Which timber is suitable for gate posts?

We can supply posts in softwood or hardwood in a variety of styles to match your gate.

Our softwood posts are supplied in either spruce or larch.

Larch is known to be the most durable of the softwoods and is the most popular choice for any post that needs to go into the ground due to its longevity and its natural resistance to rot and fungus.
However, although larch is the most durable, it is also highly likely to crack more and release more sap than spruce or other softwood posts.

It is a personal decision as to whether longevity or looks are more important to you.

Our hardwood oak posts are also known for their longevity and are either in oak or opepe.  Like larch, the nature of the oak is that it will also split and crack. Opepe is less likely to move and works best with iroko gates. Iroko does not come in large enough sections to be able to be turned into gate posts.

Splits and cracks will occur naturally in timber as it expands and contracts with humidity and temperature changes. The splits and cracks happen because timber is a natural material and throughout the year the wood expands and contracts.

Cracks will often expand more in the summer due to heat and dry weather and then contract in the winter months. We appreciate that these can appear quite large and alarming however this is perfectly normal and should not affect the strength or integrity of the post.

Please be aware that we do not offer a guarantee on our posts for splits, cracks, or release of sap after delivery or installation of the posts as this is the nature of the timber species we supply. We are unable to give any guarantee against shrinkage, warping, or knots which can be caused by natural reactions to variations in humidity and temperature; nor can we accept any responsibility for small defects in timber, which occur after the products have left the workshop due to the natural movement of timber.