The fencing world has changed greatly through the years, and knowing what you are purchasing before you install a split rail fence makes you that much more prepared for the final product. Basic facts about split rail fencing include:
- Split rail fencing has been used by homeowners since colonial times as it provides the traditional farm-look many homeowners are nostalgic for.
- Even though a split rail fence was once constructed much like a child’s play fence would be using wooden toy logs — in the zigzag pattern, balanced atop each other — today’s split rail fencing pieces are sturdier and are designed to fit together nicely. The zigzag pattern can be easily created, but beware this style of split rail fencing requires a larger investment by the homeowner since it requires more fencing materials than the modern split rail fence design.
- Modern split rail fencing design uses fence posts to allow for the mounting of three or four horizontal rows of split rail fencing beams. This design can be used in conjunction with chicken wire for an animal-proof split rail fence.
- Split rail fences are made of wood, and like every other wood product, they are likely to show signs of weathering. The materials used are typically insect and weather-hardy, making them even more durable than expected.
For more information on finding the right fence for your Northern Virginia property — split rail fencing or not — contact Northern Virginia’s fencing experts at Hal Co Fence. Serving customers throughout all of Northern Virginia since 1981, the professional design and installation team at Hal Co Fence can guide you from making the decision through the conclusion of the project.