Split Rail Fence
Split Rail Fence
Split rail fencing was on of the earliest forms of fencing in America. There are several reasons for this, and it’s not just because it is inexpensive to build a split rail fence yourself. Traditionally, split rail fencing was used for all homes becauses it required few materials or time to install, and most people were farmers with a lot of land. So building a split rail fence with less wood made sense. As time progressed and populations increased and the towns became cities, fencing became more about privacy than simply outlining your territory.
Today, most homes with a split rail fence are in the countryside. The suburban areas are slowly picking split rail fencing up as a way to add more charm to the curb appeal of a home. The primitive design of a split rail fence can give your home and yard a more rustic look, which is gaining in popularity. But there is more to love about a split rail fence than just the look.
Reasons to Build a Split Rail Fence:
- Low Cost- Less building material need
- Long Lasting– No maintenance reqired
- Easy Install- Can easily be installed in a day with two people
- Rustic- Rustic appearance with minimal materials
Split Rail Fence Supplies: Cost to Build
The average cost, depending on where you live and what materials you purchase, will be anywhere from $12-20 per linear foot, when professionally installed. If you do the fence yourself, it could cost around $8-12 per linear foot. The average linear feet needed for a project is approximately 150 linear feet. If you have the fence professionally installed, you should factor installation costs to be about 25% of the total job.
Most people choose cedar for fencing projects because of it’s durability and affordability. No nails, fence staples, or other materials are needed for a split rail fence, which helps to keep the cost low.
What is the difference between your Split Rail when compared to Home Depot?
We offer more variety! We are the only company to carry both 2 and 3 rail systems in stock. Secondly, Home Depot only stocks smaller 8 foot “pony” rails, whereas we stock standard size 10 foot rails that are thicker and therefore, stronger.
This extra thickness keeps the cows in and the longer length rails mean fewer posts, fewer post holes, shorter installation time and a bigger budget for your next project!
How long will Split Rail last?
This will be determined by the climate, humidity levels, and whether the homeowner will provide any upkeep on their fence. However, in Colorado’s climate a Split Rail fence should last about 15 to 20 years with no problem.
I am working on my front yard and I am trying to determine if a Split Rail Fence is right for me?
Trying to determine if Split Rail fence is right for you is all up the eye of the beholder. Every fence has pros and cons. If you want the rustic look of a split rail fence then you can easily trim to fit most dimensions. If you are looking for something a little more polished but still rustic then a Ranch Rail fence might the right decision for you.