It seems as though many homeowners are scrambling to install large privacy fences, but what if you want to showcase your landscaping, while still protecting your plants and yard?
Picket fences can be a pleasing way to create a sense of privacy without blocking out the world. This classic and practical fence might be the solution for your home.
Before considering a picket fence, you must first decide whether it is a practical choice for your home. If the purpose of the fence is to contain an animal (or keep one out) the height of a picket fence might not be adequate for your needs. But, if you are looking for a fence to indicate the boundary of your yard, while maintaining a welcoming feeling for visitors, then a picket fence might be for you.
Some people hesitate to install a picket fence because they are traditionally painted and many homeowners do not want the continuous maintenance work. However, while most traditional picket fences do require yearly touch-ups, and scraping and repainting after about five years, there are some alternatives to painting to consider.
Staining can produce an appearance close to paint, however, it does not peel and gradually fades after a few years. Stain is easy to reapply, because it can be brushed over the existing stain without any special preparation. There are different types of stains available; transparent is the easiest to reapply, while opaque stain might require a bit more prep work.
Another option to consider is to allow the wood to weather naturally. Most woods will eventually turn to a silvery, gray color that will blend into the plants and vegetation in your yard.
However, if you are determined to have a painted fence, you need not worry. If you maintain your fence and keep touch-up paint on hand, it will last for years before the paint chips or peels and needs to be scraped and repainted. Be sure to pay close attention to areas of the fence that will receive more exposure to the sun and elements—these will wear sooner. There are also some alternatives to wood fences. Many fence companies offer vinyl fencing that looks like traditional wood fencing. Only upon close inspection can the difference be seen. Vinyl fencing, or PVC fences, offer