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Fence Post Cap Ideas

Nov 08, 2023
Fence Post Cap Ideas

Installing a brand-new fence can instantly enhance your outdoor space, provide security, and improve the privacy of your home. But when it comes to selecting and installing your new fence, there are various materials and products to consider, which can become a little confusing. From fence panels, posts and gravel boards, to capping rails, gate posts and even post concrete, though, one crucial piece to the puzzle is sometimes missed - post caps.

Many believe the purpose of post caps are simply decorative, but here, we explore the importance of post caps beyond the aesthetical appeal.

What are fence post caps?

Fence post caps are simply a cover for your fence posts that are installed to offer both decorative and protective values. They’re available in a number of different styles and colours, as well as finishes to complement your fence (and garden too).

 


What are post caps made from?

You might assume that post caps are made from timber, but this isn’t always the case. Although timber post caps are common, they’re prone to rotting, splitting and moss, making them fairly short-lasting.

For a longer-lasting solution, metal, composite, and vinyl post caps are your best bet. They avoid the pitfalls of timber, and still look great too.

What are post caps used for?

Now, fence posts are the foundation, the support, and the strength in all fences. So, if you want your fence to stand the test of time, you must protect your fence posts at all costs. Here’s how post caps protect your posts in three different ways:

Protection from the elements

The sun, wind, rain and snow are the biggest problems for your fence posts, and it’s the top of your posts that receive the brunt of the weathering. For instance, too much moisture and your timber post could start to warp, rot and split, creating problems for the stability of your fence.

Now, fence posts are the foundation, the support, and the strength in all fences. So, if you want your fence to stand the test of time, you must protect your fence posts at all costs. Here’s how post caps protect your posts in three different ways:

Fence post caps can be used as the first line of defence against weathering. By preventing water from sitting on top of your posts and being absorbed, you’ll find your fence lasts longer, looks better, and won’t need as much upkeep.

Minimise damage from wildlife

Birds and other wildlife such as squirrels are known to sit on fence posts, cause damage and even leave a mess. With slightly pointed caps, you’ll notice squirrels and birds aren’t able to sit on your posts, saving you from the task of cleaning after them, while protecting your posts from damage as well.

Prevent splinters

Often forgotten, post caps offer protection to homeowners from the fence itself. Through exposure to the sun, fence posts can crack and splinter, creating a possibility for injuries. Fence posts caps can avoid this exposure, and in turn, reduce the chance of splinters.

 


Do I need fence post caps?

All in all, post caps aren’t essential for every fence, but they’re certainly recommended - that’s if you value the longevity of your fence. For more information on post caps, or if you have any other fencing related questions, contact our expert team at Birkdale, we’re more than happy to help. As the leading UK supplier of fencing and gate accessories, we supply the largest range of fencing products across the market. Browse our catalogue, or locate your nearest Birkdale stockist today.

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