A picket fence is a classic fence variation, but they don’t always look as you might expect. With different fence materials, colors and styles, you can create a totally custom look with this classic fencing style. Consider this your guide to picket fences; let’s dive in!
What is Picket Fence?
Picket fences are a classic fence type that follows a basic fence structure. Vertical planks are attached to horizontal rails, however, picket fences are unique in the type of planks used and the spacing in between the planks. They provide privacy, but not total obstruction, as you’ll still see light shining through the planks in addition to any other scenery.
As we mentioned, the fence planks used in picket fences are unique. Although there are different styles of pickets, the most common will have a dog-eared top. Other classic styles include French or French Gothic, which have a tapered or round top – whatever best suits your personal taste and your home’s style.
Picket Fence Materials
Historically, picket fences were made solely from wood. However, as materials continue to improve and people continue to look for different fencing solutions, various picket fence styles have been developed.
Cedar: One of the most popular wood variations for fences, cedar is durable and beautiful. Is is a more stable wood which greatly diminishes warping. You can paint it classic white, or choose to stain it as you might with any wood fence. Cedar does grey when it ages, so if you choose a cedar fence, staining and sealing it to prolong it’s color & lifespan is recommended.
Pine: A cheaper alternative to cedar is pine. It usually comes pre-treated to prolong its life but does tend to warp and twist. The biggest advantage to using pine is that it’s more resistant to rot and insect damage than cedar. It also takes stain and paint well should you decide to add color.
Redwood: One of the priciest wood fencing options, redwood has plenty of features to justify the price. It’s extremely durable, and naturally repel insects, decay, and rotting. It’s a harder wood and therefore is more durable than cedar. It just may not be cost effective.
Vinyl: A maintenance-free alternative to wood, vinyl picket fences are available in a variety of colors and styles. There is no need to stain or paint a vinyl fence, as it comes manufactured to your preferences. You also don’t have to worry about rotting or decay as it’s made from manmade materials. However, it is a plastic and can be damaged easily.
Ornamental: Ornamental picket fences can be made from wood, wrought iron, or a variety of other materials, but they’re typically made from steel. As the name suggests, ornamental fences have an extra level of decoration for the homeowner looking for a special fence. Although they don’t provide privacy, they add security and value to your home.
Pros and Cons
Picket fences are an affordable fencing option that maintains the feel of an open space since light and air can travel between the pickets. Their classic look will complement any property, and they’re relatively low maintenance. Of course, picket fences don’t provide complete privacy, and the gaps could allow pests to enter the property. If you select a wood picket fence you should plan on staining it every few years to maintain its look and integrity.
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