A Timeless Classic: A Look at White Picket Fences

The white picket fence conjures images of classic suburbia—large single-family homes, well-manicured lawns, and a peaceful life. The traditional whitewashed picket fence remains popular, but now homeowners have different options when it comes to creating this timeless look for their homes. Keep reading to learn more about the classic look of the white picket fence:

White picket fence and trees

The Basic Picket Fence

Picket fences are short and have evenly spaced boards that are pointed or tapered at the top. They are commonly painted white and made of wood. Modern picket fences can be made of different materials, such as vinyl.

A Brief History

The white picket fence was extremely popular during Colonial times, having evolved from medieval paling. During the 18th and 19th centuries, as homes became more elaborate, so did picket fencing. The Gothic style became popular in the 1800s. Wrought iron, a popular material used in the Gothic style, created ornate picket fences with complex ironwork.

Symbolism of the Picket Fence

The white picket fence has been seen as a symbol of the American Dream: a suburban home, two kids, a dog, and a white picket fence. While the white picket fence functions as a borderline, it also represents an ideal of American culture. The appeal of the white picket fence continues to this day in America.

Modern Picket Fences

Construction of the traditional picket fence includes mounting the pickets vertically on a pair of parallel stretchers, one on the bottom and one on the top. The pickets and stretchers attach to posts that are driven into the ground. While wood is used to create picket fencing, PVC/vinyl fencing is another option. PVC/vinyl fencing offers the same picturesque look of wood, but without the required maintenance.

For more information on creating the classic white picket fence for your home, call our experts at Paramount Fence. We offer wood, aluminum, and PVC fencing. Call (630) 406-8410 to learn more.


Start the New Year with a New Fence: Resources to Get You Started

The right fence can transform the security and look of your property. Use these resources to learn more about fencing materials and installation. For more information about these topics, call Paramount Fence at (630) 406-8410.

wood fence

  • Learn more about different fencing materials on this website.
  • Use this guide to help you remove your old fence so you can make room for a new one.
  • Browse through these fence options to decide which you prefer for your yard.
  • Fence installation is possible during the winter. Learn how in this article.
  • Learn the science behind frozen soil in this academic article to understand why fence installation works even in the winter.

Fence Installation: Don't Miss This Crucial Step!

A lot of people try to install a wood or aluminum fence without first finding their property lines. If you bypass this crucial step, then you could be in trouble later.

As Danny Lipford says in this video, you should find building codes for any construction project, especially a cedar fence installation. Call a licensed land surveyor to review the original track maps. They will mark your property with wood stakes so you know where to place the fence.

Paramount Fence can build you a beautiful new fence for your property. As the best residential, commercial, and industrial fence company in Chicagoland, we have the experience needed to create a great fence. Call (630) 406-8410 to learn more.

What Qualities Make a Secure Fence?

Whether you are trying to keep pets in or intruders out, you want your fence to be durable and secure. Wood, aluminum, cedar, and vinyl fences can all be made strong and long-lasting, but you need to know what to look for. When you buy a fence, keep in mind the following qualities to ensure that it is secure:

  • Superior Materials

A strong fence is only as good as its materials. PVC, chain link, and Red Cedar fences are built to last. Ornamental aluminum fences are immensely durable. With the proper materials, your fence can withstand all kinds of weather and continue to protect your property. When shopping for fences, always ask about the quality of the material.

Wooden Cedar Fence

  • Quality Workmanship

How these materials are constructed and built into a fence will affect how well the fence does its job. Even a wood fence with the strongest wood can be flimsy with poor workmanship. You should only work with fence companies that have a reputation for quality workmanship. When fence builders take the time and effort to create a great fence, it will undoubtedly be strong and durable. 

  • Professional Installation

Proper installation is the final aspect of a secure fence. If you hire a company that only hires trained and licensed professionals to install fences, then you can trust that the fence will be secure once it is installed. Find a fence installation company that will work with your specific needs and property. In order to get a secure fence, you have to do business with a reputable company that makes the effort to create good fences that last.

Paramount Fence is Chicagoland’s answer to any fencing issues. Our residential, commercial, and industrial fences are made with quality materials and installed with care. For more information, please visit us online or call (630) 406-8410.

Don't Let Winter Dash Your Dreams of a New Fence

Snowmen and sleigh bells have a tendency to make the landscape more serene during the winter. The landscape is so serene, in fact, that you rarely hear the sounds of construction outside. That is, unless, you need a new wood or vinyl fence. Believe it or not, you can get your fence installed even on the coldest day of the year.

Fence Plank Palisade Snowstorm Snow Flakes

  • Through the Snow

Expert fence installation companies, like Paramount Fence, know how to work with frozen ground. With their expertise, your new aluminum fence can even be installed when a layer of snow covers the ground. In fact, because snow gives the ground insulation, it can actually help with your cedar fence installation.

  • Through the Freeze

Fence companies that are familiar with cold weather, especially those in the Chicagoland area, know how to deal with frozen ground. Because they dig at least 36” into the ground, your new fence will be installed beneath the frost line, and the installers are able to work under the frozen ground to give you a beautiful new fence.

  • Through the Problems

If you notice a problem with the workmanship of your new fence, the company will come back out to look at the problem. The posts might start to heave if the ground remains frozen. If you do notice this, then simply call the company. They will come back out to reset the post, without charging you extra.

Old fences do not wait until spring to stop being functional and you should not have to either. At Paramount Fence, we understand the perils of a Chicago winter and have the tools and knowledge to install your fence all year. For more information on winter installation, visit our website or call (630) 406-8410.

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