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Metal Fence Post Benefits - The Future of Fencing

Sep 14, 2023 - 5 min read
Metal Fence Post Benefits - The Future of Fencing

Wooden fence posts are the traditional choice amongst homeowners because of their classic look and relatively low cost.

Concrete fence posts are another popular choice because of their minimal maintenance and durability.

But metal fence posts are already taking over and are set to be the future of fencing. We’ll explain why.

We’ve explored how each material performs in four key areas: durability, maintenance, cost, and sustainability, and why it’s true that metal fence posts are the future of fencing.


Are metal fence posts more durable?


Timber fence posts have a limited life span. Timber will typically last between 5 and 10 years, depending on how they it is maintained.


Concrete is a strong building material, which can last for around 20 years (twice the length of a timber fence post!)

But concrete fence posts are still susceptible to damage and erosion. Strong wind and rain can cause concrete posts to chip and crack. When this happens, the wire structure can become exposed to the elements, weakening the fence post.


Steel fence posts offer a strong, long lasting fence for your property. Durapost® is made from cold-rolled galvanized steel, which is guaranteed to last up to 25 years.

You’ll have already replaced your wooden fence at least twice during that time period!

DuraPost® is made from galvanised steel, and won’t rot, split crack or chip like concrete or timber fence posts.

Steel fence post with timber pannels from Durapost

Are metal fence posts easier to maintain?


Because of the nature of the material, timber fence posts require regular painting and maintenance to keep your fence looking pretty.

Additionally, wood will fade, crack and rot as it ages, meaning you’ll have to fork out for a new fence every few years.


Unlike timber, concrete fence posts require minimal maintenance for the duration of their 20-year life span. As concrete tends to maintain itself, you won’t have to worry about mould or rot finding its way into the material.

Metal fence posts

Unlike timber, steel fence posts require minimal maintenance. In fact, DuraPost® is completely maintenance free.

With no ongoing treatment required, you won’t have to think about your fence posts again once they have been installed. 

Garden design using metal fence posts and composite fence panels

Are metal fence posts more cost effective?


Many homeowners opt for wooden fence posts because of its relatively low cost.

A cheaper fence might seem more appealing initially.

However, this might need replacing multiple times over the years, and the option that seemed more expensive originally would have been more cost-effective overall. This applies to wooden fence post systems.


Like timber, concrete fence posts are a cheaper option in the short term. But due to its vulnerability to wear and tear, concrete fence posts also have a high lifetime cost.


Metal fence posts require a greater upfront cost than timber fence posts, which is why some homeowners are initially put off.

But DuraPost® offers a much lower lifetime cost. 

With up to 25-years warranty, unrivalled strength, and durability, DuraPost® offers a cost-effective fence system that won’t need replacing any time soon.

Investing in metal fence posts might set you back initially, but it’s an investment worth making.

comparison chart between steel, timber and concrete fence posts by durapost

Are metal fence posts more sustainable?


Most timber fence posts must be sourced sustainably.

But the chemicals used to treat them can be harmful to nearby plants, soil, and animals.

Not to mention the damage that sourcing timber contribute to the world’s tree population.

With more concern growing for our environment, many homeowners are opting for environmentally friendly fencing options.


Concrete has the biggest impact on the environment over any other material. It is said to be responsible for 4-8% of the world’s CO2 emissions.

If sustainability is important to you, then we wouldn’t recommend using concrete fence posts.


Metal fence posts are a far more sustainable option.

With endless recyclability, low energy manufacturing process and long-life span, DuraPost® steel fence post system offers an environmentally friendly option.

And since DuraPost’® metal fence posts require no ongoing maintenance, you can rest assured that nearby plants and animals won’t be harmed by harsh chemicals.

DuraPost® is manufactured and stocked in the UK, meaning transportation miles are reduced significantly, decreasing your carbon footprint and impact on our planet.


Garden design showing fencing with durpost steel posts

Why metal fence posts are the future of fencing

It’s not hard to see why metal fence posts are the future of fencing. Homeowners are moving away from traditional materials, such as timber and concrete, for their fencing project and are instead opting for metal fence posts.

Metal fence posts beats concrete and timber in every area. DuraPost® has a longer life span, is more durable and sustainable, and have a lower lifetime cost.

We’ve heard stories from many homeowners and landscape gardeners about how using DuraPost® has transformed their fencing project. Discover why DuraPost® is the fence post system of choice throughout the UK.

Want to learn more about DuraPost®? Contact our team today!

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