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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How Strong Are Aluminum Fences?

Aluminum fences look great and add value to the home, as well as making the property more safe and secure, but how strong is aluminum? When people think of aluminum they often think of an aluminum soda can, because that’s the application we encounter aluminum most frequently.

Or do we? Aluminum is actually all around us and we often simply don’t recognize it. Our cars are full of aluminum parts, as are power lines and even the interior of computers. But perhaps the biggest usage of aluminum is in the construction industry. From ladders to doors, from bridges to skylights, and all manner of internal structure in both residential and commercial buildings, aluminum is a mainstay when it comes to construction technology. This is because it is lightweight, strong, and easy to maintain.  

Aluminum Fences Are As Strong as Wrought Iron, But Lighter Weight

As mentioned above, the things that come to mind when we think of aluminum are soda cans and tin foil, but an aluminum fence is every bit as strong as a wrought iron fence! It is sturdy, can withstand bumps and bangs, protects your home from those who would try to bend open the pickets or jump over the rail. It is absolutely comparable in strength with an iron fence, but there are big differences that fall in aluminum’s favor. 

Aluminum Fences Are Resilient to Weather

Aluminum fences are far more resistant to water corrosion, rust and decay than a wrought iron fence. Iron rusts easily, and even a little chip in the paint will soon start to oxidize and turn a beautiful post into an unsightly red-orange eyesore. But aluminum won’t rust and with a powder coating will be resilient to all bumps and dings–you’ll never need to paint an aluminum fence. The sun can bake it, snow can pile up against it, and icicles can dangle from the rail, but you’ll never need to worry about the weather damaging an aluminum fence.

Aluminum Fences Are Maintenance Free

As mentioned, you never need to do upkeep on an aluminum fence, as you would with a wooden or an iron fence which requires a new paint job every year. The only maintenance you’ll ever need to do on an aluminum fence is perhaps spraying it down with the hose to get grass clippings or mud off the bottom. But that’s it! They are sturdy and take care of themselves. 

Grades of Aluminum Fencing

Not all aluminum is the same. The key is to use the right product for the right project. Here we’ve broken down some of the differences between the main grades of aluminum fencing that you will see.

Residential Grade Aluminum Fencing

Whenever you are choosing a grade of aluminum fencing, the first thing to keep in mind is that most of the qualities of appearance are going to be similar. You’ll be able to find the same colors, the same powder coatings, and many of the same styles. Obviously, with residential grade aluminum fencing you’re going to find a wider variety of ornamental styles than, say, in industrial fencing. But the overall look of an aluminum fence is going to be the same regardless of grade.

Residential grade aluminum fencing is strong and lightweight, very durable and needs no maintenance. It is made specifically to be shipped and installed as fencing around your property, so it is meant to withstand any bumping, grinding, or rubbing associated with being jostled around on a worksite. That’s likely the time in a residential fence’s life that it’s going to take the most abuse. And if you’re worried it’s not strong enough to take some weight of a person jumping over it, we know that’s going to happen in the life of a fence (especially if you’ve got children or teenagers). A residential grade aluminum fence can take that weight.

Pool Grade Aluminum Fencing

Pool grade aluminum fencing is aluminum fencing that has been made to a stricter standard: the BOCA code (Building Officials and Code Administrators). These are rules that are specified for the building and safety of residential construction. There are BOCA codes for everything from electrical to plumbing to foundations, and there are BOCA codes for pool fences. 

While BOCA codes vary by municipality, they generally state that a pool fence must be at least 48” high. Some cities require 60”. Spacing between the pickets cannot allow a 4” sphere to pass through, but that is the minimum. Many pool grade aluminum fencing companies put the pickets at 3” to be on the safe side. (The reason for this rule is to stop the curious toddler from squeezing through the pickets and getting into the pool unsupervised.) 

Other than the codes for height and spacing, however, the strength of a pool grade aluminum fence is typically the same as that of a residential grade aluminum fence. (And don’t worry about any water damage from the pool water or chemicals. Aluminum pool fences can withstand anything like that.)

Commercial Grade Aluminum Fencing

Commercial grade aluminum fencing is more heavy-duty and is designed with an eye more on protection and security. This type of fence, while it still may look in style like a residential grade aluminum fence, will typically be in place for more than decoration and is designed to handle rougher abuse. The aluminum used is heavier and stiffer, with the intention of stopping commercial-style incidents–a bump from a vehicle, the scaling of a determined burglar, or the collision of falling inventory or equipment. Areas that see high traffic from vehicles, equipment, and people ought to look into commercial grade aluminum fencing.

Industrial Grade Aluminum Fencing

Industrial grade fencing is an even stronger and more durable aluminum than commercial grade, made from thicker material. Industrial grade fencing is used not so much in different types of businesses than commercial grade (for example, don’t think a regular business needs commercial grade but a factory needs industrial grade). But the difference is that industrial grade aluminum is used in applications that see more use and wear. For example, a commercial facility with commercial grade fencing might have an industrial grade fencing gate for continuous use.

Steel vs. Aluminum Fencing: What You Should Know

So how strong are aluminum fences versus steel fences, and what do you need to know about them? Here are some comparison breakdowns:

Strength Comparison: Steel vs Aluminum

When it comes to strength, there is no doubt that, pound for pound, steel is stronger than aluminum. This is not to say aluminum is weak, just to say that steel is a very tried-and-true material that is made to withstand almost anything. While both materials are durable, steel is more resistant to impacts and dents.

Corrosion Comparison: Steel vs Aluminum

Aluminum is nearly impervious to rust, and it needs no coating or treatment to make it rust-resistant; it is just a property of the material. Steel (or “carbon steel” as opposed to stainless steel) usually needs a treatment or coating or even paint to make it rust and corrosion resistant. When it comes to lifespan of a fence, a galvanized and powder-coated steel fence has about the same life as an aluminum fence, which is to say: more than fifty years, at a minimum.

Weight Comparison: Steel vs Aluminum

In this category, aluminum comes through as the clear winner. It’s the tradeoff that steel has for being the stronger metal. Steel is approximately 2.5 times heavier than aluminum. (This varies based on the specific alloys being tested.)

Appearance Comparison: Steel vs Aluminum

When a metal fence is installed and in place, whether it is aluminum or powder-coated steel, they are virtually identical. It would take a material scientist to tell the difference in a lab (or someone weighing the fence). When it comes to appearance, there is no clear winner because they are identical for all intents and purposes.

Price Comparison: Steel vs Aluminum

It may surprise you to know that when it comes to raw materials (which fluctuate with the market) steel is a cheaper substance than aluminum. HOWEVER, when it comes to the actual fencing available for sale, aluminum will always be significantly cheaper than steel. 

Another benefit when it comes to price is that, because aluminum is so much lighter than steel, the price of shipping aluminum is considerably lower than the price of shipping steel. 

Also, aluminum is a more malleable metal, and is easier to bend and shape into various architectural and ornamental designs than steel, making the entire process of getting an ornamental aluminum fence easier and cheaper than getting an ornamental steel fence. So if you’re looking for an ornamental look, aluminum is going to be cheaper still.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Aluminum Fencing

If you’ve ever looked into fencing, your eyes have probably lingered a little while on aluminum. Maybe you’ve noticed them without even realizing the fences were aluminum. An aluminum fence is an attractive, beautiful fence, with great strength characteristics, but unlike other metal fences (like steel or iron) it’s also remarkably inexpensive and lightweight. You’ll find that there are a lot of benefits to aluminum fencing. Let’s dive into everything you need to know about aluminum fencing.

Why Choose An Aluminum Fence?

So why should you choose an aluminum fence? There are a lot of reasons. For starters, they’re great to look at. They add beauty and appeal to your home, pool, or business. They’re also strong–very strong–and can take a beating if they need to. Unlike other metals, and also wood, they don’t need any special paint or treatment to maintain. In fact, an aluminum fence is so good that adding one to your property will increase the property value. And you can’t beat the price.

Beauty

The first thing you’ll notice about an aluminum fence is how attractive it is. Aluminum is straight and strong, with clean lines and a nice finish. One of the best parts of aluminum fencing is how many styles you can get. When aluminum is manufactured it’s a very malleable metal and can be made into any shape. This allows you to get all of the gorgeous details that are associated with wrought iron–all of the architectural details, the finials, the scrollwork and the ball caps–but without all of the drawbacks that come with iron (like high maintenance and high weight). 

Some of the designs that you can get in your aluminum fencing styles start with the very basic, like the Floridian, with it’s long straight lines. The Sierra and Carolina styles step that up a bit with added rails and different spacing to give it a more intricate design, and you can even add to that design with the optional rings that come in Sierra fences. If you’re looking for a spiked fence–that classic, sophisticated look–then there are several varieties to choose from, including the Appalachian and the Manhattan, both with spear tops, the latter with alternating heights. The Outback style goes a slightly different direction giving us both spear tops and a top rail. Either way you go, you also have the option of exchanging the spear tops for sculpted finials: the Monarch, the Victorian, and the Imperial. These give interesting new looks to the already intriguing styles. 

And if you really want to increase the wow factor there are the very ornamental styles like the Elegant Arch or the Cathedral. These sophisticated looks draw the eye and attract the attention of anyone passing by. 

No matter what fence style you choose, you can get it in any of three finishes: black, white or bronze. All three have a semi-gloss powder coating that will never chip, peel, or flake. And there is the option for adding gold to your finials, for that extra flair.

Aluminum fences can really look like just about anything, but they’ll always have a uniform quality and attractiveness that will add appeal to your property.

Strength and Durability

Aluminum is a very strong and durable material, and is very resistant to damage from the weather or accidents. 

Our aluminum fencing is made from 6000 series aluminum with properties that exceed that of other manufacturers. One thing we pride ourselves on is that, unlike other fencing companies, we do not import material from foreign markets, like China and Mexico, to get lower grade and cheaper material. All of our fencing is not only assembled in the United States, but the aluminum itself is manufactured right here in the Carolinas. We do this to ensure that we maintain the highest levels of quality.

All of our aluminum is coated with an environmentally-friendly electrostatic powder coating that makes them extremely durable and rugged. This prevents corrosion and fading. But another remarkable thing about the metal itself is that aluminum doesn’t rust. Unlike iron and steel, aluminum cannot rust because it contains little to no iron atoms, and rust is iron oxide (or, iron combined with oxygen). And the kicker is that while aluminum also oxidizes, the oxidation is a benefit: oxidized aluminum creates a powerful coating on the surface of the metal that prevents any damage to the core of the item itself. 

An aluminum fence in a backyard or driveway can stand up to any amount of activity common to household life, including impacts from soccer balls, bumps from a lawnmower, even teenagers climbing over the top of them. And if you’re in a more active area, we have commercial and industrial grades of aluminum special for those types of places. Commercial grade aluminum is made for high-traffic areas that might get bumped with car bumpers or nicked by equipment or impacted by inventory. And industrial grade aluminum is made for the most rigorously-used applications, such as the gates at a shipping-and-receiving dock, or an auto lot. So really, there’s a grade of aluminum for anything you want, no matter how tough you need it. And it all still looks as good.

Pool Fences

While we’re talking about strength and durability, we should also talk about pool fences. Pool fences are not only beautiful, and not only able to withstand the corrosion of chlorine and other pool chemicals, but they are also made to a higher standard of quality. 

Aluminum pool fences meet the BOCA code (Building Officials and Code Administrators). This means that the fence must not allow a 4” sphere to pass between the pickets, and there must be no less than 45” between the pool fence rails. The fence must be at least 48” tall, and the gate must be self-closing and self-latching. All of this is done to ensure that small children (and animals) can’t squeeze between the pickets and fall into the pool. 

Low Maintenance

One of the main benefits of an aluminum fence is the fact that you’re going to need to do very little maintenance over the lifespan of the fence. In fact, other than the occasional hose-down to remove mud or lawn clippings, you won’t have to do any maintenance. The powder coating will last the life of the fence.

Now compare that to what you’d need to do with either a wrought iron or wooden fence, which will require paint at least every couple of years, as well as sanding and scraping. Even a steel fence will need some maintenance because it can rust and needs to be well studied to make sure that it gets no nicks or dings in its coating. 

Increased Property Value

Now after all of these benefits, it’s probably no surprise to learn that adding a fine aluminum fence to your yard will increase your property value. There is nothing that has a more direct impact on the value of your home than curb appeal, and aluminum fences have curb appeal in spades. Once you install your aluminum fence, you’ll have instant equity–thousands of dollars of value added to your property overnight. 

And that’s not to mention the fact that your fence will be a welcome addition to the entire neighborhood. By increasing the look and appeal of your home, you’ll be adding to the value of the whole street, and making your neighbors very happy. Pretty soon they’ll be looking into getting aluminum fences of their own. 

But an aluminum fence doesn’t add property value just because it’s gorgeous, although it is, but because it is safe and secure. When you install a fence you’re installing a security system around your home and that security system will make you and your family safer, whether you’re worried about pets escaping, kids getting in the street, children falling in the pool, or burglars scaling the fence to get in your yard. It’s all going to be safer with an aluminum fence, and that safety means your house is more valuable.

Price

With all of these benefits you might have come to the conclusion that an aluminum fence is quite expensive. After all, if it’s so good, it’s got to be pretty pricey. Well, not only is an aluminum fence cheaper than most of its counterparts, but at Aluminum Fences Direct we also make sure that the price stays low by acting as a wholesaler and cutting out the middleman. There’s no markup on our fences, so while the average price of an aluminum fence panel in America is $60 (for a 6’ x 4’ panel), at Aluminum Fences Direct you can get that same panel for as little as $42. 

But the price difference doesn’t stop there, because the real place where aluminum fences can get expensive is in the installation. If you hired a company to install your fence, the installation costs alone would be, according to national estimates, between $15 and $40 per foot of fence! But at Aluminum Fences Direct we encourage our buyers to DIY the installation, so when you’re fencing a yard you’re saving anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000. And that money you’re saving is still going into the property value of your home–it’s sweat equity. 

Don’t think that because it’s DIY installation it’s going to be hard and have a lot of hidden costs (and that you’ll end up hiring a general contractor to do it). We hold your hand through the whole installation process to make sure that you get the aluminum fence of your dreams at a price you can afford. 

Should I Get An Aluminum Fence or A Steel Fence?

We’ve talked all about the great things about aluminum fencing, but you might still be wondering: if aluminum is so great, might steel be even better? And yes, steel is definitely a player in the fencing game. But we think that you’ll find that steel pales in comparison to aluminum when we’re putting them head-to-head.

Aluminum vs Steel: Beauty

Aluminum and steel fences look very similar, there’s no doubt about that. But what you may be surprised to learn is that steel can’t do all of the things that aluminum can do (or, at least, it can’t do them at a reasonable price). Therefore, many of the styles that are available in aluminum cannot be found in steel, primarily because aluminum is more malleable. Now, when we say malleable, don’t think of aluminum foil. But in the manufacturing process, there is a point at which aluminum is more easily shaped and molded into its stylistic forms than steel could be. This is especially true of the curves, circles, arches, and other ornamentation. Yes, if you wanted to pay a lot for highly ornamented steel you could, but you’d have to order it custom. They just don’t make it standard.

Aluminum vs Steel: Strength

When it comes to strength, all things being equal, we have to give the award to steel. Steel is a stronger metal in terms of impacts and the amount of weight it can bear. The question is: does the difference matter? Is the strength of aluminum so low that it will bend and dent easily? The answer is no. A residential aluminum fence is sufficiently strong for anything that a residential aluminum fence needs to withstand. And, if you’re talking about more rugged applications, that’s where the commercial and industrial grades of aluminum come in. There really is an aluminum solution for everything.

Aluminum vs Steel: Corrosion

When it comes to corrosion, there’s no contest: aluminum just doesn’t corrode. Steel rusts, plain and simple. Yes, steel is going to probably be powder coated to prevent rust, but then you always have to be wary of tiny nicks and flakes in the coating, because the smallest rust spot can corrode out the core. 

Aluminum vs Steel: Weight

Steel weighs more, but if you’re leaning toward steel you may ask why the weight of steel even matters. After all, it’s just going to be standing in place and no one will ever need to lift it. Why should the weight of the material make a difference. It’s because there will be times when you need to lift it: during shipping and installation. And steel is not only heavier, it’s 2.5 times as heavy as aluminum. So if you’re shipping a few hundred feet of fence panels and posts, and calculating the shipping costs, just imagine the price difference for something weighing two and a half times the other. And all of that shipping cost comes out of your pocket. (It also makes installation harder, because it weighs so much, so whether you’re doing a steel installation DIY or paying a contractor, it’s going to be a lot worse of a job.)

Aluminum vs Steel: Price

We’ve already talked about the extra cost of shipping steel (which is very substantial) but steel just costs more per foot. The difference is about 1.25 to 1.5 times as expensive for steel as it is for aluminum–but that’s just looking at national averages. When you consider Aluminum Fences Direct’s wholesale structure, it can be significantly cheaper. And then add into it that you’re going to be doing the installation yourself and, well, you’re probably more than convinced by now.

How Do I Install An Aluminum Fence?

The great thing about Aluminum Fences Direct’s DIY approach to aluminum fencing is that it saves you so much money. And it’s really not that hard. If you’re at all handy around the house or yard, you’ll be able to figure out the right fencing for your needs. And we have a comprehensive installation DIY guide to help get you there. 

Tools List

What do you need to actually install your aluminum fence? It’s a lot less than you probably think. All you’ll need is: string line; wooden stakes for each corner, end and gate post location; a post hole digger; concrete; a Phillips screwdriver. That’s it. That doesn’t sound too complicated. You can get all of that at your local hardware store for under fifty dollars. 

Creating a Materials List

In the DIY Installation Guide, there is an example of a layout plan to show you how to measure your yard and determine what materials you’ll need to order. Basically all you need to do is get some graph paper, a tape measure and a pencil, and draw a map of your yard. From there it’s a simple matter of breaking up the spans into the requisite number of panels and posts and corner posts. Count them up, and add in the gates, and you’ve got yourself a materials list. 

Racking vs. Stepping

Do you have a slope in your yard? If you do you’ll want to either rack it (install the fence sloping up) or step it (install one panel on the level, then build up a step and install the next panel on the level). 

In racking, the spacing on the rail next to the pickets allows for racking to occur. That is, it allows for the pickets to remain perfectly vertical at 90 degrees, while the top and bottom rails are sloped. The typical maximum slope that you can make with your fence is 19” rise over 6’ of run. In extremely sloped situations we can do a custom “double punch” which will allow for a rise of 36” over a 6’ run. There is no additional charge for this.

Some styles, particularly the more ornamental styles like the Elegant Arch and the Cathedral, can only be stepped. This is done by ordering end posts and attaching brackets on the opposite blank side from the punched out holes at the appropriate height that your slope demands. Steep slopes might cause a need for a custom extra long end post.

We’ll explain more if needed. Another reason why we walk every order through to completion as opposed to ordering from an online shopping cart.

Curved Fences

The fence panels come straight, so if your fence line has a curve, you will need to break it up into shorter panels with more posts between them. The panels themselves cannot be curved or bent as it would ruin their structural integrity. Each post however can angle 10 degrees or if you turn the post 10 degrees, you can get a 20 degree turn per post… more with adjustable wall/post mounts added in.

Is It Really True That Anyone Can Install Their Own Fence?

Possibly. Here’s a test: can you dig post holes that are two feet deep and six inches in diameter, spaced 72.5” on-center? If you can do that, then this should be no problem. That’s the hardest thing there is to do. If that is outside your skill set, you can still order the fencing panels and posts from us at the great price, and then hire a contractor to install them for you. 

 

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Advantages of an Aluminum Pool Fence

Getting a pool fence might be something that you’re dragging your feet about: you’ve just put a beautiful pool into your backyard and now there’s the task of putting a fence around it. Will the fence hurt the view? Will the fence ruin the yard? Will the fence get in the way of all the family having a good time at the pool?

The answer is that a fence is one of the best things you can do for your yard and family, and we’re not just talking about safety, but it also adds to property value, enhances the curb appeal of the house, reduces your legal liability, and frankly, if just gives you peace of mind. The question is not why should you get an aluminum fence, but why shouldn’t you? Everything points to getting a fence. Here are just a few of the many, many reasons.

A Pool Fence Increases Safety for Kids and Pets

This is the most obvious reason for getting a fence: safety of your kids and pets. It would be an awful thing to look outside and see the horrible sight of a toddler scrambling for safety–or worse. And this kind of thing happens every year, all across the country, to people who are good and loving parents who would never put their kids in harm’s way. It only takes one slip up, one unlocked door, one trip to the kitchen when you take your eyes off your child, and they could be outside and on their way into the pool. 

Pets are no different, and even wildlife can become trapped in pools. Having a fence around a pool is the responsible thing to do to protect the safety of your kids, your neighbors’ kids, the animals around your house, and the animals who may come creeping out of the woods. Owning a pool isn’t fun 100% of the time;  it’s also a responsibility. Make sure that you’re acting with all the responsibility that it requires. 

Swimming Pool Fences Reduce Accidents

As above, swimming pool fences reduce accidents, and they even reduce accidents in older children and adults. Walking past a pool you can easily slip and fall in, even if the cover is on, even if it’s not the season for swimming. Did you know that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that drowning is the second leading cause of death of children under 14, and most of those drownings don’t occur in the ocean or rivers or boating accidents–they occur in residential pools. The CDC goes on to report that installing a pool fence reduces the chance of a childhood drowning by 83%. If you have a pool, even if you don’t have kids, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get a security fence.

A Good Investment in Your Property

You may think that you’ve just bought a pool and you don’t want to pay any more for anything else–that pool was expensive enough! But studies show that adding an aluminum fence to your residential pool makes your property value increase. Aluminum fence is good looking fencing, make no mistake, and a good aluminum fence increases the curb appeal of your home, should you ever wish to sell it. Also, if you ever wish to sell, odds are good that the next owners will want a fence of their own, so if you already have one installed and looking good, then it will be that much easier to convince them that the property is ready to buy and move in. They won’t have to install a fence of their own later, and that will make the purchase even more sweet.

Easy to Use

A good aluminum fence is easy to use. There are other types of fences out there, like sliding glass or plexiglass fences, or mesh pool fences. These may look nice, or be cheaper to install, but they’re not as easy to use, as well as easy to secure and lock, as a good solid aluminum fence. A glass or plexiglass fence also requires a lot of maintenance, and a mesh fence can be cumbersome and hard to put into place. A permanent aluminum fence, made from strong metal and with sturdy latches and locks, will make pool ownership a breeze. Not only can you stop toddlers from getting into your pool, but when you decide to go in yourself you’re not struggling with sliding and glitchy latches, or fabric loops. Just a straightforward latch with room for a lock.

Easy to Maintain

An aluminum fence is a great investment for any part of the yard, but also for the pool, because it is so simple to maintain. Aluminum fences don’t rust or weather. They have extremely long lifespans, and to wash them–if a little mud splatters on them–you can just spray them down with the hose. There’s also no corrosion from the chlorine in the pool water, if that happens to get onto the aluminum. It can take a lot of abuse and still maintain its solid coated finish. 

Tons of Options to Choose From

Just take a look at our website to see how many options of fences there are to choose from. From the straightforward look of the classic Manhattan and Appalachian fences, with their tall straight pickets and peaked finials, to the Sierra and Carolina look that don’t have spikey tops at all, but straight horizontal rails covering rectangular or round details, to the Cathedral fencing which gives a sort of European look to the yard with its rounded arches. And there are so many more options on top of these–this is only a few. Really, when you’re choosing an aluminum fence for your yard you can choose something to match any architectural style, any landscaping design, any personal taste. The sky’s the limit when it comes to picking an aluminum pool fence style.

Aluminum is Strong and Durable

So you’re worried about safety, but say your kids are a little bit older than toddlers. Can they scale the fence? Can they bend the bars? Can they rock the posts back and forth until the lock and latch come loose? No, because an aluminum fence is made from stronger stuff than that. Look, we’re not saying that the most aggressive teenager with a determination to get into the pool area couldn’t find a way past the fence, but for your average kid who is trying to get into mischief, an aluminum pool fence is going to be plenty strong enough to keep them at bay.

Versatility of Purpose

A pool fence does more than one thing. First, it protects your pool, obviously. Second, as mentioned, it makes your yard look nicer, increases curb appeal, and thus increases the value of your home. But the pool fence doesn’t stop there. Pool fences don’t need to just encompass pools. When installing a pool fence, why not put a fence around the childrens’ play area, so you know they’ll always stay in the yard and not be tempted to run out into the street? Or why not build an aluminum fence in your yard to protect your pets–not just protect them from the pool, but to give them a place to run and play where they can be as safe and as rowdy as they’d like? Aluminum fences don’t need to just surround the perimeter of your yard or the perimeter of your pool; you can use them in all sorts of applications around the property.

Reduce Legal Liability

Look, this is America, and if there’s one thing we know about America is that perfectly innocent people can get dragged into frivolous lawsuits. Unfortunately, if a neighbor kid comes into your yard and falls into your pool and the worst happens, you could be found partially responsible for the child’s death in a civil lawsuit and be sued in court. Sure, it might not go anywhere, and you might be found not guilty, but you’d have legal bills and court appearances, and, worst of all, you’d know that that child died in your pool. Reduce your legal liability by making sure all the safeguards are in place to keep others out of your pool. Restrict it to only who you want to be in there.

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Peace of Mind

Finally, but perhaps most important, having a pool fence can give you peace of mind. You can send the children out to play in the yard and not have to keep one eye on them while you’re trying to relax or work in the house. You can sleep well at night knowing that no one will be able to accidentally fall into your pool if they happen to be sneaking around your yard in the middle of the night. And you can enjoy your time at the pool, with all your family around you, comforted in the fact that you’re all safe and together and happy.

Conclusion

Really, with all of the reasons listed above, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to get an aluminum fence for your pool. They’re safe and prevent drowning deaths, both of people and animals; they add to the value of your property; they are sturdy, strong, and easy to maintain; and they give you comfort and peace of mind. Getting an aluminum fence for your pool is a must.

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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.