up to strong winds, this can be a serious health and safety risk so bare it in mind before buying anything.

Durapost system on fence

Timber posts can be from sustainable sources. But the process of making posts still involves realising a lot of CO2 into the atmosphere. Another factor to note is the treatment used on fence posts will likely be harmful to your plants and animals.

The chemicals used in all the treatments will be used on the posts to help reduce rot and protect them from insects which are a big danger to timber posts.

DuraPosts are far more sustainable compared to timber. The low energy costs of the factory they are made are mainly because they are also recyclable which reduces the time it takes to make.

 The longer lifespans also mean it offers a more environment-friendly option for all. DuraPost is also made and stocked in the UK which means the carbon footprint is considerably reduced compared to posts that come from abroad.

The added extras of DuraPost 

Once you have finished building your DuraPost system you may find that there’s something missing. This is why DuraPost also has the ability to add Capping rails, Gravel boards and U channels. All these components help to protect the main components of the post from damage as well as add a stylish design to the exterior. 

Fence post garden

All these accessories come in 4 different colours and sizes to match your DuraPost system. All these components are added together to create a modern unique fencing system perfect for any home on any budget. 

For more information on how to order the DuraPost system visit the DuraPost page, contact us or visit us in-store

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