Homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to boost their security, curb appeal, and general value of their homes. One of those ways can be an aluminum fence. It allows you to define your property line and keep children and pets safe while they play in the backyard.
A DIY approach to installing an aluminum fence saves you money and gives you the best product. This is because you get to the details about the fence that fit your needs, and you save the labor by taking the installation into your own hands. Your fence will be considerably more affordable and tailored to your needs.
There are a few tips to help you along the way.
Choose Your Aluminum Fence Style
You already know that aluminum is one of the best options because of its durability and affordability, along with a number of other advantages.
But you want to pay attention to the aesthetics of your home. You should be concerned with curb appeal, so think about your color and style options. We sell aluminum fences with a variety of rails, picket tops and gates. Take a good look at each to determine what will work best with your property.
Measure the Perimeter Properly
Too many people who take the DIY approach to installing a fence don't measure the perimeter properly. They rush through everything, and then they find that they are one or two panels short – or they have more panels than they need. You don't want to have more or less – you want the correct amount.
Use our fence calculator so you can be more confident with your measurements. Take the time to measure the property twice, and then enter in the total. It will tell you how much fencing you need to buy.
Buy from a Reliable Source
Where you purchase your fencing materials from is of the utmost importance. While price should be a consideration, it shouldn't be the only deciding factor. Instead, you will want to make sure that you get exactly what you want, in terms of height, color, and quality. Reading the reviews of the supplier will make it easier for you to gain confidence that you are purchasing from the best e-commerce site around.
Buy the Right Tools
You are going to need more than just fencing panels and brute force to handle the installation of the fencing. This means you will want to buy or rent the right tools – and this includes a post digger or power auger. Not buying one of these is one of the most common mistakes made by DIYers. Many people feel that they can simply dig a hole with a shovel.
The problem is that digging a hole with a shovel may not go as deep as desired. The hole may also be too big, potentially causing the fence to be unstable. The last thing you want is for your fence to shake considerably once you are done – so you need to get a tight fit in the ground.
If you don't have a post digger, you can go to any home improvement store and get one. You may also be able to rent one or borrow one from a neighbor who has already gone the DIY route with a fence installation.
There's no need to try and do everything on your own. If you don't know exactly what you're doing or you're uncomfortable moving heavy fencing panels around alone, ask a neighbor or friend to help you out. Remember that since you're doing it yourself, you're already saving a ton of money on labor. If you have to owe someone a favor or take them out to dinner as a thank you, it's a small price to pay. Having a second set of hands can make it easier to get the job done (and done right).
Call Your Home Insurance
Once you're done, call your home insurance company. You now have a fence around the perimeter of your home, which helps with home security. This could help you save on your annual premiums, so it's worth a phone call.
As long as you follow the tips and have faith in yourself, you can have a great looking fence. You can also give yourself a pat on the back because you did the work on your own and saved a lot of money. The fence will look great and give you some more security at the same time.
Contact Fencing Direct to learn more about installing an aluminum fence and to get quality materials.