Tips for the Best DIY Aluminum Fence Kit
Why to Install an Aluminum Fence
Any work that you do to your yard will be returned to you many fold for years to come. Improving the landscape of your yard is one of the very best ways to increase the value of your property. One study estimates that a well-landscaped yard has a significant price advantage over a poorly-landscaped one, with an average increase between 5.5 to 12.7% in the value of the home. For a $300,000 home, that translates to an increase of value between $16,500 to $38,100. And while planted flowers and well-manicured grass is important, it is the more permanent features—like a DIY aluminum fence—that will add the most value to a home.
Remember: when a potential buyer comes to look at your home, the first thing they’re going to do is look at the exterior. Before they even get out of their car, they’re already making judgments about the quality of the home, and having a perfectly maintained and landscaped yard is the first impression they’ll ever have.
But more than resale value, you’ve got to think about what kind of home you want to live in. Whether you have little kids that you want to keep from running into the street, a dog you need to contain, a pool you want to keep children out of, or simply want the peace of mind that comes from having a quality barrier between you and the outside world. A proper fence is all about peace of mind, aside from whether you ever plan on selling your home.
Besides, just like a potential home buyer will be wowed by your beautiful yard, you too will be pleased with the look and feel of a quality DIY aluminum fence in your yard.
DIY Aluminum Fences
There is nothing wrong with paying a company to install your aluminum fence for you, but this investment into your property can be made with relative ease and effort. If you know your way around a few home improvement tools, you can tackle this project for a fraction of the cost that it would take for professional contractors to install it.
At Aluminum Fences Direct, we have a full online installation guide that is detailed enough for even the most unskilled person to follow in their path toward home improvement. We also send more detailed instructions at time of order…. but the process, overall, is very straightforward. The first step is to layout your fence in the place where you’re going to want it, and then dig holes for posts. The guide explains how to measure the size and depth of the post holes. Then, later in the process and with a little concrete and some leveling guides to make sure you’re straight and plumb, you’ll be able to tackle the fence posts with relative ease.
The next step is to install the fence gates. This shouldn’t be difficult at all if you’ve properly measured the fence post widths and the concrete has hardened. It’s simply a matter of installing hinges and hanging the gate.
The installation guide breaks down a hypothetical project in detail, with diagrams and measurements, that you can use to understand the process and mirror as you create your own yard and fence map and plan. It takes a little digging, a little measuring, and some patience, but the process is straightforward and totally accessible to the layman.
And, if you have any issues installing, we have access to installation teams to help you if you are in the areas of Cincinnati, OH; Georgetown, SC; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Myrtle Beach, SC; Nashville, TN; Raleigh, NC & Roanoke, VA.
Why Do I Want to Go with an Aluminum Fence?
Aluminum fences are a stunning look that will enhance any home in a way that a wooden fence never could. There is something regal and sophisticated about an aluminum fence that indicates that you are a homeowner who cares about your castle. With a wealth of fencing styles, each of which offers a different bit of architectural character and cultural feel, along with a wide selection of accessories to customize your fence—such as finials, caps, scrollwork, and latches—your fence is truly a one-of-a-kind that will look like nothing else in your neighborhood. It will stand out as a home that cares about aesthetics and security.
Another great reason for going with an aluminum fence is its durability. A vinyl or wooden fence will often have a difficult time with windstorms, and break or fall over easily during a storm. Vinyl is also prone to vandalism, as it can break with the strike of a well-thrown rock or a vandal’s kick. Wooden fences are always in need of repainting, refinishing, restaining, and otherwise taking care of the wood repeatedly. Plus vinyl and wooden fences are much more likely to be the targets of graffiti than their aluminum counterparts, as a large flat surface is more attractive to a tagger than the slats of an aluminum fence.
Besides, if you care about your yard as much as you care about your fence, then why would you want to hide it behind a vinyl or wooden fence where it can’t be seen? Aluminum fences are unobtrusive and allow people to see your full house, lawn, flowers, and garden. It adds to the curb appeal to be able to see into your yard and get a feeling of what it’s like on the other side of the fence. An aluminum fence is both an attractive highlight and a window through which to look at other aspects of your home.
Additional Features of a DIY Aluminum Fence
An aluminum fence is a great option if you’re concerned about the environment and the long term impact of your landscape decisions. Aluminum is very sturdy and is easily recyclable, so an aluminum fence is a good investment for the environment. In fact, aluminum fences are often made from recycled materials, so you’re helping the environment before you even get started.
Because there are so many styles and options with an aluminum fence, you can really customize it to however you want it. If you’re looking for something to contain a dog, we have styles that reach all the way down to ground level and keep pets from escaping a yard (or, if you’re concerned, they stop animals from getting in your yard). There are spear topped fences that add that extra degree of security to prevent someone from jumping the fence and entering your yard. There are all manner of latches to make your gates secure from one side, both sides, with magnets or latches. And, of course, there are a wealth of aesthetic styles to match your home, neighborhood, and yard plan. Each fence is custom to you.
If you’re looking for a bargain-basement fence, then chain link is the way to go, but that won’t do anything for the curb appeal of your yard. A wooden fence can look good, but you’re pumping money into it year after year in maintenance costs as you paint and refinish. An aluminum fence is a perfect solution, as it is a one-time cost with every bit as much security (if not more so) than chain link, and is far longer lasting than wood or vinyl.
Another option when buying a nice metal fence is wrought iron. It gives much the same look as aluminum, often with finials and scroll work, but it has the drawback of being very susceptible to rust. Wrought iron will need scraping and repainting every few years to maintain, which an aluminum fence never will.
Lasts a Lifetime
An aluminum fence is in it for the long haul. Aluminum Fences Direct offers a lifetime warranty for your aluminum fence, which states that your fence is covered against cracking, chipping, and peeling for as long as you own your home. Needless to say, this kind of warranty can never come from other types of maintenance-heavy fences.