Aluminum fencing has soared in popularity over the last decade, and for those in the know it’s easy to understand why. However, there are still those unaware of just how great aluminum fencing is, that are still shelling out for expensive wrought iron or steel that needs intensive maintenance to maintain. Therefore, in this article we’ll be looking at some of the most common misconceptions about aluminum fencing, and setting the record straight on this fabulous material.
1. Aluminum Fencing is Cheap Because it’s a Low-Quality Product
Absolutely not true! While the affordable cost of aluminum fencing can seem suspicious to those used to shelling out on wrought iron, aluminum fencing’s great price tag has absolutely nothing to do with its quality. What makes aluminum so affordable is its abundance — it is the most commonly occurring metal and the third most prevalent element on earth overall. It can also be reused limitlessly without impacting upon its quality, meaning that as there is so much of it, prices can be set low.
2. Aluminum Fencing is Lightweight, Which Means it isn’t Strong
False! Yes, aluminum is very lightweight but this has nothing to do with the strength of this metal, and instead involves its density. Aluminum is 2.5 times less dense than steel, and far less dense than wrought iron, meaning that it is much lighter. However, when formed into fencing its hardness (or strength) is on a par with steel and iron, and can be created in thicker and more reinforced styles for security and industrial fencing solutions.
Prospective aluminum fencing buyers should therefore view the lightness of aluminum as a positive, as this means it is more affordable to ship, lift, and install, meaning that DIY home installation is an easy and cost-effective option for many homeowners.
3. Aluminum Fencing Just Doesn’t Look the Same as Iron or Steel
Another falsehood that can be easily disproved! Aluminum is highly malleable and can be turned into many shapes and products, from airplanes to soda cans. This means that aluminum can be formed into a wide variety of shapes and styles, many of which closely mimic traditional wrought iron or steel, but of course at a fraction of the cost. If that isn’t enough of a reason for you, then you should know that aluminum fencing also comes in a variety of finishes too! Also, as it is so easily installed, aluminum fencing can effectively transform your yard, adding value and curb appeal to your home.
4. Aluminum Fencing Just Won’t Last
Wrong! Aluminum fencing is probably the longest lasting of all the common fencing options (wood, steel, iron, vinyl). As it is in the Boron family of the table of elements, it is highly un-reactive, meaning that aluminum is naturally corrosion and rust resistant. This also has the added benefit that aluminum fencing is very low maintenance, only really needing a good clean each year. Compare this to other fencing options which need coatings and finishing to protect them, as well as rust prevention methods and repairs which of course all cost additional money, and it becomes clear that aluminum fencing is top of its class!
5. Aluminum Fencing is Hard to Dispose of
Nope! Aluminum fencing is easy to dispose of. If you decide to change up your property, and want to update your fencing, oftentimes for a new set of aluminum fencing, then your old set is actually quite easy to dispose of. As we previously mentioned, aluminum is highly recyclable, as it can be used time and time again without diminishing in its quality. Therefore, there are many recycling services you can give your old fencing to, some of which may even pay you for your donation!
6. Aluminum Fencing is Hard to Install
You couldn’t be more wrong! Alongside wood and vinyl, aluminum fencing is the easiest type of fencing to install. It doesn’t require any specialized equipment, just some basic tools and some elbow grease. Many properties can get their whole fence project erected in as little as a weekend. This makes it a great family summer DIY project, and also means you don’t need to spend additional money on specialized tools or pay any professionals to install your fencing for you.
7. Aluminum Fencing is Hard to Clean
Wrong again! As previously mentioned, aluminum fencing only needs cleaning to maintain. Cleaning an aluminum fence is easy; it only needs a little warm soapy water and some elbow grease to have it sparkling. Alternatively, you can even use a pressure washer for a super quick spot of maintenance. Compare this to other fencing which may need hours of scrubbing at rust and then treating afterwards and it is clear who comes out on top!
If you’re considering investing in fencing for your property, it’s easy to see why so many people go with aluminum. Check out our wide selection of fencing options to find the right fit for you!