The Right Wood Fence Posts For The Job
So you decided to build your own fence. Getting all of the proper materials for the job is only half the battle. Without the proper wood fence posts, you won’t be able to do the rest of the job. Things to take into consideration when choosing your fence posts are the sturdiness of the fence itself, the types of wood available, and the climate in which you live. . Fortunately, the choices for fence posts are not as many as for the fences themselves. It’s a big decision, to be sure, but it shouldn’t be a lengthy one.
Since most fencing today is made of either pine or oak, finding a stronger wood to support the fence itself should not be that hard. Maple is probably the strongest wood known to man. It would be good for posting a fence if you’re looking to space the posts a lot farther apart than normal. Normal spacing is roughly 7.7 feet per 100 feet of fencing Cedar is the most popular of all woods for fencing, so teak, beech, and walnut woods should be sufficient support. And keep in mind, if you’re not crazy about the look of the wood you choose, your fence post caps are going to let you “spruce them up” a bit.
How far down you plant the post is also very important in keeping a fence upright and straight through the years. Anywhere between 2 and 2 and a half feet should be sufficient. The right post for the job will stand up to the rot and insects that come from being 2 and a half feet underground for years on end. The best way though to keep from worrying about that is to pour concrete about 1 foot into the hole before you plant the post. A quick drying cement would be ideal.
The climate in which you live will also play a part in determining the right wood for the project. While redwood stands up the best in cold weather, the differences in temperatures throughout the year doesn’t take nearly the toll on wood as the differences between an arid climate versus a humid one. If your wood choice for a post is a softwood, then you will want to make sure that it is pressure treated as softwood doesn’t stand up as well to the elements on it’s own as a hardwood will. This is why hardwoods are more popular in rougher climates than softwoods do. If the area where you live has a mild climate, one that doesn’t vary greatly between hot, cold, dry, or wet, your choices for a suitable wood are much more than if you lived elsewhere.
So in conclusion, the strengths and weaknesses of wood fence posts play as much a part in determining the right wood for the job, as does the climate in which they’ll be doing their job. Fence posts are an integral and indispensable part of the fence itself. They are the cornerstones of the project. If not chosen properly, this least expensive part of the project could severely compromise the most expensive part. Choose wisely and your fence posts won’t let you down.