Which Latch Will Work Best for Your Fence?

Finding the right fencing is only half the battle — knowing what latch you need for your aluminum fences is essential to your property’s security. Learn more about available fence latches here. A fence without a gate is just a wall. A gate without a latch is just a hole in your wall. No fence is complete without a gate and fence latch, and if you hope to enjoy added security from your fence, you need some form of lockable fence latch to keep out uninvited guests. What is the right fence latch for you?

Gravity Latches

Gravity latches are the simplest kind of latch to use. When closed, gravity does all the work for you, pulling the latch down and locking it in place. These do an excellent job of keeping most pets in and other animals out, but they are probably the easiest to get around for people, including young children. Because of their lack of security, these are typically used with small fences. If you have a backyard garden you want to be fenced in, this may be the type of latch for you. It will keep out the animals that may try to eat your plants, but it will not be too complicated for you to open, even while carrying gardening tools in your arms.

Magnetic Latches

There are a variety of lockable fence latches that fall under the category of Magnetic Latches. In fact, many people even make their own magnetic latches for wooden gates and fences. If you are looking for a stronger lockable fence latch than a simple gravity latch, a magnetic fence latch may be just what you need. For quality aluminum fencing, be sure to purchase a magnetic latch that is built professionally and is durable. Some lower quality magnetic fence latches have been known to break apart with repeated use. These inferior models have led to safety concerns, especially in places like pools, where magnetic gates help to keep out small children from areas that are too deep for them to swim. Contact your fence supply experts to be sure you get quality magnetic fence latches to ensure the safety of those in your home or business.

Single-Sided Lockable Latches

The single-sided lockable fence latch is your standard bolt latch. Rather than gravity pulling the latch down to lock in in place, this lock must be slid away from the gate to lock. Again, these are most practical for use in garden areas or other low-security sites because they can only be locked from one side. Most often, this means that they are bolted from the outside after you are finished in the area. This lock type will successfully keep out animals and very small children, but any person tall enough to reach the lock will be able to slide it open and enter the perimeter. These locks can also be used in backyards to take outdoor pets for walks and then re-locking the latch when you return. The downside of this is that your gate will remain open while you are out with your pet, allowing anyone the access inside your fenced area.

Double-Sided Lockable Latches

The double-sided lockable fence latch is the answer to all the practical issues you may find with a single-sided lockable fence latch. Instead of locking only on one side, it can be secured from either the inside or outside. This can be done in several ways. Either there is a bolt, that may be operated by a key, on either side of the gate, or some utilize a padlock that can be reached from either side. Regardless of the method, the double-sided lockable fence latch is more practical and more preferred than the single-sided lockable fence latch.

Pull-Up Latches

Pull-up lockable fence latches operate with a knob you lift on top of the fence gate rather than on the side. These have two benefits over gravity locks and single-sided latches that do not lock. The first is that they either operate by gravity or magnetism and are easier to operate. The second benefit is that they are often less evident than side mounted locks which can keep out uninvited guests who just do not know where the latch itself is located. Especially in aluminum fences, these can be almost camouflaged to the gate itself, requiring the user to know which knob to pull. As you decide what kind of lockable fence latch to put on your fence gate, take a moment to consider what type of area you are trying to protect.
  • Is your primary purpose keeping certain animals in and others out?
  • Are you protecting an area that could be dangerous to young, unsupervised children?
  • How tall are your fence and gate and how far up can you put the latch and still be within your reach?
  • Do you need something that locks with a key or some form of magnetic lock?
The answers to these questions will help you determine what kind of lockable fence latch you need. Do not hesitate to contact Aluminum Fences Direct with any questions you may have about lockable fence latches for your property.
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What Fence Accessories Do You Need?

Whether you need some decorative finials or a way to light the perimeter of your property, there are plenty of accessories available to help you make your fence feel like your own. “Good fences make good neighbors,” is a favorite proverb written by the renowned poet Robert Frost. So what is the difference between a good fence and a bad fence? Obviously, a good fence needs to be sturdy enough to hold up against weather and wear, but nowadays, fences serve much more than the practical purpose of keeping others out. Fences are an aesthetic part of the property that makes a visual comment about who you are. What do you want your fence to say about you and what kinds of fence accessories can help you make a positive statement to your neighbors and clients?

Types of Fence Accessories

There are several types of fence accessories you can use to give your fence a sense of prestige or modern appeal. If you are going for a more traditional sense of elegance, you should look at investing in a supply of fence finials. These are decorative caps that display Monarch, Victorian, and Imperial symbols at the top of the fence bar, instead of just a flat cap. When spaced evenly apart, across your fence, finials give the impression that your property has a well-kept, early 20th century, perhaps even European influence. Your visitors will not only think that you have the money to afford extravagant fencing, they believe that you know how to manage your money wisely. These finials are a small price to pay for making a great first impression that will make your visitors trust you more, whether they are aware of it or not. If you want a more contemporary feel to your perimeter, you can invest in solar caps for your posts instead of ball caps. These solar caps provide lighting around your perimeter without the trouble of installing wiring. Their LED lights are long-lasting and perfect for outdoor pools, patios, and verandas, where you may be enjoying evening entertainment outdoors. Additionally, they can provide an additional measure of safety for those parts of your property that are not as well-lit during the evening hours. Are you building a fence around a deck or pool? If so, you will need special deck mounts to fasten them to your deck floor. Additionally, you may want to purchase deck mount covers to hide and protect the bolts that secure your fence to the deck. If you have a pool deck, these are excellent, stylish accessories that provide that additional sense of security for you and your guests without looking bulky and unnatural. If you are in the process of remodeling a backyard or pool deck, be sure to check in with trusted professionals to make sure you are able to install your fencing safely and securely. Decorative scrolls provide your aluminum fence panels a signature touch and can be used to help direct and designate areas like fence openings and gates. These are excellent additions to front yard fences and decorative gardens.

Fencing Supplies

Aluminum and vinyl fences do not rust and require far less upkeep than wooden fences, but accidents still happen from time to time. You may also have property additions that require some alterations to your fenced-in perimeter. Whether you need panel and gate replacements or perhaps are looking to upgrade some of your fence panels with decorative scrolls, these aluminum fencing supplies are always available in individual parts to make completing any repair work simple.

Benefits of Fencing Accessories

Nothing says safety as attractively as aluminum fencing around your property. It also provides you and your guests privacy and keeping your property free from neighborhood pets and other animals (other than your own). Your fence can protect you from more than just your neighbors, though. Burglars are far less likely to attempt a home invasion on a house that has secure fencing around it, and even less likely if that fence has lighting (such as the solar caps above) because they are far more noticeable attempting to jump a lit fence during the night, than an unlit, unprotected home. Not only do fences bring aesthetic appeal to your property, but they will also raise your property value. If you are hoping to sell a piece of property soon, investing in a fence is a great way to bring in higher bids. Are you a real estate agent with property next to obnoxious neighbors? Have your potential buyers been disturbed by what they see and hear every time you try to show the house? Installing a fence with beautiful accessories around the perimeter may be your ticket to finally making the sale. There many reasons to accessorize your fence and more styles available for you to choose. Whether you want to show your neighborhood traditional Victorian values or contemporary sophistication, Aluminum Fences Direct has the accessories to give you exactly the look and feel you need.