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Comparing Aluminum Fences to Wrought Iron and Steel Products

When you’re shopping for a fence, it quickly becomes a dizzying world of options. There are traditional wooden fences, faux-wood materials such as vinyl and composite, masonry, which uses concrete, brick, block, stucco or stone, and metal. But like wood, faux-wood and masonry options with their many forms, metal fences come in different styles, and it’s important to choose the right one for your need, whether it’s going around your home or place of business.

We all know that metal is strong, but it can also be heavy and riddled with maintenance issues, such as flaking and rusting, which can compromise the strength and utility of the fence itself. When it comes to the right fencing material for you, each have their pros and cons, and it all depends on what you’re looking for in a fence. Some are more affordable, some give a certain look, and some will last for decades, making a comparison of aluminum fences to wrought iron and steel a complicated issue.

That said, there are three main categories where the metal material matters when it comes to different fencing products.

Comparing Fences: Durability

When it comes to strength and durability, what your fence is made out of defines its status as a durable, long-lasting fence. The weakest fences use low-grade, galvanized steel that creates a mishmash of flimsy links that can be bent, cut or otherwise manipulated. On the natural side, wood doesn’t fare much better, and it can chip, split or rot, especially with weather extremes such as dryness, humidity, heat and cold, as well as heavy rains and snows.

Materials such as steel, wrought iron and other hard metals don’t fare much better as they can chip, rust or disintegrate over time, especially if there’s lots of moisture, rain or snow. Some manufacturers get around this by treating their fences with a protective paint or coating, but these coatings can wear off, especially over the course of years of weather and other impacts befitting a family yard. Unless you’re at the ready with a comprehensive maintenance schedule that ensures your fence isn’t neglected for too long, your once strong steel or wrought iron fence can start deteriorating before your very eyes, leaving many in search of a better solution when it comes to a metal fence.

Enter aluminum. Only aluminum is impervious to just about anything you or the world can throw at it without any coatings or protective barriers. Considering its weight, it’s also ridiculously strong, meaning there’s no way you could realistically damage, break or otherwise harm this metal fence in a traditional residential context. When you compare an aluminum fence to wrought iron or steel, it’s basically the perfect substitute. It doesn’t need anti-corrosive finishes or paint as it won’t corrode or rust, though it can also be painted black to give that imposing, don’t-even-try-it look that wrought iron pulls off so well.

Winner: Aluminum, though with proper maintenance and treatments, other metal fences can come close. If ultimate strength is the goal, a coated wrought iron or steel fence may be the better option.

Comparing Fences: Style

Next up: style. Because fences have existed for so long, particularly wrought iron ones that go back centuries, there are a lot of design options when it comes to a metal fence. There’s the unassuming bar or square fence that gives a more modern look, but more traditional and older styles can be as ornate as you’d like, with all sorts of options in between. But while some more decorative styles may seem like they’re only available in one type of material, it’s true that most styles are available across different material types.

That said, wrought iron fences, while the most ornate, may be the most restrictive in their styles due to how they’re made, their history and when people turn to wrought iron as a fencing material. However, since wrought iron fences are handmade, there’s theoretically no limit as to the shape they can take, though weight and other issues become a concern for very intricate or sprawling works that add bulk and mass to every section of fence.

Steel fences can also be simple bars-and-posts monoliths, with a strength to match that you would only expect from steel. Instead of the complicated designs of a wrought iron fence, they are often used as insurmountable barriers, painted in a strong black to complete the menacing look. Chain-link fences are also another option, though they’re more commonly used on building sites and would look grossly out of place, if not a little sour, buttressing a residential yard.

Aluminum fences, on the other hand, bring the strength and durability of other metals but they also check the lightweight and maintenance-free boxes of other types of fences. Being lightweight, aluminum can be made into just about any design, and because a paint job or coating is unneeded when it comes to rust — aluminum can’t ever rust — you can even use an aluminum fence bare, or at least not worry so much about those tiny nicks and paint flecks that inevitably take their toll over the years. The kicker is that aluminum can be painted in just about any color, so a traditional black, vibrant white or anything else is a possibility when you go with an aluminum fence.

But comparing an aluminum fence to wrought iron and other steel fences is almost unfair. Aluminum can do all the intricate stuff that steel can do, in a residential context it’s as strong as you’d need, and they’ll last forever without messy maintenance schedules or worrying about paint flaking and corrosion taking hold.

Winner: Aluminum, due to its various design options, as well as its ability to be left bare or painted in vibrant colors or a standard and unassuming black.

Comparing Fences: Cost

For many people, the determining factor of what makes a great fence is its cost, and no matter how good a fence looks or how long it’ll last, there are very real budgets that are attached to each fencing project. While you may want to install the be-all, end-all of fences, your budget often brings you back into the real world.

Alas, the cheapest fences are typically wood or some kind of composite material. There’s a lot of variation in quality across the board, but wood and faux-wood styles can be the most affordable options if you decide to go a DIY route and elect for the post and board route instead of buying something premade. However, you’ll have quite the project on your hands, and it’ll take specialty machinery to drill the posts and pour rigid concrete bases that will keep your fence standing after the first heavy winds come.

At the bottom end of the available metal fence options you have chain-link fences, which are dirt-cheap, but they’re also an eyesore, and you’d never want to consider lining your yard with this stuff unless it’s a temporary installation until the real fence goes in. Other types of more traditional steel fences are also available, which can mimic the wrought iron look in a pinch with the right paint job, though steel is still relatively expensive compared to more affordable options. Steel is also not great in an outdoor setting due to its proclivity to rust and chip over time unless they’re treated with non-corrosive paints that themselves require dutiful maintenance.

On the far end of the cost scale, wrought iron is one of the most expensive types of fencing due to their handmade nature and an attention to detail that makes wrought iron a labor-intensive product. Wrought iron fences are also heavy — real heavy — and typical wood or composite posts just won’t do — they’re often attached to brickwork or other heavy stones. And like other steel fences that can rust and chip, wrought iron fences must be treated with corrosion-resistant paint to get decades of use out of them, otherwise they’ll slowly deteriorate over the years and start to chip and rust along important welds and joints.

With aluminum, you don’t have to worry about any of that. Aluminum fences are cheap, lightweight, and you won’t have a challenging maintenance schedule to keep on top of because aluminum won’t ever rust like other metal fences. So while you may have to pay a little more up front for an aluminum fence over, say, a wooden fence, you’ll quickly make that money back with the $0 in maintenance you’ll have to commit to your new fence over the years.

Winner: Aluminum, due to its reasonable up-front costs and no-maintenance-needed recurring costs that makes it a one-time purchase with an all-in price. For those on an extreme budget, chain-link fences are a super-affordable way to do temporary fencing, but don’t try this in a typical residential neighborhood.

The Winner: Aluminum

Due to its reasonable price, various style and color options, as well as its durability in both painted and unpainted variants, it’s really no contest when you compare aluminum fences to wrought iron, steel and other options. If you have your heart set on a metal fence, aluminum’s the cheapest, it can go traditional or modern or anything in between, and, in most instances, it’s as strong as, if not stronger than, wrought iron and steel because it lacks a weakness to the elements.

When you consider the sheer cost of wrought iron fencing or the heavier, more expensive yet no more robust steel options out there, aluminum is the clear winner and is the ideal way to do a metal fence today. Forget about convoluted maintenance schedules to keep your wrought iron or steel fence looking its best — an aluminum fence doesn’t need to be coddled or slaved over. Day after day, it does what you ask of it without so much as a peep, and years from now it’ll still look as great as it did the day it was installed.

From Your Friends at Aluminum Fences Direct

Here at Aluminum Fences Direct, we love showing customers the utility and benefits of a beautiful, new aluminum fence. Even if you’re a wrought iron fan and would never consider a fence that doesn’t capture the feel of a traditional, black metal fence, you might be surprised at how close you can get with a painted aluminum fence. Those that like modern and simple designs also love our aluminum fences, which can be painted in black, bronze or white to complement just about any look.

Contact us to see how we can help you safely secure your yard space with a traditional or modern aluminum fence. Get a quote today for your home or check out our commercial fencing for ideas on how you can outfit your business.

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10 Tips for Installing an Aluminum Puppy Fence

While there are a beautiful variety of fencing styles to choose from, bringing a dog into the mix—especially a puppy—is going to change the way that you’re viewing your fence. In addition to concerns about security in terms of height and finials and latches, now you’ve got to worry about the bottom of the fence, the narrowness of the pickets, and making sure that those little pups don’t go squeezing between the bars and running amok in the neighborhood.

  1. When choosing an aluminum fence for your dog, there are many things to consider. First, while you want to puppy-proof your fence, your pup isn’t going to be small forever, so you’ll want a fence that can stand up to a full-sized adult dog. And there are many kinds of dogs, each with their own considerations.

    The American Kennel Club identifies seven groups of dogs. These are:

    • Sporting Dogs: These dogs need lots of room to run around, as they’re very energetic and won’t necessarily like being confined to a tight space. But they love the outdoors. Some sporting breeds are Spaniels, Setters, and Pointers.
    • Working Dogs: Working dogs are perfect guards for your property, and they’ll make sure that no one comes in unannounced. They are very intelligent (which can make doggy-proofing hard) but once they get used to their space, they’re very reliable to stay inside it. Some working dogs are Boxers, Dobermans, Great Danes, Mastiffs, and Rottweilers.
    • Hound Dogs: Hounds were bred for the hunt, and they’re very good at picking up on smells and chasing after them—even if that means going through your fence to get at them. Some hound dog breeds are the Beagle, Bloodhound, Greyhound, and Whippet.
    • Terriers: Terriers are energetic and wily, and mostly on the small end. Generally, terriers are territorial and don’t like other dogs encroaching on their space. They may be prone to barking at passersby, and you’ll want a sturdy fence to keep them from escaping and chasing down rivals. Some terriers are the Bull Terrier, Schnauzer, Norfolk Terrier, and Scottish Terrier.
    • Nonsporting dogs: these guys don’t fall easily into one category and can range from excitable to mellow. It’s best to check out the details about your specific breed before making generalizations. Some nonsporting dogs include Bulldogs, Chows, Dalmatians, Poodles, and Lhasa Apsos.
    • Herding dogs: Herding dogs are very intelligent and respond well to training and structure. Teach them the confines of your yard and they’ll never try to leave it (though as puppies they may struggle to get the concept, and they are sneaky.) Some herding dogs are the Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, German Shepherd, and English Sheepdog.
    • Toy dogs: Toys are temperamental and excitable, and they’re small enough to pose a problem as you try to keep them from squeezing out from under your fence. Some toys are the Chihuahua, Maltese, Miniature Pinscher, Toy Poodle and Pug.
  2. Once you know the kind of dog you’re trying to keep in your yard you can start to make the calculations needed to get a fence capable of containing them. First, look at your dog. Is it a puppy? A small dog? A medium dog? A large dog? The size and temperament of your pet will determine a lot about the kind of fence that you need to keep them from escaping and running around the neighborhood.
  3. Next, consider their dimensions. Not all small dogs are the same, and neither are all big dogs. A big fluffy dog might actually be skinny enough to squeeze through the bars, while a little pug might have a head too big to do the same. Also, be mindful of your dog’s jumping abilities. Larger breeds (and even some energetic little pups) might make short work of a three-foot fence.
  4. Then think about the purpose of your fence. Is it the purpose solely to keep your dog contained? Is it to keep burglars and ne’er-do-wells out of your yard? Or is it purely decorative. You may have a well trained dog who is great with people who wants nothing more than to lounge on the porch and couldn’t care less about people walking by, or you could have a rambunctious little furball who wants to escape at all costs.
  5. You also want to know if you’re looking to contain your dog or your children. A dog might need different accommodations—especially a pup—than a couple of roving three-year-olds.
  6. Know your yard grading. It’s easy to fence a perfectly flat, horizontal yard with four square corners and no slope, but it’s something else entirely when your fence has to follow the contours of a hilly slope. Walk the length of your fence and look for areas where there are discrepancies—where the rigid height of the fence doesn’t match up with the wavy ground. This creates massive security breaches where your dogs can escape and run amok. Also, be aware of your ground material at the fence line. A fence might look like it’s close to the ground, but it might be disguised by the shrubbery around it. Or a fence might look secure, but the ground cover is just easy-to-dig-through wood chips. All of these factors go into making sure you have a good sturdy fence that will keep your pups inside.
  7. Have the proper gate closures. This is important for your animals as well as your pets. It’s essential to have a self-closing gate that latches by itself to make sure that you don’t leave your yard accidentally vulnerable to escape.
  8. Another important consideration when putting your dog out in the yard is landscaping. It’s important that a dog—both inside dogs and outside dogs—have a place to get in the shade and out of the direct sunshine. An uncomfortable dog is a dog that will look for an escape, even if that means tunneling their way out under your beautiful fence.
  9. Finally, when you’re making your yard puppy-safe, you’ll want to make sure that the bottom of your fence is as impenetrable as possible. This might mean narrower bars, but it also might mean lining the base of your fence with paving stones, poured concrete, or brick. Dogs like to dig, and they’ll look for weak spots to get out. A stone foundation for your fence that runs flush with the base of the fencing may be exactly what you need to keep things safe and cautious. Plus, a well-made fence foundation can add to the aesthetic appeal and value of your property.
  10. Whatever you do to make sure that your doggo is protected and contained, take your time to do it right. A puppy is an adorable addition to your family, and it’s terrifying to realize that one has wandered off into the neighborhood all alone.

We offer ten styles of puppy fence to meet your needs—fences that have narrow bars and are flush to the ground. First, the Sierra XP, Outback XP, Manhattan XP, Appalachian XP, and Carolina XP are similar to those styles of fence, but with much narrower bars most, if not all the way up. Second, the Sierra Puppy Panel, Outback Puppy Panel, Carolina Puppy Panel, Manhattan Puppy Panel and the Appalachian Puppy Panel with or without puppy press points, all maintain the standard look of the upper half of those fences while presenting a narrow puppy-proof panel at the bottom to keep your furry friends inside.

Check out our puppy fencing options!

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How Much do Aluminum Fences Cost?

How Much do Aluminum Fences Cost?

Aluminum fencing costs have a wide range depending on the size of the project, the type of fencing ordered and the labor that goes into placing it. According to Costimates, the average price for 4’ foot tall aluminum fencing is approximately $24 per foot for the everyday DIY’er. Professionally installed fencing costs an average of $32 per foot for the same type of fencing.

At Aluminum Fences Direct, we offer wholesale aluminum fencing materials so you can get the absolute best value for your project with even better pricing than previously mentioned. Whether you’re looking for an Appalachian or puppy style fence, we have a wide variety of styles with transparent pricing so you know exactly what you’ll get.

You can view our aluminum fencing here or continue reading to find out more about aluminum fencing styles, price calculation and other useful information.

Why Choose Aluminum Fencing?

Anyone who’s done DIY work at home has likely experienced the conundrum of what base materials to use. Marble or granite? Tile or wood? Aluminum or steel? Working with aluminum has its own benefits, such as:

  • It’s light, which makes it easy to install.
  • The fencing requires very little maintenance, if any.
  • Aluminum has cheaper shipping costs on account of its low density.
  • The material is malleable, so it can come in many styles.
  • Aluminum isn’t affected by sprinklers or lawn chemicals.
  • It handles dampness and humidity well, making it ideal for poolside and oceanside projects.

What Types of Styles are There?

Aluminum fencing comes in a wide variety of styles to meet your personal tastes and needs. You can order each type according to the height you desire as well. Below is a list of every style of aluminum fencing we offer:

  • Floridian
  • Sierra
  • Outback
  • Carolina
  • Appalachian
  • Manhattan
  • Puppy
  • eXtra Picket
  • Castle
  • Commercial
  • Elegant Arch
  • Cathedral

You can also find corresponding gates and accessories to fully customize your fencing so it meets standard regulations, looks exactly the way you want and makes entrance/exit from the area as accessible or secure as needed. Color is also an option when you order from us, with available styles in black, bronze and white.

Prices to Expect for Our Fencing

The price of our aluminum fencing varies according to the style you choose and the height you order. Once you have an estimation of how much fencing you need, you can speak to us directly at 888-830-2219 or fill out our layout form so we can help you determine dimensions, material requirements and pricing. More general pricing according to fence type are listed below:

  • Floridian Fence Panels: $42 – $53
  • Sierra, Outback & Carolina Fence Panels: $59 – $85
  • Appalachian & Manhattan Fence Panels: $59 – $85
  • Puppy & XP Fence Panels: $97 – $155
  • Commercial Fence Panels: $77 – $114
  • Castle Fence Panels: $88 – $109
  • Elegant Arch Fence Panels: $95 – $144
  • Cathedral Fence Panels: $159 – $199

Gates, posts and accessories also vary in price according to the style, so you can plan accordingly or allow us to examine your fencing needs and provide an inclusive price so you know exactly how much you need and how much it will cost.

How Much Money Does DIY Fencing Save?

Working with fencing companies that perform installations can be a costly enterprise of thousands of dollars before you even get to the material prices. Professional costs can be anywhere from $35 to $80 per hour on top of materials and fees. If you get away from fence contractors and work with individuals, you still need to make sure that they work within the licensing requirements for appropriate fence types, zoning and other important property details.

While putting in a fence yourself does require planning and labor, however, it can be much simpler than you might think. You’ll also be saving yourself a good portion of money you can put toward your house and yard instead.

How to Prepare for DIY Fencing

Just about any housing project can be intimidating when you first start out. Fences are a key aspect of defining your yard space, whether the intention is creating privacy, style, security or all three. Whether you’re looking to create an outdoor space for a pet, trying to keep out wildlife or securing a pool space, there are general considerations you should keep in mind.

Defining Your Property Space

One common mistake that people make regardless of whether they hire a professional or put in a fence themselves is confusing property lines between neighbors. If you build a fence that happens to be on the wrong side of your property line, it’s a costly mistake that will require you to remove all of your hard work.

To ensure that you have the correct dimensions starting out, look for the details of your deed when you purchased your property. Such documentation may also include a map that shows the dimensions, also known as a plat. If there’s still some confusion (deeds with property dimensions can sometimes rely on landmarks like a tree or shrub that is no longer on the property), your best bet is to go to your local surveyor’s office.

If the details of your property lines are still murky or you are unable to find appropriate maps, you can always hire a professional surveyor to help you determine where a fence can go. Surveyors are licensed by your state and should have liability insurance attached to their work so you’ll be reimbursed if a mistake is made.

Speaking with your neighbors during this process can also be helpful. They may be able to provide maps of their property that have shared property lines on them, and some may even be willing to share the cost of a fence that goes along a shared property boundary.

Knowing Residential Limitations

Before choosing your fence style and height, it’s important to check with your neighborhood zoning laws. Many residential areas limit the maximum height of fences, and some may also require that you have a building permit for placing outdoor structures like fences. Rural areas, such as ranches and farms, are more likely to offer softer standards for permits, while large neighborhoods are more likely to require stricter permits for outdoor features. Also, check with your home owners insurance about coverage for your fence.  Some companies actually cover it if it’s physically connected to the house with wall mounts but if there is a post next to the house, it wouldn’t be covered.  This varies with every insurance company.  It’s also worth noting that fence height limits for front yards tend to be shorter than those for backyards, so it may be wise to plan accordingly.

Digging in the Right Place

Your fence’s most important features actually lie below the ground; digging appropriately sized holes and filling them with concrete is what lends them security. Before you decide where to place posts for your aluminum fencing, you’ll need to accommodate important electric and water lines that may be hiding underground. If you’re adding a fence around a pool, for example, a blueprint will be critical so you don’t dig into any electric lines for lights or water lines for the pool supply.

Most states have a utility notification center you can call so they can come to your property and mark the location where gas, electric and cable lines are located. In some states, depending on the utility companies, this is a free service.

Measuring for your Fence

The easiest way to measure your property lines yourself is to mark each corner of your yard with a stake. Connecting each stake and measuring the distance will give you the number of feet needed to complete your fence.

From there, you’ll often need to calculate how much fencing you need based on the size of fence panels you purchase. Typical sizes per panel tend to range from six to eight feet. It may be a bit overwhelming to convert perimeter distance into fence panels and material prices, so we can help you with our layout from. Once you know the fence length, height and style you want as well as how many gates should be included in your overall project, we can do the rest of the work so you have a solid estimate for materials and costs.

Supplies to Consider

Once you have your fence materials paid for and your planning complete, you’ll still need to have supplies for putting everything together. We like to make things easier by providing fully assembled panels that only need to be set into the ground with one of our posts. To achieve this, you’ll need to dig appropriately sized holes according to the size and type of your fence and post length, then fill those holes with concrete. The simple supplies you’ll need for this are:

  • A shovel or post hole digger for digging holes
  • A container or wheelbarrow big enough to mix concrete
  • A spade for mixing concrete
  • A level that will make sure each post is inserted evenly
  • Cement or concrete mix
  • Water

Get the Best Value for Your DIY Project

We make quality materials and fast shipping a priority so you can get the best value when you set out to fence your yard. To take a closer look at the different styles and pricing options we offer for fencing, click here and get started planning your project today!

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Benefits of Aluminum Fencing for Apartment Buildings

Aluminum fencing can solve a lot of problems for apartments, from providing pool safety to improving curb appeal. Read on to learn more about what aluminum fencing can do for your apartment property! Apartment living can be a great option for individuals of all ages. Giving many a fabulous living space when houses simply aren’t an option, and often with fabulous views of towns or cities, and a close-knit community of fellow residents, many of us wouldn’t trade our apartment for the world! However, there can often be little issues with any apartment block, such as communal areas and spaces that can become worn and in need of a revamp. This can leave residents pestering their landlords for renovations, or in privately owned properties, residents asking fellow inhabitants to chip in towards a renovation project. Whatever your apartment situation, if you want to make a change, it’s best to do your research first. Being knowledgeable about the project you want to enact will help you to sell the benefits to those you are hoping to bring on board, and often will result in success becoming more likely. In this article we’ll be taking a look at some of the benefits of having aluminum fencing installed in and around your apartment building

Safety and Security

Adding a fence will increase the safety and security of the apartment block. Even a low or more decorative fence can work as a visual deterrent to trespassers and other nefarious individuals. It shows these potential intruders that your property takes security seriously, and that there is likely to be more security measures within the property. It can also save you money too, protecting your home from graffiti and vandalism, as well as the stress and trauma that can come from burglaries. An aluminum fence is also great for the security of your family and pets. If your apartment has a yard space, having a fence will help to keep your pets and children safe, preventing animals from escaping and children from wandering off and finding themselves in dangerous situations. Aluminum fencing can also be great for dementia retirement apartments, or apartments for mentally handicapped individuals who may need help or supervision when exploring the outside world. Poolside Safety – If your property has pool, but does not have a fence, or a fence which is unfit for purpose, then your landlord or homeowner’s association is likely breaking the law. While rulings vary state to state, in general a pool must have a fence that is:
  • At least 48 inches tall
  • Middle horizontal rail must be 45 inches above the bottom rail
  • Less than 4 inches spacing between pickets
  • Less than 2 inches between bottom horizontal rail and ground
  • Gates must be self-closing/self-latching
  • Gates must open away from pool area
  • Latch mechanism must reach pool safety specifications for state
If your poolside fence doesn’t meet these regulations then you have a strong case, if not a responsibility to demand aluminum poolside fencing for your apartment block. Aluminum fencing is great because there are many fence panels and gates available which already fit the regulations required. Another great bonus aluminum fencing has is that it is corrosion and rust resistant, making it great for use around water. Playgrounds – If your apartment block is larger, you may have a playground on the premises. This is an asset to families, as your child always has a safe place to play. However, without the correct fencing, your child may not actually be as safe as you’d want them to be. Fences that are made of wood, for example, can become worn out and develop holes or gaps which curious children can squeeze through. Chain link fences are also common and popular for children’s play spaces, but if poorly maintained can be a hazard, resulting in cuts and the need for tetanus shots. These types of fences also encourage children to climb, potentially resulting in injuries from falls. Aluminum fencing is a great alternative. It remains strong and without damage season after season, and requires very little maintenance. Transformation – If your apartment block has been standing for a while, due to time and use, it might be starting to show its age. A great aluminum fence can rejuvenate the exterior of a property, increase its curb appeal, and make it look brand new. It can also make green spaces look great too, providing a frame or backdrop for flowers and plants to pop out against.

A Great Choice

All in all, aluminum fencing can be a great choice for apartment blocks, providing safety and security, conforming to regulations, and transforming spaces. If all these benefits aren’t enough to persuade your landlord or fellow tenants, then it is also worth noting how easily aluminum fencing can be installed and how little maintenance it needs, as well as the fact that it is cheaper than most alternative fencing options. In short, aluminum fencing can be a win-win for all parties, both landlords and tenants, providing a safer, more secure, and more inviting space for all!
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Vinyl Fencing: The Myths

If you’ve ever considered purchasing a vinyl fence but have been held back by things you may have heard about them, let us put some of your fears to rest with the myths we bust in this article. Becoming a first-time homeowner can be an exciting time for many, with emotions running high at the thought of finally being in your dream home. After a few months, however, when emotions begin to settle, you can begin to notice some little issues that need renovation or repair, both inside and outside of the home. You may find your new property’s current fencing situation is less than ideal. This can be for many reasons: it may not suit your personal style, or it could be worn out, poorly maintained, or unsafe. You may even have a property entirely devoid of fencing. Therefore, as a good homeowner you’ve understandably come to the smart decision of having new fencing installed. But what type of fencing should you choose? You may have considered vinyl fencing. After all, this fencing option has become much more popular in recent years. However, you may have been put off by some of the rumour or hearsay, and are unsure how to proceed. The purpose of this article is to debunk some of these harmful myths, and to show you that vinyl fencing is actually a great choice for many homes.

Myth One: Vinyl Fencing is Weak

It’s understandable that you may have this misconception of vinyl fencing. Due to popular outdoor items, when many of us think of vinyl or plastic in yards, we think of ugly plastic garden furniture that only seems to last a season or less and that breaks at the most inopportune moment. However, this could not be further from the truth. While vinyl fencing does have some weakness to extreme weather conditions (as wood fencing and wrought iron also can), vinyl fence panels, though lightweight, are extremely durable, and the same fence can easily last you 20-30 years. With the right care, it may even last a lifetime! In fact, many manufacturers are so sure of this fact that they offer a lifetime guarantee, thus dispelling this myth for good.

Myth Two: There Won’t be a Style I Like

People often hold the common misconception that vinyl fencing is only available in a handful of styles. In fact, vinyl fencing is available in a wealth of styles and designs to suit a variety of purposes. With everything from classic pickets to privacy fences great for deterring nosy neighbors, to poolside fencing and more, there really is a style for everyone! Don’t think you’re only stuck with white, black, or gray either! Vinyl fencing comes in the widest range of colours of any type of residential fencing. This allows you to express your personality to a tee, making creating your dream outdoor space just a little bit easier.

Myth Three: Vinyl Fencing isn’t Eco-Friendly

Understandably, in recent years we have all become aware of the rising need to live our lives in an eco-friendlier manner. Because of this, plastics have come under increased scrutiny. While some plastics are indeed bad for the environment, being non-recyclable or producing harmful gasses in their creation, vinyl fencing isn’t actually the demon that it might initially seem. While aluminum fencing may be the superior option for you if eco-living is your passion, in terms of sustainability vinyl fencing is actually able to hold its own. Wood, for example, despite being a natural material and biodegradable, isn’t as sustainable as it was a few decades ago. Deforestation is a real issue in the world, and wood paneling can help contribute to this. While vinyl fencing is made of a plastic-type material, it is important to remember its lifespan. We’re not talking about a single use product here, which are the type of products which have been very rightly the subject of campaigns. Vinyl fencing lasts at a minimum over two decades, and can far surpass this expectation. When it does come to its end of life, however, unlike many other plastic materials, it can be recycled for a new purpose, meaning it will not go straight to the landfill.

Myth Four: I’ll have to Constantly Maintain a Vinyl Fence

Once again, this statement is simply not true. All fencing will need some maintenance from time to time, but similar to aluminum fencing, vinyl fences are incredibly low maintenance. Aside from looking them over for signs of damage, vinyl fencing only needs a simple clean with warm, soapy water once or twice a year. Even better for parents, cleaning a vinyl fence is so easy it makes a great job for kids to do to earn some extra pocket money!

Myths Busted!

So there you have it: vinyl fencing isn’t the bad guy that we all thought it was, and makes a great option for all homeowners to consider! Strong, incredibly long-lasting, and with designs and colors to suit every home, not to mention being low maintenance and sustainable, it is clear that vinyl fencing is an incredible solution to yard style and safety that should not be overlooked.
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Why It’s Great to Install Aluminum Fencing in the Spring

Once you’ve decided to install an aluminum fence, your next question might be when to do it. In this article, we discuss why spring is a great time to install your aluminum fence. For many, spring is the best time of year. The weather warms up, allowing you to shake off the cold of winter, and flowers and trees start to bloom, hinting at the summer to come. So why not capitalize on this great feeling, and install your aluminum fencing in spring? In this article we’ll be taking a closer look at why opting to do so is a great choice!

Why Install Fencing?

Before we get into why installing aluminum fencing in spring is great, let’s first take a quick look at why installing aluminum fencing is great in the first place – no matter the season. Aluminum fencing offers a durable, low maintenance, and affordable fencing option. It is lightweight easy to install and kinder to the environment than other fencing options, as it can be recycled time and time again. Adding fencing to your property is also a smart choice in terms of security. It creates a visual deterrent to intruders, and keeps small children and pets safe, while the amazing designs simultaneously give your property maximum curb-appeal.

Why Spring?

Many of us opt to undergo yard projects in the late fall or winter in preparedness for the next summer. While this may be an option that works for some, if you hate the cold you might want to consider spring renovations to your yard instead! Therefore, below we offer some of the top reasons to install aluminum fencing in the springtime.

Better Weather

Winter can be quite a gloomy time, with poor natural lighting, shorter day time hours, and cold weather. While you may think this is a great time to get things done, which we agree is certainly the case for indoor renovations, it is actually far better to hold off on the garden grand plans until the spring time. First of all, aside from the occasional shower, spring weather is usually far more forgiving than that of winter. While aluminum fencing is incredibly quick to install, taking on average between one and two days depending on property size, there is still the chance of being caught out by winter storms, snow, and rain. This can leave you with a grim experience of trying to continue your install through the poor weather, or leave you stuck staring at a half done project while you wait for the weather to clear. In the meantime, your half installed fencing (while inherently hard wearing) could become damaged, or the cement used in your post holes could set poorly, causing troubles down the line. You could also find that your half-finished project stays half-done longer than you anticipate, as when you step away from a project oftentimes you can become unmotivated to continue. We’ve all had those DIY moments, where a job gets started but never finished, so why risk that with not only the outward appearance, but the security of your property? Instead, waiting for spring means you can actually enjoy the installation process. With the radio on and the sun on your back, yard work can actually be pleasant, not to mention you also get the instant satisfaction of being actively able to enjoy your transformed yard once the work is done!

Get Ahead of the Curve

Aluminum fencing installation becomes increasingly popular in the summer months, when property owners what to capitalize on the great weather, and opt to renovate their yard ready for barbecues, pool parties, and simple garden leisure. This can often cause popular designs or parts to sell out quickly, leaving you faced with delays to your project or a summer left with your old, worn out fence, or no fence at all! Therefore, by installing your fence in spring you are ahead of the summer rush, meaning that when others are running around like headless chickens, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your yard space. Also, in the leaner months, some residential fencing companies may offer enticing deals or discounts on their products, meaning you may snag yourself a bargain too!

Safety

Once the weather becomes warmer, your children or pets will often pine to be outside playing and exploring the yard. If this is the case for you, then why risk allowing them outside into a yard which may not be safe, with old fencing with holes that small pets could get through, or no fence at all, allowing your child to wander into potentially dangerous situations? By installing your fence as soon as the weather becomes warm, you can help ensure your property is safe and secure throughout the summer, allowing you, your family, and your four-legged friends to enjoy the outdoors without worry.

So Many More Reasons!

We can think of endless reasons more why spring is a great time to install your own aluminum fencing. From theft prevention to the increase in property value to poolside safety and landscape design, it is clear, whatever your reason, that a springtime installation allows for the best of both worlds. You get to undertake your project in the comfort of clement weather, but still have the whole summer to enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Aluminum Fences: What’s the Difference?

With various types of aluminum fencing available, it can be difficult to know which will work best for your project. In this article we break down the difference between residential, commercial, and industrial aluminum fencing. Aluminum offers a hard-wearing, low-maintenance solution to a variety of fencing needs. Great for pools and ponds, vegetable gardens, and family yards as well as properties and businesses, aluminum fencing is a great choice for a variety of needs. While browsing for your fencing, you may have noticed a variety of terms floating about, such as ‘residential’, ‘commercial’, or ‘industrial’, and may have wondered the differences, aside from their intended usages, for homes, businesses, and industrial sites. In this article, we’ll be exploring the differences between these three main fencing categories, and giving a nod to the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Residential Aluminum Fencing

Residential fencing is probably the type of fencing you’ve most explored or considered for your project, and is definitely a great place to start. Typically, this type of fencing is ideal for use in any home/residential setting, and offers durability alongside stylish features and detailing. In terms of curb appeal and style-range, residential fencing usually offers the greatest variety, allowing you to select the fence which suits your needs and personal style. Bear in mind if you live within a Homeowner’s Association, however, as if your fence is viewable from the curb it is likely you’ll need to ask permission first. Residential fencing will often also be tailor-made to different homeowner’s needs, with fencing designed for poolside use, which automatically adhere to the many necessary regulations for BOCA-compliance including the correct locks and picket spacing. There are also residential fencing options available for pet owners, designed to prevent small pets and puppies escaping. Overall, residential fencing is typically more lightweight and decorative. While of course they will most certainly increase the security of your property, and are more than adequate for most homes, when compared to commercial and industrial aluminum fencing, they do offer the least strength and resilience. However, aside from the huge range of choice, one of the largest benefits of this type of fencing is that it can be installed over a weekend by you and your family, with minimal DIY knowledge required.

Commercial Fences

Commercial fences are designed for commercial properties – i.e. retailers, restaurants and businesses. As they are designed to be erected in public areas, they are sturdier, typically taller, and have larger pickets and rails. Unlike residential fencing, for increased strength commercial fencing features eight metal support ribs, commercial-grade fencing also has pickets that are closer together than residential fencing. They are also constructed from a thicker gauge of aluminum, and overall are geared towards their function; keeping trespassers out, over design or style. Therefore, it is typical to have less of a range of design choice. However, some stylistic features such as spears and finials are available, which can also add another layer or security. It is worth noting, however, that as commercial fencing is made from a thicker aluminum, you should expect more heavy lifting during installation! Commercial fencing can also be ideal for those living in high-value homes or in neighborhoods with increased trespassing and burglary rates. This type of fencing in a residential setting will create more of a deterrent, and show those who may offer ill intent that you take your home security seriously. Finally, this fencing option can also be great for poolside security, especially for parents of young children, giving complete peace of mind that their pool is as safe and secure as possible.

Industrial Fencing

Due to its size and weight, while industrial fencing does offer the most secure fencing option, it is usually solely reserved to industrial settings or commercial properties which stock valuable items. Due to the high level of security it offers, industrial fencing is the perfect choice for schools, storage facilities, warehouses, and large estates. Industrial grade fencing really is made for function and not form, and feature the densest number of pickets for added privacy as well as security. Industrial fencing can reach heights of up to 10ft, and can be fitted with spears on top to prevent even the most determined of intruders from climbing over. Like all types of aluminum fencing industrial fencing is highly corrosion resistant, making it a long-standing and long-lasting secure solution for most locations and climates. This is in complete contrast to options such as steel and wrought iron, which can become corroded and develop weak-spots, allowing unwanted individuals relatively easy access!

Finding the Fence for You

When it comes to deciding which type of aluminum fence best meets your needs, you can compare the aesthetics you want with the level of security and privacy that you need. Residential or commercial fencing is more than sufficient to meet most needs, but high-value properties may consider industrial fencing. Regardless, with aluminum fencing on your property, you will enjoy a long-lasting fence that is easy to install and does not rust.
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What is Rackability in Aluminum Fencing?

If you’ve been looking at buying an aluminum fence, you may have seen something called ‘rackability’. What are the benefits of rackable fencing, and should your fence having that feature? While aluminum fencing is designed to facilitate easy installation, picking the correct amount of panels and panel types can be a little confusing. If you live on a property with landscaping or uneven terrain, you may be unsure how best to proceed to achieve the ideal results. Trying to install fencing not designed for hilly or uneven ground can be tricky, time consuming, and can end up looking messy and untidy. In this article we’ll be taking a closer look at how this can be achieved through rackable fencing.

What is Rackability?

Rackability is a feature in ornamental/residential fencing which allows a fence to follow the lay of the land – both on inclines and declines. This style of fencing offers a safe and secure fencing option for a variety of terrains, as it reduces the number of gaps between the ground and the panel. That makes this an ideal choice for installing aluminum fencing on an incline or a decline. Racking, sometimes referred to as ‘raking’, is simply holes which have been created in the fence posts and panels that allow the fence to be installed over a variety of grade changes.

Why is Aluminum Fencing Ideal for Racking?

Racking involves the punching of varying sizes holes (depending on the severity of the terrain) into the pickets of a fencing panel. Racking is perfect for aluminum fencing because of the inherent malleability of aluminum, making punching holes less of a challenge, compared to more traditional materials such as wrought iron, meaning it remains cost effective for manufacturers, and therefore affordable for consumers too. Aluminum fencing is also incredibly lightweight compared to other fencing options, meaning it can be easily and accurately adjusted to create the perfect fit for your yard.

Types of Racking

Many retailers offer different types of racked fencing to suit your property, with options such as standard racked, and double-racked/double punched, and triple-racked/triple punched aluminum fencing available, allowing for more precise installation for challenging properties. In general, as a rule of thumb, the larger the punched hole, the broader range of incline/decline the fencing can navigate.

Standard Racked

This type of racking is ideal for those with yards or properties with little gradation or low inclines/declines. Even if to the eye your yard seems flat, it is always best to opt for racked fencing, as even a subtle incline can cause an uneven installation finish without racking as an option. Standard racked fencing can typically handle changes in grade of around 19 inches.

Double-Racked/Double Punched

A double racked fence has larger holes punched into its pickets, allowing for a larger range of gradations. This type of racking is ideal for properties with general uneven landscaping with a variety of dips or hills, and can handle terrain fluctuation of around 29 inches.

Racking vs Stepping

Racking is not the only way you can navigate uneven terrain when installing fencing on your property. Stepping is a good solution for more traditional fencing options such as wrought iron and steel – where punching picket holes would be a tricky and time-consuming process. Where racking involves changing the size of the picket holes, stepping involves changing the post height to allow the rigid fence panels to navigate various terrains. While this is a great solution for many other types of fencing, it doesn’t look as neat as fencing which has been racked, looking, as the name might suggest, like steps, instead of one smooth continuous perimeter. It is also not an ideal solution for security or for preventing young children or small pets from escaping, as more often than not the base of the fence panel is not flush with the ground, and often a few inches or more away from it. However, it is the best option available for certain fence designs, such as cathedral and elegant arch.

Installing Racked Fencing

Installing aluminum racked fencing is particularly easy, due to how lightweight the material is, meaning it can be easily lifted and/or positioned by one or two pairs of hands. Where stepped fencing is all about adjusting the height of the fence posts, with racked fencing the posts stay uniform. Instead using the punched holes, the rails of the fence panels are adjusted so they sit parallel with the gradation of the land, creating a uniform look with visually even rail levels.

Fencing for All

Racked aluminum fencing offers an easy, affordable, and practical solution to properties with challenging gradations or uneven or steep landscaping. Racked fencing is able to offer over 26 inches of flexibility, offering homeowner’s with challenging properties a simple and effective solution to securing their property where they may previously have thought it costly or even impossible to achieve before.
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How to Select a Decorative Aluminum Fence Design

Choosing the right aluminum fence for your property may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Here’s a few of the most common designs you have to choose from, and some pros and cons of each to help you decide.

Aluminum fencing offers an affordable, easy-to-install solution to securing your yard, pool, or property. As aluminum fencing can be used for a variety of different purposes, including security, pet containment, commercial or industrial use, residential curb-appeal, and pool safety, it is not surprising that this diverse fencing option is available in a wide range of design options. This allows you to not only improve the security of your property, but express your own personal style and tastes.

In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the most popular aluminum fence designs available, exploring some of their unique features, and considering why they might be the ideal for your yard or property.

Picket-top Fencing

This is probably the most common design feature we all think of when picturing fencing, and is ideal for those with traditional tastes. This style of fencing is also loved for the added layer of security it offers properties, reducing the risk of trespassers by helping to prevent climbing.

However, it is also for this reason that this design of fencing may not be suitable for some homeowners. Owners with active pets or children are probably best avoiding picket-top fencing, due to the potential risk of accidents. This style of fencing also may not be suited to more modern properties, as its traditional design may clash with your home’s modern aesthetic.

Floridian Fencing

Where picket-top fencing is ideal for the traditionalists, those with modern homes or minimalist tastes will love Floridian fencing. Simple and understated, this style of fencing features a flat top and moderately spaced pickets without bars. This fencing is great for spaces within a yard such as around the poolside, as it provides a protective level of security, but does not obstruct the view of your home.

In terms of cons, this type of fencing may not be ideal for owners of traditional homes, due to its modern appearance. As this fence has wider pickets, it is also not ideal for privacy, and would not be safe for those with small pets such as chihuahuas.

Outback Style Fencing

This aluminum fencing option offers the perfect compromise between traditional and modern styles. It features picket tops which are attractively alternated between high and low, but unlike the typical picket-top design, the outback style fencing features a flat top that covers the pickets, making it a far safer option for families and pet owners.

Renaissance Style Fencing

As the name might suggest, renaissance fencing is ideal for traditionalists who want to bring the grand, opulent styles of the renaissance era to their homes. This fencing style features a wealth of design features, often inspired by floral or natural elements. This aluminum fencing closely resembles traditional wrought iron fencing, but is far cheaper, far lower maintenance, and far easier to install than wrought iron.

As this style of fencing is far more about style and design, while they will add some degree of security, renaissance fencing is chiefly designed with aesthetics and privacy in mind, so for those looking for security as their top priority, this design of fencing will not be advisable.

Appalachian Fencing

This fencing features elements of minimalism and traditionalism with picket tops, but overall skinnier pickets, rails, and posts than other fencing options. Typically, fencing with picket tops is ill-advised for pet owners, but Appalachian fencing comes in a variety of heights, which means you can get a fence high enough that even the most energetic of pets will be unable to jump over it. This fence can also be made with closer together pickets, giving you great privacy, and also meaning small children and pets cannot sneak through.

Accessories

Aluminum fencing also offers a diverse range of optional accessories that can be selected to add your own flare to your selected design. Adding accessories can also rejuvenate or transform your existing fencing too.

Depending on the purpose of your fencing, some accessories may be mandatory, such as latches or locks for poolside use.

Being able to add accessories is also ideal for creating fencing which matches homes that are unique in their design. Adding finials, for example, could add a traditional or classic touch to more modern fencing, or could be added once children or pets are older and less likely to experience mishaps.

Put simply, the ability to add a variety of accessories to your long-lasting aluminum fencing means homeowners gain a fencing solution that changes as they do.

Picking the Fence for You

Picking the right decorative aluminum fencing option for you and your home should always be a decision that is a balance between practicality and style.

Choosing a fence for its style alone could leave you with a design that reduces the safety of your property in regard to pets and children, but picking a fence on functionality alone can leave your home looking bland or municipal.

Therefore, when picking your decorative fencing option, consider both your wants and your needs to ensure a fencing solution that is perfect for you.

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How to Paint Your Vinyl Fence

There’s no doubt that choosing a vinyl fence for your property constitutes a smart and sensible choice. Far more affordable and durable than traditional fencing options, such as wrought iron or wood, vinyl fencing is the ideal low maintenance option for many homeowners. Of course, while intended to last, and often with an extensive warranty to reflect this, there may still be a time when you decide your vinyl fence could be refreshed or updated by a new coat of paint. The easy process of adding paint can have a huge impact in the overall appearance of your property and can add some serious curb-appeal. In this article we’ll be looking at what you’ll need to paint your vinyl fencing, as well as provide a handy how-to guide, with tips and tricks sprinkled in along the way.

You Will Need

As with any type of project, be it baking, building, or installing, you’ll need to make sure you have the correct supplies on hand to help ensure the success of your project. Having to pause halfway through a process to source a supply is not only inconvenient, but can also cause undesired results, or even damage, which could affect the future of your fence’s warranty if you have one. You’ll be relieved to know, however, that many of the supplies you’ll require to paint your fencing are readily available in most homes, and include items such as: a bucket, mild detergent, warm water, wash cloth, garden hose, drying towel, and cling wrap. The supplies you’ll typically need to source either online or at your local hardware store include: epoxy-based exterior paint, brushes, a paint roller or a paint sprayer, a primer suited to exterior surfaces, sealant, and safety equipment such as gloves, safety goggles, and a dust mask.

Research Your Materials

For the avid DIY fans among us, the required items for this project may seem relatively straightforward, and easy to source. However, with any large-scale project, particularly one which is visible from the street as fencing often is, selecting the wrong materials can really cause a whole manner of problems. No homeowner wants to watch their shiny new paint job fall into a state of disrepair after just a few months, or face complaints or scrutiny from their neighbors, or even their Homeowners’ Association. Making sure you have selected the correct materials for the job will help to ensure your work is long lasting and impressive for all the right reasons. If at any point you find yourself unsure or uncertain, then it’s really best to consult with a professional before making your purchase, and certainly before undertaking your project.

Preparing the Fence

As with any paint job, be it inside or outside, you want to make sure you start off with a clean canvas. Grit or grime can play havoc with the adhesion of a primer, as well as completely ruin the final painted surface. Therefore, while it might be a pain, taking the time to thoroughly clean your fence, first with warm soapy water, and then rinsed with a hose, is an essential step before you can get to work with paints and primers. You also want to ensure that your vinyl fencing is completely dry before you begin your priming layer, as this will prevent adhesion issues between the paint and the fence.

Priming is Essential

If you want your paint work to last more than a season, as well as achieve a professional finish, then you’ll need to prime your fence. Make sure to choose a primer designed for exteriors which preferably offers mold and mildew protection. Paint an even coat onto the fencing using your preferred method. Remember to take the correct safety precautions, gloves should be worn whether hand painting or spraying, and goggles and a dust mask also need to be worn with the latter option.

Painting

This is the step where your hard work really starts to come together! Paint your fence in the same way as you did with the primer, building up layers until you achieve smooth and even coverage. Make sure that all brushes or sprayers are completely clear of the primer from the previous step!

Sealant

Probably the most important step in regards to your paint’s longevity, using a good quality sealant will ensure your fence looks as good as when freshly painted for years to come. A high-quality sealant will protect your vinyl fencing from the elements, as well as keeping the paint fresh, unfaded, and uncracked for an extended period of time.

A Transformed Space

Overall, renovating your fence constitutes a simple task, suited to most DIY beginners, that can completely transform an outdoor space. A fresh coat of white paint for example, can make a garden or yard feel brighter and more open, whereas a darker tone can make a space feel cozy and intimate. As with any project that effects the outward presentation of your property, if you live on land regulated by a Homeowner’s Association, always check that your shade of choice fits within their guidelines to guarantee your fence’s longevity!