Determining the Cost of Your Fence

The cost of your fencing project is determined mainly by the length of the fence, the terrain and the type of fence you select. Be sure to request separate material and labor estimates if you solicit bids from contractors.

Three factors primarily determine the cost of your aluminum fencing project. These are the length of your fence, the type of fence you select, and the terrain where you intend to install it. Gates also enter the picture. The style of gate is sometimes dependent on the fence style you’ve selected. If you install your fence yourself as most of our customers do, you don’t need to consider labor expenses outside of possibly hiring a handyman if you elect not to do the work personally.

Factors Affecting Cost

The cost of installing your fence will depend on the installation site. Here are some factors to consider.

Know your property boundaries. If you don’t know them, be sure to contact a surveyor who can determine them. If you don’t know your property line, you might inadvertently erect your fence on your neighbor’s property. Sometimes, local law requires you to maintain an offset, which means you must place the fence a specified distance back from the line. You can’t do that if you don’t know the line.

You should also take care not to build over a buried utility line. First of all, you could strike the line while digging post holes for your fence. In addition, the utility has the right to tear out your fence if it needs to dig down for maintenance or an emergency. Contact local utility providers to find out where they have buried lines.

If you hire someone to install your fence, it is going to cost more if your site is not easily accessible. That’s because it will cost the contractor more to transport materials and equipment. It can also cost more if your site is cluttered because that will impede progress. You can save money if you prepare the site beforehand by removing brush, rocks and other clutter.

The composition of the earth also matters. Digging post holes becomes sheer drudgery if you have a lot of wet, heavy clay. This is also true for shallow groundwater, and rocky ground is no fun, either.

Trees can be a problem. They may require removal, depending on their location. Also, some older trees can have roots that are literally all over the place, and that can make a nightmare out of post hole digging.

If you are working on slopes, your fence may cost more. You’ll have to accommodate the lay of the land when erecting the fence. It can be fairly simple if the slope is shallow. You will have to do what is called racking for steeper slopes, which involves the installation of aluminum fencing panels at staggered heights. We sell panels designed for this application.

Curved fences can also drive up costs. However, we can set you up to build a fence in almost any configuration, which is something that is not so easy to do with some other fencing materials and styles.

Evaluating Estimates

If you solicit contractor estimates, ask them to break down material and labor costs. This enables you to evaluate estimates on a comparable basis and determine whether materials might be of subpar quality.
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Installing Aluminum Fencing is Surprisingly Easy

One advantage of aluminum fencing is that it’s designed so that you can install it yourself if you’re reasonably handy.  No on-site welding is required.  Recruit a friend to help you, and you can install your fencing yourself and save money.

Most of our customers install the aluminum fencing they buy from us. It’s really not that hard to do, especially with the support we provide on our website and over the phone. Remember that for most of our residential customers, the fence they buy is the first one they’ve ever installed. They do just fine, and so can you.

When you buy fencing from other companies, there is a good chance it was designed for professional installation. They just assume you want someone else to install the fence, and they’re happy to add the installation charge to your bill. Materials like wood and steel are heavy and hard to maneuver. Competitors’ fences often aren’t even designed for you to install. They’re made for a crew to come in and put up. They may not come in panels like ours, so they’re closer to building from scratch. That’s not the case with our aluminum fence panels. We are here to serve you and to save you money, so we design our fencing materials for ease of installation.

We publish an installation manual on our website. Download and read it, and then think about whether you foresee any problems. If you have any questions, just call and we will set your mind at ease. Once you understand the installation process and are comfortable with it, you are ready to order materials and install your aluminum fence panels.

While it’s not hard to install our fence panels, you will nonetheless need a friend or two to help out. Even if you don’t want to get involved, you can hire a handyman to direct the process. That’s a whole lot cheaper than a professional installation crew.

To get started, plan the fence runs so you can figure out what to order. Pound some stakes where your posts will go, and then run string between them. This can help to identify potential issues. If it all looks good, you can order from our website or call us if you prefer.

Posts

Unless you’re surface-mounting your fence, you will need to dig post holes. You will always have to erect posts. You will need to dig holes of various sizes depending on the size of the post. You will then fill the holes with cement and place the posts.

Sometimes you will end a run at a wall or column, or perhaps you have posts on hand that you want to use. You can purchase mounts for these cases.

Erecting the Fence

Most fence projects include at least one gate. You should install these first and work outward to install fence panels around them. Check the fence’s alignment after every few sections, and continue like this until you’re done.

It’s likely you’ll have to trim down an aluminum fence panel at some point in the process. You can easily do this with a hacksaw. Our fence panels come with notches that lock into our pre-punched fence posts. You can easily notch the end of the panel you’ve trimmed down, and you can then proceed just as if you had a full section by hooking the abbreviated fence panel into the fence post.

Commercial Aluminum Fence Panels Versus the Competition

You can enclose your commercial establishment with fences made from a number of materials. Each has its merits, but we think aluminum fence panels fare well against the competition.

It’s a competitive world. Just as you compete for business, a number of fence materials compete in the market. When you buy a fence for your business, consider factors such as as security, looks, installation and maintenance.

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Fence Materials

For a business, you will probably install a fence made from either from vinyl, wood, steel or aluminum – or even stone in some cases. No single type is best for everyone, but we think commercial fencing in aluminum is the best choice for many businesses.

A vinyl fence scores great for longevity. Barring a catastrophe, your vinyl fence isn’t going anywhere. Vinyl does suffer from impact damage, so you may occasionally have to replace or repair a small area of your fence. This material can be affected by mold and dirt. You’ll have to clean a vinyl fence every now and then with mild cleaners and possibly more aggressive agents if you encounter staining.

No one ever badmouthed the looks of a wooden fence. However, those looks come at the price of applying a finish every few years. In fact, you need to do this immediately after the fence is built. You’ll sometimes see a loose board requiring repair. A wooden fence is not as easy to install as some other fences, partly because of its weight. Keep in mind that wood is vulnerable to mold and mildew, particularly in humid environments.

Speaking of wood, note that you shouldn’t use non-pressure-treated posts with any type of fence as contact with the ground can affect the posts’ integrity and leave your fence sagging.

Metal is quite sturdy, but you’ll deal with rust issues in many cases. Steel’s heaviness makes a DIY installation difficult. Aluminum fence panels are light and easy to install yourself. This can save you a lot of money over a professional fence installation. Our aluminum fence panels are made to lock into our pre-punched posts. You can easily trim a panel to finish a run.

Stone lasts forever, and it looks fantastic. Nevertheless, you will still have maintenance issues over the years. Examine your stone fence each spring for mortar problems and loose stones. Stone is going to cost you a lot of money, and it is anything but easy to install, almost certainly requiring a crew of professionals.

Security Issues

You are probably buying a fence at least partly for security. Let’s consider the pros and cons of various fencing materials in that regard.

Vinyl fencing is not your best choice for security. Wood scores better if it’s tall enough, but it can still be fairly easy to climb. Stone scores poorly for security unless it’s mighty tall. A steel chain-link fence offers good security, but if you need to top it with barbed wire, your establishment now looks less than inviting to customers.

If we do say so ourselves, commercial fencing in aluminum scores quite well for security. Our commercial fencing offers few footholds to climbers, and you can top our fences with spears or curved pickets that make it tough to go over the top. We can weld a security mesh to your fence panels at our factory. This comes on a frame that is bolted to the fence.

When to Upgrade to Industrial or Commercial Aluminum Fence Panels

Aluminum Fence Specifications
Depending on your needs, you may want to consider upgrading from residential to industrial or commercial aluminum fence panels.

It’s hard to beat aluminum fence panels, especially for DIY fences. They’re light and easy to maneuver, and aluminum is durable and easy to maintain. Our residential aluminum fence panels are perfect for most home applications, but you might want to consider upgrading to aluminum commercial fence panels or industrial aluminum fence panels if you will have high traffic or enhanced security requirements.

Commercial aluminum fence panels normally see use in retail or light industrial situations. Industrial fence panels are typically used in the highest-traffic settings and where security is paramount, such as around hospitals, schools and factories.

Thinking About Security

Aluminum fence panels are secure, and they are particularly good at repelling climbers, especially if you select a security mesh or double pickets. Commercial aluminum fence panels have pickets spaced at less than 4 inches, and there are horizontal rails to allow foothold.

One huge advantage of aluminum is its great look. You might be fine with chain link and barbed wire for a grubby industrial setting in a barren wasteland. However, that doesn’t cut it for industry, institutional or retail applications, especially if you’re located in town. Aluminum commercial fence panels are perfect in this case.

You can add additional security features to your aluminum panel fence. We mentioned a security mesh earlier. You can add this to gates and fence panels. The security mesh is welded to a frame at our factory. That frame gets bolted to the fence panels from the inside and is powder coated and rust free!

You can specify curved pickets if you want take it up a notch and get our industrial aluminum fence panels. Curved pickets face outward at 51 degrees to thwart most climbers. Moreover, curved pickets look good, unlike the tangles of barbed wire you see atop many industrial chain-link fences. In addition, if you buy industrial fence panels, you will have the toughest and heaviest fence panels we sell. You can order these panels up to ten feet tall.

Another way to enhance security is to order fence panel styles 7 or 8, which include double pickets. The narrow interval between double pickets makes it a tough task to climb your fence. Double pickets also prevent animals from penetrating the fence. Optional dog panels (short pickets) keep your pooch from leaving and other dogs from entering. We fabricate dog panels right into the bottom portion of your fence panels at our factory. They incorporate an extra rail, below which are double pickets.

Spear tops look good and make it that much tougher for climbers to go over the top of your fence. Again, these look much better than the alternatives. Consider their looks and you can see the advantage.

Installing Your Fence Panels

It’s a snap to install commercial or industrial aluminum fence panels. If you’re handy, you can do the job yourself. You’ll just need someone to help you lug stuff around for your DIY project, or you can pay someone with handyman skills to do the work for you. The advantage of aluminum fence panels is that they are easy to move around. You can easily trim a panel width on-site to complete a run, too.  And, there is no on-site welding required.  In most cases, you can use our pre-punched posts, making short work of installation.

Installing an Aluminum Driveway Gate

A driveway gate looks great and helps protect your property. Aluminum driveway gates come in various styles and can be fitted with a host of options.

If you install a beautiful new aluminum fence, it makes no sense not to finish the job with a driveway gate. It’s easy to install aluminum gates for a driveway. In fact, we recommend starting your aluminum fence installation with the gate and working out from there. Residential double-swing gates are the most popular choices, but you can also go with a single-swing gate in our industrial grade. Single-swing residential gates aren’t available in widths suitable for driveways. Aluminum driveway gates can also be used with pool fencing, but be aware that swimming pool gates and fences are subject to safety standards, and local communities often impose their own regulations on pool fencing.

Commercial Estate Gate Style 9 with Dog Panel

We’re sure you’re aware that aluminum fence panels are easy to install yourself due to their light weight and strength plus our efficient system of panels and posts. Aluminum driveway gates are similarly easy to install. Driveway gates are moved often, and the light weight of aluminum is a great advantage. You can buy our driveway gates to match the colors of our aluminum fence panels, and don’t forget that our powder-coating process means no flaking paint. Double-swing gates come in the same styles as our aluminum fence panels. Our gates, like our fences, require very little maintenance.

It’s possible to fit our gates with an automated gate operator. However, we don’t sell these. Most gate operators work with our gates, but check with the vendor to be sure.

Posts for Driveway Gates

We don’t automatically include posts with your purchase. A gate usually requires two gate posts. For ground installation, it’s good to order posts that measure about two feet longer than the height of the gate. For surface mounting, you just need posts that are three inches longer than the height of the gate, and you’ll have to order a welded plate. See our gate product pages for additional information.

Dog Panels

Dog panels are a popular addition to both our fence panels and aluminum gates for a driveway. These “puppy pickets” are double pickets at the bottom of the gate plus an additional horizontal rail over top of them. You need to order dog panels at the time of purchase. We build these into the fence at the time of fabrication, and you cannot add them later on. Order this option when you pick out your gate on our store website.

Hinge Options

Two pairs of gate hinges come with your order of double-swing gates at widths of up to 12 feet.  You can upgrade by ordering self-closing gate hinges. These will automatically swing shut from the open position. They are self-lubricating and have adjustable tension settings. They are fabricated from reinforced molded polymer plastic.

Ordering Custom Gates

Our residential double-swing gates come in standard widths. You can order these from our website up to 12 feet wide.  We also carry driveway gates up to 28 feet wide; however, you’ll need to use our industrial grade version.  We do offer custom widths, however. For custom widths, you must supply the daylight opening measurement (DLO). You can determine this by measuring the inner distance between the posts or other surfaces where the gate will hang. To order, specify the next larger standard gate size, note the DLO, and we will take care of the rest.

Maximize Security with Industrial Aluminum Fencing

8 foot tall industrial fenceYou can achieve the greatest security with industrial aluminum fence panels. These are also best to meet the wear and tear of high-traffic areas.

We sell three grades of aluminum fence panels. Our residential fence panels are great for most homes. For retail applications and other higher-traffic situations including light industry, you can order our commercial aluminum fence panels. Industrial aluminum fence panels are designed to stand up to the rigors of a high-traffic environment. These also offer the best security. These fence panels are meant for properties such as retail centers, storage units, hospitals and schools.

Industrial fencing is easily the best option when it comes to security, especially with the options you can add, such as curved pickets and spears. Industrial fence panels will keep out almost any casual intruder.

Style Points

You don’t have to give up good looks to have security. Industrial aluminum fencing offers a formidable barrier to intruders, and it also looks good. You don’t have to put up a chain-link fence topped with ugly barbed wire. Looking down the road a year or two, a chain-link fence is likely to show corrosion or rust, while aluminum looks as good as it ever did. We design our fences to show some style while requiring little maintenance.

We offer a number of styles in our industrial fence panels. You can get a flat top on your fence, or you can top it with something that will help repel climbers, such as spears. You can get convex or concave spears, staggered spears, or even a flat top with spears; the choice is yours. All of these options help keep unauthorized individuals out of your facility.

For added security, order double pickets with spear tops or flat tops. These are spaced a mere 1-1/2 inches apart. You can order a flat-top fence that runs flush to the surface. You can order our fences at heights up to 10 feet to suit your needs.

Industrial fence panels can also be ordered with a security mesh. We weld this to a durable frame at our factory, and this is bolted to the fence from the inside. Top your fence with curved pickets to repel intruders. These face out at a 51-degree angle. Who wants ugly barbed wire when you can have this instead?

Installing and Maintaining Industrial Aluminum Fencing

Industrial aluminum fencing easily outshines the competition when it comes to installation and maintenance. We know aluminum is durable and virtually maintenance-free. Clearly, wrought iron and steel are going to corrode over time. A wood fence can require attention almost as soon as it’s installed. In contrast, aluminum is not subject to corrosion and it needs very little attention after installation. Another advantage is that our fence panels are colored by a powder-coating process and aren’t painted, so you will never see flaked paint on our fences.

Industrial aluminum fencing is relatively simple to install. First, you put your fence up one panel at a time instead of building from scratch. It’s easy to trim panels to finish runs. Except in special cases, you can use our pre-punched fence posts.

Our lightweight aluminum fence panels are easy to move around during installation. Our system is designed for versatility. It’s not a big deal if you need to run your fence up a slope, or if you have odd angles in your layout. It’s all about simplicity and versatility.

Commercial Aluminum Fence Installations

Commercial Fencing in BlackA variety of fencing materials are available for commercial applications. We think you’ll see why our commercial aluminum fencing is your best option in many cases.

You can build a fence for your commercial application from many materials. Why aluminum? Once you’ve considered all the angles, we think you’ll see that aluminum fence panels are often your best choice when you take into account installation, maintenance, security and looks.

Assessing the Field

You can install a commercial fence made of various materials, including wood, vinyl, aluminum and steel. No single material is best for every application, but we are confident that aluminum comes out on top more often than not. Let’s consider the alternatives from the standpoints of security, installation and maintenance.

Wood fences look great and they can last a really long time, but they require periodic maintenance. You will have to apply finish immediately after installation, and you will be doing it again every three to five years. You’ll find a loose board occasionally that requires replacement or repair. Note also that wood posts must be pressure-treated if you plan to put them in the ground to avoid sagging, and this applies to any type of fence that uses posts. Another issue is humidity, which provides a great environment for mildew and mold that can attack wood.

Vinyl fencing lasts a long time. However, impacts can damage this material, so you will need to make occasional repairs. Mold and dirt also affect vinyl, requiring periodic cleaning. Soap and water will do for normal cleaning, but you may need stronger cleaners, such as baking soda or vinegar.

Stone lasts literally forever, and you can’t beat it for looks. However, you will have to repair the fence when stones get loose, and installation is a tough slog. You will almost surely have to hire someone for the job. If you put up a stone fence, examine it every spring for mortar problems and loose stones.

Metal fences score well for longevity. Steel and wrought iron are prone to rust, and these heavy materials make installation difficult. Commercial aluminum fence panels are light, making them much easier than steel or wrought iron to install. Our commercial aluminum fencing comes to you in panels that are made with ease of installation in mind. It’s not hard to trim a fence panel when you need to finish off a run.

Security Issues

You are likely installing a fence for security reasons. Let’s assess the field in this regard.

Wood fences offer moderate security if they are tall enough, but wood does not present a great barrier to entry in general. It’s not that hard to scale most wood fences to gain entry to your property. Vinyl is not really made for high security.

Unless it’s really high, a stone fence offers highly porous security, and if you do build it tall, installation will be expensive and time-consuming. Wrought iron clearly presents similar problems. You can obtain good security from a chain-link fence, but it’s usually not hard to climb. If you want to prevent climbing, you’ll need to consider barbed wire, which is anything but attractive.

Commercial aluminum fence panels can keep out most climbers if configured properly. The pickets have just under 4″ of spacing, and you can get even tighter spacing. You can also order optional expanded metal security mesh. If you use our industrial aluminum fence panels, you can order curved pickets opening out at 51 degrees to keep out climbers.