Log Fences

Written by Emily Ledbetter
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There are many ways to add a rustic feel to the interior of your home but when you are looking to add a mountain touch to the outside, a log fence is a great way to go. Log fences can be used to enclose a small backyard in a suburban neighborhood or acres of fields or pasture out in the country. They are effective at keeping large animals enclosed in an area but, due to the way most log fences are constructed, they do not work well for keeping smaller animals, such as dogs, in a yard because of the gaps between logs.

Sturdy Construction

Log fences are considered to be a good investment as they typically last anywhere from 15 to 25 years. While log fences are very sturdy and resilient, the actual life of the fence is dependent on a number of factors including climate conditions and use. Treating and staining the logs used in construction can add more years to the life of a log fence.

Most companies that design and manufacture log fences require that you provide exact specifications and they will then ship the posts and rails needed to build a log fence that fits the dimensions of your yard or field. Though each post will be a uniform size based on the design of the fence, no two posts will be the same because each log used has unique knots and knobs that remain in the wood after it is cut and treated.

Once you receive the supplies, the decision that has to be made is whether or not to construct the fence yourself or hire a licensed contractor with fence experience to piece the posts and rails together. The kits contain detailed instructions however, based on the amount of free time you have and your handyman skills, it may be in your best interest to find a professional. Regardless of who actually constructs the fence, you are sure to enjoy its natural beauty for years to come.

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