Common Mistakes To Avoid When Adding A Fence To Your Property

Racking_Fence_Panels_Hills_SlopesThere are many decisions to make when putting up your own fence. The choices are all yours, but there are some mistakes you’ll want to avoid along the way.

If you are planning on undertaking a big project like a DIY fence, there are some important things to keep in mind. After you have chosen a material, such as aluminum, you will need to do a bit of prep work and research to ensure you have all of your bases covered. Unfortunately, some people jump right into a large DIY project like this without doing enough preparations and end up running into some snafus along the way. Here is a look at some common mistakes to avoid making when adding a fence to your property.

Mistake #1: Thinking plain is the only way

The first common mistake has to do with décor. Many people think a fence either has to be a white wooden picket fence or a black iron fence. This could not be further from the truth! There are so many different material, color and décor choices to match what suits your home. Whether you’re matching the color of your fence to your home or choosing a color that is complementary to the area or even choosing a bright, bold color to stand out from the crowd, the choice is yours. Along with choosing a color, you can also choose accents such as pointed tips, scrolls, personalized decals or mesh detailing. A plain black or white fence with minimal detailing is always a popular choice, but there are so many other options that are also worth considering.

Mistake #2: Not keeping pets in mind

A second mistake that is often made is related to the shape and additions of the fence. Not all fences are created equal, and not all fences are created for the littlest members of a family. If you have an outdoor pet or plan to get one in the near future, you’ll want to choose fence pickets that will be able to keep your pet safe and secure in your yard. Many aluminum fences come with an option of puppy-sized pickets for the bottom part of the fence that are narrow enough to not let puppies or dogs through. This is a quick enough decision to make, but it’s definitely one to think about before beginning the DIY fence project.

Mistake #3: Failing to check legalities

When you’re making any changes to your home or property, you must always remember to keep any building codes, homeowner’s associations rules or other legalities in mind. Check with your local council, realtor or neighbors to ensure you have covered all of the bases, especially if you are new to the neighborhood. In addition, you will also want to double-check your property lines to avoid mistakenly setting up your DIY fence on their property. Double-check your information with your neighbor’s information to make sure you are all on the same page about where each property ends and the next one begins.

Taking on a project like putting up your own fence can seem daunting, but knowing all the questions to ask yourself to ensure you have covered all angles can help make the process easier. Be sure to get your supplies from a reputable source, and ask the company any remaining questions you might have. Arming yourself with as much information as you can will help make your DIY project a success.

Driveway Gates: To Attach Or Not To Attach, That Is The Question

Aluminum Driveway Gate with Rings, Arch and Dog PanelA driveway gate does not have to be part of a continuous fence surrounding your home to be beautiful and serve its purpose.

Believe it or not, an aluminum driveway gate does not actually have to be attached to aluminum fence panels! While having a matching fence and driveway entrance is often preferred, there are actually a few different ways for a driveway gate to be sturdy and beautiful while still doing the job, whether it is attached to a fence or not!

The purpose of the driveway gate

Driveways come in many different lengths, shapes and terrains. Depending on where your driveway sits on your land, you might find a gate necessary at the beginning of the driveway nearest to the street or closer to the parking bay. The latter is mostly for long driveways on large plots of lands, such as farms.

Most often, a driveway gate closes the gap left by your fence at the driveway. This serves a few purposes, one of which is improving the aesthetics of the front of the house. The concept of curb appeal is often thrown around in the real estate market world because the look of a house from the outside can really help a prospective buyer decide if they are willing to buy or not. The polished look that a driveway gate gives ties the whole space together, creating a grand entrance to your property.

Having a gate sets your home and land apart from surrounding public space. Not only does it delineate your land, but it also adds a first layer of security to your property. Having the extra protection of a driveway gate deters thieves because it is too much of a hassle to penetrate a strong aluminum gate.

Attachment issues

If you already have a beautiful aluminum fence, you can easily add a similarly designed aluminum gate to the area where cars enter the property. While this is a best-case scenario because a matching fence and gate certainly go together decor-wise, there are other ways a gate can be beautiful and purposeful even without the fence there.

If you don’t have the type of property where it’s feasible to have aluminum fence panels that are attached to an aluminum gate, don’t worry. Having just a small stone wall on either side of the gate can be just as practical and gives it a completely different look. You could also use greenery to frame the gate, placing tall shrubs or trees in rows as natural fence running from either end of the gate. If it works for your property, you can even have the gate stand on its own, becoming a sort of centerpiece for your front yard.

If you do decide to have your driveway gate be the star of the front yard, representing your home unattached to a fence, you may find that adding some extra personality to the gate itself can give it an extra boost. A shiny modern finish or a color complementary to the exterior of your home adds a little pizzazz and makes a statement.

If you already have aluminum fence panels and are planning to add a matching gate as an entry point, it is hard to go wrong. Just keep in mind that there are other ways to create a cohesive and attractive boundary to your property. You sometimes need to think outside of the box—or on the other side of the fence!

A Clean Fence Is A Happy Fence

Your aluminum fence is made to last and won’t need much upkeep on your part besides a few instances when you may want to give it an extra clean.

The upkeep for an aluminum fence is minimal. Your fence will come fully ready for normal wear, tear and dirt due to the high-quality, powder-coated finish. This finish helps with keeping the fence materials waterproof, rustproof, and looking good all year round. Although aluminum fencing is incredibly durable and will rarely need specific care, you may still want to give it a more in-depth wash to keep it in pristine condition and looking shiny and new.

Extra TLC for your fence

S4_Residential_Slope_Hill_2015Harsh weather and natural elements can give your fence a bit of a battering from time to time. One such natural factor is salt. If you live near the ocean, you may already be familiar with the amount of salt buildup that can occur on your outdoor furnishings. As for other climates, harsh winter weather could involve excessive salting of nearby roads, giving you a similar buildup of salt at the bottom of your fence. In these cases, you may need to give a little extra love to your fence because salt can wreak havoc on aluminum when exposed to it at high levels and for long periods of time. This is why a simple rinse or wipe-down of an oft-salty fence is helpful for the longevity of the material.

A quick rinse can be beneficial

From time to time, many fence owners clean their fence. While a deep clean is unnecessary for most fence owners, a quick rinse can be beneficial. A rinse with fresh water from a hose can help make your fence look shiny and new. Even if it rains a lot where you live, rainwater can often dull the shine of the fence and mat down any dirt or dust that was already there. A quick rinse with a hose on full blast should be enough to help with any dirt or debris, and the plants in the area will welcome the extra water!

A more in-depth cleaning process

Occasionally you’ll need to give your aluminum fencing an actual wash and more than just a rinse with the hose, especially if it’s been a while since the fence had a proper rinse. No specially formulated product is necessary for this; regular liquid soap will be sufficient. Create a bucket of soapy water, grab a cleaning cloth, and start wiping down! If you know that your fence has quite a layer of dirt built up over a long period of time, you could try to use a cleaner specifically made for cars as that will use similar detergents that are capable of washing the materials of your fence. If you are ever unsure if a product is appropriate for your fence, do a spot test in an inconspicuous spot to double-check its effectiveness and to ensure it won’t harm the fence.

With minimal effort on your part, your fence will continue looking just as shiny and beautiful as the first day you laid eyes on it. Just keep in mind that seasons and different climates that can affect the cleanliness of the fence materials, and you’ll be ready for a clean fence all year-round!

The Bold And The Beautiful Of Personalized Entry Gates

Sandwich Letter InlayWhen deciding how the entrance to your home will come across to those passing by, there are a few directions you can take the aesthetic and décor of your entry gate.

Whether you’re searching for a simple single swing gate or an industrial double swing gate attached to a pre-existing stone or aluminum fence, you’ll know there are some décor choices to decide on to pick the right gate for you. One major decision is regarding the personalization of the gate to suit your family or your business. There are some pros and cons to personalizing your entryway. Depending on the style you want and the look you’re going for, you might choose gates that really showcase your home or business, or you may want something subtler.

Your front gate will already come with possible upgrades and accessories such as childproof locks, spring mechanisms for self-closure options, and different ways to open the gate itself. When it comes to adding your own personal touch to the gate, you have even more options. Adding your family’s name or initial to the center of a grand driveway gate is one option. Others include using colors to match the home or business, adding logos or emblems to indicate what is behind the gate, and even intricate metal art depicting scenes or objects close to your heart.

Why personalization?

Personalizing your fence can benefit you in a few ways. First of all, adding that personal touch to the outermost parts of your property makes for a cohesive plot of land. Having the gates represent what the rest of the house will also show gives your property a natural, welcoming flow.

Speaking of welcoming, nothing is more welcoming than when a person says hello with a warm, personalized greeting. Have an entryway that depicts your or your home’s personality gives that personal touch to those entering the property from the outside rather than a generic, drab greeting.

As for businesses, having the company logo or name showcased right at the entryway not only reminds people what the building inside is, but it can also help with security. The reminder of what the property entails can be enough to thwart anybody planning to trespass.

Why not personalization?

While it might seem like personalization is definitely the route to take, there are some things to keep in mind before taking the plunge. First, you’ll want to make sure your entryway and driveway gates are compatible with your property’s fence. A dilapidated wooden fence might really stick out next to a shiny new personalized aluminum driveway gate. On the other hand, if you have an aluminum fence or plan on getting one, that would be much more complementary to a personalized aluminum entryway.

Another thing to keep in mind is what your long-term plans are. If you see yourself moving out of the property in the near future, personalized might not be for you. Thankfully, a lot of ways you can personalize a gate can work well with others who move into the house or business, but certain items like names or logos might not be the best choice if you don’t plan on sticking around for awhile. In this case, you’ll want to choose something a bit less bold.

Personalization of your driveway gates can really set you apart from the neighborhood. Giving the entry of your home or business a more personal touch is an exciting way to spruce up your property and make it your own.

Stop Straddling The Fence And Pick One!

Committing to a pricey addition to your home or business can be quite scary, but if you’re well informed, you can ensure you’ve made the right choice.

Making any big decision is daunting, especially when that decision doesn’t come cheap and involves a bit of work. Choosing the right fence doesn’t have to be scary. There’s so much information on different types and styles plus a plethora of reviews for different companies offering all aspects of fencing. From commercial fencing in aluminum to residential fence panels to mesh dog panels, there are so many options available.

Keep in mind that you’ll still have a bunch of decisions to make in your quest for the perfect fence, but separating the big decision of what fence to get into smaller, more manageable decisions should help you get to the final product. The first thing you’ll want to do is decide if you want someone else to fully take charge of choosing and building your new fence or if you like the idea of having a hand in it. If you choose the latter, fence panels will probably be your next step in the search.

Panels are the way to go

black_aluminum_fenceBy choosing fence panels, you are choosing an easy method of building your fence that is customizable and comes with plenty of style options. Fence panels that connect together with ease come delivered right to your door and are simple enough to install yourself. The great part of these is how easy it is to put up a fence on an awkward yard. If you are fencing in an area that isn’t an exact square, fence panels may be exactly what you need.

Know your design options

Depending on the fence company you go with, you should end up with plenty of design and style options for your fence. The fence company can help you sort through these decisions and will give you their expert opinion, but it will help to have an idea of what you want in the first place. If you’re looking to add a fence to a commercial property, you may want to go with more muted colors and styles that match anything, but you’ll definitely want to consider some spear tips or a curved top to help the fence keep your business safe and secure. For residential fences, consider choosing a fun color or design addition to personalize the fence to you and your family. Be bold!

Take photos for inspiration

It really is a great idea to take a walk around a neighborhood with homes or businesses similar to yours and see what the rest of the world has been choosing for their fences. You will get a better idea of what each type of design, style and material looks like in person. Take a quick snapshot of any fence styles you like so you can think about it for a few days.

You’ll come across fences made of all different materials, so see which kinds seem to have held up well over the years. Residential and commercial fencing in aluminum is just as sturdy as many of the iron fences you may see surrounding other homes and businesses, so there is no need to worry that you are going with a lesser-quality material when you choose aluminum. Do some price comparisons and discuss your options with your local fence company, and you’ll be well on your way to making the perfect decision.

Uncover Your Town’s Rules Regarding Fences

Bronze_Estate_Gate_Dog_Panel_2016To be able to follow all the laws of the land, you first have to know what they are! There are a few laws to keep in mind when deciding on your next fence.

If you have ever built your own house—or watched one of the many DIY home improvement shows—you will know that the decision of building up and out on your property isn’t always up to the home or business owner. That’s because there are certain rules and laws depending on the town, county, or residential area your property is in. These laws can affect residential homeowners and commercial business owners alike. Whether you’re planning to put up an aluminum residential fence or an aluminum commercial fence, do your research to ensure you are following all the rules.

Property boundaries

If you don’t have your property lines in writing, have a surveyor come by and figure out exactly where your property ends and the neighbor’s property line begins. You may even want to compare your information with your neighbors if they’re friendly enough. These property boundaries are important because even going over onto the next property by a tiny inch could mean you will be fined, and you’ll have to pay for a whole new fence. It’s often recommended to erect your fence about one foot inside the property line to avoid any minor differences throughout the length of the fence.

Not too high

Approximately six feet is normally the highest an aluminum commercial fence can go if it is in a residential area. Some towns don’t allow residential front yard fences to go over four feet, so the rules for businesses can change according to what type of town they are in. This is another area that is really important to find out the exact rule for your town or county. There’s nothing worse than putting up your entire fence just to take it down and have to start from scratch because of an overlooked rule.

Added features

There may be a few more rules you have to research depending on any extra features you are planning for your fence. For example, if you have a pool on your property, many municipalities have added rules for fences to ensure the safety of all residents. These rules are not only for the safety of the residents on your property but in the town as well. The different locking mechanisms for gates may also need to be a certain way to allow emergency personnel in with ease and grant access to the property for everyone in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The main takeaway here is to cover all of your bases before beginning to build your new fence. Check all the angles, from the property lines to the height of the fence to the width of pickets to the actual purpose of the fence. Make sure it is not only keeping your property and belongings safe and secure, but that it is built with the safety of all people in mind. Do yourself and the neighboring properties a favor and be open about your fence building plans. Keeping the neighbors informed and having a conversation with the municipality can help you notice any snafus that might pop up down the road. The last thing you will want to do is to have to re-build the fence because of something that was overlooked!

Increasing Your Home’s Beauty And Value From The Outside In

There are so many ways to help your home appeal to buyers. Start your next renovation on the exterior because it’s the first thing people will see!

If you’re planning on a house update with a few do-it-yourself home renovations, consider working from the outside in. Instead of focusing your hard-earned money and all of your free time on updating bathrooms or the kitchen, think about giving the exterior a facelift instead! There are a few key areas that can be updated outside of your home that not only give your house a beautiful new aesthetic, but can also raise your property value. These renovations do not need to be extremely costly. There are affordable ways to give your home a new and improved look!

All about the landscaping

Landscaping is an easy fix to the exterior of your home, especially when you have a bit of a green thumb – or a friend who does and is willing to help! Adding in some colorful flowers or shrubs that complement the color of your home can do wonders. Another thing to remember with landscaping is height; adding tall shrubs or even small trees can give a great dimension to the exterior. Keeping your pre-existing trees and bushes trimmed and not blocking the view of the home from the road can also help everything look manicured and updated.

Setting beautiful boundaries with fences

If you don’t already have a fence, you may wonder if you really need one. Many people get them to help keep their pets in the yard, and others get them for the added safety and security. Because so many people do get fences for various reasons, that could be reason enough for you to update your home with a new fence. Aluminum fence panels are affordable and can be installed with ease. Adding a fence can add a touch of elegance to your property while keeping it secure and adding value.

An updated driveway is basically a facelift for your property

The driveway is the very first thing people notice when arriving at your home, so why not re-do your driveway next? Adding driveway aluminum gates creates a beautiful approach to your home, giving visitors the first taste of the elegance of the home. Adding gates to the end of your driveway also helps keep your car safer while parked outside. There really isn’t a good reason not to update the driveway!

Window to the soul… of the house!

Windows and doors might seem like an unnecessary expense because they don’t usually stick out as being particularly fancy or extremely important to the overall aesthetic of a house. However, having updated windows and doors to the outside are important for keeping the home looking modern and new instead of older and neglected. New windows and doors also help maintain the preferred temperature inside the home, keeping your energy and heating bills to a minimum!

You might look at the exterior of your home and think it looks just fine, but is “just fine” a big selling point in your neighborhood? You need a house, yard and driveway that are up to par with the rest of the surrounding homes in your neighborhood. Adding a little extra pizzazz like a renovated driveway aluminum gates and colorful landscaping can increase your home’s likability and value with such simple changes. Now you’re free to focus the next renovation on the interior of your home. Good luck!

Security Guards And Aluminum Fencing Work Hand In Hand

Having security guards and aluminum fencing at your place of business is key to having ample protection for your property and its contents.

Fences can do a lot of things at once. They are an attractive first impression for your place of business, they keep unwanted guests out, and they protect the parts of your business property that are not manned at every moment of the day by security personnel. You need a strong fence when creating a protective barrier, and getting an industrial aluminum fence for your business is a choice you must make for the safety and security of your property.

Gates and Guards

Your fence will more than likely end at a security post, which is where outsiders gain access to the property. This may include a guardhouse with security guards available during opening hours. At the very least, there will likely be some sort of locked gate with a way for employees or residents to gain access to the premises. Having a specific system for allowing authorized individuals onto the property rightly shows that the security of the area is well thought out and highly efficient. Having strong aluminum driveway gates that match the fence and open and close for each individual car keeps access to your property limited. Having guards adds that extra layer of protection and places multiple sets of eyes on everything at the same time.

Showcasing security

While you can get additions to your fence—mostly to the top of it—to help deter criminals from attempting to climb over the fence, the fence itself is often deterrent enough. That is because a well-made, sturdy, industrial aluminum fence showcases a serious effort in securing a property. Pairing this with security gates and guards either at a guardhouse or roaming the property tells unsavory outsiders that there is plenty of security surrounding the building and that it is not a place to attempt to enter without authorization. A showing of strong security can be enough of a deterrent to convince criminals to just keep walking by!

Intimidating or reassuring?

One reason business owners might be turned off by so much outside protection to their property is the intimidation factor of such a large fence and accompanying security. The idea of security personnel checking the grounds frequently might feel like overkill for your place of business, but anyone who works for or visits your business will be reassured by how seriously you take the safety and security of everything and everyone on the property. Your clients, customers and workers should feel safe and secure while on the property thanks to the strong fence and added security measures.

A well-trained guard paired with a well-made aluminum fence and gate is the best way to cover your property. Having security cameras adds a great electronic protection element to your safety and security, but depending on the property, cameras might not even be needed because the fence and guards are such a strong force to be reckoned with. Of course, there is no such thing as too much security, so you can opt for this added layer of protection if you feel it’s necessary. In any case, choosing an industrial aluminum fence will give you the strongest and most secure fence available to keep your space safe.

All About Locks

Fences and gates are a great way to keep your commercial property safe and secure, but the most important security feature is the lock!

If you are looking for a new fence for your place of business or large residential property, you probably are well-versed in the wonderful option of using commercial aluminum fence panels. Not only is aluminum an amazingly affordable choice, it is also incredibly sturdy, weather-proof, and holds up well over time.

Now you must consider what type of accessories you require to meet your business needs. There are plenty of options to jazz up your fence and personalize it to your style and your business, but what about the safety features to keep people out of your property? That is where the big choice of what type of lock to install comes in. From self-latching magnetic locks to simple latches to heavy-duty, lock-and-key-style locks, there are plenty of options to choose from to keep your property safe and secure.

When latches are enough

With commercial aluminum fence panels and gates, a simple latch is not usually enough security for your place of business – at least not the main gate to the outside world. Thankfully, simple latches such as the Lokklatch can’t be opened or closed without a key. This is sufficient security for smaller, one-panel gates and is often used within a property to get to areas such as those that hold trash cans and recycling or inner gates already within the property. For the outer fences and gates, a lock that is a bit stronger is usually a better choice.

Locked out or locked in?

For the main gate of your commercial property, you will need a large, sturdy lock. The aforementioned Lokklatch does come in a deluxe version that includes a larger latch; this suits a commercial or industrial fence well. The lock choice you must make depends largely on your circumstances. Do you need gates to lock from the outside and the inside, or just one way? Many places of business and apartment buildings choose to have locks on both sides, going from the outside in and vice versa. This can stop unsavory characters from attempting to enter the property in the first place when they see how hard it will be to exit quickly if there is a lock on both sides.

For specific needs

There is always the option of an external access lock, which requires a key to unlock it on one side and a push button to open the gate from the other. This is a specific choice that may work well for your needs, but all lock choices should be considered. There are even magnetic self-latching options that are extremely helpful when you will be having outside vendors coming onto your property often. This helps prevent any gates from being accidentally left open.

When choosing a lock, it is important to remember that whatever you choose doesn’t necessarily need to be the final decision. Locks can be easily changed as your needs change or if you find that you’d prefer a different lock later on down the line. In this respect, you can even try a few different locks to see how they work with your operation and find the one best suited for the job at hand.

No More Boring Commercial Fences

Commercial Aluminum FenceFences meant for commercial use don’t need to be lifeless. A fence is the first thing you see when arriving at a business, so it might as well be unique!

You already have high-grade aluminum fence materials with your commercial aluminum fencing, but what about high class? Many people find that keeping their home’s fence looking elegant, high-quality and ornate is important to give their property the right appearance. This is also true for business owners. If you are in need of a sturdy, attractive fence surrounding your entire business building, look no further than aluminum fencing. With different strengths, designs, and detailing, this can be the perfect fit for any commercial area, big or small.

The commercial choice

First let’s discuss why you might want to choose commercial aluminum fencing over residential or industrial. The type of fencing you choose depends a lot on what type of building you have. Residential fencing is made for a personal family home. The next step up from that would be a commercial fence, which is suitable for a very large home or a building with multiple apartments.

Commercial fencing is also usually used for businesses that require a fence to denote their property lines and keep their area secure. Industrial fencing is a grade higher than commercial and includes extra-thick aluminum panels. This is for companies that have a very large plot of land with multiple buildings where security of the land is of the utmost importance.

High-quality appearance

The problem that arises with commercial and industrial fences is that companies tend to go with the cheapest, most basic option. Corporate executives sometimes choose the most cost-effective option without realizing that a tiny addition or change to the basic fence could really transform the whole image of the company!

Residential fences aren’t the only fences that come with different options to help make them look more personalized or more elegant. Commercial fences can also be jazzed up with different shapes, colors, finishings and even personalized decals. Industrial fences can also be made to look fancier, but more often than not, they are kept basic to highlight the security of the fence.

Your own twist

Commercial fences around the land of your business are recommended to showcase your business instead of sticking out as a security fence. Think of the outside of your business as an advertisement for your product or service. Do you want the same thing everyone else has? Do you want people to just glance at your property and look away without noticing anything spectacular?

You don’t want to be stuck with a cookie-cutter fence that looks just like every other fence on the block. Find ways to personalize the fence to your place of business by putting your logo on the gates, choosing arched fence panels or even spear tops for the pickets. Use a gold or deep green color to be a bit different and add dimension to your space.

With commercial aluminum fencing around your large home or place of business, you are sure to have a strong, sturdy product. Don’t forget to explore the extras that can be added to the fence to give it your own touch. Yes, there is a lot to think about when choosing a fence, but it’s the first thing people see when arriving at your place, so you definitely want to give the best first impression you can.