If you don’t know what gravel boards are, they are short panels attached below the fence panels, to keep the fencing from contact with the ground. The gravel boards will prevent mud, moisture, insects and whatever else that can cause the fence to deteriorate, which could mean replacement well before it’s due.
Easy to Install Different Ways
The gravel boards provide flexibility when the height of your fence can vary due to the terrain. For example, if the fence location is sloped, the concrete gravel boards can be partially buried making your fence sit level as a result. Another benefit from using these types of boards means they can retain soil that might naturally run away and be lost from a garden bed. If you have gardens set up at various heights, the gravel boards help to divide off each section.
Wooden Fence Posts or Concrete?
There are pros and cons when it comes to deciding on what type of fence post to use when erecting your fence. Like most things, the ‘get what you pay for’ principle also applies in the case of concrete or timber. It’s the customer’s choice to consider appearance, quality, practicality or price. It gets down to budget or what your idea of saving money over the long term means to you.
The Wood on Timber
Because wooden posts are the cheapest, they are the most popular choice for many people. Another reason to opt for wooden posts is the appearance. Panels and posts made from wood gives a warmer look to a garden, and timber fences come in a wide range of designs. Working with wooden posts is a little easier because they weigh less and are easier to handle. Installation is therefore a breeze. But timber posts have their cons as well. There is the possibility of having the wood splitting and needing replacement or repair.
The Solids on Concrete
If you opt for concrete, they are obviously going to be a lot heavier and far more difficult to manoeuvre. Concrete posts are more expensive, but again, you get what you pay for applies, and the posts are more long-lasting and durable. They won’t decay or splinter and being concrete, even the worst weather will have a tough time doing them any serious damage. You won’t have to use brackets and nails with concrete posts either.
Your Final Choice
The final decision on whether you choose wood or concrete will depend on what you prefer the look to be. If the budget is too tight to opt for concrete, then it will have to be wooden posts. The concrete posts are the better option because in the long run, they will save you money. They will last longer and certainly won’t splinter or decay as would timber posts. Well finished, painted or rendered concrete looks pretty good as well.