Steel fence posts and concrete fence posts are both sturdy fencing post alternatives. However, if you are planning to install a new fence and cannot decide whether steel fence posts or concrete fence posts are the way to go, then this blog post may help you out.

This blog post will focus on the pros and cons of steel fencing posts versus the pros and cons of concrete fencing posts.

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Pros of concrete fencing posts

  1. Concrete fencing posts are durable as they are made of a durable material. These posts can last for a couple of decades while requiring minimal maintenance.
  2. As mentioned, concrete fencing posts do not require ongoing maintenance. An annual check-up to make sure that the posts are firmly in the ground is the basic maintenance required for concrete fence posts. It is also recommended to check for any cracks in the fencing posts. Once detected, they should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the fencing posts and the stability of the overall fencing structure. 

Cons of concrete fencing posts

  1. Concrete fencing posts are not immune to the external factors such as excessive wind and rain. Thus, over time, they will be exposed to wear and tear, leading to the weakening of the overall fencing structure.
  2. When it comes to concrete fencing posts and fencing overall, it offers limited style alternatives. An industrial look that can, at times, look bulky is your main option. However, if you want to make your fencing is unique, or at least give it some kind of signature look, you can mix and match concrete fence posts with other steel fencing styles. For example, concrete fencing posts with tubular steel fencing.
  3. Installation of concrete fencing posts is more time-consuming compared to steel and timber posts due to the weight of the posts. They can weigh anywhere between 30 – 90 kg. It requires multiple people and machinery to transport and install the concrete fencing posts safely. Therefore, longer installation times and more labouring hands mean higher installation costs. 

Pros of steel fence posts

  1. The number one reason to choose steel fencing posts is the longevity of the posts and the structural support they offer to the fencing. They are longer lasting compared to timber posts. 
  2. Steel fencing posts do not warp, rot, split, crack, or chip, and can withstand strong winds.
  3. If installed correctly, steel fence posts can be almost maintenance-free. You do not need to paint them. However, a bi-annual clean-up is advised to remove all the debris and dirt around your fencing posts. That will ensure that you eliminate the possibility of creating an environment that allows for moisture to accumulate, which, in turn, can lead to corrosion. 
  4. Extra durability can be added by galvanizing the fencing posts.
  5. Powder coating allows you to choose the colour of your liking while also adding an extra layer of protection from corrosion and other external factors.
  6. Furthermore, steel fencing and fence posts are cost-effective alternatives. The initial cost may be slightly higher compared to the installation of timber fencing posts, however, in the long run, it is cheaper to install steel posts as they will last longer with minimal maintenance.

Cons of steel fence posts

  1. Steel fencing posts do not offer natural timber look, which you may be looking for. The styles offered may be limited. 
  2. If installed incorrectly, steel posts can be exposed to corrosion. Hence, they may be damaged by rust. That is why it is important to choose an experienced fencing provider who will install the posts correctly, avoiding any costly fencing issues in the future.

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