We are seeing an increasing amount of homeowners turn to split rail fences for their homes. What is making a split rail fence so popular in Colorado? Its ridiculously easy installation? Or what about its minimalist, organic appearance? It could be both, but you just know that for your next fence, you’re going with a split rail. Two things generally come to mind at this point for homeowners in the building process and they are: “what materials will I be using?” and “how much will a Split Rail fence cost?”
When it comes to selecting your materials for a split rail fence, Cedar is the go-to selection. For pricing, the materials alone can vary depending on the quality you want and how much area you will be covering. You can choose which ever lumber you’d like, but we always recommend Western Red Cedar. Cedar’s lifespan is expected around 15-20 years, but things like climate, humidity levels and your level of upkeep will be factors in just how long your fence will last, but with minimal maintenance and upkeep, so a split rail fence should have no issues making it past a decade or more. (read more about Cedar Split Rails here) Cedar split rails are a great bang-for-your-buck option, especially because we stock 10 foot rails so a fence built with these materials will be stronger and more durable.
In terms of pricing, costs will be determined by the linear footage of your project. Split Rails are designed to be installed super easily, so whether you hire a contractor or take time out of your Saturday to DIY, you’ll save money and time. A contractor can charge anywhere from 10-15 dollars per linear foot, so if you are looking to save the most money, grab some gloves and build it yourself!