Quattro Cedar Posts vs. pine posts for fence?

burgercjApril 26, 2013

I have received a quote for the installation of a fence and double gate for my driveway. The sales rep has recommended 6x6 cedar quattro posts for anchoring the gate. He claims that it is anchored much better and does not warp like pine posts can. For a double gate like mine, he says I want to avoid any warping whatsoever. That makes sense. However, the cost is about $650 per post vs. $20 or $30 for a pine post! For 25X the cost I'm curious if it really is that valuable. Anyone's thoughts would be appreciated.

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dkv-texas

I would use a 6x6 steel painted post. Will be much cheaper than $600 and your double gate won't sag. If you do go with a wooden post, it should be braced like the attached image.

This post was edited by dkv-texas on Fri, Apr 26, 13 at 14:50

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 2:41PM
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annzgw

I think it comes down to the design of your fence and gate, but like dkv, I'd go with steel for a heavy gate. For light gates, such as pasture gates, we've use fir posts, but when we installed DS's entry gate we used steel powder-coated posts. The rest of his fencing is fir and electric braid.
Our gate also has steel posts, but we had brick columns built around each fence post, with light fixture on top.....a little more dressy than DS's.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 9:24PM
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burgercj

Thanks for the input. This fence is more decorative than functional (it needs to work and open, of course, but I'm more interested in a good look). Therefore, I don't think steel would work. I'm looking for something wood.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 7:27AM
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