Salem, Oregon is a popular area for split rail fencing. Why? Because Oregon’s capital is a hub for the local farming community—it’s where area farmers bring their crops for food processing. And when they need to buy fencing material (or any other provisions for their properties), Willamette Valley farmers often head to Salem. When it comes to farming and fencing, spit rail fencing has long been the first choice.
Going back to pioneer days, split rail fencing has been known as an affordable, easy way to demarcate property, ranching, and farming lines. The simple, utilitarian design of split rail fencing is perfect for keeping large livestock in (or out). And if you also need to restrict small critters, mesh can be added as a barrier between rails. Agricultural outfits often use split rail fencing as a farm border, to make road-facing property lines clear. Split rail fencing is a perennially popular fencing material because it is both practical and decorative, in its own rustic way.
In the early days of The West, pioneers split timber logs lengthwise to create split rails for fencing. As land was cleared for farming and ranching, felled trees were put to good use in fences. The fact that split rail fencing can be built without nails or other hardware added appeal for the pioneer, as did the fact that split rail fencing could be disassembled later, if property lines changed or if the wood was needed for other purposes. (Indeed, split rail fences were a major source of firewood for both Confederate and Union armies during the Civil War.) Finally, split rail fencing is versatile enough to be placed on nearly any terrain—even in areas where the soil is too hard or rocky for digging deep postholes. (Of course, to provide the best structure, we set our split rail posts in two-foot deep holes filled with concrete.)
Today, hemlock, pine, spruce and cedar are a few timbers that are commonly used to build split rail fencing. Cedar is an ideal wood choice, as it doesn’t require as much maintenance as other species. Modern consumers have another split rail option that pioneers never dreamed of: Vinyl split rail fencing. Our vinyl pasture rail fencing creates clean, crisp lines. And like all vinyl fencing and decking materials, vinyl split rail fences never require maintenance beyond the occasional cleaning with soap and water. Of course, we also offer cedar split rail fencing, for those who want a true country look. Whether you’re in the Salem area, or near our other four locations in Hillsboro, Gresham, Vancouver, or the Tri-Cities, we can install charming split rail fencing to protect your home and/or farm.
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