Types of Split Rail Fencing
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Split rail fencing is a familiar feature in suburban and rural settings. Used for hundreds of years, each type has a unique origin and was developed to solve livestock control problems. Which kind is best? It depends on what you're fencing.
Split rail fences are most commonly constructed of a durable hardwood like oak or cedar.They are being made of pressure-treated lumber these days. Additionally, plastic composites are finding their way into the split-rail fence market.
The style of split rail fence you choose depends on the style of your property and its topographical features. A traditional rail fence is ideal for containing livestock or for fencing in a yard, especially if used in conjunction with wire mesh on the inside of the fence. A snake rail system is very good if you're unskilled in carpentry or if your property has many changes in elevation.
When using commercial pressure-treated wood, maintenance is simple: Monitor the fence and replace any pieces that are looking a little rickety. Rail fences made of hardwood might benefit from a protective coat of paint or a colorless exterior wood finish. Those rails made of plastic composites will need little maintenance other than a occasional dowsing with the hose.
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