Fashion in landscape design is changeable, but wooden picket remains the most popular form of fencing in our areas. Manufacturers are trying to modify this “classic”, to surprise gardeners with something new. So, a fence made of metal picket appeared on sale, there is also a plastic picket in stores. However, the proverb claims that “the best is the enemy of the good”, so only time will tell how new items can squeeze our usual, air-, light- and breathable wooden fences from our childhood.
- The advantages of a wooden fence
- How to make a picket fence yourself
The advantages of a wooden fence
This is not to say that a wooden fence made of a picket fence was particularly durable or easy to clean. Usually it lasts only for 5-10 years, and has to be painted almost annually. But he has two indisputable advantages: wood is traditionally the cheapest material in our country, such a fence can be made with your own hands completely, which is called “from and to”.
The wood can be painted in any color or emphasize the naturalness of the wood with wood stain, varnish. The fences from the picket fence in the photo will help to make an idea of how a fence made of simple natural material can be beautiful, cozy and appropriate on a suburban area.
How to make a picket fence yourself
To create a fence from a picket with your own hands you will need:
- thick beam for supporting poles;
- bar for lag;
- edged board for shtaketin.
It is better to take galvanized screws and nails..
First you need to measure the site and make the necessary calculations – how many poles and shtaketins are needed. The distance between the posts will depend on the length of the lag..
Poles dig in no less than a quarter of their length. The underground part must be treated against decay. Bitumen, tar, creosote are suitable. If the soil is sandy, the pits will have to be additionally poured with concrete of an inexpensive brand. All posts should be fully aligned, both individually and in a common row. The neat appearance of the future fence depends on the evenness of the pillars..
After installing the pillars, it remains only to nail the logs with the shtaketins already stuffed on them with nails. The tops of the shtaketin can be left as is, or they can be processed according to the template with an ordinary hacksaw, giving the shape of an arrow, dome or tulip (as in the photo). The distance between the shtaketin depends on your wishes. If you want to make a light, airy fence – nail shtaketin through 10 cm; need an impervious for a cursory glance – leave a gap of 2 cm.
A metal fence fence is much more durable than a wooden fence, but it will also cost more. For its manufacture, galvanized steel with a polymer coating is used. Factory polymer coating makes regular painting of such a fence unnecessary; it does not fade for a long time, does not peel, and does not crack. In general, the euro-plank is much more pros than cons. Of the minuses, only its injury hazard can be noted, but this is if the top of the shtaketin is not rounded. You can increase safety by installing a ridge bar over such a fence.
A metal fence is installed only a little more complicated than a wooden one. Poles (metal or concrete) are dug to a depth of 120-150 cm, concreted if necessary. Metal lags are welded to the poles, the welding spots are coated with paint to protect against corrosion. Shtaketin fasten to logs with self-tapping screws, a gap – 2-4 cm.
Features of fencing from corrugated board
Now it can often be seen in summer cottages. It is cheap, it looks more solid than wooden, does not need painting. True, it cannot be called durable, since the metal thickness is minimal. If someone tries to climb over such a fence, you will immediately notice it on bent shtaketin.
But it is easily and quickly installed independently, especially if you buy not individual shtaketins, but ready-made sections. Fastens, as well as all types of fences on poles dug into the ground. They can be any – brick, metal, concrete.
The benefits of a plastic fence
Sales fences made of plastic picket fence are already catching up with wooden ones. Of course, such a fence cannot be used to enclose the area around the perimeter, but as a design element inside the area, it is simply irreplaceable. They divide the site into zones, enclose flower beds, beds and individual trees, give them a play area. Ready-made fence links are attached to plastic poles dug (or even stuck) into the ground.
Plastic has a number of advantages: it does not injure a person (which is very important if children are running around the site), does not need painting or other coating, if necessary, the fence is easily dismantled and assembled in a new place. The disadvantages will appear in the case of buying a low-quality product – such plastic quickly burns out and can even collapse in 3-4 seasons.
As you can see from the article, there is a choice and it is yours. Any fence from a picket fence looks beautiful and ennobles the territory if it is neatly made, neatly installed and in a tidy condition. You just have to choose this type of fence so that you like it, be “affordable” and fulfill the function assigned to it.