Are you considering an aluminum fence? Check out these questions that can help you decide if it’s the best solution for you!
While aluminum fencing is inherently easy and straightforward to install, on average taking even DIY novices only a weekend to install, it still can constitute a major renovation to your property, and should be a well-thought-out and considered decision.
In this article we’ll be looking at 5 questions you should ask yourself to help decide whether an aluminum fence is right for you, as well as what style of aluminum fencing you should select.
Is aluminum right for me?
Your first decision is to consider whether aluminum fencing is the right material for you.
Aluminum fencing is a great choice because it is rust and corrosion-resistant, meaning it is very low maintenance. It is also lightweight and easy to install while still remaining secure, and if that isn’t enough, it is also highly affordable, too! Because of this, in many instances, you’ll decide that aluminum is the right material of choice for your fencing project.
However, there are some instances when aluminum fencing may not be the right choice for you.
For example, if you have existing fencing on your property of a different material, say if you have a front yard and backyard, then opting for a different fencing material may make your property look mismatched or slapdash.
Where will the fence be installed?
Where you intend to place your fencing will also have a great impact on the material you choose.
A fence that is simply used to define a backyard, or a classic picket to adorn a front yard is a great reason to choose wood for example, whereas protecting an industrial building would leave steel as the material of choice.
However, aluminum can be a great alternative for both of these instances — it requires far less maintenance than wood and can be far cheaper than steel.
Aluminum fencing is great for all-purpose uses, as it can be both stylish and secure, perfect for protecting a residential property while simultaneously giving it an attractive renovation. Along with vinyl fencing, aluminum fencing is a great choice for enclosing areas around water such as around ponds or pools, as it is both rust and corrosion-resistant. A locking gate on these areas can help keep small children away from the water as well!
Once you’ve decided aluminum fencing is your material of choice, you’ll next need to consider the type that is best for your needs:
What is my fence’s purpose?
What are you requiring fencing for? One of the great things about aluminum fencing is that is can be tailored for a wide range of purposes, from keeping small pets and puppies safe to protecting your poolside.
Before choosing your fence style it is worth considering these factors to ensure your fencing functions as intended.
Do I want to focus on function or form?
Is your aluminum fence intended to increase the security of your home or to add to its appearance? If the former is the case, then you may wish to opt for an aluminum security fence, if the latter is the case, then there are a whole host of stunning ornamental fences to choose from.
What is my budget?
Overall, aluminum fencing is one of the cheapest metal fencing options around. However, prices will still vary depending on the scale of your project as well as the intended fencing design and the supplier you purchase from.
Having a clear budget set in your mind will help to make this decision easier and ensure you don’t overpay or splurge on too many add-ons that may not be necessary.
The following questions are specific to certain homes and individuals, and you may or may not need to consider them, but they are as follows:
Do I need to consider HOA or local regulations?
Is your house part of a homeowner’s association, or is your property listed or subject to any other rules or regulations where erecting fencing could be classed as a violation?
Before making your purchase, ensure you have the permission of any necessary parties to prevent any conflict. No homeowner wants to spend their weekend working hard to install their fencing only to find that due to a violation of a rule or regulation they have to remove it only a few weeks later!
Are there any additional challenges on my property?
Lastly, you should consider any installation challenges which may be unique to your property.
Properties with uneven terrain, for example, are likely to require aluminum fence panels that can be stepped or racked, whereas a property with a large number of trees may present challenges when it comes to creating post holes due to root structures.
Being aware of the issues unique to your yard will enable you to plan ahead, and select the aluminum fencing best suited to your property. This will ensure that installation is simple and straightforward, with no surprises along the way!