Many people wonder if their fence posts should be set in concrete, and the answer is always yes. Whether you are going the DIY route or having a professional company install them, fence posts should always be set in concrete. In fact, the posts for any structure, whether it’s a trellis, pergola, fence, or deck should be set in concrete.
Why Should Fence Posts Be Set In Concrete?
The answer is simple. Without a correctly set concrete footer your fence will not stand tall for very long. Eventually it will start to sag and completely fail structurally, as it is not secure. The only time fence posts do not need to be set in concrete is if you are installing a split rail fence, or a pasture fence which is installed utilizing t-posts. In every other situation, setting your fence posts in concrete is a must.
Fence Post Guidelines
Depending on where you live, these can vary. If you live in a place with extremely cold winters, you will want to dig your holes so you can install fence posts below the freeze line. This can be as much as 36 inches deep, depending on how severe your local winters are. In some places, there are also footer inspections. If you are constructing a DIY fence, you will have to arrange that inspection. If you have hired a contractor, they should take care of those arrangements.
Some DIY Advice
The DIY craze has the internet abuzz with suggestions and advice for different projects, but not all of these suggestions are good ones. While many so-called experts suggest putting gravel in the bottom of your fence post holes. This will ultimately only heave your posts you put so much work into. If you see a contractor doing this, it is a major red flag and you should not let them do it.
Get In Touch With Hercules Fence Today
When you are ready for a residential or commercial fence that will meet the security and aesthetic needs of your family or business, trust the experts at Hercules Fence. For more information and to learn how we can meet your custom fencing needs, contact Hercules Fence online or give us a call at 800-395-9597. We will ensure your investment serves your family for years to come! For updates and to see projects we’re working on, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest.