Here, John Abernethie, CEO at Birkdale, looks at the growth in homeowners improving their outdoor spaces and how new innovations can help achieve the desired look – providing a solution that will last.

Findings from the Hiscox Renovations and Extensions Report confirmed that garden upgrades are an increasingly popular renovation focus for homeowners, behind only kitchen and bathroom improvements in terms of targets for future projects. For homeowners, outdoor spaces allow them to express their style, while making the best possible use of their home.

Fencing is no longer a primarily functional element that simply defines the edge of the space and provides privacy but is a key part of modern garden designs. Integrating fencing fully into the overall design is among the biggest continuing trends, with recent years seeing an expansion in the variety of colours, materials and styles of fencing on offer.

However, when selecting  fence posts, homeowners have traditionally had to weigh up the aesthetic appeal of wood against the relative strength and longevity of concrete products, which often lack style. The innovative FENCEMATE DuraPost ® offers a high-quality steel alternative that complements a range of styles and designs. Available in galvanised steel and three powder coated paint colours, the posts can be used to provide an accent to a plain wood fence or as a contrasting or complementary shade for painted panels.

Offered in classic or slimline profiles, FENCEMATE DuraPost ® can be finished with a range of colour matched accessories including capping rails, gravel boards, post caps and gate posts.

As homeowners increasingly look to upgrade and improve their property rather than move, high quality solutions such as the FENCEMATE DuraPost ® will only become more desirable. It’s therefore great news that whilst cold rolled galvanised steel fence posts are up to 80% lighter than concrete, they still offer long term strength and durability. Not to forget, FENCEMATE DuraPost® even withstands wind speeds of up to 70 mph and is guaranteed for up to 25 years.

To find your local stockist of FENCEMATE DuraPost® visit www.durapost.co.uk or call 0345 646 0590.