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Installing Your Own Aluminum Fence Panels

Aluminum Fence On Center Spacing Chart

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).

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.

Installing Your Own Aluminum Fence Panels

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

Your first task when installing aluminum fence panels is to plan where you want to start.   You can start with a gate or a panel but don’t cement or mount all of your posts first.  They’re typically punched so you’ll want to build the barrier with each panel and post.  It’s actually faster this way.  Posts going in the ground, which is a typical, will require 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.  Instead you’ll need to purchase tapcons or lag bolts based upon the surface material you’ll be building the fence on.

We sell straight and swivel mounts available to be used with non-punched posts (angles, curves, steep slopes and stairs) or if you’re ending (and connecting) direct to a wall or column. Straight mounts are clearly for stair stepping, and horizontal swivel mounts can be adjusted to make angles are curved fence runs. If you’re running a fence up a steep slope or a stairwell, we have vertical swivel mounts.  Pre-punched line, corner, end and 3-way posts can be used for slight and/or medium slopes.  Our normal posts are pre-punched to accept fence panels. We also sell blank posts for racking panels for stairs or steep slopes and for other specific purposes.

Gates Go First

Many customers start their 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 one fence panel first, then work yourself outward with two or three panels at a time. 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 panel-to-post connection screws you will need. After you’ve installed a few 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.  We call it:  Trim-To-Fit and it is just one of the benefits of our diy aluminum fence system.

Benefits of an Aluminum Commercial Fence

benefits of aluminum fencePerhaps you have just purchased a new business, or are adding a location for your business.  One thing you should consider adding to the new space is an aluminum commercial fence.  A fence gives businesses advantages, including privacy, safety, and, depending on the rest of the building’s design, adding a sense of gravitas with a new distinguishing characteristic.  Anything that helps make your business stick out to customers and potential customers is a good idea.  A fence can help people remember your business
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How Do I Design an Aluminum Yard Fence?

design-fencingAluminum fencing is the material of choice for a lot of people, and for good reason: its light weight and durability provide a fence you can rely on for years to come. Unlike other materials, such as wood and wrought iron, aluminum won’t weaken, become brittle or rust even if it’s exposed to extremely low or high temperatures. Its innate toughness makes it an ideal choice for fencing that is relatively low maintenance after installation, saving homeowners and businesses time and money on repairs and upkeep.

Before you buy your aluminum fencing, you’ll need to decide what style and design you want to use. From functional to ornate, and from large to small enclosures, you have a wide variety of placement and aesthetic choices available. Take a look at the following design schemes to help you narrow down your search and find the fencing that best suits your needs.

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How Long Do Aluminum Fences Last?

aluminium fences lastAre you looking for the perfect fence—one that will last for many years and be pleasing to the eye—for your home or business? There are many types to choose from when selecting the perfect one for your home or business, but aluminum proves to be the material that outweighs the rest when it comes to longevity and aesthetics. In recent years aluminum fences have become one of the most popular choices by customers because this type offers the stunning appearance of wrought iron, effortless maintenance and a much, much longer lifespan. What’s more, Great Fence aluminum fences are guaranteed to last for many decades to come.

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