Fence posts are usually designed to be planted into the ground whereby they aid in the securing of fencing panels, gates, electric fencing or chains to create a barrier for a property. The most common fence posts are secured in gardens to uphold fencing panels that separate two properties. They are normally made from concrete. Metal posts are also available but rarer due to them being less durable to harsher weather and generally more expensive.
Fence posts are usually secured into the ground by digging a hole in the soil and planting them to secure they remain upright. They are accompanied by a wall that runs underneath through the length of the fencing. The fence sits on the wall and between the posts, making it secure. The posts contain an indentation whereby the fence is slid inside and then remains securely in place from blowing winds or other extreme weather. The fencing panels are designed to be made from lightweight wood, meaning that they can be taken in and out easily in the case of fixing or replacing.
Concrete fence posts are often grey in colour but can be painted to match the colour of the fence. Various sizes can be found to accommodate for differing heights of fences. Sizes can vary from around 5? all the way up to 10?. Corner posts and end posts are of a different shape to intermediate concrete fence posts, which are double slotted, one on either side.
End posts are only slotted on one side, where corner posts are slotted on neighbouring sides of the square instead of opposing sides. There are also treble slotted varieties. Many concrete fence posts use reinforced steel to strengthen the integrity of the post and subsequently the fencing that it is intended to keep in place. Concrete fence posts are usually purchased in large numbers but can also be purchased individually in the case of replacing a single post.
Wooden fence posts are also available, and are designed for a different type of fencing. They come in both square and cylindrical varieties. Many are already pointed at one end so that they can be secured into the ground easily. Wooden fence posts are designed primarily for the securing of fencing that uses metal or mesh, such as electric fencing, chicken runs, allotments or dog fencing. They are also used for supporting the growth of trees.
They are secured into the ground by the stake end, where metal or mesh is then secured to each post, therefore creating a rigid structure. Due to the nature of the type of fencing that wooden fence posts are intended to create, they are often used on much larger land such as farms and fields. Because of this, they are generally bought in bulk to accommodate for such space. Wooden fence posts come in a variety of sizes, and can also be manually chopped if needed shorter.