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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.

It’s Easy to Install Aluminum Fencing In-Ground

 

With basic skills and a bit of guidance, it’s easy to save money by performing an in-ground installation of an aluminum fence yourself. In fact, you can save thousands of dollars by installing your aluminum fencing on your own. This makes aluminum fencing spectacularly affordable. We will cover the highlights of the process here. Detailed instructions are readily available.

Prerequisites

Take some necessary precautions before you start your DIY fence project. First, be sure that all fence footings lie on your side of the property line. Consult a surveyor or examine a real estate agent’s line plot to determine the placement of your fence. Check with utility companies for underground cables or pipes. Be sure your fence is legal in your area and that it meets guidelines for any homeowners’ association.  You can also call 811 in most jurisdictions or go to call811.com.

Maintenance of your lawn will be much easier if your fence and gate have bottom pickets at least 3 inches above ground. Install your fence with screws facing inward so it looks best from outside.

Take an inventory after you receive your delivery. Be sure you have everything you ordered. You don’t want to find out halfway through the game that you’re missing a key component.

Tools and Equipment

Before you start, be sure you have the tools you will need. You will likely need at least the following: chalk line or string and stakes; tape measure; post-hole digger; carpenter’s level; electric saw or hacksaw; and rubber mallet.

Some find it useful to have rubber bands or bungee cords to temporarily secure panels to posts. You will need a hoe, shovel and wheelbarrow for concrete.

Installing the Fence

Mix some concrete when you’re ready to install your DIY fence. It’s best to mix it a bit dry to support the fence during installation.

If you’re installing a gate, do that first if possible. Be sure to center it over the walkway or driveway. Start by setting the posts. Fill the holes with concrete to about 2 inches under the surface. Don’t hang the gate until the concrete has hardened. Post holes should be at least 6 inches in diameter for 2” x 2” and 2.5” x 2.5” posts, and at least 8 inches in diameter for 3” x 3” and 4” x 4” posts. The amount of concrete for each hole will vary according to the size of the hole and the clearance between the ground and the bottom of the fence. The cement bag typically has guidelines.

You will have to decide how much clearance you want between the bottom of the fence and the ground. We suggested 3 inches earlier, but many go with 2 inches or even less. Ask your local government about possible legal requirements regarding clearance. This is particularly true for fencing around swimming pools. Many local jurisdictions also specify a maximum spacing between pickets of 4 inches, so check on this if you’re going to be installing your DIY fence around a pool.

Once the gate is installed, you can start to install posts for the fence following the procedure above. Check that each section is level, and check again whenever you complete four sections. Posts and horizontal rails take self-tap screws that are included with your order.

You may need to cut a section to fit. You will be removing some pre-cut notches in the process, and you will have to cut new notches.

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Numerous Options Allow You to Customize Your Aluminum Fence

 

Aluminum fence panels come in many styles. You can choose many colors and add options for safety and style.

When it comes time to install your aluminum fencing, you can stick to the basics or embellish to your heart’s delight. Aluminum fences come if many styles, colors and heights. In addition, you can add finials, metal rings, dog panels and more.

Fence Panels

Aluminum fences are available in an impressive array of styles. A spear top fence panel has sharp, beveled tops on its pickets. A staggered spear fence panel has the same tops but with alternating heights. The picket heights on a concave spear top fence panel decrease as they approach the center of the panel. A convex spear top fence panel has the opposite effect, with the maximum picket height at the center of the panel.

A flat top aluminum fence panel has a horizontal element at the top. An alternate design is the flat top with spear, whose pickets alternate between spears and those that are fixed flush to the top. A flat top with flush bottom and two rails is a simple design with no rail near the bottom. A similar option is a flat top with flush bottom and a third rail near the top.

Finally, there are the 2x pickets spear top and a corresponding flat top. These have twice the pickets of a standard fence.

Stylish Additions

You can add a touch of style to some aluminum fence panels with aluminum finials. These ornamental caps for pickets come in several styles, three of which resemble spears or fleur de lis and one that has a contemporary square shape. These are powder-coated in colors matching your fence.

You can attach large, decorative scrolls to gates and fence panels. They measure 7.25” wide by 17.25” high. Nothing makes a gate look better than an aluminum gate arch. Add a sunburst arch to any gate, giving it a round top that adds class and beauty.

Add designer inlays to your fence for a one-of-a-kind look. These are mounted in 24” OD circles that are welded to your gate or fence section. Several designs are available, or choose any letter in the alphabet. Butterfly scrolls measure 3.5” wide by 3.75” high. These attach near the tops of pickets. You can also add a designer rail with circles to accent your fence.

You can choose from nine colors for your aluminum fence. These are applied by a powder-coating process and are guaranteed for life. Choose from bronze, gold, black, white and hunter green with a gloss finish, or black, khaki, bronze or white with a satin finish.

Add solar post lights to your fence to illuminate the perimeter. These emit a soft glow and are only available for 2” x 2” and 2.5” x 2.5” posts.

Add Safety and Security

The dog panel option keeps your four-legged friends inside the fence where they belong. The panel consists of pickets spaced at half the interval at the bottom portion of the fence. This is fabricated into the fence.

Add a metal security screen to keep hands on the other side of your fence. The screen is factory welded and powder-coated. You can add this to any fence panel or gate. The screen is made from 1” x 1” x 0.125” flat bar. It is added at installation and requires holes to be drilled in the fence panel or gate.

Tips For Installing Your Own Aluminum Fence

If you have decided that you want to install your own aluminum fence after purchasing the supplies, it can seem more daunting than it actually is. There are several things you need to do to make sure you do not run into any issues during the process. Follow these tips for installing your own aluminum fence and you will be enjoying it in no time.
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Why Choose Aluminum Fencing?

When putting up a fence, it is important to pick the perfect material. The material you choose is important because it determines how sturdy your fence is, how long it will last, and how much abuse it can take from the elements. From building around a residential property, a farm, or nearly any other environment, aluminum fencing should be your number one choice. Not only does it work with any budget, it can survive abuse from wind, rain, and snow as well as just look clean and nice no matter what it has been through.
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School-Aged Escape Artists
In The UK Make Waves

Over here at GreatFence.com we just love a great fence story. It’s fair to say that our favorite hero is an aluminum fence of course, and that the fence is never the enemy. However, according to this news story about a school fence and the boys who tried to escape it, we can’t help but admire the energy and creative ingenuity of the school boys at Djanogly City Academy in the UK (Nottingham).  Enjoy.

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In The UK Make Waves