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Question DetailsAsked on 7/1/2013

Is it worth it to pay more for steel posts when hiring a fence company to install a cedar shadowbox fence?

We are installing a 6 foot cedar shadowbox fence in the Midwest. We have the option of paying $400 more for steel posts made by Master Halco that are resistant to rot, bugs, and wind. The warranty is also 10 years longer.

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I would say depends on several things:

1) what % of the job is $400 ?

2) how good is the warranty - against all types of failure, or what - cedar fences usually fail in one of two ways - tornado/hurricane/waves/flood/car collision takes them out, or the posts (if not treated timber) rot out. The fence itself will change color and get fuzzy as it weathers, but should last 15-20 years in most areas.

3) generally, a fence is not something you would pay for a warranty on - if properly put up and with concreted-in copper chromate or copper napthalate treated posts (the green preservative) should last a long time and not need warranty work basically till the fasteners fail or the fence slat boards split too badly.

4) if I was going to spend extra money on a wood fence, it would be for a good quality penetrating sealer, not steel posts.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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