This Atlanta fence company knows a lot about fences, and split rail fences have probably been around as long as there have been houses. They are just as popular today as they have ever been. They are by far the simplest type of wooden fence design and they have a very down home rustic feel to them. Essentially, a split rail fence is just a couple of split logs that have been attached to finished wooden posts. Those posts are then sunk into holes that are filled with concrete. Since a split rail fence is not the most secure of fencing options, it is mostly used to mark property boundaries and add an aesthetic appeal.
Depending on its use, a split rail’s lack of security can be a real perk. For instance:
- No sharp edges – A split rail fence can help to keep animals and young children in your yard. Since it is rough hewn wood, they will not get hurt if they run up against the fence unlike a barbed wire or steel fence. Although they may get a few splinters.
- Less building material – The split rail fence has a very open design so you do not need as many building materials. This makes it the perfect choice to cover long distances. A slat fence or picket fence would add much more security but to get that extra security you would need 2-3 times as much building material.
- Easy setup – There are a lot of fencing options that are better left to the experts because of their complicated setup. Almost anyone can set up a split rail fence. The hardest part is digging the post holes and pouring in the concrete to give it a solid framework.
- Low cost – Most people say that chain link fencing is the cheapest fence to put up but I disagree. It is always better to use precut and treated materials but if it comes down to it. Anyone with an axe and some nearby hard wood trees can build a split rail fence.
If you have a country style home and you want a fence that will work with the landscape rather than obstruct it, then you can’t go wrong with a split rail fence. Give your local Atlanta fence company a call to set up an appointment and start building your fence now.