Board Fencing vs. Rail Fencing

One of the most important aspects of owning a farm or ranch is having a reliable and sturdy fence that protects your animals and determines boundaries.   For those in need of an animal fence in North Carolina, there is not a better fencing option than General Timber.


General Timber makes long-lasting, pressure treated wood fences for farms and ranches. We make two types: board fencing and rail fencing. So what are the notable differences between the two?

Our board fencing is a traditional looking fence treated in either Creosote or CCA. Board fencing generally utilizes fence posts every 8 feet. Planted at a 2 ft., 6 in. depth, board fences use horizontal boards across the posts in order to keep animals in, and intruders out. General Timber offers different board configurations so you can choose how many boards, with wire if needed, to span over each 8-foot section.


How many boards you use depends on the size and abilities of the animals both on and outside of your farm. The more boards you choose to use, the better the fence will do its job. You could use a 2-board fence for horse riding arenas and working areas, while a 3 or 4-board fence is good for livestock.  Additionally, we offer rough-cut, untreated oak and poplar planks that can be dyed black—something unique, if you’re interested.


Meanwhile, rail fencing is a very strong option with posts placed two feet in the ground and spaced almost ten feet apart. We like to call our “Three Rail Classic” fence “bullet proof.” It’s extremely stable and durable, and has a service life of 30+ years!


Our Two-Rail fence stands waist high and isn’t for controlling animals. Instead, it’s used decoratively, setting boundary lines between the fields and the roads for farm or residential entrances.


Because we pressure treat our fences, both board and rail, they last a long time and hold their good looks for a many years as well. Call us at General Timber if you have any further questions about board and rail fences—we love to talk fences!


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You Are Only As Good As the People Around You

Some of the most vital cogs in any business or professional organization are office secretaries.  Most businesses would be lost without their trusted and dedicated secretaries, who often have to juggle a myriad of different jobs each workday.  Put simply, it would be difficult for many businesses to survive without office secretaries who handle many of the day-to-day operations of the business.


With that in mind, General Timber would like to take the time to honor two of our most valued employees; Sandra Smith and Lisa Jenkins, our office secretaries, who are not only friendly and courteous; they are also integral components of our operation.  They have been with us for many years, and their diligence and attention to detail is commendable.  Additionally, they account for 99.9% of all phone sales taken at our office, and it’s safe to say that only truly knowledgeable and organized personnel could handle such a tall task.  As the old adage goes “A first impression is a lasting impression,” and we couldn’t feel any luckier that either Sandra or Lisa is often the first person our customers talk to.  We couldn’t choose better representatives of our business.


We have tremendous confidence in the value and quality of our products, yet products are only as good as the service center behind them.  Here is to hoping that we are blessed with Lisa’s and Sandra’s presence in our service center for many more years to come.


Designing and implementing fencing for a large scale area is an important process when you own or manage livestock. Choosing the right materials is vital to controlling costs while at the same time ensuring a certain level of quality. Using CCA, or copper chromate arsenate, treated timber can result in great deal of benefits.


After the wood is treated with this colorless and odorless preservative, the timber can remain durable for up to thirty years. This preservative treatment has similar effects to creosote treated materials, however they are roughly ten percent cheaper. That automatically makes your bottom line look better in both the short and long run.


CCA is a water based product and easy to work with. The wood will take on a natural look after a few years of weathering, and the initial green tint will fade. The largest benefit of CCA treatments is that the threat of crib-biting, or when a horse chews not the fencing, is greatly reduced if not completely eliminated. CCA pressure gives a clean treatment to the timber, which makes it much safer for the animals being fenced in.


Since timber fencing is a long-term investment, it makes sense that you want to have a high quality material in place that can withstand the test of time. While creosote treatments do have many advantages, CCA treated timber has been proven to meet various high standards.


Keep your horses or other livestock contained and safe by using a more cost effective material that does not relinquish effectiveness or durability! You don’t ever want your fence to look like the one below!