The appearance of the split rail fence in America can be traced back to the 17th century in Colonial Virginia. It quickly became a hit with landowners, homesteaders, pioneers, and ranchers. The fencing was also used to delineate property boundaries as people moved West and claimed land for themselves Another benefit was that the zigzag pattern meant that no nails or other hardware was needed.
The multi-purpose fence could be used to contain livestock, keep livestock out of orchards, fields and gardens, and it was easy to erect. The fencing was particularly popular in rocky or uneven ground. Wood was readily available for the cutting and logs could be easily split with the tools of the day, making it a cost-effective solution.
Split Rail Fencing Today
Split rail fencing is typically used as ornamentation to achieve a decorative and rustic appearance. It’s offered in 2 or 3 rail styles, depending on the intended purpose. Rail spans are usually 9 or 11 ft. in length. The wood is available in pressure-treated or untreated styles and in a wide variety of species. Red cedar is the most popular choice, followed by oak and pine
It can last from 7 to 30 years, depending on the care its given. It has a variety of benefits that include:
- Aesthetic value
- Available in aluminum, vinyl and wood
- Minimal maintenance
Caring for Your Fence
You can help extend the lifespan of your fence by conducting yearly inspections to ascertain if there are any areas that need attention. Other measures that can help the fence last for decades include staining or painting and keeping it clear of debris.
Split rail fencing is equally at home in rural, residential and business environments. It’s a popular choice in many communities to mark the boundaries of parks and similar areas. The fencing is installed as a garden border and the lumber can be repurposed for other projects, thereby keeping it out of landfills.
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