For generations, picket fences have been a staple for American homes. If you are looking to install a new fence, the picket style is an excellent way to go. It allows enough privacy but doesn’t totally cut out the view; meanwhile, it lets kids and pets to run around within safe bounds. If you are still on the fence about where to go from here, here’s what to know about picket fence materials and styles.
What Is a Picket Fence?
A picket fence consists of the pickets, the rails, and the posts. The pickets are the vertical boards with a bit of space in between each one. The rails are the horizontal beams that connect the pickets together. Lastly, the posts are the sturdier beams that connect each fence panel together and secure to the ground.
Picket Fence Materials
Picket fence materials are various, mainly wood and man-made substances. Wood is highly popular because it is natural, and nothing can completely replicate that. However, that does mean that it will require more maintenance, usually a cleaning and staining once every 5-10 years.
Composite and vinyl are two other popular choices. Composite combines plastic with wood grains, while vinyl is a special type of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), strengthened to withstand forces and nature for a long time. These two products need little to no maintenance and come in as many colors and styles as wood.
Lastly, picket fences can also consist of aluminum or steel, though they might not look like your classic white version. They do, however, follow the same construction template and are the most durable option.
Picket Fence Styles
Picket fence materials lend themselves to countless styles. These styles involve either the shape of each picket or the shape of each fence panel. Styles for individual pickets include:
- Dog Ear
- Classic Picket
- Georgian Point
- Greek Revival
Styles for fence panels include:
There are also variations on fence post tops:
How to Choose Picket Fence Materials and Styles
The number of picket fence materials and styles can be overwhelming, but you can easily narrow it down according to your house’s style. If your house has clean lines, a classic, straight picket fence may work just fine. Meanwhile, if your house is more traditional or colonial, an older variation might work better. For more advice, contact United Fence & Deck!
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