If you are sitting on the fence deciding whether to purchase treated wooden fence posts or concrete fence posts, this blog may help.

Both types of fence post have their advantages. These are highlighted below:

Concrete Posts

  • Concrete posts will not rot unlike wooden posts that are not adequately treated.

Wooden Posts

  • A Wooden post will not rot if the timber is Jackure® treated and installed with adequate drainage. See the document "How to install a timber Fence Post" by Jacksons.

  • Wooden posts will match wooden fencing or fence panels and are more aesthetically pleasing than concrete posts.

  • Wooden posts will not chip or crack like concrete posts. If a small crack or chip appears on the concrete fence post, water can get into the post. If the water in the post then freezes, this can cause the damage to worsen over time eventually exposing the metal reinforcing wires. When water comes into contact with metal reinforcing wires, they then more-likely rust which is a recipe for fence failure (a topic we have covered in detail).

  • Wooden posts are not as heavy as concrete posts, so they are not as difficult to install. Typically a concrete post for a 1.8m high fence is twice the safe weight for one person to lift. (This weight differential can also save on transport costs especially if you are towing a trailer filled with them back home from the local fencing yard).

  • Wooden fence posts allow the fence panel to be screwed to the fence posts. This in turn can stop the annoying noise that occurs when panels rattle in the wind.

  • Screwing fence panels into the posts can also make the fence more secure. One of the most common ways items or pets are stolen from a fenced garden is the removal of a fence panel. This is a simple and reasonably quiet task, if fence panels are sitting in slotted fence posts. Thieves will lift the panel out of the posts and then have full access to the targeted property. A simple and effective solution to this problem is a Torx Head Screw through the posts and into the rails of a fence panel from inside of the property. A potential thief is unlikely to climb the fence, use a torx head screw driver to remove six screws (three screws in each post per rail) from a standard panel and then lift the panel out of the posts.

  • Wooden posts also allow the addition of fence post caps. Fence posts caps and post toppings for example an acorn can add an elegant finishing touch to any fence. They are also another step for a thief to remove the post caps if they want to remove a fence panel out of a slotted post.

screwing panel into post

To answer to the question; concrete or wooden fence posts...

Jakcure® softwood treated wooden fence posts have many more advantages over concrete fence posts and we wouldn't be surprised if a concrete fence post is soon a thing of the past.

Additional resources

 The Guardian recently published a report discussing why concrete is the most destructive material on Earth. For more information Follow this link