White picket fence designs vary dramatically, enabling homeowners to choose the style they feel will benefit the overall design of their home. Unlike privacy fencing, picket fences leave gaps between the wooden slates, while providing a style, elegant and visually appealing surrounding to any home.
These options were originally used in colonial architecture, but are one of the most recognized styles of fencing available on the market today. In fact, they have grown so popular that anyone who thinks of a family home, immediately thinks of a house with a white picket fence.
When choosing this type of surrounding for the home, it’s important to know that you don’t have to go white. There is no rule book to say this is the only color you must use to create that spectacular finish to your overall design. In fact, many homeowners choose darker colors to complement their home.
It’s advisable when looking at white picket fence designs that you choose a style that matches the pitch of your roof. When this style of fencing was first introduced it had sharp edges because it matched the pitch of the colonial style home.
When looking at the different options available, you can choose from New England styles to Colonial designs and Cape Cod fencing to square or scalloped finishes. Each one adds a unique finish to your home, creating that visual appeal, security and style that you want to achieve, while adding value to the property.
Scalloped is a popular choice with staggered design, adding some flair and fun to the white picket fence design.
Once you’ve chosen your option and you’ve found a reputable company that can provide you with a natural wood option that offers a natural finish to your home, you will want to arrange installation, or plan a DIY weekend with a friend, who can help you put up your new item.
While the installation of these fencing options may sound basic enough, they can be rather tricky, so ensure you have some understanding of DIY before you begin.
The first step is placing one of these items around your home is to choose where to place your first post. This will be in the corner of the property or against the house, depending where you want to start the fencing. It is here where you will have to dig your first post hole. Ensure you have good soil hardness, as it needs to be durable enough to hold the fence in all weather conditions.
Dig a deep enough post hole, paying attention to the depth compared to the height of the item. Once you put the first post into place, you will want to ensure it is plumb using a spirit level before you start filling the hole. Compact the soil as you fill, constantly double checking the post is still plumb until the hole is completely filled.
The next step is then to use a mason line for the length of the fence to the next post, this will help you ensure you place the pole at the right height and at the right angle. Do the same again until you have completed all the posts needed.
Next take the first panel of fencing and slot into place, ensuring it is completely level before screwing it into place.
Again, while this may sound basic and easy enough, some homeowners prefer to call in a professional contractor to help them with this, as it can be a daunting, long and difficult process.
Always go around and ensure the fencing is all secure and strong before packing up your tools.
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