The short answer: yes. However, there are many factors will you need to consider before you decide whether your fence is going to be installed with or without concrete. Your fence posts are an integral part of keeping your fence upright and straight throughout its life. Without strong fence posts, your fence could start to sag or even collapse.
Pros of Concrete
Using concrete is the most secure way to set your fence posts. It can be tempting to save time and money by using other materials, but if you want your fence to stand tall and straight for many years to come, concrete is your best bet. There will also be less maintenance and costs for you down the road if you use concrete. Since it is much more durable than other materials, it will last as long as your fence does. You won’t have to worry about your posts leaning or collapsing.
Cons of Concrete
Not only is concrete messy, but it also takes time for it to set once it’s been poured. Ideally, you should wait three to four days before any sort of weight is applied to your posts. Always make sure it is solid and dry before attaching your fence rails or panels.
Concrete can accelerate rot in wooden fence posts. Because both wood and concrete are porous materials, they will soak up moisture. They will also expand and contract at different rates. Because of this, a small gap will form between the wood and the concrete. This is the perfect place for water to seep in and for your posts to start rotting.
Pros of Gravel
Depending on the type of soil you have, gravel may be the way to go. Gravel is a good alternative if you have heavier, more clay-like soil. It also works well in areas that experience a lot of heavy frosts because gravel does away with any drainage problems under or around your fence posts. This will also help with any potential rotting of wooden fence posts. Gravel can also be a good option if you are under any time constraints. Because it does not need time to harden or set, you can install the chain or rails of your fence immediately.
Cons of Gravel
Unfortunately, gravel will shift over time. If you are wanting to install a fence that will keep in large animals like livestock or dogs, gravel may not be able to handle the stress of them running into or pushing against the fence panels. Your posts could start to loosen and shift. Although tamping down the gravel every few inches as it is installed can help with this, it is the nature of gravel to shift and move. If you have loose or sandy soil, this will especially be an issue.
Looking to install a fence?
If you’re looking to install a fence, you’ll have more decisions to make than just what to set your posts in. That’s why it’s best to leave it to the professionals. At Clarksville Fencing, they can help you decide what fence is best for you and the best way to install it. Request a quote today!