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How to Install Aluminum Fence Panels at Angles and on Stairs and Slopes

When you’re installing your aluminum fence panels, curves in either the vertical or horizontal plane are no problem. You just need the right product, and often the standard product will fit the bill.

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Standard Versus Rackable Fence Panels

If you’re looking at a modest slope that rises six inches or less for each panel, standard fence panels will work. It doesn’t matter if you’re putting up an industrial aluminum fence, a residential fence or a commercial fence. For steeper runs, you’ll need our rackable aluminum fence panels. These panels have a wider hole at the picket-to-rail connection, and they work well with a rise of up to 20 inches per panel. Our standard pre-punched posts will work fine for this application, and we have mounts you can use if a panel abuts a structure or column or if you’re using your own wood posts.

Heavy rackable fence panels can handle a rise of up to 36 inches per panel. That’s a lot! You can’t use our normal, pre-punched posts with heavy rackable fence panels because the points of contact won’t work with the typical insert and set method, nor can you use standard mounts. You’ll need to order our blank, non-punched posts along with vertical swivel mounts and mount the angled rails to each fence panel.

With rackable aluminum fence panels, you have a few limitations.  If you’re adding the dog panel, you can only obtain a medium rack for medium slopes up to 15 inches per 6 foot wide panel.  Similarly, if you’re adding the optional, decorative rings/circles, you can only obtain a slight rack for slight contours and slopes up to about 4 inches per 6 foot wide panel.   Styles 7 and 8 with double pickets also limit the amount of racking you can achieve in a fence panel because at some point the vertical pickets will touch and prevent the panel from racking further.  You can, however, get about 12 – 15 inches per panel from these 2 fence styles.   If you want to use Style 7 or Style 8 on steeper slopes, you’ll have to stair-step the panels by attaching 2 panels to 1 post at different heights.

Stair Stepping

Stair stepping sounds like some kind of country dance, but it’s actually the practice of running shorter panels horizontally up hills or stairs. You make the shorter panels yourself by cutting panels down to size on-site. This is not hard to do with an electric saw or hacksaw. You run these short panels up the slope or stairs in a staggered pattern, fastening them to posts at different heights on each side. You can use end posts, but people usually buy non-punched posts and punch them out on-site.

Angles and Curves

You can install residential, commercial and industrial aluminum fence panels at almost any angle you want. You will use one of two options depending on the angle.

For small angles, you can go with our regular pre-punched posts. You can set a fence panel at an angle of 8 to 10 degrees by just angling it as you like and setting it with regular line mounts. This means you can run your fence at an angle of 170 to 190 degrees.

You’ll need a corner post for larger angles. The corner post is pre-punched to accept fence panels at right angles, allowing you to make an angle of about 80 to 100 degrees in your fence.

You’ll need horizontal swivel mounts for other angles. These can handle up to 35 degrees per panel-connection, which is enough to run almost any angle, especially if you use a swivel mounts on both sides of a post.

No Matter the Fence Shape, We Cover all the Angles

It would be very easy if every piece of land were a simple rectangle, but the world is not that simple. The good news is that you can install aluminum fencing panels in almost any conceivable shape. Some flexible fence mounts can help accomplish nearly any job.

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Swivel Mounts to the Rescue

Horizontal swivel mounts make it easy to install aluminum fence panels at almost any angle. These are made from cast aluminum alloy. They won’t rust, and you can buy them in the same color as your fence panels. When used alone or in combination, horizontal swivel mounts and regular straight mounts can make just about any turn that’s not a right angle. You can mount swivel mounts to any surface, such as a structure or column, and you can mount them to our blank posts and end posts. That last part is important; you will not be mounting your swivel mounts to pre-punched posts, so order accordingly.

We include a couple of stainless-steel Tek screws to attach a swivel mount to a blank post. You’ll need to go elsewhere and buy longer anchor screws if you’re attaching the mount to some other surface. If possible, wait for your order to arrive to determine what is best.

You should order two swivel mounts for each horizontal rail in the fence panels you’ve selected. For example, you’ll need four swivel mounts if your fence panels have two horizontal rails, and you’ll need a blank post for each angle. Similarly, with three horizontal rails, you’ll need six swivel mounts plus one blank post.

You can make slight turns of less than 10 degrees using standard mounts, in which case you can get pre-punched posts.

We sell both horizontal and vertical swivel mounts. You should opt for horizontal swivel mounts for angles rather than vertical swivel mounts, which are used for steep slopes.

Installing Your Angled Fence

You should choose normal, pre-punched posts and straight mounts for angles that are smaller than 10 degrees. Just insert the horizontal rails of the aluminum fencing panels in the holes in the post. Turn panels as needed to accomplish the angle, and then set the panel-to-post connection with the self-tapping screws that come with your order.

You can make a connection of around 30 to 35 degrees with a single horizontal swivel mount, and using two of these allows you to make an angle of up 70 degrees or so. It does no harm to use two horizontal swivel mounts, so if you’re not sure about the angle you’re making, just use the two swivel mounts to be on the safe side. You should also use two horizontal swivel mounts when installing a circular fence, unless it is a really big circle.

For moderate angles, you can mount panels to either side of a post using swivel mounts on one side and straight mounts on the other side of the same post. For bigger angles, use swivel mounts on both sides of the post.

Note that you cannot use end posts for angles. These are pre-punched near the top, and you won’t be able to align the post properly with the fence panel.

Using Aluminum Fence Panels for Slopes, Stairs and Angles

Aluminum Fence panels can be configured for slight, medium and steep slopes and stairs., and you can accommodate almost any possible angle if you have the right hardware.

Do you need to mount a fence on a sloped surface? That’s not a problem. From a modest slope to a steep hill, you can easily install aluminum fencing to secure your property.

Standard and Racking Fence Panels for Hills or Stairs

You can use standard fence panels on slopes with a rise of 6 inches or less per panel. You can use standard pre-punched posts for corners, ends and lines in this case. Mounts are available to secure your fence to a structure, column, wall, or user-provided wooden posts.

Rackable fence panels can be installed straight or shifted on-site for medium slopes. You should use these when you have a rise that is between 6 and 20 inches per panel. Again, you can use standard posts to connect the fence panels. You can use optional mounts to secure these fence panels to structures, columns, wooden posts and walls.

You will have to use heavy rackable fence panels when dealing with a rise of up to 36 inches per panel. With these panels, you will have to use blank, non-punched posts and vertical swivel mounts. These are sold separately.

Note that rackable fence panels do not accommodate dog panels, nor can they be obtained with ornamental rings at the top. Rackable fence panels are also unavailable in styles 7 or 8, which have 2x pickets with a flat top and spear top, respectively. Also, styles 7 and 8 can only be used with racking of up to about 15 inches per panel and must be stair-stepped on steeper slopes.

Stair-Stepping Fence Panels

You can also stair step aluminum fence on a hill or slope.  The fence panels use a staggered design, which means a panel will fasten to a post at a different height than the adjacent panel. It’s possible to use end posts for this purpose, but it is often preferable to use non-punched posts and punch them out on-site.

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Angles and Curves

You can install aluminum fencing to accommodate almost any angles or curves on your property. There are two options depending on the size of the angle.

Use standard, pre-punched posts if you have smaller angles, and be sure to use a line post in this case. You can set a fence panel at an angle of 8 or 10 degrees by turning it to the appropriate angle and attaching it to a standard line or end post. This is equivalent to an angle of up to 170 to 190 degrees in your fence.

Wider angles call for a corner post, which is pre-punched to accept fence panels at right angles. Again, you can move a panel to about 10 degrees out of line, which means a corner post can handle angles of about 80 to 100 degrees.

For other angles, you should use swivel mounts on one or both sides of a post. In extreme cases, swivel mounts on both sides might be necessary. This will allow you make pretty much any degree angle that you need.