My fence was damaged in the storm

Storm Eunice provided a whirlwind weekend for the UK in the middle of February.

Dubbed the worst storm for more than 30 years, winds that topped 122 miles-per-hour wreaked havoc across the country, with insurance reports suggesting that total damages could top £360 million.

The O2 Arena being partially torn apart, and airplanes filmed struggling to land at Heathrow Airport stole the headlines, yet for many of us the storm hit a lot closer to home.


Why did my fence fail?

There are several reasons why fences might fail in a storm:

  1. They simply may not have been installed properly, lacking the concrete necessary to shore up fence posts adequately or with posts that are not set deep enough into the ground, for example.
  2. Fences might be too high and/or wide to withstand strong winds, leaving them more vulnerable.
  3. Your fence posts may be past their prime. Timber that is commonly used in British gardens rots from the ground and therefore doesn’t last properly.

Because of the multiple vulnerabilities, it is unsurprising that so many homes were affected by a storm as aggressive as Eunice. Yet there are multiple options and considerations to be aware of when working to remedy the situation.


Can I claim for my fence on my insurance?

First, many are unaware of the fact that their insurance policy may cover a damaged or fallen fence. Indeed, virtually all commercial premises should be covered by a good commercial policy. While fixing a single panel may not necessarily break the bank, this should be the first port of call to save money where you otherwise may be left forking out sums unnecessarily.

On the other hand, most home-insurance companies' position on storm damage, is that damage to gates and fences is typically not covered. 

In any case, if you’re worried about your specific situation, then the best place to look is in your insurance documentation/policy or the Insurance Product Information Document (IPID). If you're still unsure, contact your insurance provider and ask them directly.

To make a claim effectively, you should take pictures of any damage, making sure anything left lying around is tidied or fixed up in the process to prevent debris flying around in the event of further strong winds. Indeed, this is particularly relevant given the rapid follow up of storm Franklin just a day or so after Eunice passed.

Additionally, if your fence is new then it may be under warranty.

At DuraPost, we build our fences to last – even in the face of extreme elements such as high winds. Our fence posts are guaranteed for up to 25 years. It is therefore worth checking with your vendor to see whether they may be able to support you in offering a replacement.


Choosing my next fence

Next, it is important to make sure that you select a new fencing system that lasts.

The UK is increasingly facing extreme weather conditions, the powerful extratropical cyclone known as storm Arwen that struck the UK in November 2021 standing as another prime example. To ensure you don’t find yourself dealing with the same issue again in a few months’ time, make sure you both purchase a fence solution that’s built to stand the test of time.

Here, it is worth consulting with a qualified fence expert who may be able to advise the most suitable and cost-effective long-lasting fencing solution. Indeed, they can provide insights into the exposure of the fence, ground conditions, the depth and size of holes needed, and suggest the height and type of fence that might work best.

DuraPost was designed to address the pitfalls of traditional concrete and timber fence posts. Made in the UK from galvanised steel, it won’t rot, warp or crack and is maintenance free.

That’s why we’re confident to give our product up to a 25-year guarantee.


The DuraPost Fence Post System

DuraPost addresses the pitfalls of traditional fence posts and, unlike wooden posts, they don’t rot, warp or crack. The fence posts are guaranteed for up to 25 years and have been wind-tested up to 110 mph.

These distinctive fence posts are 80% lighter than concrete, making them easy to transport and install and come in a range of contemporary colours to suit any outdoor setting.

DuraPost is stocked in over 275 independent and national stockists across the UK and Ireland and comes highly recommended and trusted by merchants, specifiers, contractors and homeowners alike.

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