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Are Aluminum Fences Safe for Your Puppy?

 

 

 

Are Aluminum Fences Safe for Your Puppy?

Puppies are curious and inquisitive, and they want to play! Unfortunately, this can mean your fence is merely a toy for them to play with, a jungle gym for them to go over, under, around, and through. And sometimes this isn’t limited to puppies, but older dogs also want to escape from the confines of a fence.

If you’re a dog owner, you’ve likely seen this behavior. Dogs will squeeze underneath, push between the pickets, and leap over the rails. You sometimes wonder if dogs even have bones, the way they can contort their body to squish through such a tight space. But it seems no matter what you do, a mischievous dog will always find a way through a fence. If the fence is wood, they may push a board out of the way. If the fence is chainlink, they can make use of its flexibility to get to the other side. If the fence is short they’ll jump, and if it’s high they’ll dig under. 

What you need is a fence that is specially designed for dogs, one that is made by dog owners can think like our canine companions. That’s where the puppy fence comes in. 

The Right Fence for Your Dog

We call it a puppy fence, but make no mistake: they’re good for any kind of dog, any size. Whether you’ve got a two month old terrier or a twelve year old St. Bernard, you can get an aluminum puppy fence that will keep that dog safe inside.

Aluminum Puppy Fences Have Close Pickets

Probably the number one benefit of puppy fences (which applies to all dogs, regardless of age) is the fact that the pickets of the aluminum fences are much more narrowly spaced, making it impossible for a dog–even a puppy–to squeeze through. These pickets are typically spaced 1-⅝” apart. With Aluminum Fences Direct there are a number of styles of fence that you can get that accomplish this: some of them have pickets tightly packed together all the way up the full height of the fence (such as the Sierra XP, the Appalachian XP, and the Carolina XP), but some aluminum fences only have the pickets close together at dog height. We call these low-picket extras “puppy panels” and they’re ideal for a small dog who is a little too curious and wants to get out of the yard. Puppy panels, which are typically 16 inches tall, come in the Sierra, Carolina, and Appalachian. (The Appalachian can be upgraded with “puppy press points”, an attractive feature that brings the pointed finials atop the Appalachian fence down to the height of the puppy panel, giving it a finished and attractive architectural look.

(Typical aluminum fencing pickets are spaced at 3-13/16”, so if you have a narrowly spaced puppy panel at 1-⅝”, then after 16” up the spacing will go to the wider 3-13/16”. If you’re concerned about a taller dog being able to get over that 16” puppy panel, then you’ll want to look at the XP styles, which are 1-⅝” all the way up.) 

Aluminum Puppy Fences Go Down to the Ground

In addition to having narrow pickets which make it impossible for a puppy to squeeze through, puppy fences are also built to extend all the way to the ground–there is no gap between the bottom of the fence and the dirt, so you won’t have a dog pushing its way under and out, either. 

Look, we’re dog lovers and dog owners ourselves, and we know very well the sight of a dog trying to scramble through the dirt to get under a fence. If you properly install an aluminum fence with a puppy panel, your dog won’t be able to dig underneath. And if you’re extra concerned about this, there are some styles of fence with a flush bottom rail, so you have added protection. And, of course, you can always put paving stones beneath the fence if you have a dog who is a real digger–and we know there are some who are true escape artists. It’s our job to make sure that your pup, young or old, is going to be safely kept within the confines of the yard, making sure that it is safe from traffic and getting lost, as well as making sure that people on the street don’t get accosted by your overly friendly dog who has slipped through the bars. 

Aluminum Puppy Fences Are Strong

Aluminum fences are strong, make no bones about it. An aluminum fence is going to withstand the playful force of any dog that jumps up on it and puts pressure on the fence. The way that these fences are installed and built, using concrete under the posts and large sturdy panels of pickets, they’re meant to withstand the weight of a person climbing over them (if you’ve got a rowdy teenager in the house, or even a prowler in the neighborhood) and so there’s no worry that even the biggest dog will be able to jump against the fence and cause it to buckle, warp, or bend. 

Likewise, there is no fear of a dog being able to bend the bars in an attempt to squeeze through. These aluminum pickets are built for strength, made to make sure that no child (or burglar) can get into or out of your yard between the pickets.

When it comes to strength, our aluminum fences stack up against any in the industry. Wood is weak, warps, rots, and the boards come loose. Vinyl is notoriously bad for standing up to windstorms or other lateral force (like a large dog leaping against it). Iron and steel are strong, but are prohibitively heavy, making them more expensive. And all of the above require a large amount of maintenance to make sure they don’t rust, corrode, rot, or fall apart. Aluminum doesn’t rust–it’s chemistry makes that impossible–and it doesn’t require paint or resurfacing.  

The Perfect Fence for Every Animal

So whether you have a small dog with tons of energy who loves to play in the yard–and loves to try to get out of the yard–or whether you have a large dog who either loves people or is aggressive toward them and needs to be kept securely in the bounds of the yard, we have a fence that is right for you. 

And don’t just think that these puppy fences should be restricted to suburban homes with the family pet. We have customers who use puppy fences to corral their baby goats, to keep the chickens in the yard, and to manage their rabbits. 

They Don’t Just Keep Animals In–They Keep Animals Out

There are a lot of critters that you’d much rather not have invading your yard, and the same protection that comes from a puppy fence to keep the dog restrained will also keep wildlife from getting into your yard, your pool, and your garbage. A good puppy fence will keep out the raccoons (who just love to wreak havoc on a house) but also keep away the scarier predators that would come after your precious pets: the wildcats, the badgers, even the occasional cougar. If you’re living in a yard that is anywhere close to the woods, you can be sure there’s something lurking in there that wants to dine on something in your backyard, be it in the trash, the garden, or a small pet. 

Puppy Fences Are Perfect For Toddlers, Too

Although all our aluminum fences are made with the pickets too narrow for a child to get through, kids have a way of getting into trouble, and as soon as you have your back turned a small child might get his or her body halfway through a regularly-spaced fence. But you can rest assured that your toddlers are perfectly safe in a yard protected by a puppy fence. Sure, your baby might still sit down next to the fence and try eating the dirt–all kids do that from time to time–but you don’t need to worry about that toddler getting out of the yard, wandering away from home, and getting onto the street. 

Conclusion

So whether you’re trying to maintain a barrier between your adorable puppy and the street, or trying to keep an aggressive dog from harassing the neighbors, or trying to keep wildlife from sneaking into your yard, or lastly, trying to keep your little tots safe in a secure yard, an aluminum puppy fence is the way to go. It will give you peace of mind, knowing that nothing can get in or out, day or night. Plus, they look terrific. 

 

Check out our styles of puppy fences here. 

 

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Why Pool Fencing Makes the Yard

 

 

 

Why Pool Fencing Makes the Yard

There’s something special about a yard that has a pool. It’s a status symbol. It’s a neighborhood draw. It’s a kid magnet. It’s a beautiful addition to the property. Yes, a pool can really turn a so-so yard into one of the most coveted yards on the block. 

But did you know that a pool fence has just as many features? A pool fence can not only be attractive but it can serve many functions in your yard. Yes, it keeps you, your children, and your pets safe, but it also contributes to the decor of your yard: even if you didn’t need a fence for safety, there are some fences that look so nice that you love to have them sprucing up your backyard.

Here are just a few of the things that a good aluminum pool fence can do for you.

Pool Fencing Gives You Peace of Mind

Let’s get the biggest thing out of the way first: a pool fence is there for protection. But it protects in many ways. Yes, a pool fence that is properly installed according to the codes of your state will keep a toddler or a child from getting into the pool unsupervised and having a terrible accident. But they do more than that. They keep intruders out of your pool area; in some places, a prowler is in your backyard illegally and they fall into the pool and suffer injuries or death, you can be held liable for the accident, even though it was the prowler who was breaking the law. So keeping a fence around your pool will not only protect your children, but it will protect anyone who is wandering around your backyard.

Furthermore, a pool fence is great for the summer barbeque. You can have all of the neighbors over for hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, and never have to worry about anyone (and we’re talking about adults here) getting too close to the pool and either making a mess of it with their dropped food, or pushing each other in as a joke. In other words, a pool fence sets a line of demarcation across your yard, telling people where they’re allowed to go and where they’re not.

Finally, a pool fence will keep animals out of the pool. And while yes, of course we’re talking about your precious pets, we’re also talking about neighborhood animals and even wildlife. You don’t want to wake up in the morning to discover that a cat or a dog or a raccoon or a possum managed to fall into the pool, put up a struggle as long as they could, but didn’t make it. 

Having a pool fence gives you peace of mind. You can go to bed at night, or be inside during the day, and know that your pool is secure and that there’s no threat of injury or harm outside.

Pool Fencing Enhances the Look of the Yard

Pool fencing can also make the entire look of your yard pop with life. Don’t think that just because it’s a pool fence it has to be bland and ordinary. On the contrary, a pool fence can be every bit as decorative as the fences that you put around your yard. If you have a certain look that you want your yard to have—say, you want fleur de lis finials surrounding your yard, flanked by well-trimmed hedges—there’s no reason that your pool fence can’t be decorated in the same way, adding an architectural detail to the yard that is not only safe but also pleasing to the eye.

Pool Fencing Can Be Focal Point of Your Yard’s Decor

In fact, pool fencing can not only be beautiful, but it can be the focus of the yard’s look. How? Aluminum fences have dozens of styles to fit with the architectural style of any home, or the landscape design of any backyard. There’s no reason why, when you’re designing the look of your backyard, you can’t pick out the Japanese maple, the bubbling water feature, the ornamental ferns, and the Cathedral fencing style to match. It can all be one package. With the many looks available with aluminum fencing, you don’t have to hide your fence behind bushes and hedges; you can be proud of it and it can accent the perfect lawn and garden decor.

Pool Fencing Is the Law

This one is easy. Pool fencing is the law. No matter what state you live in, pool fences are required. The laws vary from state to state, from county to county, and even from zone to zone. You need to know the codes that are required for your backyard pool fence. In some places, a fence around the yard is sufficient (assuming it follows rigid guidelines about the space between the pickets and the height of the rails). In other places, the pool itself needs a fence around it to separate it from the rest of the yard. 

It’s not hard to find out the codes that are applicable to you as they’re generally on your city or county website. But here are the common codes, Appendix G and Section 3109 of the International Residential and International Building Codes:

  • The fence must be at least four feet high with the bottom no more than two inches off the ground. 
  • The fence’s pickets should be close enough that a 4” sphere cannot pass through.
  • Any gates or doors must have a lock. They must open outwards (away from the pool) and be self-closing and self-latching. 

There are several more detailed rules, but this gives you a good idea of what to expect when you are preparing to install your fence. You should ALWAYS check your local laws.

Pool Fencing Increases the Value of Your Property

A pool fence can increase the value of your property in two ways. For starters, if you have a pool fence, and a pool fence is required by law, then the buyer knows that they won’t have to sink additional money into the pool fence to get your home up to code if they decide to buy it. In other words, having a pool fence brings a premium.

But your pool fence will also add value to your property because there is nothing you can do to increase the value of your home that will have as immediate an impact, dollar-for-dollar, than enhancing the quality of your yard. If you’re selling and you have the ability to renovate a bathroom or install a quality aluminum fence, the aluminum fence will bring you a higher selling price. This also applies to appraisals. 

Conclusion

There are many ways that pool fences make your yard what it is, and they’re not just limited to safety. Yes, safety does give you peace of mind when you go to sleep at night, but the attractiveness of a quality aluminum pool fence will immediately increase not only the beauty of your yard for you to enjoy, but the beauty of your yard that others will want to buy.

 

Are you ready to install a new pool fence today?

 

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White vs. Black Aluminum Fences, Which Is Better?

 

 

 

White vs. Black Aluminum Fences, Which Is Better?

When you think of a metal fence, most picture a beautiful, wrought iron design that is as timeless as it is classic. But wrought iron hasn’t been a staple in fencing for decades, and advances in manufacturing means that you don’t have to go with a heavy and bulky wrought iron fence that is prone to rust and other damage just from the passage of time. 

Today, you can get a beautiful black aluminum fence that has that just-right and classic wrought iron look without the cost, bulk and maintenance issues. While aluminum won’t fool a wrought iron specialist or connoisseur, they’re just as secure and rigid — and they look the part, too. But with low-maintenance aluminum, you’ll get a durable fence that will enhance the security of your home while standing the test of time.

On the manufacturing end, black aluminum fences consist of various pickets, toppers, posts and screws — and sometimes panels and gates — but to most anyone they look just like those historic wrought iron fences that everyone loves. Even better than wrought iron paint, black powder coating is applied to improve the look but not to shield against rust — aluminum is rust proof. That makes aluminum more affordable, lightweight and longer lasting with less maintenance than wrought iron, which is why aluminum is the material of choice for most metal fencing today.

Choosing an Aluminum Fence Style

Before you can pick a color such as a white or black aluminum fence, you’ll have to first pick your style. Different designs can give a whole new feel to your outdoor areas for a miniscule outlay, and while most aluminum fences may be relatively subdued, there are ways to get more ornamentation if you so desire. 

One of the big decisions you’ll have to make is with the fence topper. Toppers are typically flat or speared, whereas the spear tops have a rounded press point finish and the flat tops typically have a double rail. If you want both, some designs alternate flat tops and spears.

For the utmost in security, a speared top is best to prevent climbers and other issues, though it’s also important to match the style of your fencing to your home. A gothic style black aluminum fence around a modern home and property would likely look out of place, so don’t go too out there with your options just because you can. For a more modern look, go with a clean double-rail.

Not Just Black

While most aluminum fencing is powder coated black to keep with tradition and make it look more like wrought iron, you can actually get aluminum fencing in other various colors. The good news is that the powder coating is paint that is fused to the aluminum so it won’t ever flake, chip or leave unsightly gaps.

In addition to those traditional black aluminum fences, you can also do white or, bronze. If you already have an aluminum fence around your property you can always repaint it a different color if the existing color isn’t working for you, though you might have to strip the existing paint or powder coating and apply new paint, and that could take several weekends of hard labor.

For that traditional look, there’s nothing like a black aluminum fence in semi-gloss black. But if you have lots of light colors around your home, black might be too heavy. In these cases, a white or bronze may be the better option so that it blends with the background and doesn’t call too much attention to itself.

For a historic look, bronze or gold accents can dial up the ornamentation and clearly define the property line. Ranch style or modern homes may be better suited with a lighter color such as white or tan, but that depends on your property and your home. A white fence may look just right in a desert community or in a neighborhood with lots of white picket fencing, but that same look might be off-putting in a more urban area or where more of the surrounding colors are darker. 

In general, you’ll want to stay in the same temperature range as the rest of your yard and property. Unless you’re looking to make your fence a feature, it’s often best to blend it in with the surroundings and make it look like it’s always been a part of the property. Some modern houses may look great with a glossy black aluminum fence while others may need a metallic finish or a clean white to look the part.

The Timelessness of Black and White

All that said, there is something to be said for how a white or black aluminum fence can really tie everything together. While you can paint your aluminum fence just about any color under the sun, what looks great today may not look great in 10 years, or even next season. There’s a reason why most aluminum fencing is either black or white — it works! After all, if you go to sell your home in a few years and that striking property fence isn’t resonating with buyers, you could have a very expensive mistake on your hands.

Generally, the best fence is one that blends in with the property. It’s not like the property line is the most important piece of your home, and an unassuming fence provides the same kind of security and protection as an ornate fence at a fraction of the cost. 

As a classic fencing color itself, white is great at brightening an area while remaining tasteful. White goes well with modern and traditional homes, and it can be an ideal match for a white-trimmed home or if you want to play it up with some plant ivy or other climbing plants or flowers.

But you can’t argue with a black aluminum fence. It’s formal and works in both industrial and commercial settings, as well as at home. If you have large shrubs, lots of grass or trees around your property, black is a color that won’t stick out in the way that a white would, and it’s also great for more overcast areas that may not get a lot of sun.

For more on your aluminum fencing options, look to the experts at Aluminum Fences Direct. With many design options including the Floridian, Sierra & Carolina, Elegant Arch Fencing and Outback Fencing, you can be sure to get the right fencing for your property and home from Aluminum Fences Direct.

 

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9 Reasons to Invest in an Aluminum Residential Driveway Gate

Residential driveway gates can be a beautiful addition to any home. Here are a few reasons you might want to consider an aluminum gate for your driveway!

If the safety of your home and its contents matters to you?  Do you have a lengthy driveway which could be a point of weakness when it comes to intruders? If either of these are true, then you should consider investing in an aluminum residential driveway gate. A driveway gate can help give you peace of mind and increase the security of your home.

An aluminum fence is cost effective and will also last you a long time! In this article we’ll be taking a closer look at why aluminum is such a great fencing and gate material, and the 10 top reasons why you should consider an aluminum residential driveway gate on your property.

Why Aluminum?

You may be thinking: why aluminum and not steel or wrought iron? Well, there are many reasons that make choosing an aluminum driveway gate a great option. Firstly, aluminum fencing is much more affordable than steel or wrought iron, meaning you have more money to spend on other home projects. Secondly, aluminum comes in a variety of designs and finishes, which means that, while cheaper, it’ll look almost identical to more traditional fencing materials.

Thirdly, aluminum fencing is highly durable and low maintenance. It is rust and corrosion resistant, meaning that with a little cleaning it’ll look as good as new for years to come, and will not reduce the security of your property. Finally, aluminum is much lighter than steel or wrought iron, meaning that it is more cost effective to install. It is also much less likely to prematurely wear out the motor of your gate system, meaning little maintenance costs.

9 Reasons to Buy an Aluminum Residential Driveway Gate

  1. Welcome Visitors Only: A residential driveway gate means that you can control who is allowed to enter your property. This is great for private individuals or those living alone, as it means anyone you don’t recognize is kept at a safe distance. This also means you don’t have to deal with cold callers, canvassers, and salesmen unless you want to!
  2. Security: A long driveway can be perfect for nefarious individuals to hide out in and scope out your property, learning your daily habits or your home’s weak points of entry. A driveway fence keeps these criminals at a safe distance from your property, and works as an overall deterrent to anyone who wants to do you or your home harm.
  3. Privacy: A driveway gate perfectly sections off your property from the rest of the world, reducing unwanted interruptions such as from salespeople and canvassers, as well as giving you the feeling of your own oasis from the rest of the world.
  4. Keep Animals Out: A property with a large amount of land can be very tempting to deer and other animals, which while great to observe, can also cause untold property damage and be a general nuisance. A driveway gate will help keep animals out.
  5. Reduce Insurance Costs: As you’ve increased the security of your property, you may find your home insurance company will offer you reduced rates!
  6. Increase Property Value and ‘Sale ability’: A high-quality driveway fence will likely increase your property value and make it more appealing to prospective buyers. If you’re looking to sell, a beautiful driveway gate will make a great first impression that is likely to stick in the minds of prospective buyers. This will help shorten the wait between listing and sale dramatically.
  7. Style: An impressive driveway gate will add an immediate sense of luxury to your property. It is also a great opportunity to express your unique style and design taste as aluminum fencing and gates comes in a range of styles from modern to classic and traditional. Whatever style you use, friends and family will immediately know they’ve reached your home, and will be excited when those gates swing open!
  8. Convenient: Traditional gate methods are more affordable yes, but who wants to get in and out of their car every time they want to enter their property? Getting soaked in the rain, or having to walk the potentially long pathway to your gate to meet family members just won’t cut it in the modern world. With a modern aluminum driveway gate, you can let in the people you love with remote access at just the click of a button!
  9. Preppers: Across the USA there are thousands of preppers who have preparedness training at the core of all they do. If you’re one such person and you don’t yet have a driveway gate, then can you call yourself a true prepper? Fencing and gates are the first line of defense that should be incorporated in your preparedness plan.

Whatever your lifestyle, belief system, or needs, it’s clear that investing in an aluminum residential driveway gate is a must for your security, safety, and peace of mind.

 

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Preparing Your Aluminum Fence for Winter

As the cold weather approaches, it’s a good idea to prepare your property, and fencing, for the stresses of winter weather.

 

Summer is about enjoying your yard, and fall is about preparing it for the winter months. Cold weather can wreak havoc on your property, highlighting weaknesses in your yard that you were previously aware of. Snow and inclement weather can also take a toll on your yard, leaving you needing to undertake repair work come spring.

However, you can safeguard your aluminum fence against even the harshest of winters with a few easy steps, which can help keep your spring free of annoying repairs. Below we’ve listed our top tips to prepare your aluminum fencing for the winter months.

Aluminum is Already a Great Choice!

You might not have known this when you bought your fence, but you actually made an excellent choice when purchasing your fencing. Aluminum is inherently durable and low maintenance, meaning the fall-time care you’ll need to give it will be minimal! Aluminum is also rust and corrosion resistant, so even settling snow drifts shouldn’t impact its structural integrity.

Cleaning

At the end of the summer season give your fence a good scrub. A little elbow grease and some warm soapy water is usually enough to have your fence looking as good as new. Cleaning your aluminum fence will help prevent any grime from building up and setting hard to your fencing over the long winter months, meaning that come spring your fence  should be easy to neaten up for summer!

Spot-Check

As you’re cleaning your aluminum fencing, keep an eye out for any damage or wear which may need repairing. As mentioned, aluminum fencing is very strong, so it is likely you’ll only spot minor dings, but it is still important to resolve these before winter, to prevent the harsh weather from making any small damage a more major concern when spring rolls around.

Post Holes

Check that your post holes are secure in the ground. Given different temperatures throughout the year, and varying weather conditions, the concrete of your post holes can crack, or the concrete itself can become loose in the ground. Check your fencing for wobbles, and fill in fence post holes as needed – this will prevent any damage resulting from over-extension or even from panels toppling over!

Check Gate Latches, Locks, and Hinges

Check your gates’ latches, locks, and hinges for signs of tightness or stiffness, and treat them with the correct lubricant if need be. Doing this before the winter will help ensure that any risk of seizing in cold weather is reduced, meaning you’re not stuck with a sticking or squealing gate through the winter months, and is also just a good maintenance practice to have.

Touch Up the Paintwork

If your aluminum fence is painted you may want to consider touching up the paintwork come fall. Of course, aluminum fencing is durable and doesn’t need regular repainting, but if your fencing is looking a little tired, a lick of fresh paint can be a great choice. A new paint job will also help protect your fence come winter as it gives your fencing an extra barrier against harsh weather.

Clear Away Excess Yard Items

Come fall you should clean your yard. Put away chairs and tables which won’t be used until spring, and tidy away accessories and decor. This will not only ensure the lifespan of your garden items, but will also help look after your fence too! Fall and Winter are the prime time for storms to rip through your yard, and the less items you have out, the less costly damage is likely to be done. Tidying up your yard will also ensure your aluminum fence does get damaged from impacts from yard accessories that have been whipped up in the storm!

Get Cozy!

Just a little bit of work come fall can help ensure your aluminum fencing is kept in prime condition, and ready for the warmer weather. This means that when winter comes around you can snuggle up indoors without any worry!

 

Aluminum fencing’s durability and corrosion resistance, makes it a great choice for any yard, especially when you want to keep your yearly maintenance to a minimum. If you’ve been considering adding a fence to your yard, before the winter weather sets in is a great time to do so! Reach out today to learn more about how to enhance your yard with aluminum fencing.

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7 Common Misconceptions about Aluminum Fencing

Aluminum fencing has soared in popularity over the last decade, and for those in the know it’s easy to understand why. However, there are still those unaware of just how great aluminum fencing is, that are still shelling out for expensive wrought iron or steel that needs intensive maintenance to maintain. Therefore, in this article we’ll be looking at some of the most common misconceptions about aluminum fencing, and setting the record straight on this fabulous material.

 

1.  Aluminum Fencing is Cheap Because it’s a Low-Quality Product

Absolutely not true! While the affordable cost of aluminum fencing can seem suspicious to those used to shelling out on wrought iron, aluminum fencing’s great price tag has absolutely nothing to do with its quality. What makes aluminum so affordable is its abundance — it is the most commonly occurring metal and the third most prevalent element on earth overall. It can also be reused limitlessly without impacting upon its quality, meaning that as there is so much of it, prices can be set low.

2.  Aluminum Fencing is Lightweight, Which Means it isn’t Strong

False! Yes, aluminum is very lightweight but this has nothing to do with the strength of this metal, and instead involves its density. Aluminum is 2.5 times less dense than steel, and far less dense than wrought iron, meaning that it is much lighter. However, when formed into fencing its hardness (or strength) is on a par with steel and iron, and can be created in thicker and more reinforced styles for security and industrial fencing solutions.

Prospective aluminum fencing buyers should therefore view the lightness of aluminum as a positive, as this means it is more affordable to ship, lift, and install, meaning that DIY home installation is an easy and cost-effective option for many homeowners.

3.  Aluminum Fencing Just Doesn’t Look the Same as Iron or Steel

Another falsehood that can be easily disproved! Aluminum is highly malleable and can be turned into many shapes and products, from airplanes to soda cans. This means that aluminum can be formed into a wide variety of shapes and styles, many of which closely mimic traditional wrought iron or steel, but of course at a fraction of the cost. If that isn’t enough of a reason for you, then you should know that aluminum fencing also comes in a variety of finishes too! Also, as it is so easily installed, aluminum fencing can effectively transform your yard, adding value and curb appeal to your home.

4.  Aluminum Fencing Just Won’t Last

Wrong! Aluminum fencing is probably the longest lasting of all the common fencing options (wood, steel, iron, vinyl). As it is in the Boron family of the table of elements, it is highly un-reactive, meaning that aluminum is naturally corrosion and rust resistant. This also has the added benefit that aluminum fencing is very low maintenance, only really needing a good clean each year. Compare this to other fencing options which need coatings and finishing to protect them, as well as rust prevention methods and repairs which of course all cost additional money, and it becomes clear that aluminum fencing is top of its class!

5.  Aluminum Fencing is Hard to Dispose of

Nope! Aluminum fencing is easy to dispose of. If you decide to change up your property, and want to update your fencing, oftentimes for a new set of aluminum fencing, then your old set is actually quite easy to dispose of. As we previously mentioned, aluminum is highly recyclable, as it can be used time and time again without diminishing in its quality. Therefore, there are many recycling services you can give your old fencing to, some of which may even pay you for your donation!

6.  Aluminum Fencing is Hard to Install

You couldn’t be more wrong! Alongside wood and vinyl, aluminum fencing is the easiest type of fencing to install. It doesn’t require any specialized equipment, just some basic tools and some elbow grease. Many properties can get their whole fence project erected in as little as a weekend. This makes it a great family summer DIY project, and also means you don’t need to spend additional money on specialized tools or pay any professionals to install your fencing for you.

7.  Aluminum Fencing is Hard to Clean

Wrong again! As previously mentioned, aluminum fencing only needs cleaning to maintain. Cleaning an aluminum fence is easy; it only needs a little warm soapy water and some elbow grease to have it sparkling. Alternatively, you can even use a pressure washer for a super quick spot of maintenance. Compare this to other fencing which may need hours of scrubbing at rust and then treating afterwards and it is clear who comes out on top!

 

If you’re considering investing in fencing for your property, it’s easy to see why so many people go with aluminum. Check out our wide selection of fencing options to find the right fit for you!

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How Tall Does Your Aluminum Fence Need to Be?

Are you considering installing aluminum fencing? In this article, we cover a few things to keep in mind when considering the height of your fence.

One of the best things about aluminum fencing is the almost overwhelming range of stunning designs and styles suited for all manner of purposes, from security, to decoration, to a little bit of both!

But with such a wealth of options at affordable prices, it is easy to get sucked in to style or price over purpose, meaning the fence you end up installing isn’t perfectly suited to your original needs; and with HOA (Homeowner’s Association) regulations and building regulations to consider, it’s essential that you get your choice right first time!

With this in mind, in this article we’ll be looking at how tall your aluminum fencing needs to be for your desired project or personal requirements.

Purpose

When selecting the right aluminum fencing option for you, it is essential that you keep in mind why you want a fence around your property in the first place.

Do you need extra security? Do you have small children or pets? Do you have a pool? Are you trying to keep out animals? These types of factors will all ultimately impact upon your final choice, and therefore should be kept in mind.

Restrictions

You should also be considering the types of restrictions you might have when installing your fencing. Are you part of a HOA? Do you require planning permission? Are there any laws you need to consider?

Giving the types of restrictions you need to navigate thought will help ensure there’s no nasty surprises a few months down the line that could result in you having to remove your new fencing entirely.

Types of Fencing and Their Considerations

Now that we’ve explored an overview of the considerations you should make when it comes to aluminum fence selection, let’s next look at some of the specifics in regards to height and purpose.

  • Privacy Fencing: Privacy fencing or concealment fencing can be a great option for people with yards which are exposed or can easily be looked in on. They are also great for concealing unsightly but necessary objects, such as garbage cans. Ideally, privacy fencing should be between four and eight feet high, but you should note that most cities have a cap on fence height of around 6ft.
  • Animals: Because it is so durable, aluminum fencing can be a great option for small properties, and can be used to house chickens and goats. Both these types of animals can jump or flutter to around 5 feet, so a fence of 6ft is advised. Chickens are also adept diggers, and to prevent a great escape, you should ensure your fencing is set at least 6 inches into the ground – so make sure the height of your fence accounts for this! For the safety of the animals, pointed pickets and finials should be avoided, so that if your animal makes a daring escape, it isn’t injured in the process.
  • Deer Fencing: Rural properties will often need to consider fencing to keep deer out of their property, particularly if they’re growing produce. Deer can jump very high, and therefore a standard aluminum fence will need to be 8 feet in height to keep them out. However, a 4-6 foot fence can also work effectively with the right countermeasures, such as close pickets which obscure the deer’s view of the property, use of flower pots and ornaments to make jumping difficult, or even double fencing to make jumping into your yard impossible.
  • Dogs: When it comes to preventing your beloved pooch from running rogue, the height or type of aluminum fencing you need really depends on the size and breed of your dog. In general, a 6ft fence will keep out even the most little of canines, but with medium or small dogs and 4-5ft fence should suffice. A puppy fence is usually required for puppies and small dogs like chihuahuas, as its lower section features tight pickets to prevent escape. Like with farm animals, pointed pickets or finials should be avoided for the safety of your pet.
  • Pool Fencing: To prevent accidents, pools are subject to fencing regulations. Pool fencing needs to be at least 4ft high with a locking gate. This helps ensure that children, animals, and even sometimes adults are protected. Each state has its own amendments to these regulations, so it’s always best to check first before purchasing.
  • Children: In general, a simple fence around 3-4ft is perfectly suited to keeping small children safe, and is of particular import if your yard is large with foliage which could obscure your view of your son or daughter. If your child likes to climb, you should select a fence without pointed pickets or finials to prevent accident or injury.

Perfect Fencing, First Time

By considering your needs and restrictions, you can help guarantee that you find your perfect aluminum fencing first time around. This means that once your fencing is installed, you can rest easy knowing that your yard is safe and protected – and stylish too!

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The Best Aluminum Fencing Options for Dealing with Deer

Do you have a problem with deer in your yard? Consider aluminum fencing to help!

For certain areas of the US, deer are as much of a pest as ants, possums, or racoons. While beautiful to observe in the right setting, when able to infiltrate your garden at any time, they can cause all manner of damage, trampling gardens and flowers as well as helping themselves to crops.

The best, and only truly successful way to prevent this is to install fencing, but with so many different materials and styles available, what’s best? What should you look for?

In this article we’ll be exploring the best fencing options to keep the pesky deer out of your yard.

Why Aluminum?

There are a whole host of different fencing materials available to purchase with just a few clicks online, so what makes aluminum the superior choice? Firstly, aluminum is highly affordable, meaning you can protect your home from deer on a budget.

Secondly, unlike other options such as wood or iron, it’s incredibly low maintenance, meaning you can focus on more enjoyable yard activities.

Thirdly, aluminum fencing is available in a variety of heights, so you can invest in a fence that deer will not be able to leap over.

Aluminum fencing also comes in a wide range of designs and styles to best suit your property, as well as also being lightweight and easy to install. It is long lasting, and better for the environment than other fencing options, as it can be easily recycled and reused time and time again.

What Kind of Fencing Should You be Looking for?

Now that you’ve decided on your material, next you need to know what fencing features you should look for a successful deer deterrent. As a rule of thumb, you should look for the following four factors:

  • A fence that is high
  • A fence that is built with strength in mind
  • A fence that is designed for privacy or that has close together pickets
  • A fence that you like, with a design a style to suit your home and yard.

Height Problem

In general authorities and wildlife agencies recommend that to keep deer out, fences should be between 6-8ft tall.

This can be disappointing news for some owners struggling with a deer problem, as a high fence will spoil views of wildlife and scenery and may even not be permitted by the local council or homeowner’s association.

However, there are effective ways around this problem, allowing you to have aluminum fencing under 6ft that still effectively keeps deer out.

Close Pickets

A 4-5ft aluminum fence with closely spaced pickets can be an ideal option for preventing deer that still allows for views on to the land outside the property. The close pickets make it difficult for a deer to see through, and as they are skittish and nervous creatures, will be unlikely to jump over the fence for fear of what may or may not be lurking on the other side.

Double Fence

If you have a small yard but a reasonable budget, you may wish to try installing a double fence. This deer prevention method involves installing two sets of low fences 3-4ft apart from one another.

This prevents deer because there isn’t enough space for the animals in between the fences, and they aren’t able to jump over both sets in one leap, meaning effectively your yard is an impenetrable fortress to any fawny friend!

Design Solutions

Obstacles

Another option for those with their heart set on a specific aluminum fence design is to arrange their yard in a way which visually deters the deer. A maze of planters, ornaments, and objects near the fence will create a natural deterrent as the deer will not want to investigate your yard as they will not be able to escape your property easily should a predator attack.

This method means you get to spend some time customizing your garden, and will ensure your fence is low enough that you still benefit from gorgeous views and scenery.

Sectioning

If you have a large yard, and only want to keep the deer away from a certain area, such as a vegetable garden, you could consider installing a fence just around that area.

This means the deer can roam freely in your property, and you can enjoy watching them while keeping them away from your precious shrubs or produce. This method is really cost effective too, as you’re likely to only need a handful of panels!

A Deer-Free Property!

By following any of the options above you can ensure your aluminum fencing keeps even the most determined of deer at bay. Best of all, in the process, you get to give your yard or property a face lift, adding some serious curb appeal and reinventing your outdoor spaces.

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Top Tips for Buying Aluminum Fencing Online

Buying your aluminum fencing online is a great way to save money, but be sure you’re buying from a reputable source!

In the 21st century, almost anything can be purchased online, meaning that the products you need are just a few clicks away. However, with this ease does come the risk of con artists, cashing in with false advertising and sub-par products.

With this in mind, in this article we’ll be exploring some top tips when it comes to purchasing your aluminum fence panels online.

Too Good to be True? Pricing Matters

Price Point

In general, aluminum fencing is a highly cost-effective fencing solution, costing a mere fraction of steel or wrought iron panels.

However, when searching online for your panels, avoid those sellers whose prices seem too good to be true – because sadly, they probably are. Suspiciously low-price tags usually mean either a scam, or low quality or defective products, which are likely to fail fast and cost you more in the long run.

In a similar vein, paying expensive price tags for your fencing doesn’t guarantee a superior product, and likely there is a far cheaper comparative option which is just as good.

As a general rule of thumb, a price that is in the middle of the spectrum will usually guarantee a good quality and long-lasting product.

Postage and Taxes

A website may seem to have amazing prices at first, but you should always check whether taxes has been included in this price, as it may not be as affordable as it seems.

As you are ordering online, you should also check the company’s postal policy. Some sites will offer complimentary shipping with your order, but others may charge, and with some the costs might be hefty – meaning you may not have found such a great deal after all!

The Online Storefront

Online Presence

When considering a website to purchase from you should always check the company’s online presence. Do they only have a website, or do they also have social media accounts? What is their ‘contact us section like? Is it fully fleshed out with phone and email contact?

If the company’s online presence seems spotty at best, then it is probably better to seek out a company with a more established website and social media presence.

This will help ensure that, should you have a question or there’s an issue with your order, contact with the supplier is easy to achieve.

Reviews

Does the website you’re considering have section for testimonials or reviews? If so, be sure to read through them! Don’t rely on this solely, however, as some websites will only place positive reviews on their website.

To find a more unbiased view, search for the website on review sites such as Yelp! or Google. You’ll be surprised what skeletons a general search can dig up, and you may be surprised at the pitfalls of your frontrunner!

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This isn’t necessarily a guaranteed sign of a great aluminum fence provider, but in general is a good indication that the company in question is passionate about their product and supporting their customers.

A blog can show the knowledge of the team behind the company, as well as show their commitment to their business. It can also be a great way for you to learn lots of handy hints and tips!

Activity

Give the website an overall check to ascertain the last time posts or changes were made. The internet is a great place for companies to advertise, but the ease of posting, as well as the changing financial market can often mean there are a fair few ‘dead’ websites out there.

An inactive website can also indicate that the company is lackluster in their online presence, and may not provide the best customer service or support.

If the website doesn’t have a blog or a dated post feature, it can be difficult to figure out if the website is active. A great tip is to scroll to the bottom and check the copyright date of the company or business.

If it is dated either for this year or last year, then the site should be a good option – but any older and it might be worth contemplating alternative options.

Clarity

When browsing the company’s website, is there a degree of clarity? Are sizes and heights of fence panels clear displayed, and are there pictures not only of the panels themselves, but also in photos? If selecting the correct fencing for you is difficult and confusing, then it may be best to explore a different site, as while aluminum fencing is an affordable fencing option, it can still constitute a large investment, and you want to be sure that what you are buying is exactly what you need.

If you consider all of the points listed above, then selecting your stunning aluminum fence should be a simple process, allowing you to focus on preparing for installation, meaning that in no time, you can enjoy the style and protection that aluminum fencing gives to your property.

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Aluminum vs. Chain Link Fences

Are you trying to decide which type of fence will best serve your property? Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of aluminum and chain link fencing.

When purchasing fencing for your property, there are a number of different variables to consider. The most important aspect to consider in a new fence is what material it will be made out of. Ideally, you want something that is affordable, yet durable enough to last for decades. Solid fencing can really add value to your property, which will come in handy if you ever plan on selling your house.

The two most popular types of fencing among homeowners and business owners are aluminum fencing and chain link fencing. Both have their own unique benefits, and both can be worthy choices. We will compare aluminum fencing with chain link fencing in order to decide which you should use for your home.

What Are the Differences Between Aluminum and Chain Link?

There are numerous differences between aluminum and chain link fencing. The most apparent difference, and the one we will address first, is the appearance and look of each type of fence.

Simply put, aluminum fencing just looks better than chain link. There really is no comparison in this department. There isn’t anything that’s wrong with how chain link fencing looks, but it’s more of a standard, common type of fence that is prone to rusting over long periods of time.

Aluminum fencing looks very sturdy, modern, and clean, and it does not need a lot of upkeep to maintain that look.

The customization of aluminum fencing only adds to its advantage in this respect. Chain link fencing looks…well…like chain link fencing. We all know what it looks like and we all know hundreds of buildings in our area that use chain link fencing on their property.

That brings us to the next important difference, which is the durability of these fences. Chain link fences can last for a while, but it will always have much more give than aluminum fencing does. Aluminum fencing does not give, and it can withstand just about any type of weather condition Mother Nature has in store.

As mentioned before, chain link fence will eventually rust. That is just the nature of steel when exposed to the elements over time. Aluminum fencing generally features a powder-coated finish that goes a long way in protecting the fence from damage. It will be able to take all of the rain, wind, and snow that a storm can dish out, and still look the same as it did when you first had it installed.

Another perk that a strong fence can bring to your property is added security. In many cases, chain link fencing does the job. However, the holes in the chain link pattern can serve as effective footrests for would-be intruders that make those type of fences easier to scale. Aluminum fences have tall, smooth posts that make them more difficult to climb. They are usually taller than the standard chain link fence as well.

Chain link fencing is certainly the more affordable out of the two. That is one advantage that chain link fence has over the aluminum. If you need a fence for the cheapest price possible, go with the chain link fence.

Before you do, you need to consider that investing in a fence is investing in your home or business. The value of your property will not skyrocket by adding a chain link fence to it. However, if you spend the little bit of extra money to buy something better, you will see the value of your property rise.

Fencing is an integral part of the look of the exterior of your property, and can lead to a positive – or negative – first impression.

The Verdict: Aluminum Wins!

When taking all of these factors into account, it is hard to argue that chain link fence is superior to aluminum. Again, there is nothing inherently wrong with chain link fence, and it can be quite effective in many different situations.

There is a reason why chain link fencing is so ubiquitous in our modern landscape. However, for those willing to shell out just a bit more money, aluminum fencing is superior in every respect. It combines functionality and eye-appeal to a property.

Properties with aluminum fencing are more secure and more valuable. Upkeep is limited to washing it between seasons, and it will maintain its stately look. You can even go big and get ornamental fencing that will really catch the eye as people drive and walk past your property.

There is no way to wash away rust on chain link fences, and it will inevitably happen while the aluminum will still look brand new in the same amount of time. Just think of chain link fence as a relic of the past. It served us well in its time, but aluminum fencing is improved fencing in every single aspect.