Wood Picket Fence

White wood picket fences are as American as apple pie and backyard barbeques. Since colonial days, Americans have been fencing in their livestock and lawns with picket fences. Today, they are as popular as ever, with many homeowners associations making them the go-to fence for residents. The simple yet effective design gives homes a charming and inviting feel that can add to the beauty of any property.

But picket fences have advantages beyond curb appeal. For example, they require relatively little wood, making them cost-effective and easy to install. Given their popularity, a well-maintained picket fence is also likely to add value to your home, making it an excellent investment for any homeowner.

If you are interested in installing a wood picket fence on your property, Long® Fence can help. All of Long® Fence’s picket fences are custom built to your specifications and carry a one-year guarantee. Our representatives will help you determine the perfect picket fence for your property. They will take into account any county or city codes and homeowner association restrictions. For more information or to request a free estimate, give us a call today.

Wood Picket Fences are Cost-Effective

For many homeowners, the cost is a primary consideration when buying a fence. Fortunately, a wood picket fence is one of the most cost-effective fencing options available.

Though less expensive than other options, picket fencing carries with it an air of charm. If you plan to sell your home one day, a wood picket fence is an excellent investment in your home’s value. You would be hard-pressed to find buyers who aren’t attracted to the beauty of picket fencing. Your return on investment will be higher, especially if you keep the fence in good condition.

Picket Fencing Versus Other Fencing Options

Picket fences are an excellent option for many homeowners. They provide high visibility. This is an advantage if you want to be able to see the view beyond your home or you want . Alternatively, you could plant evergreen shrubs or trees around your yard to create some privacy without installing a solid fence.

Picket fencing is a good choice for people who value community and want to make their property look inviting for neighbors and guests. Other types of fencing can make a property seem closed off, especially in the front yard. Picket fencing, however, is a great way to delineate property and keep your pets and small children from wandering off while keeping your property open and beautiful.

Customizing Your Wood Picket Fence

Another advantage of wood picket fences is their ability to be tailored to suit the homeowner’s needs and desires. Every home and yard is unique, and different styles and sizes of picket fencing tend to complement different homes. For example, a traditional wood picket fence where all pickets are the same size tends to complement homes with a lot of straight lines and angles.

In addition to the standard straight style, your picket fence can be built with either a Mount Vernon Dip, which dips down between posts, or Monticello Arch, which arches up between posts. These designs convey a greater sense of romance and elegance. If you are trying to give your property a Victorian feel, a dipping or arching picket fence may help to do that. Picket fences are built in a variety of heights, but the most common heights are 42” and 48” high. We can use cedar and picket.

Picket Fence Installation and Maintenance

To extend the lifespan of your wood fence, it’s essential to clean and maintain it. Every two or three years, you should power wash it to remove any dirt, mildew, or moss that may have collected. You should also re-stain and repaint your wood picket fence every three to five years to prevent damage. Choose a sealant with a UV inhibitor to prevent sun damage, which could make the wood turn gray.

We use cedar or pressure-treated pine wood that have natural resistances to insects that helps protect them from damage.

Redwood is similarly resistant to insects but has a darker look. Spruce, pine, and fur are other options that can be stained or painted. All of these should be pressure treated to protect against rot and insect damage. Additionally, regardless of what kind of wood you use, you will want to stain and seal it.

To learn more about wood picket fence installation and maintenance, or to find out if picket fencing is the right option for you, give us a call today. Our fencing experts would be happy to discuss what kind of fence would be best for your property.


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