Post and Rail Fencing Jackson, MS

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Post and Rail Fencing Company Near Jackson, MS

Post and rail fencing brings a timeless, elegant look to any Jackson property. With its simple, no-frills design focused on sturdy wooden posts and horizontal rails, post and rail communicates a welcoming traditional charm.

This iconic fencing style blends beautifully into natural environments as well as more formal landscapes.

At Fence Company Jackson MS, our skilled team focuses on crafting post and rail fencing to meet our customer’s unique needs and style preferences.

We use high quality sustainable lumber and structure the fencing to have exceptional durability and strength.

With proper maintenance, you can enjoy your post and rail fencing for decades to come. We serve both residential and commercial customers throughout the Jackson area.

Below we’ll walk through our complete post and rail fencing process so you know what to expect when working with our team.

We’ll also cover common costs and frequently asked questions to address any initial concerns you may have.

Our goal is to make installing new post and rail fencing as smooth and enjoyable of an experience as possible for Jackson, MS customers.

Process We Follow for Post and Rail Fencing

Initial Consultation

The process starts when our project manager meets with you on-site to gain a clear sense of your vision for the post and rail fencing. We’ll discuss:

  • Overall fencing height and length
  • Whether you want a 3 rail, 4 rail or 5 rail design
  • Material choice between cedar, redwood or pressure-treated pine
  • Gate locations and size requirements
  • Budget expectations

We’ll also evaluate current landscape conditions and identify any challenges that may impact the install. At the end of this initial meeting we’ll provide you an accurate written estimate for your review.

Material Selection

Once you’ve approved the project estimate, we order the specific fencing materials outlined. For the posts, we use durable, long-lasting wood that matches the rail material you selected. The most popular options are:

  • Cedar Posts – Naturally rot and insect resistant without chemical treatment. Has an attractive reddish-brown color.
  • Redwood Posts – Also naturally decay resistant. Redwood has a distinctive reddish hue.
  • Pressure-Treated Pine Posts – Pine posts are chemically treated to resist rot and insects. Has a greenish tinted appearance.

The horizontal rail boards are planed smooth and we perfectly align each board to deliver clean, professional lines. We also stock a variety of decorative post caps and hardware to allow further customization.

Site Preparation

Before we touch the first post or rail, our crew will carefully prepare the installation site. This involves:

  • Marking all underground utility lines and pipes to prevent damage
  • Layout out exact post hole positions with string lines
  • Removing existing vegetation or obstacles in the fence installation area

We’ll also discuss final confirmation of the post and rail directions as well as gate locations with you before proceeding further.

Post Hole Digging

With markings in place and measurements triple checked, we’ll dig the post holes using an auger drill rig. Each hole will be 12 to 18 inches in diameter and deep enough for securing the posts 3 to 4 feet underground. This provides sufficient stability and strength for the entire fence line.

Space between the posts typically ranges from 8 to 16 feet depending on fence height and wind exposure. For added anchoring, we’ll pour concrete in the bottom portion of each hole and steel rebar may be inserted vertically before installation as well.

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Post Installation

We carefully lower and position the end, corner and gate posts into their holes first. After verifying alignment is exact, we pour concrete around the posts and allow that to fully cure before moving down the fence line.

The finished height for the top of the posts establishes the overall fence height. Standard heights range from 3 feet up to 5 feet. Taller fences or gates may require thicker dimension posts for increased structural capacity.

Once the concrete sets, we install the remaining posts along the string line, verifying consistent spacing as we work. The posts are secured in the ground while still allowing seasonal wood movement as temperature and moisture changes.

Rail Installation

With posts in place, we’re ready to install the horizontal rails. We start by attaching the bottom rail first, working our way up. The rails may be notched to fit over posts or fastened to the sides using galvanized brackets and screws. Top rails have curved edges for a finished look.

Proper rail spacing maintains the fence’s structural integrity and classic post and rail proportions:

  • 3-rail has equally spaced rails
  • 4 and 5-rail designs have closer top rail spacing

We also allow small expansion gaps between rail ends at larger section breaks to prevent buckling. This flexibility coupled with using strictly heartwood rail boards reduces natural cracking/checking and extends the fence’s service life.

Gate Construction

Any gates are built at the same time as the fence rails so everything aligns and blends seamlessly once installed. Gates are constructed using the same quality materials and proper bracing to prevent sagging over years of use.

The gates will match the number of rails and overall height of the rest of the fence. Other details like decorative metal accents, latches and gate posts to mount the hardware to are prepared based on your selections. Safety is also a prime consideration for gate placement and swing direction.

Everything is completed with attention to detail – well-formed mortise and tenon joinery, rounded edges, perfect spacing, protection from decay and insects, durable fasteners and consistent sanding/staining.

We want the gates to have smooth operation and compliment the beauty of the fully installed post and rail fencing for decades to come.

Fence Stain & Protectant

As a final step, we’ll apply a professional grade penetrating fence stain and sealer if desired. The products we use enrich the tone of the wood while allowing the texture and grain to show through. It also protects against UV damage, wood decay and insect attack.

Multiple coats are brushed on for consistent coverage, followed by back-brushing to work the stain into the wood pores. This ensures proper penetration and uniform appearance.

Fence stain color options range from transparent and semitransparent to solid opacity in tones of brown, red and gray. We also have formulated stains for cedar, redwood and pressure-treated pine that enhance their natural coloring.

You also have the option to allow your fence to weather naturally without stain. This silvery-gray aged look has its own rustic appeal. We’re happy to advise on the benefits and drawbacks of staining vs. unstained based on the wood type used and your aesthetic preferences.

Job Site Clean Up & Protection

As we wrap up the project, we’ll do a thorough clean up of the entire job site. Excess materials are removed, unused concrete/soil is disposed of properly and we’ll brush away any visible dust or debris. We want to restore the site to its original undisturbed condition so you can fully enjoy your new post and rail fence!

We also take measures during the installation to protect existing lawn, trees and gardens from damage. It’s extremely important to us to limit the impact of our work and not leave you with time-consuming landscape repairs after we depart. That attention to care is a core principle we build every fence by.

In total, you can expect full completion of your custom post and rail fencing project in 5-7 business days depending on size. Please reach out with any other questions about what working with our team looks like!

Cost of Post and Rail Fencing in Jackson, MS

The cost of post and rail fencing primarily depends on:

  • Linear feet of fencing needed
  • Material grade and type (cedar, redwood, pressure-treated pine)
  • Fence height
  • Number of rails
  • Gate quantity and size

Based on these factors, prices typically range from $15 – $35 per linear foot installed. So for example, a basic 100 linear foot pressure-treated 3 rail fence 3 feet tall would cost around $2,000. A more premium 300 linear foot cedar privacy fence with gates could run $12,500.

There are ways we can work within your budget while still constructing a quality fence – using mixed materials, shorter sections, modifying height or layout, reducing gate sizes, etc. Your project manager will discuss money-saving recommendations so you know exactly what to expect cost-wise.

We also have financing plans available to break up payments over 6 or 12 months. Just ask for details.

Great Reasons to Choose Us

Expertise

When selecting a fencing contractor, ensure they have the skills to properly install the right fence for your needs. At Fence Company Jackson MS, our process delivers.

Customization

With over 10 years of experience, our fencing experts recommend and install the ideal fences for your property’s size and function.

Quality Materials

Only architectural grade woods and durable vinyl and aluminum materials go into our fences for long-lasting performance.

Professional Installation

Our team neatly installs your customized fence with precision, care and quality workmanship.

Customer Satisfaction

We want you delighted with your new fence! We don’t leave until you are completely satisfied.

Affordability

With competitive pricing and financing options, we make customized fences attainable on any budget.

Examples of Our Fence Projects in Jackson, Mississippi

FAQs About Post and Rail Fencing in Jackson, Mississippi

What is the most popular post and rail fence height?

The most common height for post and rail fences is 4 feet. This provides security/privacy while allowing some visibility. Shorter 3 foot heights work well for pet containment or a pastoral feel. For more seclusion or horse fencing, 5 foot heights are used.

What thickness posts should I use?

We recommend using 6×6 inch or 4×6 posts as the minimum thickness. This provides sufficient structural integrity for long term performance. Using thicker 8×8 posts on gates or sections prone to high winds is also an option.

How far apart are the rail boards spaced?

Standard spacing between rail boards is roughly 8 to 12 inches. Wider spacing loses the classic post and rail proportions. Much closer than 8 inches and the price jumps up due to needing longer posts and significantly more rails. We optimize the spacing based on your budget priorities.

Should I stain my post and rail fence right away?

Staining can be done immediately or you can allow the wood to weather naturally first for a few months. Unstained fences will slowly turn grayish-silver in tone. Staining later on helps revive the richer wood grains and tones. Be sure to follow proper surface preparation procedures before applying fence stain to older wood.

What type of posts last the longest?

Redwood and cedar posts have the longest service life of 25-30 years on average with proper maintenance. Their natural decay/rot resistance allows them to withstand direct ground contact over decades. Pressure treated posts may need full replacing sooner – typically around 15 years.

Should post holes have concrete at the bottom?

Yes – concrete poured into the bottom 12+ inches of the holes provide tremendous anchoring strength keeping everything rigidly in place. Rebar hammered inside before pouring also improves structural reinforcement. This prevents posts from loosening or swaying from environmental factors.

How often does post and rail fencing need maintenance?

Expect to clean debris/overgrowth from post and rail 2 times per year. Spot treat any fungus or insects if noticed. Sand splinters/rough surfaces on rails. Reapply protective stain every 3-5 years depending on exposure level. Tighten any loose bolts or screws on gates/hardware. With regular upkeep, the fence should last 20-25 years.

Can I extend my fence if needed in the future?

Definitely. It helps to plan corners and ends of fence spans where logical future expansion may happen. Leaving accessible work space allows continuing the post holes and installing new posts/rails right along the existing fence line. Matching up seamlessly with the same materials and proportions.

Can I have a gate without a fence?

Yes, freestanding post and rail gates with sturdy hinged posts look great opening up landscapes or trails even without attached fencing. The gate construction methods remain the same for longevity. Having at least a 12 foot post and rail fence section connected improves overall strength.

Do you provide any warranty on post and rail fences?

We stand behind our expert craftsmanship and use of high grade materials by offering a 5 year limited warranty on all post and rail fences. This covers any structural or installation defects – not normal wear/weathering or improper maintenance. Please see full warranty terms for details or ask our project manager.

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Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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I was very impressed with the quality of the fencing work. The team was efficient, skilled, and finished the job quickly.
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The new fence has added great curb appeal and functionality to my property. It was a pleasure working with this professional company.
Mark Allen

Jackson, MS

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They installed my fence with care and precision at a fair price. I would recommend them to anyone needing fencing services.
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Jackson, MS

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Directions

  • Start out heading southeast on I-55 S toward Jackson. Take exit 98B toward MS-18/Adams St/US-51. Keep left to stay on Exit 98B and merge onto US-51 S/Adams St. Turn right onto Northview Dr. The destination will be on your right. Your route is 6.6 miles total.
  • Begin on East County Line Road heading south. Turn right to merge onto I-20 West toward Jackson. Take exit 50A towards I-55 South/Brookhaven. Merge onto I-55 South and travel for around 4 miles. Take exit 98B for US-51 S/Adams St and keep left to continue on exit 98B. Merge onto US-51 S/Adams St and go for 1.5 miles. Make a right onto Northview Dr and your destination will be on the right just past Kilburn Ave. You will travel 11 miles total.
  • Start out on State St in downtown Jackson heading north. Turn right onto Pearl St and continue for half a mile. Take the ramp onto I-55 North. Drive for around 2 miles then take exit 100 for Briarwood Dr toward US 51/Northside Dr. Turn left onto Briarwood Dr then quickly turn right onto Northside Dr. After a third of a mile, turn left onto Northview Dr. 3829 Northview Dr will be on your right after passing Kilburn Ave. Your total travel distance is approximately 5 miles.