One of the most frequently asked questions is whether to have wooden fence posts or concrete fence posts and the answer is fairly straight forward.
Wood fence posts tend to blend in better and can be aesthetically more pleasing. It is also cheaper than concrete and if you are doing it yourself, much more manageable.
Concrete fence posts have the reputation of being ugly but this can be overcome if looks are a major factor for you. There are many products on the market to help you paint them so that they match your fence and therefore blend in. Concrete also has a major advantage in that it doesn’t rot and therefore will outlast wood.
Some companies give you a guarantee for wood but you need to bear in mind that it only means they will give you a new post if your fence post rots, so you will still have to pay for the old post to be taken out and a new one to be concreted back in.
Concrete also has the advantage that some panels are simply slotted in so should one or more of your panels get damaged or need replacing, it’s a much easier and cheaper task to replace just the panels.
What about cost? Well roughly speaking, the difference between a concrete post and wooden post is about £5 – £6 per post. So on a 10 fence panels project, the difference between the 2 would be less than £100. Considering the lifespan difference, it explains why a lot of people choose the concrete option.