What Does the Change of the Season Mean For Your Fence?

Autumn Aluminum FenceAutumn brings plenty of exciting things: pumpkin scents, warm drinks and cozy sweaters, to name a few. However, you can’t forget about your outdoor spaces!

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing color and falling, the temperatures are cooling off, and for some reason, there is holiday music playing at every store already! The interior of your home might start changing with autumnal decorations or the scents of a pumpkin-flavored candle in the evenings. It might even be time in your area to start making fires in the fireplace for cozy evenings!

What about your outdoor spaces? Have you made any preparations for your deck, yard and fence? Whether you have residential or commercial fencing in aluminum or any other material, there are some preparations you might want to consider as the seasons change.

The shifting of the earth

As the seasons change, so does the weather. That means the air in your area could be more dry or moist. The changing of the air and the temperature could mean a change in your soil or gravel where your fence has been erected. This is something to consider and keep an eye on if it is your first autumn or winter at this property or with this fence.

Do a quick check of the soil surrounding your posts well before the first freeze. After the first freeze and thaw, check if there are any large pockets of air or visible signs of soil moving. Fill in any gaps to ensure the structure is secure.

Worrying about winter?

Wooden fences and flimsy chain-link fences can crack and rot when winter weather hits. This is because of the snow, ice and even the salt from the salt trucks. A less sturdy fence can even be bent, damaged or pushed right over by an unsuspecting snow plow if your fence is near the street. However, if you are the proud owner of residential or commercial fencing in aluminum, you really don’t have too much to worry about when it comes to the upcoming winter season.

If you are still in the preparation stage of your fence and are in an area that tends to be rather snowy, it might be beneficial to leave a little extra room between any roads and your aluminum fence. This is to allow for space for the snow trucks to push the snow into small banks without it tumbling through the pickets and into your yard. If your property includes a commercial parking lot, this area for snow to be piled will be needed on the inside, too.

If you already have your fence and are more worried about snow and ice buildup on the pickets and post themselves, relax! Aluminum is a mighty metal that can withstand even the most extreme winters. If there are areas of the fence that you want to keep free of snow and ice as much as possible, a quick sweep of the snow with a broom can help, or you could even use a snowblower.

As the leaves change and it becomes time to get out your heavier coats, you don’t have to worry too much about your aluminum fence. Just check the soil around the posts to keep your fence in a steady, secure and strong position and let the aluminum metal do the rest.

Column Like You See Them

White Aluminum FenceAluminum fences help keep a property safe and secure. Columns do the same while adding a nice look to the perimeter of any commercial property.

Imagine approaching a company’s headquarters or a storefront and seeing nothing but a large brick wall or a chain link fence. That wouldn’t be the most welcoming property to approach. Now imagine a safe and secure aluminum picket fence with lovely touches of brick or stone columns, with a welcoming gate allowing people and cars to enter the property during open hours. That’s a much better greeting for customers and guests!

This welcoming entrance can easily be achieved with a sturdy aluminum commercial fence and some added décor pieces. Erecting an aluminum fence can be done as a DIY project thanks to helpful aluminum fence panels that are easy to install. With normal equipment, a little preparation and an online order, any commercial property owner can be on their way to a secure, strong and attractive aluminum fence.

Brick and stone

Aluminum fence panels that you order online will come with posts to connect each panel to the next. Some people choose to add some extra pizzazz to their fence with brick or stone posts in place of some of the aluminum posts. Stone and brick columns are an attractive addition to traditional fence panels. This type of column can be added to the corners of the property or even between panels throughout the fence. It’s up to you what works best for your property.

The choice between brick and stone might be a tough one. Often people choose whichever matches their home or business best. If your home or business has no brick or stone work on the outside of it, go with whichever conveys the look you desire. If your columns are more purposeful than decorative, brick is the usual option. This allows for a uniform look from post to post.

Decor and style

Having columns between your aluminum commercial fence panels allows creates a very polished look. The entire property is transformed from something that is just being fenced in to something that is creating a statement. The décor of a column isn’t for every business or commercial property, but if your business is the type that has customers or guests coming on a daily basis, it is worth considering adding this simple yet elegant feature to your outdoor space.

If having columns all around the property isn’t your style or won’t work due to space or cost limitations, perhaps styling the front entryway with columns will work for you. These types of columns look great on either end of an aluminum driveway gate or other type of entryway. It denotes to people entering the property where to enter and makes them feel welcomed.

There are some exciting ways you can decorate and style your columns, adding even more to your property. These columns can have lighting added to them easily, or they can be decorated for the holiday season. Shrubbery and plants can be placed around the columns to add some depth to the yard.

With just a few columns of stone or brick and an incredibly strong and sturdy aluminum panel fence, your business or commercial property will be well on its way to having its own unique style, welcoming everyone to the property.

Lighting The Way

Driving into your home at night doesn’t have to be done in the dark! Add some clever lighting to your property for a safe drive and to show off the yard.

Having a front porch light is pretty standard on most homes. The same goes for the back or side porch if you have one, but what about the drive onto the property? Even if your driveway isn’t very long, it would still be beneficial to have some sort of light for those dark winter evenings or any late-night commuting. There are a few choices you have for lighting your driveway, all of which work well whether you have driveway aluminum gates or not!

Lighting the path

The path up the driveway for many people isn’t too long of a distance. It could curve one way or the other, though, and for this reason, lighting the path is beneficial not only for your car and your visitors’ cars but also for your lawn. Nobody wants cars driving all over their freshly cut grass and beautiful flowers because they couldn’t see in the dark where the path ends and the lawn begins.

There are many options for lighting the driveway, such as little huts with lights in them or lights laid into the ground or gravel. Not only is it safe and helpful for drivers approaching your home, but it’s also an attractive sight to have lighting all the way up to the front of the home from the road or sidewalk.

Lighting the gate

Having lights on or next to your driveway aluminum gates helps immensely to illuminate your property and light your way in and out of the drive! Most people choose dark-colored aluminum gates, which can be troublesome to spot in the dark of the night. Having a light mark the opening of where the car needs to drive will help for backing in and out while highlighting the yard nicely.

Adding lights around the fence is a nice option to go along with lights on the driveway gates themselves. This will immediately highlight the perimeter of the property and will help light the path of anyone walking by. This is excellent for safety while also being quite appealing.

Lighting with a spotlight

Another option some choose is to get a spotlight. This doesn’t have to be any old spotlight; get the type that turns on when movement is detected nearby. This is ideal for a driveway or gate area as the light will come on to light the way as soon as a car or person (or passing animal!) makes any movement.

Deciding exactly where to place the spotlight can take some trial and error, but as soon as you have it set up exactly how you want it, it will light your path as long as needed. This type of lighting can be put on timers to not go on during the day, or it can be turned on fully as needed.

While considering which lights to choose to light the path of your driveway, it is ideal to look at solar options. Using lights that are recharged with sunlight stop the need for unsightly wires around your yard. The worst scenario is not being able to wire your lights the way you had hoped because you were unble to get wires to the area. Solar lights will help immensely, plus you’ll be helping the environment while helping light your home!

Please And Thank You: The Etiquette Side Of Fences

residential-railing-great-fenceWhen it’s time to look into erecting a fence between you and your neighbor’s yards, be sure you’re being neighborly and politely discussing your plans with everyone.

There are times that you and your neighbor could be the best of friends. Inviting each other to backyard barbecues, sending holiday cards, helping out watering plants while they’re away—there are plenty of pleasant interactions that could occur between you and your neighbors. What happens when your neighbor isn’t being very neighborly and is actually making things a bit awkward?

Open communication

The first and most important thing in any relationship is communication. Any time you or your neighbor are thinking about doing anything near the property line, it is essential to communicate this to one another. It might even be a written rule or law in your municipality to discuss any plans for shared property lines with your neighbor. This helps keep future squabbles to a minimum.

As long as you are following all laws surrounding a commercial, residential or industrial aluminum fence and you aren’t doing anything too close to the neighbor’s property line, you can do as you please. If you want to put up a brightly colored aluminum fence that clashes with the rest of neighborhood, you can! However, it will make life so much easier if you make your neighbor aware of your plan beforehand to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Joining forces

If you are indeed erecting a fence close to the property line and think it might be beneficial to go in on the project together with your neighbor, this can be a great way to cut costs. Communication will be important here, as you need to be sure you are both fully aware of the agreement that is being made and the choices regarding what type of fencing and accessories are agreed by all.

As for splitting the cost of joining forces on a mutually beneficial fence, this will depend on a few factors. If you are both getting the same benefit and neither is doing the actual work, a 50/50 split would make the most sense. If one or the other is able and willing to do the residential or industrial aluminum fence project as a DIY, that neighbor should pay less because they are putting in labor. Come to an understanding so all parties feel it is fair.

When it’s too late

Sometimes the friendly relationship between you and your neighbor just isn’t working out. Perhaps they aren’t being very neighborly and are allowing your fence to get damaged from their side of the yard or they aren’t keeping their yard tidy and it’s spilling over onto your property. It’s best to get evidence of this in the form of photographs. This helps you get any money due to repairs that are beyond your control and fully in theirs through small claims court. Of course. the first thing you will always want to try is—you guessed it—communicating with your neighbor. Perhaps they don’t realize the damage they are doing and will happily rectify the situation.

Being polite and neighborly goes a long way when it comes to keeping the peace in the neighborhood. Always imagine how you would feel if a big change was happening right next to your property line and you weren’t aware of it. Keeping everyone in the loop can stop any uncomfortable situations before they start.

Avoiding Fence Installation Mishaps

No matter how straightforward a DIY project is, there are still some mistakes that can be made. Avoid this by clearly planning your steps ahead of time.

Most people would agree that it’s incredibly important to complete a project correctly the first time. The more time you take planning a big project, the better results you will have. Similarly, the more time you take during each step of the project, the better the end product will ultimately be.

Installing a fence is no different. Thankfully, when you order residential or commercial aluminum fencing panels, they come mostly constructed and you only have to worry about installing them. However, there are still a few things you should keep in mind during this process.

Pre-planning mistakes

Before you begin ordering your fencing, it’s important to know exactly where your land begins and the neighbor’s ends. This doesn’t mean just going off of the word of the previous owner or where the old fence is placed. Get the correct paperwork from the municipality and check your paperwork from the sale of the property to ensure everything matches up. This is also a good time to have an open conversation with your neighbor about your plans for a fence. Neglecting to obtain the exact placement of the property lines can cause real problems down the line, up to and including having to re-install the whole fence.

While you’re contacting the municipality, it might also be useful to check if there are any zoning laws you are unaware of. This could include certain rules and regulations when it comes to pool fencing or even industrial and commercial aluminum fencing. If you live where there is homeowner’s association, it would be beneficial to know if there are any restrictions on fences, such as certain colors or heights not being allowed. Failing to know all of the rules of your area could spell disaster if you have already ordered fencing panels in the wrong size or color.

Ordering Mishaps

When placing the order for your fence panels, it is imperative that you have the correct measurements. This is not a time to measure everything once and presume you got the calculations correct. Double-checking each step of the way will go a long way toward ensuring you haven’t missed anything.

If you are unsure whether you are taking the measurements correctly, contact the company selling the panels and ask exactly what measurements you need. They should be able to help with any questions along the way.

Installation difficulties

Installing your fence will most likely be the easiest part, believe it or not! All of the confusing planning measurements and orders will be behind you at this point. One difficulty that may arise is placing your fence on a sloped area. There are easy ways around installing fencing panels on inclines, such as doing a stepped pattern. It’s just a matter of choosing the best way for your space.

Another difficulty is choosing your gate placement. This is something you will really want to consider from all angles and entry points. Think about who will be using the access points to the property to ensure you place them all in the correct spot.

The key to successful aluminum fence installation is thorough planning. With enough preparation and planning for all steps of the process, you are sure to have the perfect fence in the end.

How To Be The Kindest Neighbor With A Great Outdoor Space

Keeping your property looking fresh and clean is important to being a good neighbor, and that includes keeping your fence looking as good as new.

Everyone can tell a horror story about terrible neighbors, whether they’re noisy, anti-social, leave their pets to roam the streets, or keep a terribly unkempt front yard and fence that brings the whole neighborhood down. There are some key things to do if you want to avoid being that type of neighbor, especially when it comes to re-styling your front and backyard spaces. This doesn’t mean you have to appease all of the neighborhood and allow them to decide how your outdoor spaces look. The way to be a kind neighbor when thinking about your property is by ensuring you keep everything in good, working order—and that includes your aluminum panel fencing.

Keep up appearances

First and foremost, you will want to ensure you are keeping your yard in good working order. This includes mowing the lawn, and don’t forget about that little bit on the other side of the fence! Imagine what would happen if your neighbor never mowed their yard or trimmed their hedges and just let everything grow over. It would be quite a sore spot on the street and something you wouldn’t want to have to pass by every day. Try to keep your yard looking clean and fresh to match the rest of the neighborhood.

Fence placement

The placement of your fence is also something to keep in mind if you are newly installing one. This is especially true if you share a property line with the neighbor. It’s always important to discuss your plans with your neighbor to keep them informed about what is going on mere inches from their property. Try to keep the more unfinished side of the fence facing inward. This shouldn’t be a problem if you have aluminum panel fencing as both sides of the fence will be attractive to look at.

Stick to your side

It can be hard to navigate uncomfortable situations or conversations when two properties share a fence or have very little space between them. It is important to go forward with an open mind. Have a conversation about what you hope to get out of your outdoor spaces, and listen to what they hope to have, too. Some neighbors who share a fence might decide to split cleaning or upkeep duties. This is another time when having an aluminum panel fence comes in handy because the upkeep is minimal and it only needs a wipe-down every once in a while. You will also want to try to keep your sprinkler on your side of the yard and not let it go into their space. Finally, it’s important to keep your flowers, shrubbery or hedges looking sharp and ensuring they don’t creep onto the neighbor’s side. Mention to your neighbor that you will be keeping your plants under control so they understand that it would be mutually beneficial to do so.

It is important to keep these factors in mind if you want to be a good neighbor. Having an open conversation about shared fences and spaces will hopefully inspire others on the block to have a similarly cordial and friendly relationship. Before you know it, everyone in the neighborhood will be on the same page and living in a beautiful place.

Painting Aluminum Fencing: Is It Possible?

Curved Aluminum FencingThe color you choose for your aluminum fencing and gates doesn’t have to be a permanent choice thanks to the possibility of painting.

When you opted for an aluminum fence, you knew what a great quality material you were getting. Aluminum can stand up to any weather condition thanks to its amazing powder coating and sturdy aluminum material. Installing is a breeze thanks to the easy-to-assemble panels, and the safety and security of your home and property are covered because of the strong and hard-to-climb nature of the fence. Lastly, the look of the fence and driveway gates in aluminum is elegant and beautiful, with many different décor pieces and color offerings.

The color you chose for your fence will last just as long as the fence. It won’t fade the way painted wooden fences might, but what happens when you want to change the color of your fence or gate? Perhaps you just bought a home that already had a well-kept fence and driveway gates in aluminum, but you are hoping to change the color to better match your family’s personality or the home itself. There is no need to worry; you have some great options.

Step by step

To re-paint an aluminum fence or gate, there are a few steps that must be taken. It’s not as simple as painting on top of it; the paint needs to adhere to the metal and coating. The first task is ensuring the surface of the fence or gate is clear of any dirt or moisture. Give the fence a good cleaning with degreasing soap to ensure that not even fingerprints are left behind, and give it ample time to dry. Choose a day with no chance of rain and low humidity if possible.

Next, you will want to apply a primer. To ensure it sticks to the surface well, experts recommend you do some light sanding first. Choose a primer that is intended for fences and driveway gates in aluminum to ensure it will last. Once the primer is dry, you can paint the fence. Don’t forget to get a paint that is intended for use on an aluminum surface so that there are no problems with the paint adhering to it.

Replacement panels

Sometimes it is easier to just replace the fence altogether. If you want to repaint but also wish the tops or style of the fence itself could be updated, you could consider looking into a new fence. Don’t be put off by the installation; the fence comes in panels that make it easy to assemble and install. The company that you purchase the fence from can help in many ways along the process.

It might seem kind of crazy to replace a perfectly good fence, but remember that it is something you will have to look at every day. It is also the first thing people see when they see your home. Therefore, you will want it to be exactly as you want, from the décor and design to the chosen color. Starting from scratch means full control over all aspects of the fence.

Whether you decide to replace the fence altogether or paint over the existing color, your fence will look shiny and new when you are done. Not only will it look nice, but it will also still be that same strong fence that you have come to expect from the amazing material of aluminum.

How Your Fence Can Weather The Storm

Hurricane Wind FenceExtreme weather conditions can happen almost anywhere. It’s beneficial to be armed with the knowledge of how your fence will weather any storm that comes.

Weather can be unpredictable. Even if you live in an area with relatively mild seasons where natural disasters are rarely a worry, you still will want to consider what the outside environment is capable of doing to your commercial, residential or industrial metal fencing and driveway gate. You may have seen other homes with wooden or chainlink fences that have been neglected and are now sporting rust and wood rot. These unsightly damages are a sign of wear and tear from natural elements paired with insufficient upkeep.

Thankfully, the popular fence material on the tips of everyone’s tongues these days is aluminum, which is a much stronger choice to stand up to these elements. Whether the weather calls for rain for days, incredibly hot sun, feet of snow or freezing temperatures, aluminum can take it. This is not only because of the material’s strength, but also the powder coating on top of the metal. This special coating allows the aluminum to stay stronger for longer, with very minimal upkeep, even in the most extreme weather conditions.

Sun and sand

Sunlight might not seem like an extreme weather condition you would normally need to worry about when it comes to keeping a fence in good condition, but the sun and its ultraviolet rays can do quite a number on many types of fences. The sun can damage the color or shine of a fence by fading the paint and stains. With aluminum, the powder coating is set up to protect the metal and paint color from these rays, giving you one less thing to worry about.

As for sand, the real worry with living near a beach is the tiny sand particles that make their way to scratch many fence finishes and the salt that comes from the ocean corroding metals and paint. As long as the powder coating on your residential, commercial or industrial metal fencing is in good condition without huge dents in it, this coating will protect the fence from sand particles and salty air. To check that your powder coating is still in good condition, just give your fence a nice rinse or wipe-down from time to time and check for any large dents or scratches. It takes a lot to damage an aluminum fence in this manner, so there’s a good chance you will already know if there is any kind of damage to your fence!

Wet and windy

Moisture that comes from rain, snow or any wet atmosphere may set off alarm bells for your fence and any outdoor furniture due to concerns about mold, rust and high winds. You can probably already guess that the powder coating on an aluminum fence and driveway gate help with any wet worries. Aluminum corrodes in a different way than other metals, which is actually a huge bonus of this metal. However, the aluminum won’t even have a chance to corrode thanks to the powder coating stopping any moisture from getting through! As for high winds, these are a non-issue with the incredible strength of aluminum fencing panels.

The stronger the metal, the better when it comes to fencing. Aluminum fence panels mean you don’t have to worry about whatever Mother Nature throws your way, from sun to sand to wind and rain.