Different types of post and rail fencing

Post and Rail fencing in Cheshire has proven to be a strong and robust style of fencing to battle the elements within the rural and equestrian communities for a number of generations. Over time, this particular style of horse fencing has continued to evolve and change into a variety of styles and materials to choose from with various heights now available to look after every equestrian animal.

With so many different types of Post and Rail fencing to choose from, each offer their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to choosing and installing the right fencing. Inside our post and rail fencing guide, our Stockdale Fencing experts will guide you through you some of the more popular different types of post and rail fencing options.

Traditional Post and Rail Fencing

The traditional timber post and rail fencing is certainly the most common for one reason…. the material used is more appreciated for its traditional, heritage looks offering more flexibility in terms of style such as the classic half round or square vertical posts and rails. Although the cheapest of the post and rail facing options, Stockdale Fencing import only the finest diamond timber from Ireland, offering fantastic quality and value for money.

Depending on climate factors, the traditional wooden post and rail fencing will require slightly more maintenance by needing to stain or paint the fencing every 5 – 8 years in order to preserve its highest condition.

Synthetic Post and Rail Fencing

Since being introduced to the fencing and agricultural industries in the mid 1980’s, synthetic post and rail fencing has certainly gained popularity in such a short time. Also known as ranch fencing or pasture fencing, synthetic post and rail fencing  offers a much more durable solution of long lasting fencing having been made by a number of recycled synthetic plastics.

Although more expensive that the traditional post and rail fencing, it’s vital to use top quality synthetic material as cheaper can quickly become less sturdy than traditional fencing materials. Easy to clean, synthetic post and rail fencing requires much less maintenance and can easily be hose or water system.

Split Post and Rail Fencing

Perhaps known as log or zigzag fencing, split post and rail fencing is a type of fencing that was first introduced in North America centuries ago. Now adopted for both decorative and practical uses, split post and rail fencing generally requires much more timber than any other type of fencing so is recommended when thousands of feet of fencing are required.

Known for needing the least amount of maintenance, split post and rail fencing is water resistant which presents a natural rustic look. Typically used by cedar or pine timber, split post fencing  is also very resistant to insect infestation but by being stained or painted can also significantly prolong the life of the wood used.


If you are looking to make post and rail fencing a beautiful addition to your home, farm or equestrian, why not get in touch with the Cheshire fencing experts? We are expert fitters using lower ground pressure machines leaving the ground undisturbed and can offer a number of other products to accompany your fencing solutions for smaller livestock.

Give the Cheshire fencing experts a call on 01565 722 793 now