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What’s the best material to use for fence posts?

Deciding on a new fence involves many considerations, your desired look, installation time, physical effort to fit, endurance of material and your budget. This blog discusses the benefits of the different fence post materials we offer at Estate Sawmills, which are timber, concrete and galvanised steel, helping you choose the best material for fence posts.

We provide this range because our customers’ choice of post material is dependent on each specific outdoor project, varying from garden renovations to commercial outdoor projects to agricultural fencing solutions.

Timber fence posts

Slotted Timber H and C PostsTimber is a common choice for garden fencing. It’s good quality, organic and provides a natural flow between fencing panels. Timber is a good option if you want to add a touch of colour to your boundary by painting your fence, as you can also paint the posts to blend. Timber is the cheapest option we offer; all posts are pressure-treated and ready for collection and /or local delivery.

Square timber posts in 100mm x 100mm are commonly known as 4 x 4. These are available as sawn timber in tanalised softwood, normally used in residential outdoor projects.

Agricultural posts from 1.8m to 2.1m are pointed for easy installation, sturdy and tanalised to provide greater resilience in hardy environments.

Concrete fence posts

Concrete Slotted 2 Way Corner Fencing PostThe long-lasting alternative to timber posts are concrete ones. They provide stability and strength to fences, especially those susceptible to harsher weather conditions. The benefit of concrete posts is their durability – they will not rot and do not require any ongoing maintenance.

Concrete slotted intermediate fencing posts in 125mm x 110mm, slotted at both sides for continuous fencing, for use with concrete gravel boards. End posts are also available.

Two and three-way corner posts in 125mm x 125mm. These allow you to change the direction of the fence on an angle.

Steel fence posts

We’re proud to stock the best galvanised steel posts in the business, DuraPost by Birkdale.

DuraPost was designed to address issues posed by timber (rot, maintenance, durability) and concrete (environmental impact caused during manufacture). Made in the UK from galvanised steel, they are 100% recyclable, won’t rot, warp or crack and are virtually maintenance free. Durapost is 80% lighter than concrete, making a one-person installation a realistic option. This material gives an elegant finish to any modern garden design, and the product comes with a 25-year guarantee.

Fencemate DuraPost metal fencing posts in 2.4m, 2.7m and 3m. Lightweight but strong, available with accessories, in four colours – anthracite, brown, galvanised (silver) and olive (green) and can be used with any Estate Sawmills fencing panels.

Before you begin your outdoor project, get inspired by our explainer on garden fencing for spring. Then visit our handy fencing calculator, just input your dimensions and the products you need, and they’ll be added to your basket.

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