You wouldn’t believe the amount of fence posts I have to mount every week, and yes one by one. Fence post anchors versus concrete? Which one is better? Should I use concrete or an anchor when mounting my fence post? These questions are usually asked by new DIYers who want to cut down their work time and their costs. Well, this article is here to answer those questions!
Concrete vs Post Anchors
Concrete is a durable, long-lasting option that can withstand all types of weather conditions. However, it can be messy and time-consuming to install.
Post anchors are an alternative to concrete posts that are quickly installed in just a few minutes. The best part? Once you’ve found the right place for your fence post anchor, installation takes less than half the time as compared to concrete posts.
There’s no need for digging holes or mixing up cement when you choose steel post anchors over concrete ones! Steel is easy enough for anyone to install and will last decades without needing any maintenance beyond regular cleaning. Concrete may be more durable but steel will not rust like traditional metal fences do—which translates into years of carefree use out in your yard without worrying about landscape damage caused by deterioration from moisture exposure (or worse yet: rust!).
How Much Concrete Is Needed for The Posts
The amount of concrete you need to fill your post holes depends on the height, diameter and pi (3.14). For example, a 4-foot post will require about 1 cubic foot of concrete. If you’re using 12-inch posts and want to fill an 8 x 8 square area with posts spaced 3 feet apart, that will require approximately 15 cubic feet of concrete (8 x 8 x pi x 2).
If you’re planning to hire someone else to pour the foundation for your fence posts, be sure they have plenty of time before they start so they can get everything ready ahead of time. Concrete is heavy and requires careful mixing; it needs at least 24 hours after being poured to set up before anyone can walk over it safely.
Concrete and The Soil Conditions
There are two things you will want to consider when deciding whether to use concrete or fence post anchors. The first is the soil conditions, and the second is how much weight your posts will need to bear. If you’re working in a solid piece of ground, then less concrete will be necessary than if your land is soft and sandy. This can vary greatly depending on where you live; some areas have dense clay soils while others are made up of sand dunes!
If you think that any amount of concrete would be too much for your situation, try using wood stakes instead!
Concrete Is Not Always the Best Option
Concrete is a great option for post anchors, but it isn’t always the best. Concrete can crack if your fence is in an area that freezes or thaws a lot. The cracks can be small and barely noticeable, but they could cause additional damage over time. If you live in an area where there are winter storms and ice storms, concrete may not be the best choice for your fence posts because concrete doesn’t handle freezing temperatures well at all!
Concrete also takes longer to set than post anchors do. If you need your fence up quickly but don’t want to pay more money for expedited shipping or rush charges on delivery services like FedEx Ground then you’ll probably want to go with post anchors instead of concrete because it takes less time to install them properly onto each side of each piece of wood fencing (and into their respective holes).
In conclusion, concrete is not always the best option, especially when you’re looking for something quick, easy and cost effective. If you need to secure fencing into the ground without having to dig post holes, then post anchors are definitely a better choice. They’re faster and easier to use than concrete, don’t require any heavy tools or machinery and can be used on a variety of surfaces.