sierra fencing vs floridian fencing

Sierra Fencing vs Floridian Fencing: What’s the Difference?

Sierra Fencing and Floridian Fencing are similar in a lot of ways and can be used in some of the same applications, but they also have many distinct differences. A Sierra aluminum fence is a very different fence from a Floridian aluminum fence. First we’re going to talk about their similarities, and then we’ll talk about what makes the two fence styles so different from each other. 

How Are Sierra Fences and Floridian Fences similar?

Both Floridian and Sierra aluminum fences use strong powder-coated aluminum, which means that both of these fences will be strong barriers, require little maintenance, and look great. 

The strength is important because both the Sierra Fence and the Floridian Fence are used in making sure that your property is secure. These fences are meant to keep your yard private and safe, and that’s something that a strong aluminum fence provides.

The strength is also important when it comes to wear and tear–a soccer ball that is kicked at an aluminum fence will not damage it, though the same cannot necessarily be said of a wood fence or a vinyl fence. Also, should someone hoist themselves up and over the fence (your teenagers, for instance) the fence will strongly stand firm in its position. 

Sierra and Floridian fences are also great for kids, as the distance between pickets (3-13/16”) is too small for a baby to crawl through, making these fences not only good for keeping people from going over them but they’re good for keeping children from going through them. (This is all the more important on something like the Sierra fence if it is used as a pool fence, or the Floridian fence used to block off a water feature or line a path.

And finally, the strength of the Sierra and Floridian fences is important in that neither of them will need any substantial maintenance. There’s never a need to repaint an aluminum fence, they don’t rust (the chemistry of aluminum means that it absolutely cannot rust). They stand up to the hot sun and the cold winter, and they never require more maintenance than possibly hosing them down after a muddy rainstorm, or to wash away lawn clippings. 

How Are Sierra Fences and Floridian Fences Different?

Different Styles

On a very basic level, the Floridian Fence and the Sierra Fence look different. A Floridian Fence is one of the least ornamented fences that we sell, making it a great look that fits into virtually any design scheme. It doesn’t draw attention to itself–it merely has a rail at the top and a rail at at the bottom, and pickets in-between. Like the Sierra Fence, the Floridian comes in 6’ wide sections. 

The Sierra, on the other hand, gives you more design options. The Sierra Fence, in its most basic form is a fence with a top rail, and then a secondary rail 6” below the top. This gives it some interesting architectural detail (and more room to play with extras, which we’ll explain further down). The bottom rail of the fence can be all the way down at ground level, or it can be 5” above the ground, with the pickets extending through the bottom rail and reaching to the ground.

Overall, this gives th e two top rails can be decked out in a variety of architectural flairs. One of the most common is the Sierra with Optional Rings–circular aluminum rings that fill the space between the pickets and top two rails and gives a rather generic-looking fence a sudden pop of character and design. Another popular addition to the Sierra is the Small Scrolls which is a pair of curling aluminum brackets placed on every picket. Suddenly your standard Sierra Fence looks exotic and expensive (though we know the truth–that aluminum fences from Aluminum Fences Direct cost a fraction of what you’d spend to pay a fence installer to install your fence.)

Different Heights

Another big difference between the Sierra fence and the Floridian fence is that the Floridian is a low fence–it only comes in heights of 36” or 48”. This makes it an ideal fence for things like fencing off gardens, around pools, lining paths, and keeping people off the grass. 

The Sierra Fence, on the other hand, comes in 36”, 48”, 54”, 60” and 72” heights. So, the Sierra fence can be used in all of the same applications where you would use a Floridian–to mark a path, around a pool, the enclose a garden, etc, or it could be the tall six foot fence that keeps your property free from burglars who would try to scale and jump over the fence in the night. It is a good-looking landscape fence, but also a great security fence. 

Conclusion

There’s a lot to the Sierra Fences and Floridian Fences that are very similar. They are both very strong, as are all of Aluminum Fences Direct’s fences, and they can withstand the weather, impacts, and climbers–all without ever needing maintenance like painting, sanding or scraping.

And they can be used in similar circumstances as a good do-it-all low fence. 

But the big differences between Sierra Fences and Floridian Fences comes in the ornamentation that is available–the Sierra Fences offer much more custom options to make them look anything but generic–and the height difference is a big change as the Sierra Fence can either match the low profile of the Floridian, or go up to twice its height at a full six feet.

Whichever fence you choose from Aluminum Fences Direct, you will know that you will be getting the best aluminum fencing available at a terrific price. 

Contact us if you have any questions!

An aluminum fence that is in deep snow

Which Fence Material is Best for Wintertime?

Deciding which kind of fencing for you is an important question, but it gets more complicated when it comes to areas that see a lot of cold and snow. Harsh winter conditions can be bad on many materials, and when you’re making the investment into a fence to beautify and secure your house, you want to make sure that it can stand up to the elements. 

We’re going to look at three different situations: the cold, the wet, and the weight of snow, and compare them to the four primary fencing materials: wood, vinyl, steel and aluminum. And, spoiler alert–aluminum fares the best. 

How Do Fences Handle Cold Weather?

Cold weather is more than just freezing temperatures. It’s also the changing of the temperatures from below freezing to above freezing, which makes things expand and contract–expanding when things are warmer and contracting when things are colder. And this expansion and contraction is an important thing to consider when you’re building a fence around your property if you’re in a region that gets a cold winter. 

Where expansion and contraction becomes most notable and most important is at the joints and hardware. Something that fits snugly one warm day might be loose on a cold day, or vice versa. And the type of material that you’re using to build your fence in the wintertime is going to make a big difference.

Wood

Wood makes for a very attractive fence–the iconic white picket fence comes to mind–but there are problems with wooden fences during cold weather and those problems come with the expansion and contraction of wood and nails. The wood and nails expand at different rate (this is a problem even if you use wood screws) so during the winter the attachment points between the rails and slats will get loose. It might not be much at first, but over time those gaps will grow, and the fence will begin to show its age. 

And this is to say nothing of the fact that the expansion and contraction of the wood itself separates the grain, leading to splitting and splintering. 

Vinyl

Vinyl fences handle cold in a different way than wood, in that it is not the expansion and contraction of the vinyl that becomes a problem. Rather, the problem is that the colder things get, the less flexible and more fragile vinyl gets. A fence that might take the impact of a soccer ball easily, flexing and bending, in the summer, might crack or break by the same impact in the winter months during a hard freeze. 

Steel

Steel does well in the winter cold, as the expansion and contraction are not an issue (or only a minimal issue at the anchor points). Also, steel’s brittleness in the cold months doesn’t become a problem as it takes much more cold than a regular winter to render steel ready to crack.

Aluminum

The same that can be said about steel can be said about aluminum: it withstands the cold very well. While there is expansion and contraction, that is accommodated well by the fasteners and hardware that are supplied for installation. And it would take a cold that is more severe than almost any winter storm to make aluminum brittle.

How Do Fences Handle Wet and Freezing Snow?

There is more to winter than the cold–there’s also the wetness that comes from snow, ice, and sleet. How a fencing product stands up to the wet makes a big difference in how it will handle the winter weather.

Wood

Wood is going to be a big victim of water damage. Even sealed wood is going to take a beating, even if the sealant puts it off for a few years. There will be a constant battle with a wood fence to deal with cracking, chipping, splintering, cupping, and the inevitability of paint flaking off. Wood may be very attractive, but it is also very high maintenance. If you’re looking to get a wood fence, know that you are going to spend all of the warm seasons sanding, repainting, and reattaching the wood slats to make sure it stays in pristine condition. 

Vinyl

Vinyl actually does very well dealing with the wetness of snow and sleet. Vinyl is waterproof, as you’ll know from running the sprinklers in your yard during the summer months. There’s very little water damage that can come to a vinyl fence that wouldn’t also plague other fences. 

Steel

Steel is a problem in the snow. While steel doesn’t rot, it definitely rusts. And while most steel comes with a coating, such as a powder coating, the smallest scratch in a steel fence will begin to corrode–and right away, too. It doesn’t take a prolonged period of exposure, with your fence buried under feet of snow for months, for your steel fence to begin to rust. Exposed steel will actually begin to rust the first time it comes into contact with moisture and oxygen–it may not even require rain, just humidity. 

So while a coated steel fence looks good and is very sturdy, you’d better make sure that there are no nick, scratches, or dings in that steel coating or else you could have corroded metal on your hands.

Aluminum

One of the beauties of aluminum is that it is a non-corrosive metal. It literally cannot rust, even if there is a scrape of the coating that exposes the bare aluminum. So snow, sleet, rain, and moisture will all run harmlessly off aluminum and never corrode or rust.

How Do Fences Handle the Weight of Snow?

Snow may look fluffy as the big flakes fall, but when it accumulates–especially wet snow–it can be very heavy. So how do the fencing materials handle heavy snow? Bear in mind that not a lot of snow usually lands on top of a fence (as the top of a fence can’t hold much snow) but a lot of heavy snow can get shoveled or plowed into a fence. That’s where the trouble lies.

Wood

Wooden fences will vary in strength depending very much on the strength of the specific wood that you’ve used. And when we’re talking about the strength of a fence in snow, we’re talking about sideways forces, not top-down forces, so a wooden fence with lots of room between the slats will fare better than a wooden privacy fence that is flat wood all the way across. If a snow plow pushes a snow bank into a privacy fence, there could be real damage.

Vinyl

Just as the large flat walls of a wooden privacy fence are problematic if there is snow pushed into their sides, the same is true of vinyl fences. If you have a vinyl fence with rails and posts, then you’re likely just fine, but a vinyl privacy fence could easily topple if too much snow gets pushed into it.

Steel

Steel fences are the strongest type of this bunch, and there are no common steel fences that are large flat surfaces. If a snow plow pushed snow into a steel fence then the snow would merely pass through the pickets and the fence would be fine.

Aluminum

Just as with steel, an aluminum fence can withstand the sideways force of snow being pushed into it, because the snow will merely pass through the fence, leaving the fence standing firm.

Conclusion

As we can see, all of these fences can withstand some elements of the winter cold and snow, but only one of these fencing materials can withstand the cold, the wet, and the weight of the snow, and that is aluminum fencing. It doesn’t have problems with expansion and contraction from the cold, it will not corrode, even if the coating is scuffed, and snow will merely pass through it instead of pile up against it. 

Black aluminum fence with concrete

6 Reasons to Install a Black Aluminum Fence

There are a lot of reasons why someone would want to erect a fence around their home and property, but why would you want to install a black aluminum fence? The truth is that there are many reasons why a black aluminum fence is the perfect fence for you, your house and your family. Let’s look at several.

#1. Black Aluminum Fences Have Great Curb Appeal

Let’s just come right out and say it: black aluminum fences look great. A properly installed aluminum fence will really set off your house, giving it instant curb appeal and making it the talk of the neighborhood–and making everyone on the street jealous and wanting to install their own black aluminum fence. 

The sleek lines of the black aluminum fence come more than a dozen designs, from the stoic and sturdy Floridian to the finial-topped and architectural Castle Fence, to the regal nature of the Cathedral Fence, there is a fence to match the style of your home, your landscaping, your neighborhood, and your lifestyle. 

A good black aluminum fence will look great winter, spring, summer, and fall (we’ll talk about maintenance in a minute) and you will never have to worry about the summer heat baking it too much or the winter snows bending it or corroding it. A black aluminum fence is a great-looking piece to add to your yard. And you know what that translates into? We’re going to talk about it next: value.

#2. Black Aluminum Fences Increase the Value of Your Home

A black aluminum fence increases the value of your home. Studies have been done that show that if you’re trying to sell a home and have a limited budget, the money that could be spent on renovating a bathroom or kitchen will actually bring you a higher selling price for your home if you spend it on the landscaping. Yes, improving the landscaping of your home–that curb appeal–will do more to sell your home than new carpet or windows. 

The reasons for this are simple: when potential buyers come into contact with your home, you have three chances to impress them: when they see the online listing, the moment they step out of their car, and the moment they walk in the front door. Realtors say that many homebuyers will make a purchasing decision–or at least have their purchasing decision swayed–within the first fifteen seconds of looking at a home. It kind of makes you want to spend more time on your yard and a little less on making sure that stain on the bedroom carpet is gone. 

But more than curb appeal, one thing that adds value to your home is the protection that you get from a black aluminum fence’s security. Whether it’s surrounding a pool and keeping out wandering children, or whether its surrounding your backyard and keeping out burglars, a black aluminum fence is an investment in safety and that adds value. We’ll talk more about security next. 

#3. Black Aluminum Fences Increase the Security of Your Property

An aluminum fence increases the security of your property, and not only because it may have spikes on top that keep teenagers from trying to hop over it. The very presence of a tall black aluminum fence gives the feeling of security and privacy, negating burglars and vandals who may have had their eye on it–now they won’t even bother with your house but go elsewhere for their criminal behavior. 

And it goes for more than people: there may be animals that you don’t want wandering into your yard. There are many people who purchase and install black aluminum fences because they have gardens that they take great care of and are always fighting off the deer from eating the vegetables.

And, of course, most municipalities and HOAs have rules about putting fences around your pool to make sure that there could never be the potential for an accidental drowning. Stop that terrible tragedy before it ever has the chance to happen by installing an aluminum pool fence and making sure that your yard is completely under your control.

#4. Black Aluminum Fences Are Easy to Maintain

One of the greatest things about black aluminum fences is that they are really a miracle to maintain. Let’s begin with the biggest thing: aluminum doesn’t rust. It cannot rust. It can get dinged and chipped and the coating scratched away with a wire brush, but the chemical properties of aluminum are such that it literally can never rust. That’s something that can’t be said about a steel fence. 

And what about painting? An aluminum fence will never need a new paint job. That hypothetical we mentioned above with the wire brush? That’s seriously what it would take to remove the powder coating from a black aluminum fence, and the job wouldn’t be easy even then. Compare that to a wooden fence, and the weather alone–seasons changing, rain, snow, cold, hot–will make the paint begin to chip and flake away and you’ll be out in the yard sanding and scraping that wood fence at least every other year if not every single year so it can get a coat of paint. Not so with a black aluminum.

And will it discolor in the sun? Vinyl might yellow in the heat, but a black aluminum fence will never discolor, never fade, never need to be refinished.

The truth about the maintenance of a black aluminum fence is that all you’re going to need to do is they may need to be hosed down after you trim the lawn and grass clippings accumulate on the pickets. Seriously, that’s all the maintenance an aluminum fence is ever going to need.

#5. Black Aluminum Fences Are Simple to Install

Black aluminum fences are simple to install when you get them from Aluminum Fences Direct, and that’s because we do all the hard stuff for you. You make some measurements in your yard, you deliver those measurements to our skilled team of designers, let them know what particular style and ornamentation you want on our aluminum fence, and they’ll take it from there delivering you a complete list of all the parts and pieces that you’re going to need. 

From there, we offer comprehensive installation guides to make sure that the installation is a breeze. As long as you can dig a post hole and run a tape measure, you can install an aluminum fence around your yard. And yes, that includes if you have slopes and curves and bends–we’ve seen it all before and we know how to handle it, and our directions will guide you step-by-step. 

And, of course, if you want to put in an aluminum fence and don’t want to install it yourself, buying through Aluminum Fences Direct and then hiring a local contractor to do the install is still cheaper than paying a fencing company to raise a fence in your yard. Which brings us to price:

#6. Black Aluminum Fences Are The Most Economical Option

A black aluminum fence is going to be your most economical choice, both in the short term and in the long term.

In the short term, installing an aluminum fence in your yard is going to save you money because Aluminum Fences Direct sells directly to the consumer at wholesale prices, and you can’t beat that. Aluminum fencing is also a much cheaper option than steel fencing, which is the most common comparison as they often look the same to the casual viewer. Add into that the amount of money that you save by installing the fence yourself–we’re talking in the $4,000-$10,000 range in savings–and installing an aluminum fence yourself is definitely cheaper than the alternatives.

And in the long term, an aluminum fence is the most economical option as well: it lasts longer than wood (and, once you pay for aluminum you don’t have to pay for upkeep which you can’t say about wood). It also lasts longer than vinyl. It doesn’t corrode or rust like steel. All around, if it comes down to price for you, then installing a black aluminum fence is the way to go.

Conclusion

From start to finish, a black aluminum fence is going to be the best fence that you can install on your property. It makes your property look good and it protects your property, and both of those things mean that the value of your home goes up. It’s easy to maintain, it withstands the weather, and you can’t beat the price. All in all, an aluminum fence is a winner.

Beach homes in need of fencing

What Is the Best Fencing Material for Beach Homes

A beachfront home can be the culmination of a lifelong dream. The sun, the ocean air and all that water is good for the body and the soul, but many beachfront homeowners may neglect to really think about what they’ll need to close in that property boundary and help secure their property. Not only are there the snooping eyes of others, but innocent trespassing and the more nefarious ideas of passersby can represent a legitimate security risk, as well as continued annoyances whether you’re home or not.

Indeed, before you can settle in for the long haul in that new abode, you’ll need the best fencing material for beach homes. Fences come in many different shapes, colors and materials, though beach house fence ideas are just about as numerous. From the simplicity of a white picket fence to coastal fencing ideas that utilize alternative fencing materials, there’s a lot to consider. The best fence material in one instance may be wholly inadequate in another, so it pays to spend some time thinking about your fencing up front.

As for what you’ll need, the best fencing material for beach homes can be tricky. Beach homes are not quite like their compatriots in other parts of the country since all that moisture in the air can quickly do a number on, say, a standard wooden fence. While that fence may look great for a year or so, the salty ocean air will quickly turn that wooden fence into rot, and it’ll also make short work of that metal fence if you end up purchasing one that is prone to rust.

In fact, you’ll need a fence that is impervious to the weather and moisture, and that can significantly narrow down your options for you. However, you’ll have to do something as you won’t be able to go without a reliable fence for very long. Beachfront properties tend to have lots of foot traffic in the area, and that can be a concern especially if you spend much of your time away from your home.

Let’s take a look at each of your options and eventually identify the best fencing material for your beach home.

Wooden Fencing

When most people think of fencing, they’re probably picturing that quintessential wooden picket fence. But while a wooden fence may look the part, it doesn’t provide much protection since they’re largely much too small and weak to provide much of a deterrent. They’re also easily damaged and prone to rot from precipitation and the beachy air, and that means a considerable amount of maintenance to ensure that your wooden fence doesn’t fall into disrepair shortly after it goes up.

That maintenance may sound negligible, but if the thought of repainting a wooden fence each year is the last thing you want to do, it’s hardly the best fencing material for beachfront homes. Aside from hiring someone to maintain the fence, you’ll also need to conduct periodic inspections of your wooden fence so that you can get in front of any issues before that fence presents some kind of problem — though the one thing that a wooden fence has going for it is that the panels are relatively straightforward to replace.

Glass Fencing

Some of those that own beachfront homes may opt for frameless glass fencing because it maintains those excellent views of the beach and the ocean. However, glass fencing provides little privacy and, unless you’re cleaning the glass daily, it’ll start to develop unsightly spots that will start to detract from the stunning look. Cheaper glass fencing may also easily break during storms and other precipitous events, creating a hazard for yourself, your family and your pets.

While perimeters can be maintained with glass fencing, it’s hardly the best fencing material for beach homes because anyone can easily see in. Combined with the windows on your home, that can create a significant privacy issue, especially at night when the lights inside makes it easy to see everything that’s happening inside, as well as when you may not be home.

Metal Fencing

Since wood and glass are hardly ideal for beach homes, some homeowners will shift their attention to metal fences that can provide more of a rigid and maintenance-free barrier to the outside world. But if you’ve ever spent time with an old wrought iron fence, you know that most metal can rust. That means expensive and complicated paints and other finishes that can help keep moisture and precipitation away from settling in, not to mention nearly year-round maintenance concerns if that protective paint gives way.

Some types of metal fencing doesn’t need protective coating — such as chain link fencing — though for the most part they’re hardly appropriate for homes. While metal may be the best fencing material for beach homes due to its strength and longevity, you’ll have to match the right kind of metal fence with your needs.

Aluminum Fencing

A maintenance-free fencing option that closely matches the iconic look of old wrought iron fencing, an aluminum fence gives the best of both worlds. It’s strong like other metals, which means that you’ll get years of faithful protection from your humble aluminum fence, but it’s also impervious to moisture since it simply can’t rust, even without a paint covering. Aluminum is also incredibly lightweight for its strength, and that means it’s easier to ship, install and work with, and that’ll help reduce the cost of getting that new fence around your beach home in the first place.

Even if you don’t have a beachfront home, aluminum fencing is ideal for homes with backyard pools and other moisture concerns as you’ll never have to worry about your fencing rusting out. Forget about painting or otherwise taking care of your fence year after year — aluminum is one of the best fencing materials for beach homes or homes of all types since it’s pretty much set and forget. Once the fencing goes in, they’ll provide continued security while lesser fences will have long since given up. The best part is that aluminum fencing comes in many different styles and finishes so that you can choose the right fencing for your tastes and needs.

If you’re ready to upgrade to an aluminum fence, give the aluminum fencing experts at Aluminum Fences Direct a call. We ship aluminum fencing anywhere in the country for you to get a local installer or some friends together to finish the job on site. Buy fencing today!

Attractive aluminum fence on a well-manicured lawn.

How To Find the Best Fence Material To Match Your Home

Did you know that the return on investment of refurbishing your home’s exterior and landscape is between 200-400%? This is because curb appeal is so vital to a home’s selling price: when someone pulls up in front of your house looking to buy, they’re going to start judging it immediately–and if you have the wrong fencing material, it’s going to immediately turn off potential buyers (or home appraisers).

The truth is that the best fencing material enhances the beauty of the home, can provide privacy for the home, can make your home more secure, and will increase the value of your home. But these things don’t happen with just any old fence. It needs to be the best kind of fence, made from the best fencing material. So, the question is: what makes fencing material “the best”?

What should you consider when choosing your fence material?

When you are selecting your fencing material, there are going to be a lot of choices. And while nearly every type of fence can be right in the right application, only certain fencing materials will be right for your home. So how do you choose which fencing material is the best for your home?

The Best Fencing Material Should Offer Beauty

You want your fence to be beautiful, and we’re going to talk about specific styles of fences a little later on, but a few things need to be looked at up front. For example, will your fence get dirty and how difficult is it to clean? Will your fence discolor in the sunlight? Will your fence be in constant need of repainting? How about wood chipping and splitting? Can your fence withstand damage

The best fencing material will be fencing that will be easy to clean, will maintain its color, will never need a paint job, and won’t get wood rot. This is why, in almost every situation, an aluminum fence will be the most attractive fence for your home. They are stylish, sturdy and sophisticated.

The Best Fencing Material Should Offer Privacy

Privacy of a fence can come in two different forms: it can be the privacy that comes from a fence that isn’t see-through, in which case you would want a good solid vinyl privacy fence, or the type of privacy that comes from simply keeping people out of your yard. An aluminum fence stands sturdy and strong and is not something that the neighbor kids will simply hop over to grab their baseball, and the narrow slats will keep most animals from running in and out of your yard.

The Best Fencing Material Should Offer Safety

A strong fence is a safe fence. There are all too many sad stories of neighbor children wandering into someone else’s yard and falling into their pool with dire consequences. A strong fence is essential in these situations. But a strong, safe fence is also a fence that will keep out intruders, the type of fence that no burglar will want to scale and no hooligan will want to break and vandalize.

Nothing looks more imposing to a potential burglar than a tall aluminum fence with a pressed point spear top, or some other form of pointed finial. These fences are attractive during the day–some of our most beautiful and ornate fences–but when a burglar comes around in the middle of the night they will not see an attractive fence, but a row of spikes that they definitely do not want to scale.

What is the architectural style of your home?

The style of your home will lead to natural decisions about the best fencing materials you’ll want to use. Different home styles call for different aesthetic choices. So which are the best fencing materials for your home?

Ce Cod

This is a good place to start because anyone who is familiar with a Cape Cod style house–a low, single-story home with a gabled roof and very little ornamentation–the most traditional form of fence for this style is a wooden picket fence. In fact, a Cape Cod house would look strange to have anything but a wooden picket fence. So why do we bring it up when we’re talking about aluminum fences? Because the type of fence you use in the front of the house to match the aesthetics isn’t necessarily the type you’d use in the back to keep your yard and pool safe. So, for a Cape Cod house, the best fencing materials would be wood in front, and aluminum in back.

Ranch

A ranch home, which makes up almost 70% of all the homes built in suburban America, is a remarkable architectural style because it can really accommodate a variety of styles. Fifty years ago a ranch style home would be surrounded with wood or chain link, but nowadays, aluminum is becoming far more common. And it’s because aluminum fences look so good, are easy to maintain–which is important to the suburban homekeeper–and are secure.

Colonial

Now this is a style of home that is meant to have a metal fence. A colonial home, which is marked by its two or three stories, its gabled roof, its brick facing, and its iconic silhouette, was originally made (in colonial times) with wrought iron fences. In modern times, we know that wrought iron rusts, is expensive, is hard to install (because it’s so heavy) and is in constant need of maintenance. So, get the exact same look as the wrought iron of two hundred years ago with aluminum fences. They can be stately and plain, or ornate and decorated.

Neoclassical

A neoclassical style house is crying out for a metal fence. Classical architecture relates to Rome and Greece, and neoclassical architecture is the modern take on that look. (Think: most buildings in Washington DC.) A neoclassical house almost always has a metal fence surrounding the entire thing, typically black, with the intent of looking strong and powerful.)

Spanish Revival

Found all throughout the Southwest, Spanish Revival homes have arched windows, stucco walls, and terracotta roofs. This style hearkens back to times of Spanish colonization, and those homes were surrounded by adobe walls. Today, the adobe walls are replaced with aluminum fences.

What other factors should you consider when choosing a fence?

But there’s more to picking the best fencing material than just the aesthetics, the safety and the privacy. There’s also the price, HOA guidelines, and making sure you match your other trim and structures.

Price

When it comes to fencing–especially metal fencing–there is nothing that beats aluminum. And when it comes to aluminum fencing, there is no one who beats Aluminum Fences Direct. We cut out the middleman–you won’t be buying our fences at the big box home stores, you’ll be buying it directly from us. The fencing itself is inexpensive, the installation is far cheaper than what you’re going to get paying someone else to install your fence, and the lifespan of the fence (which definitely involves price) is much longer than what you’ll get with the alternatives.

HOA Guidelines

Now, we can’t speak for every HOA. All of them have their own rules and HOAs are known for being persnickety. But in our experience, the clean and safe look of a good aluminum fence is almost never rejected by an HOA’s committee. If the HOA balks at the idea of the aluminum fence, give them our website and let them look through the galleries of fine-looking fences. They may very well change their minds.

Matching Your Other Structures

When picking a fence you want it to match the trim of the other structures in your yard. You don’t want the fence to look out of place. For this we simply say: black and clean goes with everything. Your home’s fixtures (rain gutters, mail boxes, ornamentation) all fit in well with the black finish of an aluminum fence.

Conclusion

The best fencing material should be chosen to accommodate the beauty of your home (including the architectural style), the privacy of your yard, the safety and security of your property, and it should come at a terrific price.

Aluminum Fences Direct makes more than a dozen designs of fencing, with additions of fixtures, finials and caps. They can be made to match any style of home, and they will last a lifetime. And you can’t get a fence for a better price.

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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!
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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”.

Test Us

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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