Need new fence posts? 3 questions you need to ask.
Temporary fence posts are necessary for many requirements and applications, but when installing or replacing long term timber fence posts, you need them to last. You don’t want the unexpected cost of more replacement posts in five years or less, not forgetting the significant cost of repeated installation.
Some farmers and agricultural businesses have lost newer preservative treated fence posts to rot and decay because they are simply ‘not up to the job’ for long term fencing projects.
There are codes of practice, relevant European standards and guidance available, all designed to help classify necessary levels of preservative protection but who has the time to check all of these? Balcas – one of Britain and Ireland’s largest wood product suppliers, and the manufacturers of PermaPost – offers you three simple questions to ask every time you need new fencing posts:
1) Do I need fencing posts that last for 15+ years, or is this a temporary project?
If you need fence posts for a project that will have a short life, such as a temporary infrastructure development, then go for standard treated posts.
If you are planning fencing which you don’t want to replace for 15+ years then you need long lasting posts such as Balcas incised UC4 PermaPost.
2) Do my long-term fence posts meet the necessary quality requirements?
Incising is a mechanical process whereby tiny sawn slits are cut into the surface of timber fence posts around the ground contact area. These enable a deeper penetration of wood preservative into the timber structure and help achieve a longer service life.
Before treatment, the timber should be dried to remove excess moisture to allow a deep and consistent distribution and penetration of the preservative.
The preservative treatment of the timber should also be a measured and controlled process via high pressure treatment vessels which force the wood preservative deep into the timber. The wood preservative also needs to be a recognised formulation that will provide assured protection against rot and insect attack even when the timber is permanently in ground contact. PermaPost incised timber is surfaced incised, kiln dried and then high-pressure preservative treated at Balcas’ facilities. The TANALITH wood preservative used is recognised worldwide for its performance in protecting ground contact timber.
3) Do these fencing posts come with a 15-year guarantee?
All Balcas incised UC4 PermaPosts are manufactured from selected home grown timber and through their careful preparation and preservative treatment meet the requirements of Irish fencing standard IS436 and preservation of timber standard BS8417 for long lasting ground contact.
To back this up, Balcas offer a 15-year performance guarantee against decay and insect attack.
Balcas Incised UC4 PermaPosts – grown in Ireland, made in Ireland, treated in Ireland. Ready and waiting for your next fencing project.
To find your local stockist of PermaPost Incised, visit www.balcas.com
Caption: Recent visit with merchants to promote the new 15 year GUARANTEE