Are you considering a wood split rail fence around your home or property? It’s incredibly popular for its classic, rustic style, and good looks. It’s also highly durable when made from the right type of wood, and can last for a very long time. Of course, you likely have a few questions that you’ll want to be answered before making a purchase. Below, we’ll cover some of the most frequently asked questions about wood split rail fencing.
FAQ’s about Wood Split Rail:
1. Is it similar to round rail fencing?
Yes, in a way. Split rail fencing has flat edges – the pieces are split, rather than being milled. Round rail fencing has round rails and the doweled post ends.
2. What tree species are best for wood split rail fencing?
There are quite a few tree species used today, but Yellow Pine and Western Red Cedar are two of the most common and better options. You’ll also find synthetic options on the market, like vinyl.
3. I have sheep – is wood split rail fencing a good choice for me?
Yes, split rail fencing is a good option for keeping both large and medium-sized animals like sheep confined to your property. However, you might want to consider going with a three-rail configuration to make sure that there’s no room for escape.
4. Can I use split rail fencing with small animals?
Wood split rail fencing alone is not a good option for small animals, as they can escape through the gaps. However, when combined with mesh fencing, it is a good choice.
5. Is installing split rail fencing difficult?
No, installation is actually relatively easy as long as you have the right tools. You’ll need a posthole digger, a shovel, and possibly a saw. You’ll also want bagged cement to permanently install the posts.
6. Why is one side of the rails trimmed?
In Pine lumber, one side is trimmed to provide that classic split rail look, but also to make it easier should you choose to install wire fencing. In Cedar, both sides are rough and have the ripped look.
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7. How is the wood used with split rail fencing treated?
Yes, the wood is pressure treated to ensure that it will last for as long as possible and to prevent damage from moisture, temperature extremes, and even insect pests.
8. Can you add gates to this type of fencing?
Yes, you can add a wide range of gates to split rail fencing to achieve the look and functionality that you need.
There you have them – the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about split rail fencing.