The market offers many types of fences suitable for various locations and functions. Every type of fence has its purposes and you should not encounter any problems when selecting a fence that will perfectly match your needs. Even though you should select a quality fence material, you should ensure that the integrity of the fence posts is optimal for high quality and overall efficacy.
Today, most fences use Star Pickets. Whether you have heard the phrase “Star Pickets” for the first time, or you have already invested in this form of posts, here are a few things you should know about it.
To start with, what are star pickets?
Star pickets are pointed metal fence posts. They are vertical elements that hold down a fence structure. Because they feature three metal strips, some people call them the T or Y posts due to the cross-sectional shapes.
The posts are usually made of carbon steel and some manufacturers may use rail steel to make them. People use steel posts to support various types of wire mesh or wire. With the nubs and studs, the posts are able to prevent wire meshes or barbed wire from sliding from one side to the other or down and up the post. That offers effect stability. Some manufacturers design them as 1.01, 1.25 or 1.33 but that highly depends on the weight to support for every linear foot.
The star pickets come in three types. The common types include:
– The USA style T studded posts
– The European style T posts
– The Y posts with teeth
– The U posts
– The round or square posts
– The peach posts
Moreover, manufacturers offer the star pickets in various shapes and featuring different types of post clips and caps. To select the shape that will match your needs perfectly, consider the following tips.
– Ensure that the star picket is made of superior and quality materials
Compared to the other types of fencing posts, steel star pickets offer more benefits. For example, time posts will be prone to rot, splinter, termites damages, but a star picket will be resistant for a lifetime. Manufacturers use high-quality steel, which is durable and better than most components of a concrete fence or traditional timber fences. Due to the high quality, you should expect star pickets to last for many decades.
– They are superior to other types of metal fencing posts
Metal fencing posts are usually prone to rust. On the other sides, manufacturers coat star pickets with a quality zinc coating to ensure durability. The other forms of coating include black bitumen, PE/PVC coating or baked enamel. The coating materials are resistant to moisture or water, oxygen, and corrosion. The materials are also resistant to damages of sun ultraviolet rays damages.
– The star pickets are cost effective
Star pickets are affordable compared with other fencing posts available in the market. Due to the durability, you will get more value for your money after the installation.
– Enjoy easier and faster installation process
To complete the fence installation job, you will only require a post pounder. Use a pneumatic post pounder or a manual post pounder to hammer the posts into the ground if they do not have a flange plate. If the star pickets have flange plates, you just need to connect or weld bolts to install them on the ground.
To install the star pickets in a proper manner, you should consider engaging qualified professionals. Their advice will help you get better results.