The answer to the picket fence install really depends on the individual.

Do you like to do everything from scratch?

On the other hand, are you a DIYer who likes to save time by doing things in an easier way?

There isn’t a right or wrong answer to the question, but maybe there are a few situations where you may prefer to choose between panel or individual pickets.

One key factor to consider is how is the fence getting to the property? If the fence is being shipped, large panels are exposed to damage by forklifts. Individual pickets ship in a smaller unit with less exposure.   

Among the situations are:

  • Having A Small Area To Fence
  • A Garden With A Lot Of Obstacles.
  • The Neighbors All Have The One Type
  • You Already Have One Type On The Property
  • When Kids Are Involved
  • Personal Preference

Let’s take a closer look at each point to see what suits you the best.

Having A Small Area To Fence

Measure the garden area where you want to put the picket fence.

Consider that most panel picket fences come in lengths of about six foot.

In a small area, you may be cutting and fitting panels to fit around the garden.

This may take a lot more time and the result may not look the best, especially if you don’t have the right equipment, or precise cutting is not among your DIY skills.

Often building a picket fence picket by picket is the better solution for a smaller garden.

A Garden With A Lot Of Obstacles

Similar to the smaller garden area is the problem of a space with a lot of obstacles.

We’re talking trees, flower beds, big rocks and maybe even garden sheds here.

If you have to go around a lot of these obstacles, it may be better to choose the individual pickets again.

They will give you a lot more flexibility when constructing and there will undoubtedly be a lot less cutting and trying to fit than with the panel fence.

The Neighbors All Have The One Type

Take a look around the neighborhood.

If everyone on the street is going with the panel fence, then it may be best if you follow suit.

Sometimes there may be a local ordinance covering fence types and a quick question to the neighborhood association will clear up any doubts.

The street will look better when all gardens have the same fence and you don’t want to upset anyone by going the wrong way.

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You Already Have One Type On The Property

Continuing with what you already have is always a good idea.

If you go with the individual pickets make sure they match the existing fence in style, color, and design.

Panels, especially vinyl panels, may come in a particular color which may be difficult to match with the individual pickets.

Try to keep within the existing fence type on your property for simplicity and a bit of design symmetry.

When Kids Are Involved

Life always takes a more practical turn when kids come along.

Even if your own kids are gone, remember the grandkids will want to visit at some stage.

Kids kick balls, roughhouse and climb, among a hundred and one other things that can damage a fence.

It may be easier for you to replace individual pickets when they break, especially if you have a stock left from when building the fence.

Alternatively, vinyl panel fences are very durable and the ball will bounce off one rather than crack under pressure

Personal Preference

If you are the DIY type who likes to build from scratch, then the individual picket fence could be the one for you.

Spending the weekend assembling, drilling, screwing and fitting can be a great way to pass the time.

Seeing the finished fence you did by hand will be a lovely reward.

If you prefer to save time and clip the panels to the posts, then the finished fence will still look as good when Monday morning comes around.

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