For The Love Of Wood - Protect The Environment

Wood, wood, wood - we love wood! There are so many benefits to using wood, and here at Postsaver, we are big advocates of timber fencing products. Whether you enjoy the aesthetics that frame your garden, the ease of use from an installation point of view, or you're environmentally conscious; it's an excellent material for reducing your carbon footprint and doing your part for the planet.

In our current era, we face several critical environmental challenges. Identifying areas in which we can minimise our impact on the environment are fundamental to our ecological success. As post producers, fencing contractors and homeowners alike, we all have a part to play in minimising our carbon footprint for the benefit of the planet. It has long been known that wooden fencing provides more than just pleasing aesthetics.

How Does Wooden Fencing Benefit the Environment?

Wood has been known for its environmental benefits for some time now. As a natural material, it can be produced sustainably with minimal processing impacts, and at the end of its life cycle, it will decompose naturally. Minimising the effects across the entire lifecycle is vital to making any material sustainable.

How are my environmental impacts minimised with wood?

To understand why wood is the most environmentally friendly fencing option, we need to consider the resources used to produce it. Unlike steel, concrete or composite, wood uses far less water in production and minimises eutrophication and fossil fuel use.

Wood also produces minimal CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions. In comparison, the global steel industry as a whole is responsible for 7.2% of total global greenhouse gas emissions (ourworldindata.org). To quantify, that is an estimated 3.5 billion tonnes of greenhouse gasses a year as of 2016. Global greenhouse emissions for concrete production are an estimated 1.4 billion tonnes a year. These industries and their materials, such as concrete and steel posts, are highly damaging to the environment.

Although wooden post-production is not perfect, the trees used in production harvest CO2 over their average 40-year lifespan. When you consider that roughly half of the dry fibrous mass of wood is carbon, wooden posts strike an environmental balance by outweighing their production emissions.

Wood is a fantastic option for doing your bit for the environment, and with a Postsaver Pro-Sleeve, you're going one step further by preserving the life of your fence and minimising your use of timber.

How Does Postsaver Help the Environment?

As a manufacturer of dual-layer barrier sleeves, we aim to eradicate premature fence post-failure by offering a solution that provides a guaranteed 20-year lifespan to timber posts in contact with the ground.

By increasing the lifespan of a fence post, we're minimising future replacements, reducing the number of trees that need to be harvested, and encouraging the use of a sustainable material.

Last year, Postsaver, in partnership with our sister company Polesaver, saved 270,000 tonnes of CO2 by minimising the number of trees needing to be harvested.

Tree harvesting

That's Great, But Can You Go One Step Further?

As well as producing long-life fencing products, we also advocate the use of FSC certified timber. The Forest Stewardship Council brings both economic, social and environmental benefits by implementing sustainable forestry practices. One of the most significant benefits is the increased biodiversity encouraged by their planting schemes, which see forest plantations growing rather than shrink, alongside the natural regeneration of woodland areas.

So, What Can I Do to Be Kind to the Environment?

It's simple, make sure you use timber fencing products and always look for the FSC certified label. Don't forget to protect your timber with Postsaver products. As well as doing your bit for the environment, you can also save money in the long run by not having to replace your fence posts for at least 20-years. It's a win-win!

Postsaver - The Answer to Premature Post Failure

A recent survey carried out by the Association of Fencing Industries (A.F.I.), highlighted the negative consensus and issues surrounding premature post-failure and preservatives. With threats to creosote on the horizon, rather than look for alternatives for wood, now is the time to look for alternative wood protection methods.

Read a copy of the full report here.

Run of Postsaver sleeved posts

For The Love of Wood

The use of wooden posts across the fencing industry dates back as far as the industry itself. As the material we all know and appreciate, it's continued use is essential. The skills and expertise developed over generations of using wood stand firm across the fencing community. However, a premature post-failure solution is desperately needed to protect reputations and ensure that customers get a solid and reliable product.

Whether you view it from an ease of use, aesthetic, cost or environmental perspective, the use of wood is supported by all manner of benefits. Its versatile use and pleasing aesthetics make it a perfect option across all sectors, whether residential, agricultural or beyond. Postsaver Pro-Sleeves are a proven solution to preventing premature failure; take a look below to see why.

What is Postsaver?

The Postsaver Pro-Sleeve is a proven and independently tested solution to post-failure. To understand how the Pro-Sleeve dual-layer barrier works, we first need to understand the problem. Any timber in contact with the ground is subject to three factors that cause it to rot. These are:

The combination of these three factors can quickly rot a post. However, one positive to be taken is that the issue is focussed on the ground line section (upper 6 inches of soil). It's here that factors for decay are at their highest. The warmer temperatures and increased oxygen levels make it a breeding ground for fungi and wood-decaying organisms.

The Postsaver Pro-Sleeve, developed over 26-years ago, is applied to the ground line section of the post to create the best possible protection. The dual-layer barrier system consists of a rugged thermoplastic outer sleeve and an inner meltable bituminous liner. When heated, the inner liner becomes molten, and the thermoplastic outer layer shrinks, forming an air and watertight seal around the surface of the wood. This dual-layer barrier is impenetrable to the causes of decay, while keeping vital wood preservatives locked in.

What About the Benefits?

The dual-layer barrier system that Postsaver has developed prevents rot by locking out the requirements for decay. So, whichever sector of the industry you're in, we can help benefit your reputation and minimise future issues surrounding post-failure. Whether you are a producer, installer or consumer, we can help prevent post-failure so you can get the most out of your timber fencing.

Our product can be applied at any stage of the process right up to installation, making it a perfect option for timber fencing users. We can also supply Pro-sleeves to fit any sized post, including the largest of gate post sizes.

From an Environmental Point of View

Wood has long been known for its environmental benefits. As a natural material, it can be produced sustainably with minimal impacts, and at the end of its life cycle, it will rot away naturally. Thanks to several sustainable schemes such as the 'Forest Stewardship Council' (F.S.C.), over 90% of the timber used in U.K. construction comes from Europe, where more trees are planted than harvested. These schemes are vital for acting as carbon sinks, and without the demand, sustainable planting may be significantly reduced.

To understand why wood is the most environmentally friendly option, we need to consider the resources used to produce it. Unlike steel and concrete, wood uses far less water in production for example. Using large amounts of water in production requires extensive extraction of resources and can lead to knock-on effects like eutrophication.

As well as water use, wood also produces minimal CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions. To put into perspective how damaging other materials are, the global steel industry as a whole is responsible for 7.2% of total global greenhouse gas emissions (ourworldindata.org). To quantify, that is an estimated 3.5 billion tonnes of greenhouse gasses a year as of 2016. Global greenhouse emissions for concrete production are an estimated 1.4 billion tonnes a year. These industries and their materials, such as concrete and steel posts, are highly damaging to the environment.

Tree saplings protected with tree guards

Although wooden post-production is not perfect, the trees used in production harvest CO2 over their average 40-year lifespan. When you consider that roughly half of the dry fibrous mass of wood is carbon, wooden posts strike an environmental balance by outweighing their production emissions.

Wood is a fantastic option for doing your bit for the environment, and with a Postsaver Pro-Sleeve, you're going one step further by preserving the life of your fence and minimising your use of timber.

Is it Proven?

Postsaver has been producing and supplying Pro-Sleeves for over 25-years. Over that time, the company founders have refined and improved the Pro-sleeve to better its performance, giving us the fantastic product we sell today. We have accumulated 20-years of independent test data, giving us the confidence to offer you our 20-year post replacement guarantee.

Our guarantee is backed by studies carried out by the Building Research Establishment (B.R.E). The field tests, carried out to European Standard EN252 1989, showed zero decay at the ground line after 20-years. To understand more about the testing methods, or to request a copy of the B.R.E report, click here.

As well as supplying the fencing industry, we also produce barrier sleeves on an industrial size basis for a global network of utility companies, branded as Polesaver.

To Summarise

Postsaver offers a proven and independently tested solution that allows the continued use of a sustainable and traditional material. With a 20-year post replacement guarantee and a customer guarantee certificate, you can continue to fit fences with confidence. As a consumer, you know that you are receiving a long-lasting quality product. Check out the rest of our website to understand precisely how the Pro-Sleeve works and what other benefits we can offer.

Fence Repair Following High Winds

Winter weather and howling winds are bad news for a pre-weakened fence line. Whether you're a skilled hand at DIY or you need to seek a professional contractor, fence repair is something we all want to avoid. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to keep your fence line strong and protected in the face of high winds. Read our guide on repairing your fence if it's failed and how to reinforce it against future storms.

How to Repair a Failed Fence 

As winter weather sweeps across the UK, so do strong winds with the potential to damage your fence line. If you're reading this, we suspect your fence may have already failed. Thankfully, our experts have written a guide on repairing your fence and protecting against future problems.

Our number one top tip above anything else is to buy quality, as spending a little extra now will pay dividends in the future. Taking the time to protect your timber fence posts with Postsaver Pro-sleeves, for example, will save you a great deal of money in the long run. Read on for our step by step guide on what to do if your fence has failed.

How to save a rotting fence post?

1) Find out who is responsible for the fence

Fences are one of the leading causes of neighbourly disputes. Finding out who the fence belongs to is essential to avoid any neighbourly disagreements. If you don't already know, you can find out through the HM Land Registry site. Taking the time to work out the most friendly course of action is always best!

2) Decide how you're going to do the job, perhaps yourself, or use a contractor

Weigh up the work involved. It might be some light repairs you can tackle yourself, or it may be that the entire fence has collapsed, and you need to seek professional help. Either way, preparation is key to keeping costs down and work time to a minimum.

3) How to do it yourself

Replacing a fence can be a big job, but anyone can do it with some careful planning and preparation. Strong winds may have caused you a headache, but now could be a good time to spruce up your garden for the summer and replace your old fence with a new and stylish addition. For our full range of advice on how to plan your garden fence replacement, check out our Garden Fencing page for everything you need to know. We've written a guide on replacing a garden fence yourself, including all the tools you'll need to get the job done.

4) How to find a reliable contractor

Finding a contractor you can trust is not always easy, so we have a few top tips to help:

  1. Look for a reputable company. Check out their website and give them a call to get an idea of their customer service standard.   
  2. Get several quotes if you can. Multiple quotes will give you an idea of the sort of price you should be paying. Remember, if the price is too low, it's probably too good to be true, and the standard of work might not be up to scratch. Aim to get at least three quotes to ensure you're not going to be overcharged.  
  3. Ask to see photos of previous work. A good fencing contractor should gladly show you pictures of previous jobs to showcase their work quality. 
  4. Look for testimonials and reviews. A number of genuine testimonials are an excellent sign that the contractor is reliable. Alternatively, look for online reviews on Google and Facebook to find genuine feedback. 

Postsaver's Fencing Health Check - How to Reinforce Your Current Fence

Little and often is key to avoiding a costly replacement. We appreciate the expense of fencing, so we've come up with our favourite maintenance top tips to help you get the longest life out of your fence. Take the time to follow these necessary fencing health checks and give your fence the best chance against winter weather.

You can do these checks all year round, but we recommend paying close attention in late summer and early autumn.

1) Check for wobbly fence posts

These are a failure waiting to happen! Find out why the post is unstable; if it is rotten, it will need to be replaced. However, some posts will move when there is not enough support from the surrounding soil. If this is the case, we recommend digging the soil away from the post and using Postsaver Pro-set to fill the hole. The two-part foam is perfect for expanding around all parts of the post to give it strength and rigidity. It sets to full strength in just 90 minutes.

Pro-set strength display

2) Keep on top of minor repairs

Check your fence for any broken or damaged sections. It might be that a panel board has come loose, or perhaps a post cap has come off. Small repairs like this can be fixed with a hammer and few nails and will keep your fence line looking smart. Simple and easy maintenance can give your fence a new lease of life.

3) Treat your fence with preservative

Homeowners Fencing Guide - Pro-Tips

Our experts strongly recommend staining or coating your fence with a wood preservative to prolong the wood's lifespan above ground. Wood stains keep your fence protected against wet weather, strengthening them against high winds. We recommend using Postsaver Creocote to prolong the life of your fence. Not only does this protect your fence, but the colour can also enhance the wood and keeping your garden looking smart.

Follow our advice and enjoy the best from your fence this summer. Kick back and relax, knowing your fence is protected.

Getting Your Garden Ready for Summer - The Postsaver Checklist

When winter is thawing and shoots of spring start to appear, it's time to start thinking about your garden and the steps you can take to get it ready for summer. We are advocates of little and often, and we believe that a bit of work now could save you a lot of time in the summer. Read our recommendations on preparing your garden so you can get the most out of it this season!

Let's Get Rid of Those Weeds!

It's time to get those hands dirty and tackle those pesky weeds! As flower borders and paths become neglected over winter, it's likely weeds will have sprouted. Weeding is essential in the spring because it gives cultivated plants the best chance possible by eliminating any competition. Don't forget to remove the roots of the weeds to prevent them from growing back.

Check Your Fence Line for Any Winter Damage

After harsh winter weather it's a good idea to check your fence line for any damage. We recommend looking for any damage to panels and giving your posts a wobble to see if they're still standing strong. If they're not, check for ground rot. If they're rotten, they will need replacing. To prevent any future ground rot, use a Postsaver Pro-Sleeve to guarantee the post for 20-years. If they're not rotten but still moving, it's a good idea to dig away the soil around the post and use Postsaver Pro-Set to secure the post in place, instantly giving it a new lease of life.

Looking After Your Lawn

Lawns for many hold pride of place in a garden - perfect for lounging in the hot summer sun. There are a few simple steps you can take to whip your lawn into shape for the summer months ahead. Firstly, clear your lawn of any winter debris such as branches and leaves. By raking your lawn, you allow light, water and increased oxygen to reach the soil, enabling a healthy start for your grass. Don't forget to remove any weeds in your lawn as well. By eliminating weeds early on, you can help to reduce their spread during the spring. If you find you have bare patches in your lawn and have not sown any seed in the autumn, fear not, as you can sow grass seed in the spring. Mid-spring is the best time to do this but be sure to give the seed plenty of water.

Keep Animals and children safe in your garden with a sturdy fence

Postsaver Pro-tip:

When it comes to the first mow of the season, we highly recommend cutting no more than a third of the grass's height. Although it may be tempting to remove all the winter growth at once, this could lead to an unhealthy lawn.

Spring Planting for Early Summer Treats

Now is a great time to think about planting out your garden to get the most out of it this summer, especially if you're looking to produce some homegrown tasty treats. The changeable climate in the U.K. means that many plants need a longer growing season, so it's good to get seeds planted early. For fast-growing veg, it means you can enjoy fresh produce in the late spring and early summer as well!

Great things to plant in March are things like salad leaves, aubergines, tomatoes and chillies. It's best to get these started in either a greenhouse or on the kitchen windowsill before moving them outdoors when warmer temperatures allow.

If you've whipped your garden into shape early on, you can plant several vegetables outdoors in March. Try plating some broad beans and beetroot for an early summer harvest.

Treat Your Fence

Looking after your fence is key to giving it a long life, and a large part of this is down to protecting fencing above ground with preservatives. Wood stains slow down natural decay while adding enhanced colour to your fence. Check out our Postsaver Creocote for added protection. If you're having problems with your fence or if it needs repairs, check out Postsaver's fencing health check to find out what you can do!

Homeowners Fencing Guide - Pro-Tips
Patio and Decking

With summer on the horizon, we're thinking ahead to barbecues, long evenings, and entertaining in the garden. Getting your patio and decking into shape ahead of summer is an excellent idea, so you're ready to go as soon as the weather allows. A great option for patios is to pressure wash the stones to remove any winter grime; this is quick, easy, and very satisfying! You can also pressure wash your decking, but be careful as too much pressure could damage the wood. Start with the pressure washer at a reasonable distance from the deck and gradually move it closer until there is enough pressure to remove the dirt. After cleaning, leave the wood to dry thoroughly before applying a stain or wood treatment. This preserves the deck and keeps it looking its best.

Pressure washing decking
Garden Furniture

Nothing beats a great set of furniture to enjoy your garden from when it comes to spring and summer. Whether it's morning coffee on the patio or enjoying a cold beer in the sun after work, great garden furniture is a must. If you already have garden furniture, give it the once over and check for any repairs that might need doing. Give it a clean at the same time, and you're ready to go the minute the sun comes out.

Don't forget the barbecue! Giving the barbecue a spring clean is a must. We recommend removing the racking and cleaning with oven cleaner and a stiff wire brush. The wire brush will remove any build-up of grease and soot from previous use. If your barbecue has a drip tray, be sure the clean this as well. A build-up of grease could easily catch fire and ruin your meal. Once cleaned, rinse thoroughly, re-assemble and enjoy!

Cleaning Out the Shed

It's time to dust off those tools, remove the rubbish and turn your shed into a practical retreat. Removing winter clutter can be a challenge, so it's best to empty the entire shed. Once empty, you can easily clean it and layout the contents to decide what needs to be thrown out. This could be an excellent opportunity to give away or recycle as much as you can. Bear in mind your shed's size and how much stuff you can reasonably get in it before replacing any items. Return the kept items in an organised fashion. Job done and time to put the kettle on!

The Fencing Centre - Sidmouth

Our New Sales Director, Tony Young Has Been Busy!

We are introducing our new sales Director Tony Young who has been extremely busy in the short few weeks he has been part of our team, and many exciting developments have been happening in the background here.

Postsaver On Site Training & Support

Already he has visited many of our customers introducing himself, finding out what he can do for them and telling them about out latest marketing changes.

Sidmouth Fencing centre was one of his first and they are now offering Sleeved posts alongside a Postsaver sleeving service to all their customers , plus the branch has been fitted out with New point of sale, TV advertisement and retail displays to professionally promote the product in a retail setting.

This is a great way to unite The Fencing Center at Sidmouth and Postsaver for many more years of business together.

Postsaver now used on Xorbars Outdoor Gym Equipment

Postsaver Products Are Now Used As Standard On Xorbars Outdoor Gym Equipment

The UK’s leading supplier of home garden gym equipment Xorbars have announced that they will be using Postsaver Pro-Sleeves as standard on all their garden gyms.

From a simple outdoor garden pull up bar to one of their full garden gyms, customers can rest assured that the wooden posts used will be protected by Postsaver!

Xorbars uses both 4x4 inch (100mm x 100mm) and 5x5 inch (125mm x 125mm) and 6x6 inch (150mm x 150mm) pressure treated posts.

There was a feeling across all trades and suppliers that wooden posts and the way they are pressure treated are just not as good as they used to be due to changes in the chemicals used, so rather than worrying about it, it seemed to make sense to simply add Postsavers to our garden gyms” Said Managing Director James Scott.

Xorbars opted to use the Wrap & Tack Postsaver sleeve on a roll.

So far we have found it very easy to just wrap around the Postsaver, staple and then apply as normal. Because we purchase the 5metre roll it doesn’t matter what size post we are using.  We don’t get caught out when a customer requests 6x6 inch posts (150mm x 150mm).”Said Mr Scott.

Xorbars looked at the option of charging extra for this service, but felt that by offering postsaver as standard that it would add greater value to their outdoor gyms.

Mr Scott said that “We work very hard to make sure our garden gyms are manufactured and installed to an extremely high standard. We felt that Postsavers will work to maximise this message to our customers.”

Xorbars specialises in installing garden pull up bars and outdoor gyms in residential gardens across the UK.  All of their products are available to buy online and can be purchased as a DIY option or as an installed package.

If you would like to know more about Xorbars and their range of Garden Gym Equipment then please check out www.xorbars.co.uk

Why do Fencing Stockists and Distributors Embrace Postsaver?

Why do Fencing Stockists and Distributors Embrace Postsaver?

With over 7 million sleeved posts and poles in service and a 20-year track record with virtually zero reported failures, Postsaver offers proven assured wooden fence post life extension that is realistically in-line with industry and customer expectations.

Many stockists see Postsaver as a means of giving their customer choice with the option of additional protection and lifespan whilst also adding value and enhancing margins. It gives them peace of mind knowing they have a genuinely reliable product; this will increase their reputation, and business will thrive through word of mouth and customer recommendations.

 
A recent new stockist 'Fountain Timber' said:

"We decided to invest in Postsaver to give our customers choice and to help them protect their investment in the future. In offering Postsaver we are responding to our customer concerns and expectations, and we feel that the Postsaver sleeve and our timber will give our customers peace of mind".

 

Postsaver offers a wide range of sleeve sizes to fit all post and pole sizes and a full range of competitively priced application equipment.

To ensure good sell through it's backed up with, free of charge leaflet dispensers, point of sale literature and yard banners.

Postsaver Point OF Sale at a local stockist

The dual-layer, heat shrinkable, sleeves are quickly and easily applied to the vulnerable ground line section of the post with a gas blow torch isolating the wood from the causes of rot and decay.

As well as a long and successful track record in "real life" field service Postsaver sleeves have also been subjected to rigorous independent testing to confirm their efficiency in preventing ground rot.

Who uses us

Traditionally our customer base has been a good spread of stockist generally tending to be Contractors, Landscapers, Local Authorities, Farmers and Landowners. With growing demand more and more fencing stockists and distributors are now carrying Postsaver.

In the last month alone we have over 35 new fencing outlets committing to stock Postsaver! Postsaver sleeves are now specified as standard fit by over 50 local authorities as well as The Forestry Commission, The National Trust and also specified by Network Rail for use on replacement trackside fencing. 

Postsaver ground-line sleeves have been in production for over 20 years and have been preventing ground line decay in fence posts, gate posts and utility poles worldwide ever since!

Network Rail Specify Postsaver

Network Rail Have Recently Specified Postsaver For All Of Their Trackside Fencing

Network Rail are responsible for ensuring the track remains clear of livestock and other moving hazards at all times. Not a simple task when you bear in mind they have around 16,000 miles of track and around 32,000 miles of fencing to maintain. This represents a significant cost to Network Rail of tens of millions of pounds every year.

With concerns over the lifespan of standard wooden fence posts and a desire to improve performance and reduce costs Network Rail embarked on a comprehensive 3-year evaluation process to assess alternative fencing systems, materials and wood life extension technologies.

This process included installation trials in different locations around the UK and field testing of many different materials and systems as well as extensive consultations with the Country Landowners Association and the Farmers Union.

Throughout this process, we worked closely with Network Rail in providing samples and test data and liaising with suppliers, Network Rail contractors and fence installers.

At the end of this process, we are pleased to say that Network Rail has continued to use wood as the material of choice for stock fencing and have included the use of composite ground line sleeves within the specification, a big boost for Postsaver

Imprest; Upping the Volumes with Postsaver Pro-Mill

Imprest Order A Postsaver Pro-Mill Machine

Imprest Ltd a long established Estonian manufacturer of high quality machine rounded fence posts to the European and UK fencing industry has recently installed a Postsaver Pro-Mill sleeve application machine.

Imprest have been selling Postsaver sleeved posts for over 5 years 

Postsaver Pro-Mill machine allows cost-effective high volume sleeve application at a rate of up to 500 posts per hour.

Commenting on the recent Pro-Mill purchase Imprest managing director Timo Hermlin said “We are keen to offer our customers a range of different performance options at different price points. Postsaver is a key part of this offering.  Postsaver sleeved posts offer assured long term performance with significantly reduced lifetime cost when compared to standard fence posts. These are increasingly critical factors with more and more of our customers now wanting posts fitted with a proven means of preventing ground rot.”
Imprest are able to offer Postsaver sleeved posts on a wide range of sizes up to 3.6m long and 20cm diameter. www.imprest.ee/en 

Polesaver & Postsaver to the rescue for adventure rope climbing courses

How has Go Ape been using our products to their benefit?

Rope adventure climbing courses are a growing leisure activity all over the world with major chains such as Go Ape growing into a worldwide operation.

In many cases, the climbing courses rely on wooden poles to provide structural support. Obviously, this is a safety-critical application and annual insurance inspections have been highlighting problems with ground line decay in many poles installed over the last 10 years. This has led to Polesaver becoming virtually standard fit on all new poles and also widespread use as a retrofit on poles in service that have not started to decay.

Many of the poles used on these installations are very large and costly. A recent installation used 50 poles that are over 50 feet (15 meters) long and 24” or 60cm ground line diameter weighing over 2.5 tonnes each, all these poles being protected with Polesaver  sleeves for 60cm diameter poles.