material for fence picket

When building a wood fence you'll need to determine what lumber and hardware you need and how much of each. For most wood fences you need posts, rails, pickets, concrete, and nails or screws. You may also need gate hardware, post caps, stain or paint, lighting, or other materials depending on the style you choose.

Pickets. Pickets are the vertical members of a wood fence. Pickets can be installed tight to each other or with a space between them. Typically, pickets are 3 1 2" wide, 5 1 2" or as much as 11 1 2" wide, if you are going to use dimensional kiln-dried lumber. This includes most treated pine boards.

It is naturally highly resistant to decomposition, displays a beautiful red hue, and is well-known for it's aromatic woodsy smell. Cedar does not warp or shrink and is a naturally stable material perfect for picket fence, ornamental fence, and private fence. Cedar wood fences stand the test of time, and look great 

Why wood? It's inexpensive and lightweight, to be sure, but so is chain link. The main reason is that a wood fence can easily be shaped to give properties character and individuality. You can choose from dozens of styles, including linear post-and-rail and crisscrossing lattice, as well as myriad picket patterns and post-cap 

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