Split rail fences are a classic fencing style that are most often used for marking property lines and enclosing livestock. The rustic simplicity of split rail fences have made them an essential part of Western American homes and properties.
You can compare fencing types here to find out if a split rail fence is right for you.
Split rail fences are often the least expensive fencing style — sometimes as affordable as $11 per linear foot. But much of its cost depends on the installation style and specific wood material you choose.Download our Fencing Cost Guide to learn more about the cost per linear foot of split rail versus 7 other fence types.
Split rail fences are all durable to slightly varying degrees, depending on the specific material used. Our Grade One Western Red Cedar, for example, can last over 15 years and require little to no maintenance.For more information on preserving your split rail fence, read our free Fence Maintenance Guide.
The most common materials used for split rail fences are cedar, oak, pine, and vinyl. It’s a matter of preference, so it’s best to consider which material you think looks best and what’s in your budget.
At Split Rail Fence Company, we recommend using cedar for its rich appearance and natural durability.
Split rail fences could be made up of just about any wood (we prefer cedar), or even vinyl.
In addition to different materials, split rail fences also come in three common styles: the X-shape, stacked, and “the standard”. In the X-shape, the horizontal rails of the fence are crossed to form an X-shape. Stacked and standard fences both have straight horizontal rails, but in the stacked style the rails are directly on top of each other. In the standard method, on the other hand, horizontal rails are separated by vertical rails.
As the name implies, “the standard” is the most common style of split rail fence, as seen in this gallery.