Concrete Fencing – Product Review
At our previous house we had a wood fence that despite being stained every couple years was noticeably weathered. I had to replace a post or two, repair the gate a couple times, and also straighten multiple posts that began to lean. I remember when we had the house built and a fence was including the build. The building inspector mentioned that the fence would probably last 5 years or so, we managed to double that. However, if I had to guess, it probably didn’t have too much longer to go.
Needing to keep our dog from running off, we were looking to have a fence installed when we moved. I was looking for something would be long lasting and very limited on maintenance. Atop the wish list was something that would not rot, rust, and would not need tons of maintenance. I was also concerned about the durability of plastic fences that were available, both structurally and against UV discoloration.
Low Maintenance, Long Lasting
While I was searching for options, I came across Fence for Life who serves Western Washington. They mentioned the downside to metal or wood fences on their website and the advantages their fences offered with the motto “do it once for life”. Their fences are molded from a reinforced concrete with several different styles and height options available, even the posts are made from concrete that is reinforced with rebar.
Posts are often times the first failure of traditional wood post fencing. Therefor, seeing they offered concrete posts certainly was intriguing. These fences are advertised as maintenance free and are supposed to withstand 85mph winds, but you may need to give them a pressure wash every couple years. My only real concern at this point is if the ground gets too wet and if that causes the posts to lean. The posts are 2-3 feet in the ground, so hopefully everything holds up.
Some photos of our concrete fencing installation:
The inward facing side of the fence panels do not have a decorative pattern like the outward facing, rather they are just flat. This view shows how the 3.5 panels were stacked and slid inside the post slots.
On a Slope
Our backyard gradually slopes down and major excavation was never a consideration, so the majority of our concrete fencing gradually descends in a bit of a staggered fashion.
We’ve had ours installed since just May 2015 now, so far so good. We’ve been happy with the concrete fencing so far, I just need to get the gates finished up. If you have any questions about our concrete fencing experience, feel free to post them in the comments below.
Quick April 2020 Update – Living in Western Washington we get a lot of green mold build up outside. I thought for sure we’d experience this on our fence, especially on the north side, but no signs yet!
Check out the custom “people gate” I built: https://fabville.com/custom-diy-steel-gates-the-52%e2%80%b3-four-foot-gate