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4 Reasons to Make (or Not Make) the Concrete Footings in Your Fence

Hello everyone, I'm Marco from Fenceshop, your trusted e-commerce for all things related to fences. Today, we want to discuss a highly debated topic: the concrete footings in fences. Often, our customers wonder if it's really necessary to make the footings. In this article, we'll look at the main excuses for not doing them and who can be exempt.

What is a Concrete Footing?

A concrete footing is essentially a hole in the ground that is filled with concrete to accommodate the fence post. This process serves to give strength to the structure. Now, let's look at the four most common reasons people avoid making concrete footings.

Excuses for Not Making Concrete Footings
  • Laziness: Many customers simply do not have the desire to dig into the ground. This is understandable, but if you want a sturdy fence, it is necessary to make concrete footings.
  • The size of the fence: Some think that for small fences (5-10 meters), it is not necessary to make the footings. However, regardless of the length, concrete footings are essential for the sturdiness of the fence.
  • The lightness of the mesh: Even if the mesh is low and light, it is still necessary to make the footings. The tension of the mesh requires strong support, especially at the start and end posts.
  • Depth of the posts: Some think that planting the posts very deep into the ground can replace the footings. Unfortunately, even if the post is well-planted, it will never have the same stability as a post on a concrete footing.
Who Can Avoid Making Concrete Footings?

Now let's see who can be exempt from making concrete footings and in which situations.

  • Those who don't want to: If you don't want to make the footings, no one is forcing you. However, keep in mind that the quality of the work will suffer.
  • Those who use foundation screws: Foundation screws, like those from Vortek, can replace concrete footings. They are particularly useful in natural parks where the use of concrete is forbidden.
  • Those who are not interested in sturdiness: If you don't care about the sturdiness of the fence and just want it to be enclosed, you can avoid making the footings. However, the result will be less stable.
  • Temporary fences: If you need a temporary fence, for example for a construction site, you can avoid making the footings. However, keep in mind that a temporary fence will not last as long.

At Fenceshop, we always recommend making concrete footings to ensure a sturdy and durable fence. If you don't want to make the footings, consider using foundation screws as a valid alternative. Also, remember that for gates, making concrete footings is essential to ensure effective opening and closing over time.

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