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Stake and Rail fencing – a Complete Guide

Stake and Rail fencing is a simple yet effective way to enclose large areas of land, whilst providing an attractive boundary. It is particularly popular in the countryside due to its rustic look, but can also be used in urban settings for a more contemporary style. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to know about this traditional type of fencing.

When it comes to installing your fence, it’s best to hire a professional as they will know the correct way to install the posts and rails. However, it is a project that any competent DIY’er can achieve.  The posts must be dug into the ground and supported with concrete, particularly if the soil/ground is soft.  Post-Mix is an ideal solution for fence posts. Just pour the dry mix around the fence post, add water and follow the on-pack instructions. We usually recommend a 1.5 x 20kg bag for a heavy-duty fence post.

If you’re looking to achieve a more attractive finish, then you may want to consider pressure-treated timber for a longer-lasting structure. For fence posts, we prefer to sell UC4-treated timber as it offers a 15-year warranty against rot, decay and insect attack and is classified for use in-ground.

Stake and rail HC4 In-ground treated timber

Installing the horizontal rails is the next step in creating your fence. It’s important to use galvanised nails or screws so that they don’t rust after a while. The rails should be firmly attached to the posts with no gaps between them for a secure finish.

When it comes to the aesthetics of stake and rail fencing, there is plenty of room for creativity. For example, by adding additional rails or capping the posts to give a more decorative finish. Check out our range of accessories to liven up your fence and make it stand out from the rest.

There are also many choices of styles such as Chesnut rails & posts which give a ‘ranch style’ or Machined half-round rails for a smoother, neat finish. Whatever style you choose, make sure it suits the surrounding landscape and complements your property.

Finally, you may want to consider using a preservative on your fencing. A good quality wood preservative will help protect against weathering and add a protective barrier against fungal attack. It should be applied to all visible faces of the fencing, including around joints.

Happy fencing! And don’t forget that at Challenge Fencing, we’re here to help you with any questions or advice you may need. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


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