Among fence design options, the white picket fence is a darling with a pedigree. It appears in classic American works of literature, such as Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer. It’s mentioned in dozens of songs, including Billy Collins’ “The History Teacher” and Five for Fighting’s “White Picket Fence.” And the dream of white picket fencing comes up in dozens of films, from “Big Fish” to “My Own Private Idaho”; most frequently it connotes a suburban, comfortable, established lifestyle.
One could even argue that the white picket fence design is a key ingredient in that collective meme known as the American Dream. The promise of America – that a “nobody” can become a “somebody” with hard work, creativity and honor – implies that there will come a time when you can afford to have the neat, beautiful home – and the white picket fencing that goes with it. This can be a powerful motivator for those of us in the workforce.
Philosophers also say we rely on clues like picket fencing as a way to establish social status. Many Americans focus on “keeping up with the Joneses” by matching the conspicuous consumption of their neighbors. This kind of evaluation has replaced antiquated methods of establishing social hierarchies, such as family pedigree.
For those who decide to install a picket fence, we recommend choosing vinyl picket fencing because it will look new for decades to come (assuming you’re willing to hose it off every once in a while). Vinyl picket fencing offers many benefits, such as:
Extremely low maintenance. Seriously, the only thing you’ll ever have to do is clean it from time to time. Soap, water, and elbow grease do the trick.
Lasts longer than its wood counterparts. All of our vinyl fencing products feature a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. Really, the only thing that can damage your vinyl fence is a high-speed projectile, such as a rock thrown by a mower. If damage does occur, you can easily obtain replacement panels and pickets.
So, if you’re looking for a long-lasting, attractive, low-maintenance fence design, consider vinyl picket fencing, available both through our website and at any of our five locations – Hillsboro, Gresham and Salem in Oregon, and Vancouver and the Tri-Cities area in Washington. Vinyl picket fencing lets you kick your feet up while still keeping up with the Joneses.