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Fencing Posts - timber, concrete or DuraPost which is best?

When putting up a fence, one of the main things people look for is durability - it’s certainly not something you want to be doing every five years. However, there are also other factors including aesthetics and environmental impact which can make choosing fence post materials a bit more challenging. With that in mind, let’s take a look at timber, concrete, and DuraPost in turn, to help you find the most suitable fence post material for your project.

Why opt for DuraPost fencing?

Build fences faster

Constructed from galvanised steel, DuraPost is 80% lighter than concrete. If you’ve been putting off fencing work because you need help moving heavy posts, then this is a great solution. Not only will it save your back, but it can be installed in around half the time of concrete by just one person!

DuraPost is environmentally friendly

Looking out for the environment is a huge priority for us and the way we work, and DuraPost definitely fits the bill. Although made to last with a 25-year guarantee, when they do eventually need to be replaced, DuraPost fence posts are 100% recyclable making them a great option if you’re looking for sustainable fence materials.

It’s compatible with most types of fence panels

This makes things particularly easy if you already have the fence panels you like and are just looking to replace the posts. It’s also available in different colours, making it easy to choose one that ties in with your current look. 

It won’t be blown away

Do you need a fence at the top of a hill? Tested in winds up to 110mph, DuraPost fence posts will remain standing strong whatever the weather.


Is concrete good for fence posts?

Built to withstand strong winds and violent weather, concrete posts are traditionally a great option for protecting spaces open to the elements such as coastal gardens which can be prone to strong winds and salt spray.

They’re heavy and they often take two or more people to lift in place, but the benefit of that is that they’re unlikely to go anywhere!

The advantages of concrete posts

  • Durable 

  • Can withstand strong winds

  • Requires very little maintenance

concrete posts
concrete posts

Are timber fence posts a good choice?

Although fences are largely put up with a job to do, that doesn’t mean their practicality has to come at the expense of aesthetics. 

If you’re looking for something that looks a bit special, matching timber posts and panels can be a great option for your garden boundary. Having one unified colour of high-quality timber can create a stunningly simple backdrop for border plants, letting your flower scheme take centre stage!

With proper preparation and ongoing care, timber fence posts can last a long time. They’re also much lighter making for easier installation and when it comes to the timber we use, you can be safe in the knowledge that your posts are ethically sourced with minimal negative impact to the environment.

The advantages of timber fence posts

  • Looks great aesthetically

  • Easy to install

  • Environment friendly

How can we help?

While there are clear benefits to both timber and concrete, and there’s a reason they have traditionally both been used for fence posts, DuraPost adds another great option into the mix providing something lightweight-yet-durable, great aesthetically, needing very little maintenance, and offering credentials in sustainability being 100% recyclable at the end of its (very long) life. 

If you’d like a recommendation of which fencing products from our range might be best for your project, we’d be happy to help you choose. Please get in touch.

Posted on April 7th 2022

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