3 Things to Know about Ranch Rail Fencing in Fargo

When asked to name images that come to mind when picturing the American Midwest’s rural parts, many people think of ranches and farms. And as you’ve no doubt noticed, miles of ranch rail fencing line roads when you drive past cattle ranches or cornfields. While rails aren’t used so much in urban areas, you still spot them on country roads, marking property lines with elegance. Many people—even those who don’t reside in rural areas—look into ranch rails when deciding on the perfect fence for their home. But are these distinguished, rail-heavy panels suitable for everyone? Here are 3 important things to know about ranch rail fencing in Fargo. Also, check out our latest YouTube video below, showcasing our comprehensive stock of fence parts!

1. Location and the type of house matter!

As previously stated, the ranch rail aesthetic remains alive and well in rural America. Whether used for containing livestock or creating a perimeter around crops, this fence type continues to thrive in the scenic countryside. At the same time, though, ranch rails are popping up even in more populated areas, imbuing homes with the popular farmhouse and rustic feel. While this style might be what you want, it might not be as simple as just picking this fence. HOAs, or Home Owners Associations, are often prevalent in the suburbs. If you fall under the jurisdiction of an HOA, check the neighborhood ordinances. Some are very specific on the fencing you can have and on the criteria your fence must follow.

Though visually very appealing, ranch rails don’t necessarily work cohesively with every home exterior. Take a Victorian-style home, for example: rather than a ranch rail fence, an ornamental or even a white picket barrier would make a proper fit. However, ranch rail often works perfectly with colonial and ranch-style houses. Also, a ranch rail fence likely won’t be ideal in close proximity to “modern” fixtures like pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, etc. Specific fixtures have certain types of fencing needed for safety purposes.

2. Is ranch rail fencing in Fargo good for containing animals?

The original purpose of the ranch rail fence was to keep animals prone to roaming—cattle, sheep, horses, etc.—in one area. These types of animals tend to wander rather around than actively try to escape; provided they have enough room to walk around, they’re not likely to get anxious, barge through, or jump over your fence; and the distance between the rails ensures their hooves don’t get stuck. (This happens frequently with livestock and chain link due to the sizable but still relatively small holes in the mesh.)

Now, this type of fence in some cases is fine for very well-trained dogs, but if your pup tends to chase squirrels, rabbits, and such, it’s decidedly less ideal. The gaps tend to allow for escape and you’ll end up having to leash your pet or install an electronic fence. Privacy or semi-private is the best option in these circumstances. Beneath this paragraph is another video showing our vinyl fabrication equipment in action; with these tools, we can build PVC fencing of all styles!

3. Will my fence work aesthetically in proximity to my neighbors’ property?

When installing a fence in the suburbs, you need to consider your neighbors and the general neighborhood aesthetic. For instance, if all the homes on your block have vinyl privacy fencing, a ranch rail might stand out, and not in a good way. However, if you are the only one with any type of fencing, there is no doubt you will stand out from your neighbors. And if you are wanting to sell, the property value might increase with your unique fence.

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