Description - Often called 'split rail fence', Treated West Virginia Lap Split
Rail is not truly split when made; it is cut at a sawmill. One side of the rail is often 'half-round' while the other side shows where the rail was put through
a saw. Typically the half-round side is faced out and the cut-side in.
The pine posts are also run through a sawmill; the
inside and outside of the post is often cut and the sides may be cut or be a natural
half-round. Treated lap rail fence is very rustic in appearance. Each rail and post come
in a slightly different size and shape. WV lap rail is available in a two rail (approx. 36" high - specs) and a three rail
(approx. 48" high - specs)
style. Rails are 11' long and overlap through the posts
to make 10''-3" to 10'-6" post centers. We also offer non-treated standard
Western Virginia Lap Rail split rail fence here which features locust fence
posts. Hoover Fence prefers western
red cedar split rail fences in a 2-rail and 3-rail variety.
Advantages - Split rail fence is one of the most
cost effective styles for defining boundaries, decorating property, and fencing in
livestock and horses. Split rail fencing is also one of, if not the easiest style of
fence to install making it an ideal project for the do-it-yourselfer. Posts are typically
set directly in the ground approx. 24-30" deep without any concrete. A tamping bar is used to
compact the dirt around the post while backfilling. Either chain link fence, or other type
of screening can be tacked on the inside, or outside of the fence to help contain smaller
animals. 3' high chain link fabric fits
well on 2-rail fences; 4' high chain link
fence fits well on 3-Rail fences.
Disadvantages - It is typical to have to
retamp posts plumb after the ground settles around post so that the fence remains upright.
This is especially true if the fence is installed in a wet area or it was wet when the
fence was originally installed. Pouring gravel around the posts instead of backfilling
with dirt will help prevent posts from leaning under the heavy weight of the rails. Fence
requires a preservative for the longest-lasting performance, however most installations
are never treated.
||Check out our
Bar Wood Gates also made of treated wood and available in sizes, the Cambridge and the
Oxford gates (Oxford gate is shown left)! these make the perfect compliment to our treated
split rail fences. Available in wood gate sizes of 4', 6', 8', 10', and 12' wide, these
gates may be used as pedestrian walk gates and/ or driveway gates up to 24' wide. The
strong mortise and tenon construction, robust bracing, and stainless steel fasteners make
these gates suitable for gate
openers too! Finding well made, durable, and matching gates for split rail fences are
now a thing of the past!