In a nutshell, ranch rail fencing is an affordable way to fence off larger properties for pets, children, keeping other animals out, and containing horses and other livestock in. Click on the button to see more pictures and other styles.
Ranch rail fencing is an affordable way to fence off larger pastures and properties while giving your property an “estate” appearance. It’s great for pets, children, keeping other animals out, and containing horses and other livestock. Most commonly it is built with either a welded wire or horse wire as well. Welded wire and horse wire look the same in general with a 2”x4” pattern. Welded wire is cheaper and works for most applications. If you have large and more aggressive dogs and/or horses, going with a heavier gauge wire such as horse wire is recommended. The horse wire has knots where all the vertical and horizontal cross wires intersect for superior durability. Ranch rail fencing is usually built with 4x4 treated yellow pine #2 square posts or 4” round treated wood posts and 1x6 treated corral boards. To save on cost more, you can also build a welded wire fence with t-posts and some wood posts and cut out the corral boards. We are a preferred fence company in Magnolia and surrounding areas of north Houston such as Montgomery, Tomball, Cypress, Hockley, etc.
You can also install a vinyl ranch rail fence. The rails go through punched channel posts with the vinyl version. White vinyl is the most common and most affordable in either 3 or 4 rail applications. You can also get black, brown, beige, and other colored vinyl fencing, but those are most costly than the white vinyl. Textured vinyl fencing is also available so that is has a more rustic real wood like appearance but that is even more expensive than just upgrading to a color other than white vinyl.
When adding wire to a ranch rail style fence, it’s done a little differently depending on it it’s with wood posts and rails or with vinyl fencing. With wood fencing, you set the posts, then staple the wire to the face (or pretty side) of the fence posts, then nail up the corral boards. With vinyl fencing, you install the posts, install the rails, then attach the wire to the back side of the fence using corrosion resistant lag screws with a rubber washer head (roofing screws are great for this).
White vinyl fencing is a great bang for your buck since it can last a lifetime and is generally pretty maintenance free. Occasionally it may need to be pressure washed to get off dirt and pollen that can build up, but at least you don’t have to replace any warping wood posts or cracked boards, or repaint your fence every few years. If a large animal, car, or tree damages the fence, repairs are usually cheap and easy to do as well.
With wood ranch rail fencing, you can either have the posts be flat with the top of the fence or extend above the fence and be notched. We like it notched and feel it gives an accent to the fence for minimal effort and cost. No matter if it’s a residential fence or commercial fence, it’s always important to use experienced fence companies near you that can show you example pictures of their work, provide references, and have [proper] insurance. Rocket Fence is a Texas fence company that can build all kinds of ranch rail fences whether it’s a split rail cedar fence, standard ranch rail, white vinyl, or something else.
Rocket Fence is a preferred fence contractor in Magnolia and provides fence installation services in all the surrounding areas as well. We honor a 1 year workmanship warranty, provide free fence estimates, and offer financing options as well so you don’t have to save up in full to get started on your project. In fact, as wood and steel prices continue to increase, you may end up paying the same total amount with today’s pricing with some interest compared to cash pricing down the road. Call us today or request a fencing quote online to get started. We may be able to provide pricing over the phone. If not, schedule an appointment with one of our fence estimators. We’d love to hear from you! We are the best fencing contractor in Conroe and surrounding areas like Magnolia and Montgomery as well.
The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said of the inventor of the fence, “The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said 'This is mine,' and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society.”
There are several types of ranch rail fences but ultimately they are similar in design and function. The most common ranch rail fence has 3 or 4 horizontal corral boards while some have crossing boards or "crossbuck style". Most ranch rail fences are 4' tall while some are 4.5' or 5' tall. It's very common to add 2x4 welded wire to keep dogs/pets contained and other animals out.
Ranch rail fences can easily last 20 plus years if in the proper conditions. If the ground is very saturated all the time the posts will rot faster than normal and only last 15-20 years.