When it comes to fencing, there are many options available to suit your specific design style and needs. Chain link fencing is economical but not very aesthetically pleasing. Wood fences have a classic look but require maintenance. PVC and wrought iron are durable but costly. Metal fencing is also a popular option as it has a number of benefits that homeowners find appealing. Most metal fencing, like aluminum, is comparable in strength to steel and requires less routine maintenance than traditional wrought iron or wood fences. Here are eight advantages of aluminum fences to consider:
The Cost of Metal Fencing
Aluminum fencing is a more economical choice when compared to other fencing options such as wrought iron. In most cases, aluminum is less expensive because it is easier to manufacture and ship. Steel is considerably heavier, making it more difficult to transport. Aluminum can be cut using conventional machining tools; steel requires specialized cutting torches and grinders. On-site adjustments are easier (and therefore cheaper) to make when installing an aluminum fence compared to other options. Similarly, maintaining a wood fence over its lifespan greatly increases its total cost. This is not something to worry about when it comes to aluminum.
Easy Installation of Metal Fencing
If you are looking to ship direct and purchase a fence for your home, installation needs are something to consider. Regardless of the type of fence, the most labor-intensive part of the installation will be digging holes for posts. This can be accomplished quickly and efficiently with an auger; these can be rented from any local hardware or tool store. Metal fences are perfect for a do-it-yourself project because materials are durable and light-weight. This makes them easy to manage. Panels can be purchased pre-drilled and, in some cases, with hardware pre-installed.
No Rusting or Rotting
An iron fence left exposed to the elements will oxidize and begin to rust. This happens more frequently at welded joints, around hardware, or around screws. The result is a blemished, unsightly fence. Unlike iron, aluminum does not rust. Also, aluminum will never require replacement as a result of rot. This is a common problem for wood fences – particularly those that are not periodically re-stained or re-painted. Aluminum will not splinter, split, or rot and will never require individual fence components to be replaced.
Low Maintenance Metal Fencing
Other types of fencing require periodic sanding, staining, or painting to maintain its look and prevent the fence from rot or rust. Aluminum fence materials are manufactured with a powder paint coating that will protect the fence and never require re-painting. he coating is applied through an electrostatic process and cured under heat to form a strong, smooth surface. The powder coating adheres to aluminum better than paint or other coatings. It has the ability to withstand harsh conditions including extreme heat and cold. Aluminum fences also resist mold and algae growth that often plagues PVC fencing. This is unsightly and requires the homeowner to periodically power wash or apply expensive cleaning solutions to the fence. The cost to install an aluminum fence is even more reasonable when you consider that there will be minimal maintenance expenses. Your fence will remain strong and beautiful for its long life expectancy.
Metal Fencing Styles
The versatility of aluminum fencing makes it an ideal solution for any setting, style, or landscaping. While black tends to be a popular option, fencing is available in a variety of different colors. Fences and fence components come in a variety of different styles as well. Post caps, fence spikes, and other aesthetic features can be added to further define the style of your fence.
Installing a fence increases the value of your home. This is because it not only makes your home safer, but a well-designed fence helps frame and define your outdoor space. Aluminum fences are widely enjoyed because of their sleek and modern styles. If you ever choose to sell your home, buyers will recognize the number of benefits your fencing brings to the property.
Aluminum fences are difficult to scale or cut through, making them a sound choice when considering the security of your home. If you are considering installing a fence around your in-ground pool, aluminum fences are ideal because they not only keep your family safe, but they are also approved by the Building Officials Code Administrators International (BOCA) as an acceptable fencing solution for pools.
Rakability describes the ability for individual panels of aluminum fencing to fit (or “rack”) within each other. This is an important feature of aluminum fencing, especially if your yard is sloped. Racking the fence will eliminate gaps at the bottom of the fence as the grading or slope changes. Since aluminum components are pre-fabricated, it does not cost an exorbitant amount to get a custom look without the cost.
There are many reasons why homeowners choose to put up a fence. Whether it is to keep the family dog from running off, keeping the in-ground pool secure, or simply to provide a little extra privacy and security, an aluminum fence offers superior qualities for an affordable cost. It is available in a variety of colors and styles as well. To learn more about these options, contact us. Our experienced staff can help you choose a fencing solution that best suits your needs and makes your yard look great.
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