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Navigating Corners On Your Property

commercial fencingThere are yards with perfect 90-degree corners, and then there is every other yard. Thankfully, aluminum fencing can navigate all types of layouts.

A perfectly squared yard layout is rare. Properties come in all sizes, with all different kinds of boundaries and property lines. If you are planning a big DIY fence job for your property and you have a unique yard to work with, don’t panic. Buying fence panels and installing them yourself does not require only straight lines and 90-degree angles. There are plenty of ways to work with the yard you have and still have a successful fence.

Rounded corners

Perhaps your property line comes with a few odd instances of short lines that would not look right with a fence directly following them, or perhaps you think you would like the more rounded look for your yard. Whatever the case, a curved or rounded fence is doable and can give a seamless look to your yard’s unique situation.

Rounded corners can be achieved even with straight fence panels, and you don’t have to break the panels to create the look. You just need to set them up to give the illusion of a gradual rounded corner. You do need to have enough room for this to happen, so quite a bit of measuring and planning must happen first and foremost.

When in the planning stages of the DIY fence project, some people opt to lay out the fence using spray paint or rope. Measure the length of your panels and lay out segments of rope to see how rounded you are able to make the corners in question. Play around with angles until you get the desired look.

When ordering the fence panels, be sure you get the right hardware for the project. This might mean special hinges for gates on corners or special posts for the rounded look. Line, corner or end posts with a slight angle will be needed for a slightly angled look. For more severe curved areas, a swivel mount will be needed. Always ask the fencing professional selling the panels and posts to ensure you are getting the right mounts, hinges for gates, and screws.

Gates and privacy

What happens when you want to have some privacy on your rounded corner? Your fence panels are not limited to the standard type when installing in a curve. You can still add puppy panels, privacy panels, and even gates to the area. Depending on what surrounds your property, you might be looking for only one section to include privacy panels.

Try to imagine the flow of this when it comes to a rounded corner. With a right angle separating different sides of a fence, it’s easier to demarcate one side for privacy panels and one for standard panels with spaces between the pickets. With the rounded section, it might make more sense to continue one look until a gate and then switch from the other side of the gate. Of course, this is all personal preference and may also be dependent on whether you have a pool on the property or other homeowners association rules and regulations.

Whether you choose to install your DIY fence with very rounded corners or just cut off the corner with a single panel, you will be able to do it all with ease thanks to good planning and excellent aluminum materials.

To Attach Or Not To Attach, That Is The Question

Commercial Aluminum FenceFences can be free-standing entities that attach only to themselves, or they can be attached right to your home or building. Is one better than the other?

Imagine you are putting a new fence around a pool in the middle of your yard. The fence will attach to itself, or a gate or doorway will exist where the fence begins and ends. Now imagine you are putting a fence around a yard but the fence begins and ends at a wall of your home or other building on your property. What does the fence attach to? Does it even need to attach to anything?

It is really up to you which way you choose to finish a fence that goes straight up to the outdoor wall of a building or structure. There are some things to keep in mind when deciding, however. The material is a big deciding factor. Aluminum fence panels are ideal for attaching to a building if that’s the look you want. Similar-looking wrought iron and metal fencing can be too heavy for some building structures, so your choice might be made for you if that’s the material you want to go with.

To attach…

It is very important to know a lot about your building before attaching anything to it. If this is a very basic DIY or one of your first DIY home improvement projects, it would be best to consult a professional or the fencing specialist where you are buying the fence panels to get advice on your specific building material. If the building has any kind of structural issue or you plan to change the outer look, such as by adding new siding, it might be best to avoid attaching anything to it.

Extreme weather comes into play here. While aluminum fence panels can stand up to any weather condition with ease, it is very important for the building to be able to withstand not only the same weather conditions but also the pull of a large fence panel simultaneously. Attaching the fence to the building is sometimes the only option, such as when digging a hole deep enough for a fence post so close to the house could damage some of the foundation, depending on where you live.

…Or not to attach

If your foundation is solid enough that you can put a fence post pretty close to the side of the building, you might find a detached fence fits your property better. This might be a good option for someone who isn’t ready to commit to drilling into the side of the building or has future plans that might involve expanding the fence or building. Keep in mind that a detached fence post might leave a few inches of space between the fence and building that can either be beneficial for you or detrimental, depending on your personal situation. It’s also important to check on any homeowners association rules or regulations before deciding in case a detached fence is the only permitted route to take, or vice versa.

The beauty of deciding whether to attach or not is that when you weigh the pros and cons, there is often a clear winner. This is because so much of the decision is dependent on your geographical location, the material of your home, the configuration of your fence, and even just your personal aesthetic preference. As long as you do your research before installing the aluminum fence panels, whatever you choose is sure to look great.

Fully Customizable Privacy

Privacy FenceWhatever your unique circumstance is for needing or wanting a privacy fence, ordering panels and doing it yourself will give you the fence you hoped for.

The first thing people see when they arrive at a house is the outdoor space. The fence, gate, and driveway can make or break a house. If any of these components aren’t looking top-notch, it can deter buyers. You might be the buyer who is deterred by a dilapidated fence that gives little to no privacy. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. You can always update to aluminum fencing and an aluminum gate with a do-it-yourself project.

Why aluminum?

Aluminum fencing has many great qualities. From being extremely weather-resistant to needing little to no maintenance, choosing aluminum can fit most budgets and meet most of your “must-have” list. Aluminum is the top choice for driveway gates because the material is incredibly strong and stands up to a lot of use. To keep things fluid, it’s good to have a matching fence and driveway gate, using aluminum the whole way around the property.

Privacy FencingSafety and security is on many people’s minds when it comes to the home. Any aluminum fence will be very safe and secure, but you also have options to increase your security and privacy. The most common way to do this is to purchase privacy panels for the fence. These panels leave little to no space between the pickets of the fence, allowing for more privacy in the yard and the home. Privacy panels are a great option when your house has ground floor windows that face a busy street or directly to a neighbor. The panels create an oasis in your yard for you and your family, with nobody able to peek in while strolling by.

Fully customizable

Cookie cutter fences might not be an ideal situation for you. Thankfully, you can customize aluminum fencing to fit your needs. If you only need privacy on one side of your yard, just purchase the privacy panels for that side and regular picketed panels for the other sides. If you only need to block a certain portion of the yard from the view of passers-by, work out the measurements and just fence in that small area.

You also get to choose the color and finish of the fence panels to match with your garden, your home and your neighborhood. Decor-wise, you can add rings or finials to the top of the panels or even arches to give the fence some height and depth.

Quiet and serene

Privacy panels also help act like a sound barrier. If your fence is on a busy road or sidewalk, adding aluminum panels between your yard and the street can keep some noise out. Because less sound works its way in, that also means less sound is working its way out. That equals even more privacy for you when you are outside enjoying your yard.

While it might seem like you are closing in your property by putting up what looks essentially like an aluminum wall, it’s not really closing you in. An aluminum privacy fence is actually just blocking out people and views of other people’s homes and leaving just the sky and any landscape in the distance to be visible from the privacy of your property. You are left with a serene, tranquil and private area that is all your own.

Hand Railing With A Purpose

Aluminum Hand RailingAluminum fences are a great fit for any residential or commercial property, and you can finish off the look of your outdoor areas with aluminum hand railing.

There are numerous reasons aluminum is a superior material for your outdoor fences, from being extremely weather-resistant to having minimal upkeep. Many people are leaning toward aluminum for their outdoor fencing needs. Larger commercial and industrial properties are especially happy to hear how strong aluminum is, knowing that it will be very helpful when it comes to top security needs. Moreover, privacy is not a problem, with special privacy panels that allow for little to no space between fence pickets for additional safety and quietness.

With all of these great reasons to choose an aluminum fence, it’s no wonder that hand rails in aluminum are a superior product, too. Aluminum hand rails come with the same satisfaction as aluminum fences, and many outdoor configurations allow for a smooth transition from fence to hand rail in similar colors and styles.

Patios and Decks

With so many patio and deck designs, it can be tough to decide what materials and design elements to use when installing a new one for your outdoor area. When deciding on material, keep aluminum in mind for the hand rails, even if the rest of the deck is concrete or wood. Having the two materials next to each other can really make the hand rail stand out. The safety of the strong aluminum is ideal when placing a barrier on a patio or deck that is not level with the ground. If you have an aluminum fence nearby, the hand rail of aluminum can really bring together the whole outdoor area.

Stairs and walkways

On various walking paths and staircases, the seamless transition from fence to hand rail can really come in handy. If the pathway is sloped, a double-channel hand rail will fit best for added safety. If you’re ever in doubt that you are purchasing the right type of hand rail for your purpose, ask the company selling the rails to ensure you have chosen the right one. When dealing with stairs or certain walking paths, such as handicap accessible paths, it is important to ensure the whole area, including the hand rail, is compliant with any rules and regulations in the area.

Dividing areas

Hand rails and shorter fences are common in certain outdoor spaces, especially those with commercial uses. For example, in a park, the area for younger children might be demarcated with a hand rail and small gate to allow children to have a safe environment. A hand rail or fence could also come in handy between sports fields or to allocate picnic or camping areas. These hand rails often match the nearby fences of the same color or style to allow for a polished look on the entire property.

Hand rails might seem like an afterthought to those who walk by them every day without noticing them, but for those who are deciding on the right one for a property, it can be a big decision. From patios and decks to walkways and sport fields, there are plenty of reasons a hand rail might be in order. Whether you are attaching it to an already existing aluminum fence or placing the hand rails in a freestanding location, aluminum will be an excellent choice for all of your rail needs.

Does The Height Of Your Fence Matter?

Black Aluminum Fence CostAlthough your fence height is ultimately up to you, there are some factors you might want to consider when purchasing your aluminum fence panels.

With so many decisions to make when designing and setting up the outdoor spaces of your property, some things can be looked over. Many people just assume fences of certain materials come in one standard size that everyone chooses. However, with residential and commercial fencing in aluminum, there is actually some rhyme and reason the size of your fence pickets and height of the fence.

The size of the actual pickets and the empty space between them will be dependent on your fence’s purpose and whether there are pets or small children on the property. The height may also have something to do with these two factors, but there is also a bit more to consider. There are certain laws and rules depending on the type of fence you are erecting, and there are safety and security reasons behind the size of your fence, too.

Rules and regulations

Different governing bodies can have rules and regulations when it comes to a backyard fence. For commercial properties, the rules can be even more specific depending on what is on the property or what type of business you have.

It is important to check with the town or municipality where you live to find out about any height restrictions. Height restrictions can also come from homeowner’s associations when the desired effect is to have a fluid neighborhood with outdoor spaces that blend together.

Safety and security

In addition to restrictions to keep fences from being too tall, rules will also ensure they are tall enough, especially when a swimming pool is on the premises. For the safety of any children in the area, there are very specific rules that ensure a fence is tall enough to keep any tragedies from occurring.

Extra height also means a safer space inside. The higher the fence, the harder it is to climb. This deters any possible intruders from entering your property, keeping your building and those on the premises safe.

If you’re worried about the safety of a tall fence in extreme weather conditions, commercial fencing in aluminum is incredibly strong and can stand up to the toughest wind and storm conditions. Even with a taller fence, wind can go through the pickets. Aluminum is so strong that even if you use privacy panels that allow little to no air to pass through the pickets, the material will still hold up very well.

Landscaping and decor

When it comes to landscaping and décor, you can go completely basic or you can get creative! It depends what your business needs are and what fits with the purpose of the land. In terms of the fence around the perimeter, taller fences do well with tall bushes or shrubs near the posts and entryways. If you choose a basic color to blend in with a building or neighborhood, adding a pop of color here and there with flowers will help add a nice look.

Whether you choose for your fence to be very tall or a bit shorter than the average fence, be sure to check with any rules in your town based on the purposes of your property. Add a bit of pizzazz in the yard, and you’ll have a perfect outdoor space in no time!

Taking On A New Fence On Your Own

New Aluminum FenceA solo do-it-yourself project can be incredibly daunting, but with some preparation, you’ll be on your way to feeling great satisfaction with the finished product.

An aluminum commercial fence might sound like the type of project that should be left to the professionals, but don’t pick up the phone just yet! You can take on this project all on your own if you’re up to it with just a bit of preparation and the right tools.

Preparation is key

There are a few things you will want to keep in mind that you might otherwise overlook if you have never erected your own fence, let alone a commercial or residential one. Being fully prepared is essential, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

One place to call for help is the company where you decide to purchase your aluminum fence panels. They will be able to help you, especially in the preparation phase through to purchasing, and can answer any questions you have about erecting the fence yourself. They can offer advice on how to approach the project and any tools you will need for the panels. You don’t have to figure everything out yourself!

The ground below you

One thing people might not take into consideration until the project is well underway is the type of soil your yard holds. Depending on what the ground is made of, you might need to do a little extra work to erect an aluminum commercial fence.

Soft, loamy soil has a mixture of sand and clay and can be quite soft and flexible. For a strong fence such as a commercial or residential fence, this means you might need to reinforce the soil around the posts. For added stability, choose large posts and consider adding gravel or other heavy, firm material to keep the post steady.

Sandy, clay or silt-like soil will all have different methods of compacting the soil back in place around the posts to ensure the correct stabilization. Check how your soil type holds up in wet and dry conditions to ensure you are compacting correctly. For example, if it’s packed too loosely, sand will not be stable enough, while silt will wash away if kept too wet. Find the right balance and compact the soil very tightly around the post to avoid any movement, no matter the weather condition.

What’s best for your building and your area

Another key consideration before choosing your aluminum commercial fence is what design will fit best for you your home or business and the surrounding area. Of course, you don’t have to match your fence or your building to the area because standing out could be exactly what your business needs! The design is totally up to you, but most people find it’s best to at least choose a fence design that complements the building on the property.

Design elements aside, there are also often rules and regulations that go with your homeowner’s association or municipality that you will want to ensure you are following. This could relate to fence height, color, and even the space between the pickets. Checking on exactly what you need and ensuring you have the right tools for the soil and the job will have you well on your way to erecting a fence all on your own!

Knowing Your Audience

alumium fence gatesWhen it comes to installing the perfect fence and driveway gate for your property, it is important to keep in mind those who will be using them the most.

Your vision for the perfect outdoor area can easily be made into a reality. You can make the perfect yard with amazing landscaping, surround the outdoor area with a beautiful aluminum fence and driveway aluminum gates, and you can put as many brightly-colored flowers and plants as you want.

Before you go all out on your dream outdoor space, however, you first need to make sure you know your audience. If the yard is just for you, then the sky is the limit! However, if your property is not one where you reside, such as an apartment building or a business, it is incredibly important to consider the tenants when planning your outdoor space. You might be very interested in a bright and eccentric yard with multiple lawn ornaments and high maintenance plants, but if you aren’t around on a daily basis, you have to put your desires aside.

The business audience

If your property houses a business—whether it is your own or someone who leases the building—you need to consider their needs. If it is your own business, that can be easy enough. Take your logo or the style of the company and find ways to incorporate it into the outdoor areas. For example, if your logo has a deep green in it, choose a fence and driveway gate of that color to announce to anyone entering the property just who they are visiting.

For multiple businesses with different owners, you should stick with a classic look for the outdoors. Find subtle ways to be unique, such as with finials or thin pickets on your aluminum fence or with stunning vines in the corners of the yard. By choosing classic colors and styles with a slight modern or unique twist, the outdoor areas will fit in with whatever company resides on the property.

Giving the people what they need

Design elements are one way to keep people happy, but what about the practicality of the fence, entryway and driveway aluminum gates? When it comes to commercial properties, the doors and driveway gates will be used much more than with a residential property. This means the ease of access to the property is a key proponent when planning.

Choosing a fence made of the strongest material will ensure the safety and security of the tenants or businesses on the property. Aluminum is always a good choice thanks to its amazing ability to stand up to the most extreme weather conditions. It is also incredibly easy to maintain with very minimal upkeep needed.

Durability is another important factor to keep in mind when it comes to the outdoors of a busy area. Choosing driveway gates of the same strong caliber as your fence will provide a very polished look to the property, and it will also keep it completely safe and secure. Aluminum gates will stand up to the wear and tear of multiple daily uses.

Knowing who your audience is and what they want and need will help you in the planning stages of any outdoor spaces to keep the people happy and the property looking great.

Buying A Heavy-Duty Aluminum Fence Online

Metal Security FencingFor industrial or commercial properties, a large fence is needed. Thankfully, it’s just as easy to buy a large, heavy-duty fence online as it is in person.

There are some items that just make sense to buy online and others that might be a better purchase in person. Large items, particularly an outdoor item like an industrial aluminum fence, just might surprise you when it comes down to how to make the purchase.

Fences are large, there is no doubt, and they can be quite cumbersome. Thankfully, aluminum fences come in pre-measured panels, making shipping and erecting them a breeze.

Finding the lines

First and foremost, you need to find the exact lines of your property. This will ensure you purchase the right size materials for making your fence. If you have decided to purchase fence panels, this is especially important to get the correct number of panels and corner pieces needed.

The corners of your property can use a little extra attention when it comes to measuring your yard. Specific poles and pickets are needed for the various parts of the fence, and it is important to order the correct pieces. When in doubt, ask for assistance.

Do your homework

If your neighbors share a property line with you where you are hoping to erect a fence, do your homework before purchasing your industrial aluminum fence. Check contracts, blueprints and municipality records to find your exact property line. Do whatever is necessary to obtain the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Before purchasing online, you will also want to give the neighboring properties a heads-up regarding your plans. An industrial or commercial fence can be quite large and will change the scenery and look of the properties surrounding you. You don’t want to take your neighbors by surprise.

Know what you need

Whether this is your first do-it-yourself project or you have done a million of them, it is important to know exactly what you are looking for when purchasing the bulk of your items online. If you are taking on the project of a commercial or industrial fence, then you probably are not doing it alone.

Put your heads together to ensure you have crossed all of the Ts and dotted all of the Is. Read up on how to install an aluminum fence so you know exactly what you are getting into. Having realistic expectations will help the project run smoothly from start to finish.

Online help

It is incredibly important to ask for help when and if needed during the ordering process. All companies that you order fence panels from will have extensive ordering help, from frequently asked questions to online chat help to a toll-free number to call for advice. Utilize these options to ensure you are purchasing everything you need for your fencing project.

There really is nothing you cannot do when purchasing a fence online that you couldn’t also do in the stores. In fact, having all of the information right at your fingertips, such as how to install and what equipment and parts you need, helps you make the most informed decision. Ordering a fence online will be a breeze from start to finish, and you will never be alone during any step along the way.

Noise And Your Fence

aluminum privacy fencingDon’t let outside noise penetrate the calm oasis you have built on your property. Instead, use cleverly placed fences to keep things calm and serene.

Having noisy neighbors is no fun, whether you live in an apartment building or a home that is in close proximity to other homes. When you live so close to other families, it’s easy to wonder if the sounds of your family and life travel to the neighbors!

Soundproofing your home can help immensely with this, especially when it comes to the indoor noise levels. What about your yard and outdoor spaces? Thankfully, residential and commercial aluminum fence panels can help with the noise if you get the right kind.

Privacy panel

Picture the areas in your yard that are a bit unsightly compared to the rest of the outdoor area, possibly where the trash cans and recycling are kept. Often, people get residential or commercial aluminum fence panels that have little or no space in between the pickets, allowing for low visibility into the area.

These so-called privacy panels are a great way to keep objects hidden away, and they also help lower any sounds that would normally go straight through the yard and into the house. A thin layer of aluminum might not seem like a lot when it comes to muffling noises, but you’d be surprised how efficient it can be.

If you have pets or small children, the privacy panels will come in handy. When pets like dogs see anything moving on the other side of the fence, they will make as much noise as possible to alert others to the situation. If privacy panels stand between your pet and anything bark-worthy in the outdoor areas, your yard will stay quiet.

Extra noisy

While noise from the street might seem like the obvious type of sound you will want to block from your yard and home, there are other noises that can also create problems in your serene outdoor areas. The fence and gate itself can create noises that can be quite bothersome to those living on your property and the neighbors.

You might have a heavy gate that closes automatically with quite a loud noise. Ensure that any self-closing mechanisms are in effect early enough to not cause such a loud bang when the gate shuts. You might also have an automatic or remote-controlled gate that makes a buzzing sound when it’s in operation. Check with the lock company for sound options if the entryway to your gate is very close to any residence to keep any noise nuisance at bay.

A last option to battle any noise concerns either for those living on your property or for those surrounding you is to consider industrial or commercial aluminum fence panels. The industrial and commercial graded aluminum material means an extra layer of thickness and protection for privacy and, in turn, noise levels.

The thicker material means noise is kept where it originates better. Paired with privacy panels or thicker pickets and minimal space between pickets and panels, this makes the optimal arrangement for any sound concerns. Ensuring you have all angles covered will help your property live in harmony with the rest of the houses on the block, leaving a serene space for everyone to enjoy.

To Repair Or Not To Repair, That Is The Question

Black Aluminum FenceIf you have a fence that is in a state of disrepair, it just might be time to consider a new fence altogether instead of fixing it up.

Residential, industrial and commercial aluminum fencing serve a very specific purpose. Once installed, they last for years and years with minimal upkeep, but what happens when you have a wooden or vinyl fence and it is starting to show its age?

Whether your fence was made and installed in the last two, five or ten years does not really matter. If your fence is showing wear and tear, no matter how long it’s been in existence, it’s time to do something about it.

Many first consider repairing their dilapidated, run-down fence instead of replacing it. After all, the costs are surely much lower with repairing, but what about the long run? What is the most ideal situation for you, your family, your fence and your wallet?

Short-term pros and cons

Repairing your fence can seem like the most logical solution. This is especially true if time is a factor and you immediately need a new look for the outdoors. A spray paint job or adding a few extra pickets where old ones have cracked can be quick, easy and cheap. Fixing up these few problem areas can get your fence back to doing what it should do, whether that is keeping the property secure or just being aesthetically pleasing.

Getting the fence fixed up for a quick turnaround will only give you a polished, finished product for a very short time. If parts of the fence were so worn that they needed fixed up, surely more of the fence will be in disrepair soon. This could have you constantly having to undergo repairs on different parts of the fence in a never-ending job that results in nothing more than a spruced-up old fence.

Long-term pros and cons

The only really long-term solution would be to replace the fence once and for all. The main—and only—negative to replacing the fence is the cost. Thankfully, the expense becomes well worth it once you realize what residential or commercial aluminum fencing can do for your property.

Although it might take a bit more time to replace the fence than it would to repair it, the time you spend comes back to you when you choose an aluminum fence. That’s because there is incredibly minimal upkeep needed with this type of fence, and it lasts much longer than other materials. That means you won’t have to wonder any time soon if you should repair or replace your fence.

Added benefits to replacing

Replacing your fence with a brand-new aluminum panel fence is also the perfect solution because this type of fence really doesn’t wear or break down like other types. The only thing that would require you to repair it would be if there was some sort of accident, such as a tree falling down. Best of all, aluminum fences come in pieces or panels that are easy to install. That means you would only need to replace a panel or two should something happen, keeping future costs low.

Whatever you choose for your current situation, just know that at some point you may want to consider the switch to aluminum panel fencing, not just for the stunning look and incredible security, but also for the affordability and long-term success of this type of fence.