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Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Are you looking for a classic and practical way to create a
sense of privacy for your property, while still being welcoming to
the outside world? Picket fences are not only one of the easiest
types of fences to construct, but they also do a wonderful job of
revealing your landscape, while creating a comforting sense of
seclusion. In addition, they offer wonderful security, boundary
lines, and entryways.
There are four main species of wood to construct a picket fence
from. They include western red cedar, northern white cedar,
whitewoods and treated wood. Wood picket fences are traditionally
painted and for this reason they require continuous maintenance
work. Many homeowners are skeptical of picket fences for this
reason. However, if the fence is maintained properly and you keep
touch-up paint on hand, it will last a long time before the paint
chips or peels and needs to be scraped and repainted.
Alternatives to wood picket fences include staining and vinyl or
PVC. Staining offers the same look as a painted wood fence, except
maintenance is much easier and it will not peel. However, stained
fences will eventually fade over time. The good part is that it is
much simpler to reapply a coat of stain because it doesn't require
any particular preparation.
Vinyl or PVC fencing offers a maintenance free picket fence. With
vinyl fencing there's no need to scrape, paint, or stain ever again.
A simple spray down with the hose will clear away any dirt and
debris. From an outside appearance, differences between a wood and
vinyl fence can only be depicted at close range. Also, vinyl offers
an array of colors and styles to choose from to create a unique