If you are planning on installing concrete posts on a slope then there are a few factors you need to consider. For example, erecting a fence on a slope will require stepping the panels down in stages; the angle of the slope will determine the depth of the step. The main thing to consider when installing concrete posts on a slope is to make sure they follow the shape of the land in order to look and perform well. Here are the steps you need to take to install posts on a slope, as well as the reasons why cement fence posts are a better option than timber for slopes.
Benefits of Cement Fence Posts
There are a few advantages to installing concrete posts on a slope over timber posts:
- Concrete is an extremely durable material that lasts for many years without maintenance. It does not degrade like wood does and it will not give way to rot or insect attacks.
- Being resistant to moisture, mould and rot, concrete will not succumb to the elements as easily as wood. Concrete only needs minor maintenance, such as regular cleaning of the surface.
- Concrete posts can withstand extreme winds and heavy storms. They can even withstand seawater spray in coastal areas. Untreated wood in similar conditions will deteriorate quickly.
- Being ready-made, concrete posts are perfect for DIY enthusiasts in terms of reliability and aesthetic qualities.
- If any panels become damaged, then they are much easier to replace by hand when used with concrete fence posts.
Steps for Installing Concrete Posts on a Slope
- Start at the top of the slope and work downhill. This will help you work out the height of your fence more accurately.
- Dig a hole for each post to a minimum of 600mm deep. For a fence height of 1.8m then the recommended depth is 760mm.
- Use either a ballast and cement mixture or post mix concrete to install cement fence posts.
- Slot concrete gravel boards into each concrete post. This will help fix the posts firmly in place and keep them level.
- Once installed, the gravel board will support the centre of the post, adding rigidity to the entire structure.
- Fence panels are slotted in place between the posts. When installing a fence on a slope, you will need to step each panel for the whole length according to the angle of the slope.
- Each stepped fence panel will leave a triangular gap underneath. In order to close this gap you can use gravel boards to fill the space.
If you are planning on installing concrete posts on a slope then the team at Clarke Fencing can help. We have a range of great products including gravel boards and concrete posts in a variety of heights to help you complete your project. We also supply a range of fence panels perfect for any type of fence you need. To find out more about our range of concrete fence posts and gravel boards, visit our online store, or visit us in person at our Suffolk depot. For more details, contact our friendly team online or via phone today.