What Type of Pool Fence is Best

What Type of Pool Fence is Best?

What Type of Pool Fence is Best?

Well, you finally did it. You were finally able to put in the pool of your family’s dreams! You’ve been thinking of opening day at your very own pool for ages. You can almost picture it. The sight of the cool, clear water, the smell of sunscreen, the sound of splashing and children laughing. Your family is all set to beat the summer heat for years to come!

But, there’s just one last detail that needs to come into focus:

What type of pool fence do you see? What type of pool fence is best?

Wait, do I really need a pool fence?

The short answer is yes. You absolutely, 100% do need a pool fence. 

Pool fences are one of the most effective measures a pool owner can take to ensure his or her children’s safety. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists drowning as the second most common cause of accidental death in children under 14 behind motor vehicle accidents. In children under the age of 4, drowning is the number one most common cause of death overall. Additionally, over 75% of these drowning occur less than five minutes after the child was last seen, meaning even the most attentive parents can still be susceptible to tragedy. The good news is that a properly installed pool fence reduces a child’s risk of drowning by 83%. Pool fences save lives. Beyond the safety benefits, a pool fence is required by law code in nearly all local and state municipalities. 

What are the legal requirements of a pool fence?

This question is going to vary based on the laws of your specific location. Be sure to check the building codes for swimming pools with your local government or homeowner’s association. 

Still, the basic goal of all pool fence codes is universal — to ensure that unattended and uninvited people and children are kept out of the pool area. Typically requirements mandated by most municipalities are based on the provisions set by the International Code Council, or ICC. The ICC is a non-profit agency that establishes the minimum requirements for all aspects of the construction industry to ensure the safety of all structures built.

Standard ICC pool fencing guidelines include:

  • -Pool fences must be 48 inches (4 feet) tall. 
  • -Pool fences must have self-closing gates that open AWAY from the pool.
  • -All latches must be self-latching and located at least 54 inches off the ground.
  • -The space between the bottom rail and the ground can be no more than 2 inches. 
  • -The distance between the upright pool fence pickets must not exceed 4 inches.
  • -Any item or structure that could be used as a “step” to climb over the pool fence (including pool pump, pool filter, tree, shed, or similar) must be located within the fence or farther than 4 feet away outside of the fence. 

Additional guidelines and regulations will vary by specific location. 

Please be sure to check your local laws and codes BEFORE ordering any fence materials!

I want a pool fence that looks great and lasts a long time. What are my options?

Pool fences are available in a variety of materials that will be ICC requirements for safety. These types of fences include steel, vinyl, wood, and aluminum. 

What type of pool fence is best?

In general, aluminum is widely considered the most cost-effective, owner-friendly pool fence material for many reasons. 

Low Maintenance

Aluminum pool fences will not bow, rot, decay, wither, or otherwise wear out over time like vinyl or wood fences. Unlike steel, aluminum is highly resistant to rust. Getting an aluminum pool fence this less time repairing your fence and more time enjoying your pool!

Easy Installation

Aluminum pool fencing is made in pre-assembled panels that simply need to be connected and put in the ground, making installation a breeze! It can even be installed on an incline. Aluminum pool fence is really the best do-it-yourself fence option.

High Durability

Aluminum pool fences from Aluminum Fences Direct are made from the highest quality aluminum giving them years and years of lasting use. Additionally, aluminum is a great year-round option as it easily withstands sun and heat as well as cold and ice. 

Code Friendly

Due to the pre-assembled panel construction, aluminum fencing is highly pool fence code compliant. It leaves our factory with a guarantee to be of the exact specification ordered. No need to worry about lining up pickets during install. Everything is already perfectly in place and ready to install!

Creative and Stylish Options

At Aluminum Fences Direct, the only thing we love more than a high quality aluminum fence are stylish high quality aluminum fences in a wide variety of options. We offer over ten unique options to meet your code and aesthetic needs, ranging from the classic Floridian, to the elegant Cathedral, to the pet-friendly Puppy. Many styles come in multiple color options meaning Aluminum Fences Direct as the best pool fence options for anyone!

How hard is it to install an aluminum pool fence? Could I do it myself?

One of the best features of an aluminum pool fence is the easy installation. It is really the perfect do-it-yourself pool fence project for both novice or experienced homeowners. For specific details and instructions, please see our detailed installation instructions or contact us with any questions. 

Not interested in a self installation? No worries! Aluminium Fences Direct is also happy to provide installation referrals where we can, don’t hesitate to contact us

No matter who is installing your pool fence, there is some preparation work that must be done prior to starting. 

Get permission from your local authorities

Prior to starting installation or even ordering your material, be sure to check with your town or other local government to verify that your fence plan is in accordance with local safety and zoning laws. Additionally, confirm with your homeowner’s association (if applicable) that you are within any guidelines they have for style, color, and height for a fence. 

Mark the locations of any underground utilities

Aluminum fence posts are secured into the ground to provide suitable stability. Before digging, call your local utilities and have them come out and mark any underground pipes or wires. This little step takes no time and costs no money but can save you tons of both in the long run. If you install your fence on top of utility lines, you not only risk damage to the pipes and wires but you also will have to remove your fence to allow any utility repair to occur. Save the headache and get everything marked!

Create a detailed installation plan and WRITE IT DOWN

Rough measurements and half baked plans will not cut it when it comes to installing a safe and attractive looking aluminum pool fence. Come up with a master plan for where your fence will be and what it will look like. Be sure to mark the places for the gates and posts. And don’t forget about code! All parts of the fence must be at least 3 feet (or otherwise mandated by local zoning board) away from the edges of the pool. The more detailed the plan, the easier the installation. As an added bonus, a detailed plan will make getting approval from your local municipality a piece of cake. 

Gather your tools.

Installing an aluminum fence pool is very straight forward but it can still be good to double check and make sure you have everything you will need prior to the big day. Typical items that are useful for installation include: wooden stakes to mark each corner, string line and a string level to ensure straight lines, a shovel, concrete, wheelbarrow, post-hole digger, and a screwdriver.

At Aluminum Fences Direct, we offer only the best in aluminum pool fencing materials because we know that you want the highest quality in safety and style for your pool fence needs. No matter the size, style, or type of your pool, we have the perfect options to keep your pool safe and your family having fun for years and years. 

Don’t hesitate! Buy fencing today!
aluminum puppy fence

Are Aluminum Fences Safe for Your Puppy?

If you have a dog, you’ll have to think about more than just looks when it comes to your yard and the fence around your home. That’s because without a great fence, your pup won’t have an area to play and run in. Unless you have the time to take them for a walk around the neighborhood every day, you’ll need a strong fence to keep your puppy safe while they’re relaxing or playing in the yard. 

But what works as a great people fence isn’t quite what works for keeping a small dog or puppy safe and inside the property line. Instead of a generic wood fence that needs to be maintained and looked after lest your pup exposes a weakness where they can escape, an aluminum puppy fence is just what you need for that rambunctious little pup. It’s strong enough to keep your dog in the front or back yard even when you’re not around, and the best part is that it requires essentially no maintenance to keep that fence performing its best year after year.

Why an Aluminum Dog Fence?

Compared to other fencing materials, aluminum is the ideal dog-owner’s fence. It’s durable, doesn’t stain or wear, and is much stronger against high winds and other extreme weather. It won’t rust or rot like iron or wood, and it doesn’t chip or bend, meaning that your dog won’t be able to climb under it or chew their way through it no matter how hard they try. At the end of the day, an aluminum puppy fence just ticks all the boxes.

Especially if you live in a busy neighborhood with lots of traffic, an aluminum dog fence is one of the best fences to secure your property from the public while providing a place to play for your pup. An aluminum fence is much stronger than other types of fencing, and commercial options are available that are even more robust and able to withstand just about anything you or the world can throw at it.

An aluminum fence is also perfect for larger breeds that may present a jumping risk with a smaller fence. Aluminum fences are available in varying heights from 36″ all the way up to 72″ for a six-foot barrier between your canine and the rest of the world. Since even the largest breeds are unable to jump a six-foot fence, it’s virtually impossible for any dog to scale it.

For smaller breeds and puppies, however, the concern is more one of sliding through those fence pickets. An aluminum puppy fence panel makes short work of that by doubling up on the pickets in the bottom third or throughout the entire height of the panel so that your small dog can’t ever squeeze their way through. Sometimes called dog panels or puppy pickets, these narrow pickets will prevent your puppy from even thinking about trying to get through the fence, and there’s also the added benefit of keeping other small animals and rodents out, too.

Aluminum Dog Fence vs. Iron

As the inspiration for most aluminum fences today, wrought iron has long been used as a fencing material dating back to the 12th century where blacksmiths created intricate fencing for castles, palaces and churches all over medieval Europe. Hand-crafted wrought iron was a staple of fencing for centuries and even followed colonialists from Europe to the Americas, finding its way into fencing around the White House in the late 1800s. 

Today, wrought iron holds a clear influence over modern aluminum fencing, down to the black paint, finials and ornamentation that commonly adorn aluminum fences. But whereas old wrought iron was difficult to maintain — they require periodic painting and other protective measures to keep moisture and rust at bay — today’s aluminum analogues need nothing of the sort. Rain, precipitation and dew won’t affect aluminum because it literally can’t rust. Even if surface rust appears, it can be easily scrubbed away with a steel brush or other measures, making aluminum far superior to wrought iron fences that need tons of attention and work to look and function their best.

Iron fencing is also much heavier than aluminum fencing, and that makes for a much more complicated installation process, especially for DIY jobs. While one can reasonably install an aluminum puppy fence without much fuss and the help of a friend, an iron fence is twice as heavy as aluminum, making installation and working with it more difficult.

Compared to iron, an aluminum puppy fence is basically maintenance free, easier to install and transport, and won’t rust or get damaged in use or installation. Years down the line your aluminum dog fence will essentially look the same while a wrought iron fence would demand constant attention and maintenance to prevent rust and other degradation under normal wear and tear.

The Different Aluminum Fence Styles

One of the great things about aluminum fencing is the sheer number of styles that are available. There’s aluminum puppy fencing with the doubled-up and narrow pickets to prevent unwanted entry and exit, typically denoted by the XP. There’s also the Sierra XP, Appalachian XP and the Carolina XP, as well as various puppy panels such as the Sierra Puppy Panel, Carolina Puppy Panel, standard Appalachian Puppy Panel and puppy press Appalachian Puppy Panel.

Other types of aluminum fencing panel designs includes the Floridian, Sierra, Outback, Carolina, Appalachian, Manhattan, Castle, Commercial, Elegant Arch and Cathedral. Most designs are based around a few standard styles, with the main differences being the number of horizontal rails and vertical pickets, in addition to ornamentation such as finial spikes, arches and other decorative elements.

Most dog owners would do best to order a specific puppy/XP style to prevent their small breed or puppy from escaping through the pickets, though those with larger breeds can go for another fencing style if they’d like. An aluminum puppy fence can be as short as 36″ and as tall as 72″, so it’s easy to match the perfect height with your exact need. 

Aluminum Fence Post Types

In addition to the fencing styles at your disposal, there are also different fence post types and other customization options to perfectly fit that new fence to your property. There are line posts, which are used between fencing panels when the fence is running on a straight line; end posts, which form the end of a fencing line; corner posts, which are used to turn the fence 90 degrees; gate end posts, which are perfect for handling the weight of heavy gates; and blank posts, which enable standalone gates that don’t hook into existing fencing.

Minimum Height for an Aluminum Puppy Fence

Since aluminum fencing is made in heights from three feet to six feet high, it’s easy to get the exact fence for your needs without being stuck with a fence that’s too big or imposing for your tastes. For the most part, the aluminum fence you’ll need for small dogs and puppies is different from the one you’ll need for a large breed or a pup that likes to jump, so the final height requirement is more about your specific canine than anything else.

As a rule of thumb, we recommend taking the height of your dog at the front shoulder when standing, doubling it and then adding another foot. Since most dogs can jump up to twice their height — and sometimes a bit more — you’ll want an aluminum dog fence that’s more than double the height of your dog to prevent any issues.

That said, if you have a dog that can easily clear a three or four foot fence, even if it’s more than double their height, you’ll probably want to shoot a little higher with your fencing. Going with a six-foot fence would preclude just about any breed or pup with an outsized jumping ability from being able to clear the fence. 

Other things to keep in mind is if there are any steps, rocks or other furniture that sits near the fence — your dog could always jump off of something higher than the ground, and that can make the surrounding landscaping and furniture an issue if any of it is close enough to your fencing.

Installing an Aluminum Puppy Fence

The great thing is that an aluminum puppy fence installs easily — just like other aluminum fence designs. Check your county or city codes before building, and also get a schematic of things buried in your yard such as sprinklers, piping and electrical wiring so that you don’t inadvertently do some damage when installing your new puppy fence.

Most aluminum fencing systems come with comprehensive installation instructions, so take some time to read them completely before starting. You may need some extra tools or help from a friend to get the job done, and the more you prep up front, the easier installation will be when the big day comes.

After marking the locations of the fence posts and using a chalk line to keep your fence straight, it’s time to install your first end post. Post spacing can be a challenge if you’re not paying attention, but as long as you measure and space everything out properly you should have no problems assembling and installing your aluminum puppy fence. Work your way slowly around, and you’ll be done before you know it.

For more on all your aluminum fencing options, look to the experts at Aluminum Fences Direct. From puppy fencing to more aluminum fencing options than you can shake a stick at, we’ve got it all here at Aluminum Fences Direct.

black aluminum fence

The Ultimate Guide for Outback Aluminum Fences

An Outback aluminum fence is a great way to protect your property with a classic look that never goes out of style. Elegant and secure, an Outback fence is easy to install with basic materials and tools, and they work well with many different types of properties. Additionally, Outback aluminum fence panels can also be used to secure a pool or backyard area from nosy neighbors and the general public, and you can even customize your Outback fence with optional ball caps and gate options that range from simple frames to ones with rings, arches or finials.

But it’s also true that an Outback aluminum fence isn’t your only option. Aluminum fencing comes in many different styles and designs, and each one gives your home a chance to stand out with a bold and beautiful look. Compared to traditional wooden fences, aluminum fencing has more of a modern feel while also giving significantly more security than other types of fencing. And the best part is that aluminum fencing is largely open, so you don’t get that common trapped-in-the-yard feeling that comes with opaque fencing.

Furthermore, Outback aluminum fencing, as well as all aluminum fence designs, are much more robust, secure than wooden fences, and they need virtually no maintenance at all. Aluminum can’t rust or erode under the weather, meaning that you’ll get decades of faithful protection and use from your aluminum fencing — a stark contrast to other types of fencing that need constant attention and care.

Your Aluminum Fence Design Choices

Commonly sold in panels that can be easily connected around your property, aluminum fencing comes in varying heights, such as 36″, 42″, 48″, 54″, 60″ and 72″, so that you can go with the right height for your security and aesthetic needs. If you’re looking to secure an area, higher fencing is recommended, though lower fencing could be just right in the front of your property to give a less imposing look.

Beyond sizing concerns, you’ll also have to decide on the style and number of rails you want. While aluminum fencing is rigid enough, many designs, such as an Outback fence, have more than the top and bottom rails, adding a third or fourth rail near the top or bottom of the fence panel. In general, the more rails, the more ornate and decorative the fence will look.

Many of the popular styles are fairly similar, with the main differences being the number of rails and pickets, and the finishing touches up top or on bottom. Some pickets may extend to the top or over the top of the panel, with spears above the top or second rail. From flat tops to exposed spears or finials, or even a flat top with spears such as the Outback aluminum fence, there’s no shortage of ways to complete your home’s outdoor look. 

Color is also something to think about. While black may be the most common because it’s reminiscent of old wrought iron fencing, aluminum fencing is available in bronze, white or with gold accents on finials and other ornamentation to really dial up the style. 

While other colors may also be available, resist the urge to go with a color that’s too out there as it may drastically clash with your landscaping or home. Black is great for homes in areas with a lot of greenery or landscaping, while white or bronze is best for desert areas or lighter colored stucco or stone homes and landscaping. 

An important consideration is also whether or not you need commercial grade or residential grade fencing. Residential aluminum fencing is less robust and lighter than commercial fencing, though you can certainly get commercial grade fencing for your home and vice versa. Typically, residential fencing means 5/8″ pickets, while commercial fences have pickets that are 3/4″. Residential fencing also comes in six foot panels and commercial fencing tends to come in larger, eight foot sections.

Outback and More – Aluminum Fence Design Styles

As the simplest and most popular style of aluminum fence, the Floridian fence has two rails, one at the top and one at the bottom, with pickets that extend the entire panel. Without any ornamentation, a Floridian fence is a clean and classic design that works just about anywhere. It’s also the most unimposing style due to its limited features.

Another popular aluminum fence design is known as the Sierra. With a third rail near the top and the bottom rail moved up a bit, a Sierra fence is more elegant than the Floridian with pickets that extend to the top rail and slightly past the bottom. It’s also the foundational design that the Outback is based on.

Indeed, one of the most common variations of the Sierra is an Outback aluminum fence. Instead of pickets that all extend up to the top rail, every other picket is speared in between the top two rails, adding extra ornamentation but without the exposed finials that block arm-resting up top. It’s a more elegant look than the Sierra or Floridian, but the function is largely the same.

A slightly different take on the Outback is the Carolina, which is basically an Outback without the speared finials that extend up past the second rail. It’s sort of like a Sierra and Outback if you got rid of the distinctive finials of an Outback aluminum fence.

Another popular type of aluminum fence design is the Appalachian. It has the same three rails as the other fences mentioned, but the top two are shifted down, exposing the speared finials on each picket. It’s a more menacing and secure look, and the signature feature is the exposed spears up top that discourages climbing and other behavior. 

A similar version of the Appalachian is the Manhattan, which is essentially an Appalachian with alternating picket spears above the two top rails. If you have an increased security concern, the Manhattan or Appalachian is a good option. 

For another fence option that’s a mix of the Outback aluminum fence and the Sierra, a Puppy fence adds another rail at the bottom and twice as many pickets below the third rail — perfect for keeping pets inside and assorted animals out. You can also get an Appalachian with twice as many pickets, which is basically a cross between the Puppy fence and the Appalachian.

Those that want a more regal or elegant look can opt for the Castle, which is essentially an Appalachian fence with arched spears that invokes medieval architecture. Like other aluminum fencing that prevents climbing, the Castle is a great way to bump up security while also bringing in design features from a bygone era.

For maximum ornamentation and elegance, there’s the Elegant Arch and Cathedral. Featuring three rails with two up top and an open bottom, both the Elegant Arch and Cathedral come with striking designs and an imposing look. Opt for the Elegant Arch if you prefer larger swoops and bends, or go with the Cathedral for interlocking bends that adds a sophisticated, old-European feel to any property line or boundary.

Installing Your Outback Aluminum Fence

Regardless of the fence style you choose, such as an Outback aluminum fence or something more or less ornate, installation is much easier than traditional wood fences that often have to be built and installed at the same time. Your fencing will come with instructions and diagrams, but anyone that’s worked with a fence before can likely jump right in.

Before you can get started, it’s important to prep the area. Posts will need to be situated every six feet (or eight feet for commercial fencing), and don’t forget the gate if you’re adding one. Make note of where sprinklers and underground lines are running and ensure that your new fencing won’t interfere. When in doubt, call your utility company so that you can avoid any damage during installation.

It’s also a good idea to check your shipment to ensure that everything’s present and accounted for. You don’t want to do all the up-front work and realize you’re missing caps or hinges, so a little prep goes a long way. 

When you’re ready to get started, lay out your fencing around your property and work your way around, driving a stake at the end of each panel and using string to ensure straightness. Holes should be marked every 72.5″ and dug 6″ wide and 24″ to 42″ deep (dependent on frost line) with a post hole digger. 

Attach each section of the fence by sliding the notched rails of the fencing panel into the holes on the post, using a 1″ self-tapping screw to secure the post to the rail. After putting the post in the first hole, simply plumb the post with a level and mix concrete to pour down the hole, filling the remaining 2″ with packed dirt up to the surface

To keep everything in line and to prevent the process from getting away from you, install only one post or panel at a time, then go back and adjust each post to ensure that the fence is straight and that there’s a nice, smooth flow. If you wait too long, the concrete will dry, so work as you go to get the best fit and finish.

 

For more on how to install an Outback aluminum fence or any aluminum fence for that matter, consult the aluminum fencing experts at Aluminum Fences Direct or check out our DIY fence installation guide.

Who Is the Best Aluminum Fence Distributor?

What makes the best aluminum fence distributor? There are plenty of aluminum fence distributors out there, of course. How do you choose which one is the right one, the one that will transform your home into a safe and secure place that has great curb appeal, the one that will transform your hazardous backyard pool into a danger-free zone, and the one that will increase the value of your property because of the quality of design, materials and installation?

We’ve broken this question down into five categories: where can you get the best quality aluminum fencing materials? Where can you find the widest variety of aluminum fencing styles? Where can you get the best pricing for aluminum fencing? Where can you get the most comprehensive aluminum fencing installation support? And where can you find an aluminum fencing company you can trust? We’ll answer each of these questions in detail below, but we’ll give you a hint as to what the answer is: Aluminum Fences Direct. 

Quality of Aluminum Fencing Materials

By choosing aluminum for your fencing needs, you are making a wise investment. Aluminum has many attractive features that other materials don’t have: it’s superior to wood fences, vinyl fences, steel fences, and wrought iron fences. 

Aluminum Strength

When it comes to the fence around your yard or pool, you want something strong. Fences look good–there’s no doubt about curb appeal–but they also keep your yard safe. A strong fence is a fence that will keep in kids and pets, but also keep out unwanted strangers as well as wildlife. The rail across the top has to be strong in case someone (your teenagers, maybe?) try to hop the fence and you don’t want it bent. But the pickets have to be strong, too, so that your younger children can pull them apart and squeeze through and go out into the street. 

You might be surprised to learn that aluminum is very strong material, indeed. Instead of imagining soda cans and tin foil when you think of aluminum, think of car parts, airplane frames, construction equipment and so much more. Yes, pound for pound, steel and iron are stronger metals (but we’ll talk about the downsides of steel and iron below) but when it comes to a strength competition between aluminum and wood, or aluminum and vinyl, aluminum comes out on top every time. 

We use 6000 series aluminum for all of our fence panels and posts, with properties that are unsurpassed by other manufacturers. That’s us: Aluminum Fences Direct.

Aluminum Maintenance

Let’s talk about the maintenance that you have to put into an aluminum fence: there is none. Literally, there’s nothing you need to do to maintain your aluminum fence (unless you include hosing off grass clippings or mud from the yard). You’ll never need to paint, polish or patch our aluminum fences, ever.

Why is this? Two reasons: the first is that aluminum is a corrosion-resistant material. Unlike steel and iron (see? we’re talking about them now) aluminum doesn’t rust. It’s not because of any treatment we give to aluminum, either: aluminum can’t rust because of its chemical properties. Rust happens when iron oxidizes, and aluminum has virtually no iron in its composition (unlike steel and, well, iron). In fact, while aluminum does oxidize, its oxidation actually acts as a protectant seal for the aluminum underneath.

The other reason that our aluminum is so corrosion-resistant, however, is that we do actually give it a powder coating (because there are other things that can corrode a metal than just water and oxygen). We coat all of our products using an environmentally-friendly electrostatic powder that leaves them extremely durable. It does not emit the large amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that is common in the liquid coating process, which damage the atmosphere. Our coating is guaranteed to meet and exceed the most strict performance guidelines of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA-2604) against corrosion and fading, keeping your purchase looking beautiful and maintenance free.

Again, that’s what you can expect with the best aluminum fence distributor: Aluminum Fences Direct.

A Wide Variety of Aluminum Fencing Styles

When you’re looking for aluminum fencing, it’s almost never a purchase you’re making purely for security reasons. If you just wanted a cheap way to keep things out of your yard you could put in unsightly and low-quality chain link, after all. No, when you’re choosing an aluminum fence because it not only keeps your property and yard secure, but also because you like the way it looks. Let’s face it: aluminum fences look great. 

And we have every style under the sun. 

If you want a standard, solid, good-looking fence, then you need search no further than the Floridian or Sierra, both with clean lines. Want something with a little more architectural detail? The Outback and Carolina styles both have unique top profiles that take a standard fence to the next level. Want spiked pickets at the top of your fence? We have lots of options for those, from the straight-topped Appalaichian to the jagged Manhattan to the very strong XP (eXtra Picket Fence) to the Castle, which arrays its spiked pickets in a gentle but distinguished curve across the length of the panel. And if you want a fence specifically for animals in your yard we’ve got you covered with the Puppy, which has narrowly-placed pickets at the bottom to make sure your pup (or other pets) won’t go astray. And, of course, if you want something much more ornamental, there is the Elegant Arch, which has gorgeous arching pickets overlying a spike, and the singular Cathedral, which is perhaps the most regal looking fence in our catalog.

But don’t think it stops there, because we don’t settle for second best when it comes to style offerings. You can customize your fence–any of the styles mentioned above–with a wide arrangement of accessories, including Monarch, Victorian or Imperial finials to replace the press-point topped pickets. We also have Ball Caps for the top of your posts, and even Solar Caps to spread a little light into your well-fenced yard. There’s optional scrollwork that can be added to a fence to give it a little panache.

And, of course, not all our accessories are necessarily about style: we also have a variety of items that make a good fence great just in terms of usage. These include the Lokklatch Magnetic, the Ornamag Lockable Latch Double Sided, the Magna Latch, and many more latches, mounts, and mount covers that will turn a regular fence into a perfect one.

And what aluminum fence distributor has all of this? You can only get it through Aluminum Fences Direct.

The Best Pricing on Aluminum Fencing

You would expect the best aluminum fence distributor to have the best aluminum fence pricing, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Aluminum Fences Direct. Our aluminum fencing starts as low as $42 a panel! 

We have better prices because we’ve got the wholesale prices. You’re not working through a middleman who marks up the price of your aluminum fence. These are the rock bottom prices, the best you can find anywhere.

Want a comparison? HomeAdvisor says that the average aluminum fence panel comes in at $60 per panel. And we’re starting at $42. They say that ornamental panels can go for as much as $240 per panel. Our top-of-the-line styles get under that price by as much as $40 per panel. 

Add on top of that our Rewards Program that gives you gift cards for sending us pictures of your beautifully completed fence or by referring others, and you’ve got the best pricing on aluminum fencing, period.

Comprehensive Aluminum Fencing Installation Support

If you’ve looked around at getting an aluminum fence, you probably get some real sticker shock when you find out the cost of installation. HomeAdvisor says that the price of paying installers to put in your aluminum fence can be anywhere from $15-$40 per foot. That can be upwards of $4000 for a fence, or more! That’s enough to make anyone question whether they want an aluminum fence or not.

At Aluminum Fences Direct, you save that money because you’re the one installing the fence. Don’t let that scare you! If you’ve even done a little bit of work around the house or yard, you’ll be fully capable of installing a fence. And we’re here to give you absolutely as much support as you’re going to need with our comprehensive aluminum fencing installation guide. 

You can read it all now. It’s not hard–we promise. We tell you exactly what tools you’re going to need (don’t worry, they’re nothing difficult) and then we describe in step-by-step detail exactly what to do and when. We give you illustrations to help you map out your yard and design your own fence, figuring out where you’ll put your gates, where you’ll put the posts, and how many panels you’ll need. Once you’ve got that figured out, you order the fencing and we ship you everything you’ll need including all the hardware. 

Then you just follow the easy instructions and before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful fence that not only looks great but actually adds value to your property. It’s true: a fully installed fence will make your house appraise for even more money than it did before. So if you can get the benefit of that, and save yourself $4000 in installation costs, why wouldn’t you choose Aluminum Fences Direct?

An Aluminum Fencing Company You Can Trust 

We’re a company you can trust, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Our website is overflowing with the positive reviews we’ve received from customers who have used our aluminum fencing, installed it themselves, participated in the rewards program, and are enthusiastic enough to send us a message telling us what a good experience it was. You can find all the reviews here, but here’s a few highlights:

We are very pleased with the entire process from start to finish. From the initial estimate to delivery, and following the installation instructions, the process was smooth. Now fully installed, the fence adds safety for our child and dog, increased curb appeal to our home, and resale value. The fence was easy to work with, lightweight yet strong and blends in with the existing landscaping.

We have received lots of compliments from the neighbors, friends and family. It was well worth the investment and would use Aluminum Fences Direct again without pause.

Thanks again and it was great doing business with you.

Anthony W.

Wall Township, NJ

December 2020

Or this one:

Buying our fence from Aluminum Fences Direct was a GREAT decision. They were awesome to work with. Very helpful and their price was the best anywhere. I loved the videos they sent for installation purposes. They made putting the fence up ourselves so easy. I highly recommend Aluminum Fences Direct to anyone.

Dave M.

Jackson, MO

September 2020

And the reviews keep coming in!

Made in the USA

Other companies will say that their products are “made in the USA” but what they mean is that they’ve assembled the pieces here. For Aluminum Fences Direct, we don’t want to sell you a product shipped from China or Mexico where we can’t control the quality. We want to know that when we send a fence panel out of our warehouse, it is going to satisfy the customer in every way. That’s why all of our fencing comes from a supplier who not only assembles their products right here in the Carolinas, but gets the actual aluminum itself from local manufacturers. It truly is Made in the USA, and that means “quality”.

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Want to be sure that we’re the best aluminum fence distributor? Put us to the test. You can contact us by email or phone–and yes, that phone will be answered by not only a real-live human being, but a human being who knows a lot about aluminum fencing. So give us a call and see if we know our stuff. We guarantee that we do, and that you’ll get the customer service that you deserve.

 

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Why Are Residential Aluminum Fences So Expensive

You’re a savvy shopper. You’ve probably been looking around at various options for that fence you’ve been wanting to install. You’ve seen the beautiful photos, admired the look of some and had your doubts about others. And if you’re on this site you’ve probably been looking pretty closely at aluminum fencing, but maybe you’re not sure about that sticker price.

It’s true: residential aluminum fences can be expensive. There’s no getting around that. But the key word there is that they “can” be expensive. They don’t have to be. There are ways to get a gorgeous aluminum fence that will look great around your yard, enclosing your pool, gating your driveway, all for a price that is downright reasonable. 

But first let’s look into aluminum fences and figure out why they’re so expensive, and we’ll see what can be done to cut the cost. There are two big factors in price when it comes to aluminum fences being so expensive: installation and markup. You might look at the price of an aluminum fence and feel that it’s not that bad only to find out that, with installation, it’s way out of your price range. What do the numbers tell us?

Aluminum Fence Installation Cost

HomeAdvisor did a study of aluminum fence prices and they found that installation costs alone for your fence cost anywhere from $15 to $40 per foot! Now that’s a wide range, and the reason for that is because every yard is different and different yard footprints are going to be more difficult than others (for example, that $40 price is probably a yard on a steep slope, or with a lot of curves and angles, while the $15 is probably a flat, level square.) But still, $15 per foot–at the bottom of the range!–is an awful lot of money when you start measuring out the perimeter of your yard.

Let’s take an average yard for our calculations. If it’s a medium yard, say a quarter acre, then that puts the perimeter at 417 feet (and for making the math easier let’s just call it 400). 400 feet of fencing around your quarter acre yard. That’s going to be $6000 for installation alone! It’s no wonder that people think that aluminum fences are expensive. $6000 is a lot of money to begin with, and then to realize that it’s only the installation cost: not materials, not permits, not property line surveys or other utility inspections. And then realize that we’re basing that $6000 on the base low-end estimate of $15 per foot! If you’re on the high end, that’s a $16,000 installation bill.

Almost makes you want to rethink getting an aluminum fence, doesn’t it? But don’t worry, there’s a solution coming up that will take that price WAY down. We’ll get to it in a second. First, let’s talk about the markup on aluminum fencing.

Aluminum Fence Cost Markup

Aluminum fencing is a beautiful, low-maintenance, secure and attractive addition to any home. But if you don’t shop around, you can end up paying a lot more for it than you need to. 

Let’s look at HomeAdvisor again, we see that they’re putting the price of a standard panel of aluminum fence at $60. (They define a panel as a 4’x6’ section of fence. A panel of fence is what goes between the individual posts.) That might sound reasonable if we’re looking at it on its own. $60 for a panel is only $10 per foot, but going back our average quarter-acre yard that’s a $4000 fence. That’s still an awful lot of money (and it doesn’t include that crazy $6000 installation bill we talked about). 

But let’s look at what happens when you go to a seller that only deals in aluminum fences–like Aluminum Fences Direct! That same 4’x6’ standard panel (let’s use the Floridian fence, because it’s a good, basic fence) is only $53. That $7 may not seem like much, but it puts the price of that quarter-acre fence at $3533–nearly five hundred dollars cheaper than the standard price that you’d pay from the average fence installer. 

And that’s only where the markup starts. HomeAdvisor puts the price of an ornamental fence at $15-$40 per foot (so we’re looking at an ornamental-fenced yard anywhere between $6000 and $16000!) But here at Aluminum Fences Direct you can look at the prices of our most ornamental fences and see that the prices are much lower. Our Elegant Arch fence comes in at $18 a foot. So does our Castle fence. The Manhattan or Appalachian fences are ornamental and they’re only $11 per foot. 

See, when it comes to aluminum fences, there’s the mainstream fencing companies who stock all kinds of fences and charge you extra for aluminum. Or there’s Aluminum Fences Direct who specialize in aluminum fences and can therefore get you fences for much cheaper with no difference in quality. 

Aluminum Fence Pricing vs Other Types of Fencing

It’s important to note that if you’re in the market for a metal fence, aluminum is going to be a lot less expensive than your other options. Take a steel fence, for instance. HomeAdvisor puts the price of a section of steel fencing at $180 to $350. (A section is measured differently from a panel, but that works out to $22 to $47 per foot.) That puts our hypothetical yard, now surrounded by steel fencing, at between $8,800 and $18,800! So while you can put steel around your yard, do you really want to pay out that much money for it?

Plus installation costs of steel fencing, which they put at between $30 to $50 per foot. Per foot! This fence is really getting out of hand. 

Or how about wrought iron? That’s a good looking fence, too (though it does require some serious maintenance to keep it from rusting.) That’s $24 to $30 per foot in materials and $24 to $44 to install. So, you’re not saving money on the wrought iron, either.

So is Aluminum Fencing Really That Expensive After All?

Well, we’ve done the math and we’ve found that the aluminum fencing is definitely cheaper than steel. And we’ve done the math to find that it’s definitely cheaper than wrought iron. 

And we’ve done the math to show that Aluminum Fences Direct’s prices are definitely better than the national average that is marked up by fence companies who don’t specialize in aluminum like we do. 

The big question, then, is what about installation? That’s where a lot of the price was. 

That’s the beauty of Aluminum Fences Direct. We give you all the tools, all the know-how, all the information that you need to be able to install the fence yourself. Will it require getting your hands dirty? Yes. Will it save you $6000 (at a minimum)? You bet. 

Following our complete and trusted DIY Fence Installation Guide, you’ll be able to install the aluminum fence yourself, no need for professional help. It doesn’t require much. Some string, stakes, a post hole digger, a little concrete mix and a Phillips screwdriver. Really–we’re not kidding. That’s all there is to it.

Are Aluminum Fences Expensive–Or Do They Pay For Themselves?

While we can’t break it down into numbers as evenly as dollars per foot, we know from years of experience (and Realtors will back us up) that curb appeal is what sells a house. If you have an attractive aluminum fence surrounding your yard then your home value just went up. It will appraise for more, because you’ve improved the property. It looks better, it has better security, it protects your kids and pets, and it keeps out wild animals (and roaming criminals). 

So while you are making an investment into the fence of both your money and your labor, you’re not only getting a beautiful addition to your home, you’re getting a piece of property that is worth more. So it really doesn’t seem expensive at all; it seems like a prudent investment.

 

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How Strong Are Aluminum Fences?

Aluminum fences look great and add value to the home, as well as making the property more safe and secure, but how strong is aluminum? When people think of aluminum they often think of an aluminum soda can, because that’s the application we encounter aluminum most frequently.

Or do we? Aluminum is actually all around us and we often simply don’t recognize it. Our cars are full of aluminum parts, as are power lines and even the interior of computers. But perhaps the biggest usage of aluminum is in the construction industry. From ladders to doors, from bridges to skylights, and all manner of internal structure in both residential and commercial buildings, aluminum is a mainstay when it comes to construction technology. This is because it is lightweight, strong, and easy to maintain.  

Aluminum Fences Are As Strong as Wrought Iron, But Lighter Weight

As mentioned above, the things that come to mind when we think of aluminum are soda cans and tin foil, but an aluminum fence is every bit as strong as a wrought iron fence! It is sturdy, can withstand bumps and bangs, protects your home from those who would try to bend open the pickets or jump over the rail. It is absolutely comparable in strength with an iron fence, but there are big differences that fall in aluminum’s favor. 

Aluminum Fences Are Resilient to Weather

Aluminum fences are far more resistant to water corrosion, rust and decay than a wrought iron fence. Iron rusts easily, and even a little chip in the paint will soon start to oxidize and turn a beautiful post into an unsightly red-orange eyesore. But aluminum won’t rust and with a powder coating will be resilient to all bumps and dings–you’ll never need to paint an aluminum fence. The sun can bake it, snow can pile up against it, and icicles can dangle from the rail, but you’ll never need to worry about the weather damaging an aluminum fence.

Aluminum Fences Are Maintenance Free

As mentioned, you never need to do upkeep on an aluminum fence, as you would with a wooden or an iron fence which requires a new paint job every year. The only maintenance you’ll ever need to do on an aluminum fence is perhaps spraying it down with the hose to get grass clippings or mud off the bottom. But that’s it! They are sturdy and take care of themselves. 

Grades of Aluminum Fencing

Not all aluminum is the same. The key is to use the right product for the right project. Here we’ve broken down some of the differences between the main grades of aluminum fencing that you will see.

Residential Grade Aluminum Fencing

Whenever you are choosing a grade of aluminum fencing, the first thing to keep in mind is that most of the qualities of appearance are going to be similar. You’ll be able to find the same colors, the same powder coatings, and many of the same styles. Obviously, with residential grade aluminum fencing you’re going to find a wider variety of ornamental styles than, say, in industrial fencing. But the overall look of an aluminum fence is going to be the same regardless of grade.

Residential grade aluminum fencing is strong and lightweight, very durable and needs no maintenance. It is made specifically to be shipped and installed as fencing around your property, so it is meant to withstand any bumping, grinding, or rubbing associated with being jostled around on a worksite. That’s likely the time in a residential fence’s life that it’s going to take the most abuse. And if you’re worried it’s not strong enough to take some weight of a person jumping over it, we know that’s going to happen in the life of a fence (especially if you’ve got children or teenagers). A residential grade aluminum fence can take that weight.

Pool Grade Aluminum Fencing

Pool grade aluminum fencing is aluminum fencing that has been made to a stricter standard: the BOCA code (Building Officials and Code Administrators). These are rules that are specified for the building and safety of residential construction. There are BOCA codes for everything from electrical to plumbing to foundations, and there are BOCA codes for pool fences. 

While BOCA codes vary by municipality, they generally state that a pool fence must be at least 48” high. Some cities require 60”. Spacing between the pickets cannot allow a 4” sphere to pass through, but that is the minimum. Many pool grade aluminum fencing companies put the pickets at 3” to be on the safe side. (The reason for this rule is to stop the curious toddler from squeezing through the pickets and getting into the pool unsupervised.) 

Other than the codes for height and spacing, however, the strength of a pool grade aluminum fence is typically the same as that of a residential grade aluminum fence. (And don’t worry about any water damage from the pool water or chemicals. Aluminum pool fences can withstand anything like that.)

Commercial Grade Aluminum Fencing

Commercial grade aluminum fencing is more heavy-duty and is designed with an eye more on protection and security. This type of fence, while it still may look in style like a residential grade aluminum fence, will typically be in place for more than decoration and is designed to handle rougher abuse. The aluminum used is heavier and stiffer, with the intention of stopping commercial-style incidents–a bump from a vehicle, the scaling of a determined burglar, or the collision of falling inventory or equipment. Areas that see high traffic from vehicles, equipment, and people ought to look into commercial grade aluminum fencing.

Industrial Grade Aluminum Fencing

Industrial grade fencing is an even stronger and more durable aluminum than commercial grade, made from thicker material. Industrial grade fencing is used not so much in different types of businesses than commercial grade (for example, don’t think a regular business needs commercial grade but a factory needs industrial grade). But the difference is that industrial grade aluminum is used in applications that see more use and wear. For example, a commercial facility with commercial grade fencing might have an industrial grade fencing gate for continuous use.

Steel vs. Aluminum Fencing: What You Should Know

So how strong are aluminum fences versus steel fences, and what do you need to know about them? Here are some comparison breakdowns:

Strength Comparison: Steel vs Aluminum

When it comes to strength, there is no doubt that, pound for pound, steel is stronger than aluminum. This is not to say aluminum is weak, just to say that steel is a very tried-and-true material that is made to withstand almost anything. While both materials are durable, steel is more resistant to impacts and dents.

Corrosion Comparison: Steel vs Aluminum

Aluminum is nearly impervious to rust, and it needs no coating or treatment to make it rust-resistant; it is just a property of the material. Steel (or “carbon steel” as opposed to stainless steel) usually needs a treatment or coating or even paint to make it rust and corrosion resistant. When it comes to lifespan of a fence, a galvanized and powder-coated steel fence has about the same life as an aluminum fence, which is to say: more than fifty years, at a minimum.

Weight Comparison: Steel vs Aluminum

In this category, aluminum comes through as the clear winner. It’s the tradeoff that steel has for being the stronger metal. Steel is approximately 2.5 times heavier than aluminum. (This varies based on the specific alloys being tested.)

Appearance Comparison: Steel vs Aluminum

When a metal fence is installed and in place, whether it is aluminum or powder-coated steel, they are virtually identical. It would take a material scientist to tell the difference in a lab (or someone weighing the fence). When it comes to appearance, there is no clear winner because they are identical for all intents and purposes.

Price Comparison: Steel vs Aluminum

It may surprise you to know that when it comes to raw materials (which fluctuate with the market) steel is a cheaper substance than aluminum. HOWEVER, when it comes to the actual fencing available for sale, aluminum will always be significantly cheaper than steel. 

Another benefit when it comes to price is that, because aluminum is so much lighter than steel, the price of shipping aluminum is considerably lower than the price of shipping steel. 

Also, aluminum is a more malleable metal, and is easier to bend and shape into various architectural and ornamental designs than steel, making the entire process of getting an ornamental aluminum fence easier and cheaper than getting an ornamental steel fence. So if you’re looking for an ornamental look, aluminum is going to be cheaper still.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Aluminum Fencing

If you’ve ever looked into fencing, your eyes have probably lingered a little while on aluminum. Maybe you’ve noticed them without even realizing the fences were aluminum. An aluminum fence is an attractive, beautiful fence, with great strength characteristics, but unlike other metal fences (like steel or iron) it’s also remarkably inexpensive and lightweight. You’ll find that there are a lot of benefits to aluminum fencing. Let’s dive into everything you need to know about aluminum fencing.

Why Choose An Aluminum Fence?

So why should you choose an aluminum fence? There are a lot of reasons. For starters, they’re great to look at. They add beauty and appeal to your home, pool, or business. They’re also strong–very strong–and can take a beating if they need to. Unlike other metals, and also wood, they don’t need any special paint or treatment to maintain. In fact, an aluminum fence is so good that adding one to your property will increase the property value. And you can’t beat the price.

Beauty

The first thing you’ll notice about an aluminum fence is how attractive it is. Aluminum is straight and strong, with clean lines and a nice finish. One of the best parts of aluminum fencing is how many styles you can get. When aluminum is manufactured it’s a very malleable metal and can be made into any shape. This allows you to get all of the gorgeous details that are associated with wrought iron–all of the architectural details, the finials, the scrollwork and the ball caps–but without all of the drawbacks that come with iron (like high maintenance and high weight). 

Some of the designs that you can get in your aluminum fencing styles start with the very basic, like the Floridian, with it’s long straight lines. The Sierra and Carolina styles step that up a bit with added rails and different spacing to give it a more intricate design, and you can even add to that design with the optional rings that come in Sierra fences. If you’re looking for a spiked fence–that classic, sophisticated look–then there are several varieties to choose from, including the Appalachian and the Manhattan, both with spear tops, the latter with alternating heights. The Outback style goes a slightly different direction giving us both spear tops and a top rail. Either way you go, you also have the option of exchanging the spear tops for sculpted finials: the Monarch, the Victorian, and the Imperial. These give interesting new looks to the already intriguing styles. 

And if you really want to increase the wow factor there are the very ornamental styles like the Elegant Arch or the Cathedral. These sophisticated looks draw the eye and attract the attention of anyone passing by. 

No matter what fence style you choose, you can get it in any of three finishes: black, white or bronze. All three have a semi-gloss powder coating that will never chip, peel, or flake. And there is the option for adding gold to your finials, for that extra flair.

Aluminum fences can really look like just about anything, but they’ll always have a uniform quality and attractiveness that will add appeal to your property.

Strength and Durability

Aluminum is a very strong and durable material, and is very resistant to damage from the weather or accidents. 

Our aluminum fencing is made from 6000 series aluminum with properties that exceed that of other manufacturers. One thing we pride ourselves on is that, unlike other fencing companies, we do not import material from foreign markets, like China and Mexico, to get lower grade and cheaper material. All of our fencing is not only assembled in the United States, but the aluminum itself is manufactured right here in the Carolinas. We do this to ensure that we maintain the highest levels of quality.

All of our aluminum is coated with an environmentally-friendly electrostatic powder coating that makes them extremely durable and rugged. This prevents corrosion and fading. But another remarkable thing about the metal itself is that aluminum doesn’t rust. Unlike iron and steel, aluminum cannot rust because it contains little to no iron atoms, and rust is iron oxide (or, iron combined with oxygen). And the kicker is that while aluminum also oxidizes, the oxidation is a benefit: oxidized aluminum creates a powerful coating on the surface of the metal that prevents any damage to the core of the item itself. 

An aluminum fence in a backyard or driveway can stand up to any amount of activity common to household life, including impacts from soccer balls, bumps from a lawnmower, even teenagers climbing over the top of them. And if you’re in a more active area, we have commercial and industrial grades of aluminum special for those types of places. Commercial grade aluminum is made for high-traffic areas that might get bumped with car bumpers or nicked by equipment or impacted by inventory. And industrial grade aluminum is made for the most rigorously-used applications, such as the gates at a shipping-and-receiving dock, or an auto lot. So really, there’s a grade of aluminum for anything you want, no matter how tough you need it. And it all still looks as good.

Pool Fences

While we’re talking about strength and durability, we should also talk about pool fences. Pool fences are not only beautiful, and not only able to withstand the corrosion of chlorine and other pool chemicals, but they are also made to a higher standard of quality. 

Aluminum pool fences meet the BOCA code (Building Officials and Code Administrators). This means that the fence must not allow a 4” sphere to pass between the pickets, and there must be no less than 45” between the pool fence rails. The fence must be at least 48” tall, and the gate must be self-closing and self-latching. All of this is done to ensure that small children (and animals) can’t squeeze between the pickets and fall into the pool. 

Low Maintenance

One of the main benefits of an aluminum fence is the fact that you’re going to need to do very little maintenance over the lifespan of the fence. In fact, other than the occasional hose-down to remove mud or lawn clippings, you won’t have to do any maintenance. The powder coating will last the life of the fence.

Now compare that to what you’d need to do with either a wrought iron or wooden fence, which will require paint at least every couple of years, as well as sanding and scraping. Even a steel fence will need some maintenance because it can rust and needs to be well studied to make sure that it gets no nicks or dings in its coating. 

Increased Property Value

Now after all of these benefits, it’s probably no surprise to learn that adding a fine aluminum fence to your yard will increase your property value. There is nothing that has a more direct impact on the value of your home than curb appeal, and aluminum fences have curb appeal in spades. Once you install your aluminum fence, you’ll have instant equity–thousands of dollars of value added to your property overnight. 

And that’s not to mention the fact that your fence will be a welcome addition to the entire neighborhood. By increasing the look and appeal of your home, you’ll be adding to the value of the whole street, and making your neighbors very happy. Pretty soon they’ll be looking into getting aluminum fences of their own. 

But an aluminum fence doesn’t add property value just because it’s gorgeous, although it is, but because it is safe and secure. When you install a fence you’re installing a security system around your home and that security system will make you and your family safer, whether you’re worried about pets escaping, kids getting in the street, children falling in the pool, or burglars scaling the fence to get in your yard. It’s all going to be safer with an aluminum fence, and that safety means your house is more valuable.

Price

With all of these benefits you might have come to the conclusion that an aluminum fence is quite expensive. After all, if it’s so good, it’s got to be pretty pricey. Well, not only is an aluminum fence cheaper than most of its counterparts, but at Aluminum Fences Direct we also make sure that the price stays low by acting as a wholesaler and cutting out the middleman. There’s no markup on our fences, so while the average price of an aluminum fence panel in America is $60 (for a 6’ x 4’ panel), at Aluminum Fences Direct you can get that same panel for as little as $42. 

But the price difference doesn’t stop there, because the real place where aluminum fences can get expensive is in the installation. If you hired a company to install your fence, the installation costs alone would be, according to national estimates, between $15 and $40 per foot of fence! But at Aluminum Fences Direct we encourage our buyers to DIY the installation, so when you’re fencing a yard you’re saving anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000. And that money you’re saving is still going into the property value of your home–it’s sweat equity. 

Don’t think that because it’s DIY installation it’s going to be hard and have a lot of hidden costs (and that you’ll end up hiring a general contractor to do it). We hold your hand through the whole installation process to make sure that you get the aluminum fence of your dreams at a price you can afford. 

Should I Get An Aluminum Fence or A Steel Fence?

We’ve talked all about the great things about aluminum fencing, but you might still be wondering: if aluminum is so great, might steel be even better? And yes, steel is definitely a player in the fencing game. But we think that you’ll find that steel pales in comparison to aluminum when we’re putting them head-to-head.

Aluminum vs Steel: Beauty

Aluminum and steel fences look very similar, there’s no doubt about that. But what you may be surprised to learn is that steel can’t do all of the things that aluminum can do (or, at least, it can’t do them at a reasonable price). Therefore, many of the styles that are available in aluminum cannot be found in steel, primarily because aluminum is more malleable. Now, when we say malleable, don’t think of aluminum foil. But in the manufacturing process, there is a point at which aluminum is more easily shaped and molded into its stylistic forms than steel could be. This is especially true of the curves, circles, arches, and other ornamentation. Yes, if you wanted to pay a lot for highly ornamented steel you could, but you’d have to order it custom. They just don’t make it standard.

Aluminum vs Steel: Strength

When it comes to strength, all things being equal, we have to give the award to steel. Steel is a stronger metal in terms of impacts and the amount of weight it can bear. The question is: does the difference matter? Is the strength of aluminum so low that it will bend and dent easily? The answer is no. A residential aluminum fence is sufficiently strong for anything that a residential aluminum fence needs to withstand. And, if you’re talking about more rugged applications, that’s where the commercial and industrial grades of aluminum come in. There really is an aluminum solution for everything.

Aluminum vs Steel: Corrosion

When it comes to corrosion, there’s no contest: aluminum just doesn’t corrode. Steel rusts, plain and simple. Yes, steel is going to probably be powder coated to prevent rust, but then you always have to be wary of tiny nicks and flakes in the coating, because the smallest rust spot can corrode out the core. 

Aluminum vs Steel: Weight

Steel weighs more, but if you’re leaning toward steel you may ask why the weight of steel even matters. After all, it’s just going to be standing in place and no one will ever need to lift it. Why should the weight of the material make a difference. It’s because there will be times when you need to lift it: during shipping and installation. And steel is not only heavier, it’s 2.5 times as heavy as aluminum. So if you’re shipping a few hundred feet of fence panels and posts, and calculating the shipping costs, just imagine the price difference for something weighing two and a half times the other. And all of that shipping cost comes out of your pocket. (It also makes installation harder, because it weighs so much, so whether you’re doing a steel installation DIY or paying a contractor, it’s going to be a lot worse of a job.)

Aluminum vs Steel: Price

We’ve already talked about the extra cost of shipping steel (which is very substantial) but steel just costs more per foot. The difference is about 1.25 to 1.5 times as expensive for steel as it is for aluminum–but that’s just looking at national averages. When you consider Aluminum Fences Direct’s wholesale structure, it can be significantly cheaper. And then add into it that you’re going to be doing the installation yourself and, well, you’re probably more than convinced by now.

How Do I Install An Aluminum Fence?

The great thing about Aluminum Fences Direct’s DIY approach to aluminum fencing is that it saves you so much money. And it’s really not that hard. If you’re at all handy around the house or yard, you’ll be able to figure out the right fencing for your needs. And we have a comprehensive installation DIY guide to help get you there. 

Tools List

What do you need to actually install your aluminum fence? It’s a lot less than you probably think. All you’ll need is: string line; wooden stakes for each corner, end and gate post location; a post hole digger; concrete; a Phillips screwdriver. That’s it. That doesn’t sound too complicated. You can get all of that at your local hardware store for under fifty dollars. 

Creating a Materials List

In the DIY Installation Guide, there is an example of a layout plan to show you how to measure your yard and determine what materials you’ll need to order. Basically all you need to do is get some graph paper, a tape measure and a pencil, and draw a map of your yard. From there it’s a simple matter of breaking up the spans into the requisite number of panels and posts and corner posts. Count them up, and add in the gates, and you’ve got yourself a materials list. 

Racking vs. Stepping

Do you have a slope in your yard? If you do you’ll want to either rack it (install the fence sloping up) or step it (install one panel on the level, then build up a step and install the next panel on the level). 

In racking, the spacing on the rail next to the pickets allows for racking to occur. That is, it allows for the pickets to remain perfectly vertical at 90 degrees, while the top and bottom rails are sloped. The typical maximum slope that you can make with your fence is 19” rise over 6’ of run. In extremely sloped situations we can do a custom “double punch” which will allow for a rise of 36” over a 6’ run. There is no additional charge for this.

Some styles, particularly the more ornamental styles like the Elegant Arch and the Cathedral, can only be stepped. This is done by ordering end posts and attaching brackets on the opposite blank side from the punched out holes at the appropriate height that your slope demands. Steep slopes might cause a need for a custom extra long end post.

We’ll explain more if needed. Another reason why we walk every order through to completion as opposed to ordering from an online shopping cart.

Curved Fences

The fence panels come straight, so if your fence line has a curve, you will need to break it up into shorter panels with more posts between them. The panels themselves cannot be curved or bent as it would ruin their structural integrity. Each post however can angle 10 degrees or if you turn the post 10 degrees, you can get a 20 degree turn per post… more with adjustable wall/post mounts added in.

Is It Really True That Anyone Can Install Their Own Fence?

Possibly. Here’s a test: can you dig post holes that are two feet deep and six inches in diameter, spaced 72.5” on-center? If you can do that, then this should be no problem. That’s the hardest thing there is to do. If that is outside your skill set, you can still order the fencing panels and posts from us at the great price, and then hire a contractor to install them for you. 

 

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Advantages of an Aluminum Pool Fence

Getting a pool fence might be something that you’re dragging your feet about: you’ve just put a beautiful pool into your backyard and now there’s the task of putting a fence around it. Will the fence hurt the view? Will the fence ruin the yard? Will the fence get in the way of all the family having a good time at the pool?

The answer is that a fence is one of the best things you can do for your yard and family, and we’re not just talking about safety, but it also adds to property value, enhances the curb appeal of the house, reduces your legal liability, and frankly, if just gives you peace of mind. The question is not why should you get an aluminum fence, but why shouldn’t you? Everything points to getting a fence. Here are just a few of the many, many reasons.

A Pool Fence Increases Safety for Kids and Pets

This is the most obvious reason for getting a fence: safety of your kids and pets. It would be an awful thing to look outside and see the horrible sight of a toddler scrambling for safety–or worse. And this kind of thing happens every year, all across the country, to people who are good and loving parents who would never put their kids in harm’s way. It only takes one slip up, one unlocked door, one trip to the kitchen when you take your eyes off your child, and they could be outside and on their way into the pool. 

Pets are no different, and even wildlife can become trapped in pools. Having a fence around a pool is the responsible thing to do to protect the safety of your kids, your neighbors’ kids, the animals around your house, and the animals who may come creeping out of the woods. Owning a pool isn’t fun 100% of the time;  it’s also a responsibility. Make sure that you’re acting with all the responsibility that it requires. 

Swimming Pool Fences Reduce Accidents

As above, swimming pool fences reduce accidents, and they even reduce accidents in older children and adults. Walking past a pool you can easily slip and fall in, even if the cover is on, even if it’s not the season for swimming. Did you know that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that drowning is the second leading cause of death of children under 14, and most of those drownings don’t occur in the ocean or rivers or boating accidents–they occur in residential pools. The CDC goes on to report that installing a pool fence reduces the chance of a childhood drowning by 83%. If you have a pool, even if you don’t have kids, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get a security fence.

A Good Investment in Your Property

You may think that you’ve just bought a pool and you don’t want to pay any more for anything else–that pool was expensive enough! But studies show that adding an aluminum fence to your residential pool makes your property value increase. Aluminum fence is good looking fencing, make no mistake, and a good aluminum fence increases the curb appeal of your home, should you ever wish to sell it. Also, if you ever wish to sell, odds are good that the next owners will want a fence of their own, so if you already have one installed and looking good, then it will be that much easier to convince them that the property is ready to buy and move in. They won’t have to install a fence of their own later, and that will make the purchase even more sweet.

Easy to Use

A good aluminum fence is easy to use. There are other types of fences out there, like sliding glass or plexiglass fences, or mesh pool fences. These may look nice, or be cheaper to install, but they’re not as easy to use, as well as easy to secure and lock, as a good solid aluminum fence. A glass or plexiglass fence also requires a lot of maintenance, and a mesh fence can be cumbersome and hard to put into place. A permanent aluminum fence, made from strong metal and with sturdy latches and locks, will make pool ownership a breeze. Not only can you stop toddlers from getting into your pool, but when you decide to go in yourself you’re not struggling with sliding and glitchy latches, or fabric loops. Just a straightforward latch with room for a lock.

Easy to Maintain

An aluminum fence is a great investment for any part of the yard, but also for the pool, because it is so simple to maintain. Aluminum fences don’t rust or weather. They have extremely long lifespans, and to wash them–if a little mud splatters on them–you can just spray them down with the hose. There’s also no corrosion from the chlorine in the pool water, if that happens to get onto the aluminum. It can take a lot of abuse and still maintain its solid coated finish. 

Tons of Options to Choose From

Just take a look at our website to see how many options of fences there are to choose from. From the straightforward look of the classic Manhattan and Appalachian fences, with their tall straight pickets and peaked finials, to the Sierra and Carolina look that don’t have spikey tops at all, but straight horizontal rails covering rectangular or round details, to the Cathedral fencing which gives a sort of European look to the yard with its rounded arches. And there are so many more options on top of these–this is only a few. Really, when you’re choosing an aluminum fence for your yard you can choose something to match any architectural style, any landscaping design, any personal taste. The sky’s the limit when it comes to picking an aluminum pool fence style.

Aluminum is Strong and Durable

So you’re worried about safety, but say your kids are a little bit older than toddlers. Can they scale the fence? Can they bend the bars? Can they rock the posts back and forth until the lock and latch come loose? No, because an aluminum fence is made from stronger stuff than that. Look, we’re not saying that the most aggressive teenager with a determination to get into the pool area couldn’t find a way past the fence, but for your average kid who is trying to get into mischief, an aluminum pool fence is going to be plenty strong enough to keep them at bay.

Versatility of Purpose

A pool fence does more than one thing. First, it protects your pool, obviously. Second, as mentioned, it makes your yard look nicer, increases curb appeal, and thus increases the value of your home. But the pool fence doesn’t stop there. Pool fences don’t need to just encompass pools. When installing a pool fence, why not put a fence around the childrens’ play area, so you know they’ll always stay in the yard and not be tempted to run out into the street? Or why not build an aluminum fence in your yard to protect your pets–not just protect them from the pool, but to give them a place to run and play where they can be as safe and as rowdy as they’d like? Aluminum fences don’t need to just surround the perimeter of your yard or the perimeter of your pool; you can use them in all sorts of applications around the property.

Reduce Legal Liability

Look, this is America, and if there’s one thing we know about America is that perfectly innocent people can get dragged into frivolous lawsuits. Unfortunately, if a neighbor kid comes into your yard and falls into your pool and the worst happens, you could be found partially responsible for the child’s death in a civil lawsuit and be sued in court. Sure, it might not go anywhere, and you might be found not guilty, but you’d have legal bills and court appearances, and, worst of all, you’d know that that child died in your pool. Reduce your legal liability by making sure all the safeguards are in place to keep others out of your pool. Restrict it to only who you want to be in there.

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Peace of Mind

Finally, but perhaps most important, having a pool fence can give you peace of mind. You can send the children out to play in the yard and not have to keep one eye on them while you’re trying to relax or work in the house. You can sleep well at night knowing that no one will be able to accidentally fall into your pool if they happen to be sneaking around your yard in the middle of the night. And you can enjoy your time at the pool, with all your family around you, comforted in the fact that you’re all safe and together and happy.

Conclusion

Really, with all of the reasons listed above, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to get an aluminum fence for your pool. They’re safe and prevent drowning deaths, both of people and animals; they add to the value of your property; they are sturdy, strong, and easy to maintain; and they give you comfort and peace of mind. Getting an aluminum fence for your pool is a must.

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Top Reasons to Have a Pool Fence

Having a pool fence isn’t just a good idea–it’s a must. And we’re not just kidding: in most places, having a fence around your pool is mandated by law. But laws aren’t the only reasons to have a pool fence. Here are our top seven reasons to have a pool fence.

Pool Fences are Safe

Owning a pool is a big responsibility, especially if you have kids and neighbors who come into your yard. Putting a fence around your pool can help you rest easy knowing that your pool is secure and that no one can get in and get into a terrible accident.

Drowning is the third leading cause of injury-related death in the world. The CDC reports that in 2017 more than 3500 Americans died of drowning. You don’t want you or your loved ones to be a statistic! Protecting your pool is a responsible and essential step in making sure that no accidents will befall anyone who comes into your yard. 

 

Pool Fences Are Required 

In most counties, there are ordinances requiring pools to be surrounded by fences. While every jurisdiction is different, the onus is upon you to make sure that you know what laws apply to your pool and what you need to do to make sure that you’re abiding by them. Certain laws may have height requirements, or requirements about the spacing of the pickets, or requirements about the lock on the gate. Whatever is the law in your locale, make sure that you follow it and that you won’t end up with a citation. Remember: those laws are there for a reason, and it’s because authorities have seen too many accidents take place around unguarded pools. Make sure to follow the law!

 

Pool Fences Add Privacy

A different reason you might want a pool is because of the privacy that they offer. You may not want passersby to see you or your family in their swimming suits, whether in the pool or sunbathing beside it. Having a pool party shouldn’t be a public occasion, and you should have some form of privacy for you and your kids. 

 

Pool Fences Save You Money On Insurance

While the law requires some people to have fences, your insurance company wants everyone to have fences around their pools. Your homeowners insurance will either require you to have a fence around your pool, or they will give you a break on your insurance premium if you do have one. They know very well that pools are dangerous, not just for drowning but for slip-and-fall accidents, and they want to minimize risk as much as possible. By putting up a fence around your pool you are mitigating that risk and making your insurance company happy–and that will make your wallet happy. 

 

Pool Fences Make Pool Ownership Easier

There are a lot of things that go into pool ownership that are a hassle, including putting the cover over the pool, or a net, every time you’re done using the pool. The reason for this, of course, is that pools are dangerous and when you put a cover over one it’s much less likely to cause an accident. However, the same result can be achieved by putting a fence around your pool. While a fence won’t keep leaves out of your pool, and a cover will, a fence will help prevent accidents. So maybe you don’t need to lug that heavy and cumbersome pool cover into place, or move that weighty hot tub cover where it goes. Pool fences just make everything easier.

 

Pool Fences Protect Pets

Finally, pools don’t just protect your friends, family, and kids, they also protect your pets–and any other wildlife that may wander into your yard. A dog may be able to doggy-paddle if it falls in, but may not be able to jump out of the water and onto dry land. And raccoons, opossums, deer, and other wildlife may come to inspect the pool, perhaps looking for a drink, and fall in getting much more than they bargained for. Putting up a fence around your pool is not only good for people; it’s good for animals. 

 

Pool Fences Are Attractive

While having a pool will add value to your home, having a beautiful pool with a neatly enclosed fenced area will add even more value. Every quality fence is beneficial to the curb appeal of your home. Whether you’re inviting over friends for a pool party and want to impress them, or whether you’re looking to sell your home and want it to be as attractive as possible to potential buyers, a nice-looking fence surrounding the pool will always be a plus. Coming in many different styles and designs, including both aluminum and vinyl, a pool fence can be an accent point to your yard layout, not merely a barrier that you must put up with. A good fence will always be a good investment.

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How to Talk to Your Neighbor About Your Fence Plan

For whatever reason, you’ve decided that you need a fence between your yard and your neighbor’s yard. This is a very common issue, but it can often raise some sticky questions, and you’re going to want to think them over–and discuss them with your neighbor–before you begin. 

Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Wall

The American poet Robert Frost wrote in “Mending Fences” that “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” In that poem he asks what he was walling out or walling in, and whether there was a need for it. When it comes time for you to build a fence between you and your neighbor, these are questions that you need to consider carefully. You’re going to be neighbors for a long time–maybe for the rest of your lives–and you want to make sure that you’re making the right decision about putting up a fence between you. 

When it comes to what you’re walling out and what you’re walling in, there may be very good reasons to put up that fence that will be apparent to both of you: maybe one or the both of you have pets that are constantly getting into the others’ yard. Maybe one or the both of you have kids that are getting into mischief. (On the other hand, maybe one of you loves the fact that your pets and kids get together and play, and the other neighbor doesn’t. This can be a source of friction.) Maybe one of you has put in a pool or water feature and you want to be safe about keeping kids out of it. Maybe one of you has a garden that the other’s dog loves to dig up. Maybe one of you has a chicken coop that is getting harassed by the other’s animals.

Whatever the reason, you need to figure out what you’re walling in and what you’re walling out. Knowing this–and being able to articulate this–will make the ability to have that difficult conversation with your neighbor a little more smooth. 

 

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Also in Robert Frost’s poem, he says that “Good fences make good neighbors”, and that may very well be the truth. If you have plans for your backyard that include leisurely afternoons on the back patio, listening to nature and reading a book, and your neighbor has plans to use their yard as a recreation outlet, full of noise and ruckus and commotion, then odds are good you’re going to want a privacy fence. If you like to sunbathe on the back lawn and don’t want the prying eyes of the neighbor’s teenagers, then you might want a privacy fence.

 

Other Reasons For Wanting a Fence

Of course there can be other reasons for wanting a fence that have nothing to do with the habits of your neighbor, their kids, or their pets. It could very well be that you’re looking for security and you want a fence to keep burglars and vandals out of your yard. It might be that you’re simply trying to amp up the aesthetic look of your yard and know that a good fence can really enhance the look and feel of a yard. These are all good reasons to want a fence.

So what do you say to your neighbor when you tell them that you’ve decided you want to put up a fence between your yards?

 

Tips For Talking To Your Neighbors About Fencing

It can be a tricky conversation, because first, you don’t want to cause any friction between you and your neighbor. Maybe they love that their kids and your kids play back and forth between the yards–but you don’t. Maybe they don’t mind their dog wandering the neighborhood–but you do. Maybe they see nothing wrong with their loud boisterous parties that go long hours into the night and don’t see why it should bother you. 

You’re going to have to approach the situation with tact. Here are some tips to make it easier.

 

Talk About the Positives

You can absolutely bring up the fact that fences add to the value of the property. They really do, and the fence that you put up will add to their property value, too. You can bring up safety concerns, and liability concerns, if you’re worried about pets and children in each others’ yards. These are perfectly legitimate issues. You can bring up the fact that a security fence in your yard is going to add security to at least one part of their yard (maybe that fact alone might encourage them to add a fence of their own!)

 

Do Your Research

Before you start talking about fences, make sure you know where your property line is. If you’re even one or two feet over the property line in your placement of the fence, that can cause a lifetime of resentment between you and your neighbor. The same is especially true if putting up the fence is going to necessitate cutting down some trees or bushes. Knowing exactly where your property ends and their property starts–preferably with the plans in hand so they know you’re not trying to cheat them–will go a long way in making this conversation more pleasant and agreeable.

 

The Look of the Fence

Discuss the look of the fence with them. Maybe you have your heart set on a certain type of fence that you absolutely love. Maybe it was your spouse’s idea and they have their heart set on it. Here’s a situation where you absolutely must be willing to negotiate with your neighbor unless you want to completely sever the relationship between you. They’re going to have to look at that fence as much as you are, and they’re going to want something that’s pleasing to them, too. Granted, you may have to push a little bit more if you want privacy fencing and they want something with pickets they can see through, but being as open in communication as possible is essential to this process. 

Bring them your fence catalog, or show them the fence manufacturer’s website on a tablet so they can see what you’re envisioning. Let them swipe through the options and see if you can land on something that you’ll love equally. It would be a shame if you built an aluminum fence that you thought looked nice and they just put up a privacy fence beside it to hide it from their view. 

 

Who Should Pay For the Fence

You should have the conversation of who is going to pay for the fence. If this was totally your idea and they’re not interested in the fence, then it’ll probably be you who foots the bill, and rightly so. But if they’re in agreement that a fence should go up, you can have the conversation about who is going to pay and how much. It might be fifty fifty. It might be sixty forty. Maybe they can’t afford to pay for a new fence, but they’ll offer the labor to install it. And then remember that if this is a joint purchase, work out who is going to maintain the fence: who is going to repair it if it gets damaged or starts to rust.

But if they’re against the fence from the beginning, and you’re pressing the issue, don’t expect them to fork over any money to build the thing. 

 

Communication is Key

The biggest thing in all of this is to communicate. Talk through every step of the process. Talk about why you want the fence. Talk about what benefit you’ll both get from the fence. Talk about exactly where on the property line the fence is going to be installed. Talk about who’s going to pay for it. And talk about what kind of disruption there will be to your yards during the fence installation.