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We are seeing an increasing amount of homeowners turn to split rail fences for their homes. What is making a split rail fence so popular in Colorado? Its ridiculously easy installation? Or what about its minimalistic, organic appearance? It could be both, but you just know that for your next fence, you’re going with a split rail. Two things generally come to mind at this point for homeowners in the building process and they are: “what materials will I be using?” and “how much does a split rail fence cost?”

The Materials

When it comes to selecting your materials for a split rail fence, Cedar is the go-to selection. You can choose which ever lumber you’d like, but we always recommend Cedar as the best. Cedar is naturally resistant to decay, rot and insect infestation.

Cedar’s lifespan is expected around 15-20 years, but things like climate, humidity levels and your level of upkeep will be factors in just how long your fence will last, but with minimal maintenance and upkeep, so a split rail fence should have no issues making it past a decade or more. Cedar split rails are a great bang-for-your-buck option, especially because we stock 10 foot rails so a fence built with these materials will be stronger and more durable.


Your split rail fence cost will be determined by the linear footage of your project. Depending on the quality you want and how much you need, your cost of materials will vary.  But where the real savings come into play is in the labor cost.

Split Rails are designed to be installed very easily, so whether you hire a contractor or take time out of your Saturday to DIY, you’ll save money and time. A contractor can charge anywhere from 10-15 dollars per linear foot, so if you are looking to save the most money, grab some gloves, your toolbox and get building! For more information about our split rail fences, head to the  product page.