The benefits of concrete fence posts and gravel boardsPosted on: May 19th 2022 • Posted in: General News
When it comes to domestic fence posts and gravel boards, the choices come down to two types: concrete or wood. Of course, there are composite and metal options, but for the vast majority of fencing projects, the real choice is between wood and concrete.
Here we look at the benefits of concrete fence posts and gravel boards, directly comparing them with wood.
Advantages of concrete fence posts
Fence posts provide the structure and support of the fence. They set the tone for the overall look and strength. Panels are only as secure as the posts between them.
Concrete fence posts have several benefits over wood:
- Robust in severe weather: Fencing must withstand the harsh impact of wind, rain and even sun. Concrete provides a strong foundation for fence panels of all materials. In coastal areas battered by saltwater, it’s remarkably robust compared to wood.
- Rot-free: Rot and decay, caused by water ingress from the ground below, quickly weaken wooden fence posts. Despite claims of treatment and sleeves, the reality is that wood rots and concrete doesn’t. Concrete does not degrade.
- Longevity: All of the above means concrete fence posts last much longer than their wooden counterparts. Property owners won’t need to replace them as frequently, and they can last in good-as-new condition for decades. Keen gardeners with mature gardens favour concrete as borders and plants don’t need to be disturbed by frequent replacement.
- Value: As concrete fence posts last much longer than wooden alternatives, they offer greater value. Concrete fence posts are maybe slightly more expensive to buy, but their value is evident over time. As builders will know, concrete is a cost-effective building material.
- Easy maintenance: Wooden fence posts must be regularly maintained to last as long as possible. Treating and painting a fence every couple of years is laborious and costly. On the other hand, concrete fence posts don’t need any maintenance.
- Aesthetically pleasing: Some people consider wood as better looking. However, this overlooks how people can easily paint concrete posts to suit the garden design. You can also use wooden panels with concrete posts and gravel boards for the best of both worlds.
- Hassle-free installation: Wooden fencing suppliers often cite that concrete is difficult to install, mainly claiming the weight as a problem. However, with weight comes robustness, and a longer design life keeps customers happy.
Advantages of concrete gravel boards
Gravel boards create a strong foundation for fence panels, enabling them to withstand harsh weather and moisture from below better. They also help prevent damage to the fence when knocked, for example, by a lawnmower.
Concrete gravel boards share many of the same benefits as concrete fence posts. However, they also have some distinct advantages compared to wood:
- Durability: The gravel board sits on the damp ground. Concrete is considerably more durable than wood and won’t succumb to water damage and rot.
- Insect damage: Because the gravel board is directly at ground level, often with soil and grass against it, it is prone to insect damage. Insects easily damage wood; they can’t damage concrete.
- Strength: Concrete gravel board is robust. A knock from a lawnmower is unlikely to make a scratch, whereas damage to wood is much more likely.
- Wildlife-friendly: Hedgehog numbers are in enormous decline. We provide concrete gravel boards with small ground-level holes which allow wildlife like hedgehogs to roam freely across gardens.