Protect Your Business with Commercial Aluminum Fence Panels

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Commercial aluminum fence panels make it easy to protect your business. They are light, easy to install, and secure. Commercial aluminum fencing is more substantial and secure than residential fence panels.

Aluminum fence panels are known for their lightness, strength and ease of installation. You can even install them yourself, saving your business hard-earned cash. Choose commercial aluminum fence panels for additional strength and security over our standard residential fence panels. You can bump that up to our top-grade industrial aluminum fencing for the ultimate in strength and security.

Security Rules

We might be biased, but we think aluminum is the best material for many commercial installations. Here’s why.

Aluminum presents a challenge to the potential fence climber. There simply aren’t many footholds. With less than 4 inches between pickets, a commercial aluminum fence panel is particularly hard to scale. Aluminum fence panels also have few horizontal rails, meaning few footholds. Think about a chain-link fence, which has an almost uncountable numbers of footholds. You can make your fence even more secure by adding a security mesh to your commercial fence gates and panels. We weld this to a substantial frame at our factory, and you can bolt it to the fence.

You can increase security even more if you order our industrial aluminum fence panels topped with curved pickets. These pickets face outward at 51 degrees, offering a serious obstacle to climbers. Curved pickets are much better-looking than ugly barbed wire deterrents. Not everyone wants their business to resemble a prison yard. Industrial aluminum fencing is our top grade, and it is available up to ten feet tall.

Double Trouble

Our fence styles 7 and 8 have double pickets. These tightly spaced pickets make it really tough to climb your fence. Double pickets also prevent many animals from entering your property. Speaking of animals, we also offer an optional dog panel that is built right into the fence. A dog panel consists of an additional rail near the bottom of a fence panel. We add double pickets below this rail so dogs can’t get through.

We also offer spear tops on some metal fence styles. These sharp spears make it tough for intruders to go over the top of your fence. Like curved pickets, they look much better than barbed wire.

Installation and Maintenance

Commercial aluminum fencing is a sensible option from a business standpoint because it is easy to install aluminum fence panels. They’re light and strong, and installation requires no special skills. You don’t have to weld anything. It’s easy to trim a panel to complete a run. For the most part, you can just use our pre-punched fence posts, making installation quick and easy.

It’s not a big deal if you have to use a blank / non-punched post from time to time. You can mount your fence panels on a hard surface if you need to, and our system accommodates almost any angle on your property. You can run our fence panels on almost any slope or stairway.

Our aluminum fence panels require very little maintenance. Just give them a quick visual inspection a few times a year. We apply your choice of color with a powder coating procedure, so it doesn’t flake, blister or rust like iron fencing does. Aluminum doesn’t rust, so that’s not an issue. For all of these reasons, aluminum is a very sensible option for someone who is busy running a business.

First Steps in Installing your Aluminum Fence

It’s not hard to install aluminum panel fencing, and it will be even easier if you take the time to prepare properly. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be well on your way to a smooth, trouble-free fence installation.

Aluminum fence panels look good and enhance the security of your home. They’re also easy to install. Nevertheless, erecting an aluminum fence is a major project that deserves some forethought and planning. Besides, it’s just good practice to prepare. Here are some guidelines to make your fence project as trouble-free as possible.

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Utilities, Codes and Regulations

Be sure to look into local regulations as these can vary widely. Depending on your precise location, you may face issues regarding the height of fencing you can build or the type of fence. In some areas, fences might not be allowed at all. You should be specifically aware that swimming pool fences can be subject to myriad rules and regulations. Some localities require that a fence be put up at an offset. This means that you must build the fence a certain distance behind the property line. You may need a surveyor to determine the property line. In any case, you need to know your property boundaries to avoid building on your neighbor’s land.

If you live in a planned community or you have a homeowner’s association, check with them regarding additional regulations. Some associations specify the type of fence you can build, or they might have something to say about colors or other aesthetic considerations. Be aware that the rules can be painstakingly specific and violations might result in you having to take out your fence.

Unless you’re surface-mounting your fence, such as on a patio or deck, you will be digging post holes. In that case, it is imperative that you contact local utility companies to ensure that you won’t be digging where they have buried gas or electric lines. Utilities usually have a phone number you can call for this purpose. Your aluminum panel fencing can require holes that go down as much as three feet, and holes for gate posts can be even deeper. You will definitely not be the most popular person in your neighborhood if you knock out utility service, so make the call. You should also keep in mind that if you build on top of a utility line, the utility may find it necessary to tear out your fence if they need to do work beneath it.

Choosing Your Fence

We offer aluminum fence panels in residential, commercial and industrial grades. You should be fine with residential aluminum fence panels for typical home applications. Commercial fence panels are more substantial, with larger pickets and rails. Industrial aluminum fence panels are even sturdier.

Prepare and Order

Take a few minutes to walk the perimeter for your fence. Pound in some stakes and run lines where you intend to install the fence. You’ll see right away if there are issues such as odd angles or obstructions.

Measure your fence runs and mark the spots where the posts will go. You can dab some paint to mark these places or put in stakes. Place the marks where the post centers will be. Measure everything twice so there will be no mistakes. Once you are sure you have it all right, you can order materials, and soon you will be installing your fence.

You Can’t Lose with Aluminum Driveway Gates

Aluminum driveway gates really put the icing on the cake. It’s not hard to add the security of driveway gates in aluminum to your DIY aluminum fence project. Make a plan, and then work methodically and you can’t go wrong.

Consider completing your home fencing project with an aluminum gate for your driveway. Besides looking great, a driveway gate adds a security barrier. All it takes is careful planning and methodical execution, and your driveway gate will be installed in no time.

Aluminum Driveway Gate in White from GreatFence.com

The Plan

Before you do anything else, consider your driveway and how your gate will sit in relation to the street. Remember that it matters how your gate opens. If it opens out into the street, you may not be able to open the gate when there is traffic. Likewise, if you can’t park your car for a moment while it opens, you won’t be able to enter your driveway. If the gate opens inward, it will require a lot of clear space inside the fence.

Place the gate so that you can wait in your car out of the traffic flow while you open it. You should also consider whether you will want clear space inside the fence to park one or more cars. Consider how your gate will fit into the surroundings when it’s open. Be sure to think about obstructions that may prevent the gate from opening. In addition to the obvious, such as plantings and other permanent barriers, remember that your gate must clear uneven surfaces and slopes on the ground and across your driveway. You do not want to install a gate and then realize you can’t open it. Don’t forget about seasonal issues such as snow. If streets are plowed after a snowstorm, you may have a temporary impediment to your gate’s opening that could be there for several days or longer.

Installation

It’s easy to install your driveway gates in aluminum if you just plan the job carefully and work steadily and methodically during installation. If you’re putting up a fence, you should install the gate first. Work outward from there to erect the fence. First you should set your posts. Measure between your proposed post holes, and do it twice to be sure.

Pound in a stake on either side of the driveway. String a line between them to trace the bottom of the gate. That should be level. Dig your post holes. These should be at least six inches in diameter if you’re using 2″ x 2″ or 2.5″ x 2.5″ posts. If you’re using larger posts, aim for eight inches. Now, fill the post holes with concrete. The concrete should come up to about 2 inches below the surface. If you make your holes slightly out of round, you’re less likely to have twisting posts. Let the concrete set before you hang the gate.

Get a plumb line and a level and check that your posts are square to the surface. This lets you know your gates are going to hang correctly. It doesn’t hurt to measure between the posts once more while you’re doing this. You really can’t measure too much when you’re doing this kind of work.

You might have pillars around your gate. It’s not a bad idea to place posts between the pillars rather than fixing the gate directly to the pillars.

Installing Your Own Aluminum Fence Panels

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We design our aluminum fence panels for self-installation. You should consider installing your fence yourself. Get a friend or two to help, and it will be done in no time.

Go For It

Our aluminum fencing is easy for ordinary folks to install because we designed it that way. Our aluminum fencing panels are made to work together as a system. In addition, aluminum fence panels are light and easy to move around. You will quickly master the process, and soon the job will be done.

Our website has an installation manual. Download it and study it for a bit. You will quickly learn the simple process for installing an aluminum panel fence. If you have questions, just give us a call.

You should have at least one person to help during your fence installation. If you like, you can hire someone to do this, and you can even hire a handyman to do the whole job if you really don’t want to tackle it on your own. You certainly don’t need to hire an expensive crew of professionals to erect your fence.

Once you’re confident that you can do the job, measure out your fence runs and order the materials from our website. You can call us instead if you prefer.

Post Installation

Post installation requires you to do some digging, and you’ll need to fill the holes with cement to secure your posts in place. The exception is when you want to surface mount a fence, such as on a deck or a porch. In this case, you will have to purchase welded plates, and you won’t need to dig any holes.

We sell straight and swivel mounts if you have non-punched posts you want to use or if you’re ending a fence at a wall or column. Straight mounts are clearly for straight runs, and horizontal swivel mounts can be flexed to make an angle. If you’re running a fence up a slope or a stairwell, we have vertical swivel mounts. Our normal posts are pre-punched to accept fence panels. We also sell blank posts for racking panels for stairs or slopes and for other specific purposes.

Gates Go First

Start your fence installation with the gates. You will set the gate posts and hang the gate, and then you will work out from either side and install the fence panels. Be sure you have proper space so the gate opens and closes easily. After checking the spacing, dig the gate post holes. Then you can place the hinges and attach the gate.

Set your first fence posts on either side of the gate, then insert a fence panel so the rails engage with the slots in the posts. We provide the screws you will need. After you’ve installed four sections, check the alignment. When you get to the end of a run, you can cut a section down with a hacksaw if necessary. This is not hard. You will have to cut notches in this case, but this is a lot easier than it sounds.

Selecting Commercial Fencing

Commercial Aluminum FencingYou have a lot of choices when you consider materials for a commercial fence. As you decide on a fence, remember such factors as aesthetics, maintenance, security and ease or difficulty when installing the fence.

Materials

Commercial fencing comes in a number of materials, such as vinyl, wood, aluminum and steel. They all have their good and bad points, and some of these depend on your application. We believe a commercial aluminum fence is often the best option.

Wood is an attractive fencing material, and it can have great longevity. However, it is heavy and can be difficult to install yourself. In addition, the fence requires a finish at the time of installation, and you’ll probably have to reapply it every three to five years. Weather can affect the fence over time, and you may have to perform repairs that include replacing boards. Damp weather can leave you with mildew and mold on a wood fence.

While we’re speaking of wood, keep in mind that if you use wood posts with any type of fence, they will have to be pressure-treated if they go into the ground. If you don’t do this, you will soon have a sagging fence.

Vinyl fences have great longevity and can essentially last forever. Vinyl does suffer from impacts, and if this occurs, you may have to replace the affected parts of the fence. Mold and dirt can be an issue with vinyl, so you’ll need to wash the fence from time to time. Soap and water often suffice for this, but you may need to use something more aggressive, such as baking soda or vinegar. Vinyl fences are also subject to stains, which can be tough to eradicate.

If you want permanence, you won’t do better than stone. However, although a stone fence can literally last for millennia, you’ll pay for that upfront with a tough installation process. Stone can be costly, especially when you add in the installation cost. You’ll also need to maintain a stone fence. While it may not need maintenance often, it is going to take some hard work when it does. Stone fences should be examined each spring for mortar issues and loose stones.

Metal fences hold up well. Steel and wrought iron are prone to rust. These fences are difficult to install due to their weight. Aluminum’s light weight makes it easy to maneuver when you’re installing your fence. Our commercial aluminum fence panels are designed for ease of installation. Panels are easily trimmed to complete runs.

Security Issues

Security is often important in commercial applications. Wood fences can be somewhat secure, depending on the fence’s height. However, wood fences aren’t that hard to climb. Vinyl fencing is not really known for its security features. Stone fences are not usually high enough to deter intruders. Wrought iron also tends not to deter climbers. Chain-link fences can form a secure barrier, but it may come at the price of an unsightly tangle of barbed wire across the top.

Commercial aluminum fencing offers effective security, especially if it’s tall enough. Climbers may not find footholds, and you can add features to enhance the fence’s security. We offer an optional security mesh that comes factory-welded on to your fence or gate(s).

Pool Fence Installation

Black Aluminum Pool FenceIf your swimming pool is un-fenced, you should seriously consider changing that situation.  An un-fenced pool offers anyone the opportunity to enter, which puts them at the risk of drowning.

Most of our customers install their own fences, so if you are reasonably handy, you should think about installing your own aluminum pool fence. Your pool fence DIY project will look great and protect your guests and others from danger. Aluminum is a great fence material for self-installation because it is light and easy to maneuver.

We offer a variety of fencing styles for your pool fence. In addition, we have finishing touches such as ornamental rings to customize your fence. Finally, we offer many colors that are available in two finishes, depending on your selected color.

Pool Fence Regulations

Local governments and homeowner associations subject fences to various regulations. The rules for pool fences typically go far beyond those for other fence projects due to safety considerations.

Homeowner associations are normally concerned with the aesthetics of fences. They might dictate the materials used to construct a fence, and they also may be concerned with fence colors and design elements. If you have an association, check with them for guidance.

The primary source of pool fence regulations is the Building Officials Code Administrators International (BOCA).  Local communities often base their requirements on the BOCA code. Check with your local authorities for specific regulations applying to your pool fence DIY project.

The BOCA code includes the following specifications. The gate and fence surrounding a pool should be at least 4 feet high.  The code requires that horizontal rails be at least 45” apart.  Picket spacing should be less than 4”. The code specifies no more than a 4” gap from the ground to the bottom rail. To prevent small children from reaching gate latches, these must be placed at least 54” high.  Gates must open away from the pool area, and they must be self-locking and self-closing.

Options to Enhance Security

You can never have enough security, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t exceed the requirements of the BOCA code. We offer several options to add more security to your DIY pool fence project.

To lock your gate, consider the Magna Latch. This optional gate lock is self-latching, and the lock itself sits far up – atop the pool gate – out of the reach of small children.  The Magna Latch can be secured by a key, and it will resist force and remain locked.  Most US jurisdictions require this industry pool gate lock.

We offer a self-closing gate hinge that is spring-loaded. While pools typically have a single-swing gate, you can use this even if you have a double gate.  It’s not hard to install and perform an initial adjustment on this sturdy hinge.  Additionally, you do not need to be concerned about sagging, rusting or staining.

Self-Installation of Aluminum Swimming Pool Fences

We design our aluminum fence panels to make them easy to install, and most of our customers erect their fences themselves. Aluminum is quite sturdy and light, making it easy to maneuver and carry around.  Consider doing the work yourself with a friend or associate on hand to help out.

Installing Aluminum Fence Panels at Unusual Angles

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While lots of yards are bounded by nothing but 90-degree angles, yours might not be one of them. That’s not a problem. Unless the angle is incredibly extreme, you can use our horizontal swivel mounts to erect aluminum fence panels to fit it. These flexible mounts make it easy to work with angles.

Hail the Swivel Mount

The key to accommodating angles is the horizontal swivel mount. These flexible mounts make it very simple to put up aluminum fence panels in pretty much any configuration. Our horizontal swivel mounts are cast from an aluminum alloy that will not rust. Furthermore, these mounts are sold in the same colors as our fence panels, so your fence will look great.

Note that we are talking here about horizontal swivel mounts. We also sell vertical swivel mounts, which are used to run fence panels along slopes. Be sure to get the right mounts for your application.

You can use our horizontal swivel mounts by themselves to make many angles, and you can make all but the most extreme angles if you use two in combination. We design our swivel mounts so that you can mount them to any surface, so you’re covered if you need to attach them to a blank post, column, or the wall of a building. Note that these swivel mounts are not made to work with pre-punched posts. Keep this in mind when you design your fence project and order the materials.

When you order a swivel mount, we toss in a pair of Tek screws. Use these stainless-steel screws for securing a blank post and the swivel mount. These screws may not work when mounting to other surfaces, such as walls, in which case you should buy some longer anchor screws locally. It’s best to just wait for your delivery and assess the situation before buying additional materials.

You will need two swivel mounts for each horizontal rail in your fence panels. The number of these rails can vary depending on the style of fence you’ve ordered. If you have three horizontal rails, you’ll have to get six swivel mounts per panel. Similarly, you should get four swivel mounts for an aluminum fence panel with two horizontal rails.

If you’re making a very small angle that is smaller than 10 degrees, you do not need to use mounts; our prepunched line, corner, and end posts allow you to angle our aluminum fence panels slightly, prior to setting them.

Installation

Swivel Mounts can be mounted to one side of your post or to both sides of your post.  Each side, that is each mount-to-post connection, gives you up to about 35 degrees of angle, so you can get up to around 70 degrees mounting swivel mounts on two sides of a 4-sided post.

Remember that end posts aren’t going to work to make angles with horizontal swivel mounts. That’s because they’re pre-punched near the top, which prevents you from properly aligning swivel mounts on one of the other three sides because of the post cap.  Always use blank, non-punched posts with swivel mounts for angles.

Installing Aluminum Fence Panels and Gates

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Most of our customers install their own fences, and it’s usually their first time doing so. Other types of fences, such as wood and steel, are meant to be installed by professionals. We design our aluminum fencing so it is easy for customers to install it. If you have the time, you can save a considerable sum of money by installing your fence yourself.

We provide an installation manual that you can download from our website. Study this and you will see that our installation process puts no undue demands on a person with a few simple skills. Call if you need help – we are here to support you!

You will need someone to help you install your fence. Plan to have at least one friend on hand. If you aren’t sure you’re up to it or if you don’t have the time, you can hire someone with handyman skills for the installation.

Post Installation

Your fence panels and gates will be supported by posts, so you want to set these securely.  Setting the posts starts with digging holes.  Unlike other types of fencing you do not cement your posts in first.  You’ll start with one gate or one aluminum fence panel and temporarily secure to posts.   Then, set your panel-to-post connections with the stainless steel screws we provide.  Then, the cement goes in last.  It’s actually faster this way as you work your way around the property.

Consult our website to determine the sizes of posts required for the height of your fence. For posts up to 2.5” on a side, your holes must be a minimum of 6” in diameter. You should make that 8” for larger-diameter posts. You can figure out the amount of cement required by consulting the information on the cement bag.

Sometimes a fence run will end at a wall, a column or the side of a building. In these cases, you can buy straight mounts to make the connection. We also offer horizontal swivel mounts to make various angles. We have vertical swivel mounts that you can use to install a fence on slopes or stairways. You can use these mounts to rack panels on sloped surfaces or to connect fence panels that have different heights.

Installing Gates

Many fence projects include an aluminum driveway gate or a walkway gate. Start your fence with the gate and work outward from there. You first need to set the posts, and then you can hang the gate. Work outward with the surrounding fence panels. Position your walkway gate or aluminum driveway gate with a small space, about 0.75”, between the post and gate to ensure the gate will operate correctly. Double-check your measurements before placing the hinges and drilling the holes.

Returning to your fence panels, wait until the posts are firmly set, and then you can place fence panels in the slots in the posts. We include self-tap screws to connect posts with horizontal rails. You should check your installation for alignment after four sections are installed. Sometimes you’ll need a partial section of fencing to complete a run; just cut down a panel with a hacksaw and notch it to connect it to a post.

These are the basic guidelines that should be followed. Take your time and read the installation manual. You’ll soon be comfortable with the process and ready to install your fence.

Preparing to Install an Aluminum Fence

Most of our customers install their own aluminum fences. It’s not that hard, but you still need to make preparations. Think through the process and your installation will be easier than ever.

It’s not that difficult to install aluminum fence panels, but you still need to prepare. When the day arrives to install your fence, be sure you have all the tools and materials to do the job efficiently. Make a plan, and you will be well on your way to a trouble-free installation, whether you’re installing residential, commercial or industrial aluminum fence panels.

Rules and Regulations

There are probably local regulations governing your DIY aluminum fence installation. Check with your local government about laws you need to know about, and see if you need a permit to do the work. Do this before you order your materials. You may face restrictions on the height or type of fence you install, and in some cases, you might not be able to build a fence of any kind.

Regulations sometimes specify that you set your fence at an offset. This means the fence must be slightly recessed from your property line. If you aren’t sure where that is, you can hire a surveyor to determine it. You need to know this in any case because you don’t want to inadvertently place your fence on your neighbor’s property.

You should also contact your homeowner’s association if you have one. Associations often place restrictions on fences. You might have to use certain colors, for example, or your association might specify the fence material, along with its design elements and height.

In-ground DIY aluminum fence installation is going to require you to dig post holes. You don’t want to cut into an underground utility line when you do this. Contact your local utilities and tell them you will be digging. They will mark the locations of underground electric and gas lines so that you can avoid them when digging.

Don’t forget that you could be digging as much as three feet down, and possibly even deeper when digging holes for gate posts. You won’t be too popular around the neighborhood if you cut off the utilities. Remember that if you build a fence on top of buried utility lines, the utility may come by and take your fence out so they can access them.

You will almost always be subject to specific regulations pertaining to swimming pool fences. Most communities follow the swimming pool fence code issued by the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc., or BOCA. The code is meant to restrict unauthorized access to the pool area to prevent accidental drowning in an unattended pool. We offer pool fencing that meets the BOCA code.

Different Grades of Fence

You can buy our aluminum fence panels in residential, commercial and industrial grades. Residential fence panels are fine for most homes. If you have a lot of traffic or if you have a retail or light industrial operation, you might consider commercial aluminum fence panels. These contain more metal and are a bit sturdier. Industrial aluminum fencing is even stronger, and this is recommended for the highest-traffic applications, such as schools, hospitals and manufacturing operations.

Laying Out the Fence

Before you order materials, walk the proposed fence route. Place stakes at the corners and run strings between them. This helps you to envision the fence. If it all makes sense to you, measure the fence runs, and then confirm those measurements. At this point, you are ready to place your order.