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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