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All About Locks

Fences and gates are a great way to keep your commercial property safe and secure, but the most important security feature is the lock!

If you are looking for a new fence for your place of business or large residential property, you probably are well-versed in the wonderful option of using commercial aluminum fence panels. Not only is aluminum an amazingly affordable choice, it is also incredibly sturdy, weather-proof, and holds up well over time.

Now you must consider what type of accessories you require to meet your business needs. There are plenty of options to jazz up your fence and personalize it to your style and your business, but what about the safety features to keep people out of your property? That is where the big choice of what type of lock to install comes in. From self-latching magnetic locks to simple latches to heavy-duty, lock-and-key-style locks, there are plenty of options to choose from to keep your property safe and secure.

When latches are enough

With commercial aluminum fence panels and gates, a simple latch is not usually enough security for your place of business – at least not the main gate to the outside world. Thankfully, simple latches such as the Lokklatch can’t be opened or closed without a key. This is sufficient security for smaller, one-panel gates and is often used within a property to get to areas such as those that hold trash cans and recycling or inner gates already within the property. For the outer fences and gates, a lock that is a bit stronger is usually a better choice.

Locked out or locked in?

For the main gate of your commercial property, you will need a large, sturdy lock. The aforementioned Lokklatch does come in a deluxe version that includes a larger latch; this suits a commercial or industrial fence well. The lock choice you must make depends largely on your circumstances. Do you need gates to lock from the outside and the inside, or just one way? Many places of business and apartment buildings choose to have locks on both sides, going from the outside in and vice versa. This can stop unsavory characters from attempting to enter the property in the first place when they see how hard it will be to exit quickly if there is a lock on both sides.

For specific needs

There is always the option of an external access lock, which requires a key to unlock it on one side and a push button to open the gate from the other. This is a specific choice that may work well for your needs, but all lock choices should be considered. There are even magnetic self-latching options that are extremely helpful when you will be having outside vendors coming onto your property often. This helps prevent any gates from being accidentally left open.

When choosing a lock, it is important to remember that whatever you choose doesn’t necessarily need to be the final decision. Locks can be easily changed as your needs change or if you find that you’d prefer a different lock later on down the line. In this respect, you can even try a few different locks to see how they work with your operation and find the one best suited for the job at hand.

Breathing New Life Into Your Aluminum Fence

There are a few things you can do to change up the look of your fence to help it blend in more, or you can even help it make a statement!

Many basic aluminum fences have a similar look, and it’s understandable if you don’t want your home to be the same cookie-cutter copy as everybody else’s house in the neighborhood. Sprucing up your fence is a great way to switch things up in your yard and transform the look of your home. With a few simple DIYs, you can breathe a little life into your yard.

Do some touch-ups

When it comes to painting metal, the key DIY aluminum fence practice is to be sure you have the right tools for the material. You see, aluminum fences today are made with a high-grade coating that needs no maintenance and can withstand even the craziest weather. Even though these fences aren’t really meant to be painted the way you might paint a wooden fence, you can still give your fence some new life with touch-up spray paint.

Not just any old paint will stick to the surface of your aluminum fence. You need to make sure you have the right type with the right ingredients to keep your fence water- and rust-proof. Find a spray paint that is specifically formulated for outdoor aluminum or metal material in a hue that matches your fence. Ask a friend for an extra pair of eyes to help find any areas that could use some touching up.

Let’s get gardening

If you’ve chosen the perfect fence for your yard and are pleased with the outcome, you still might want to personalize your yard a bit to match the shiny new fence. This is where the art of gardening comes in! Peruse gardening magazines for inspiration, then head to the nearest nursery to choose some plants of various sizes and colors to give your yard a facelift.

You’ll want to choose plants that complement your fence’s height and style. Try not to completely block the views from your yard with large, bushy plants, although in some areas, that might be the exact desired result. High and narrow fence pickets look good with tall plants that have interesting branches and leaves. The shorter the bush, the more fence that will show above it, making it look more like a jail cell than a beautiful and elegant fence.

Ask some of your family and friends to come over and give you hand with the gardening. They’ll come with great advice from an outsider’s perspective and can help you choose flower colors. You can buy some extra packets of seeds as a thank you for their help!

Use the fence to your advantage

If you have unsightly areas in your yard, such as garbage cans or small storage sheds, find a way to incorporate these into the look of the fence so they do not stick out so much. You can purchase extra miniature fence panels to fence around a small area, or you can paint the items to match the fence. This is another time you may want to use strategically placed shrubbery to conceal areas you don’t want to draw attention to.

DIY aluminum fence refreshers like these are a quick and easy way to spruce up your yard and give you some extra curb appeal. With a few touch-ups, strategically placed plants, and unsightly areas covered up, your yard will look brand new in no time!

Adding Scrollwork To Your Fence Gives It A Story

Small changes to your fence, such as adding scrollwork or accessories, can create a completely different overall look, giving your fence a distinct personality.

From antique furniture to royal emblems to ironwork on the doors of Notre Dame, scrollwork as an ornamental accessory has long been a top choice to add a decorative dimension to an object. Why not add this décor piece to your home by adding scrollwork to your aluminum fence?

The main duty of a fence at your home is to section off your yard while complementing your outdoor décor. Fences come in a variety of looks and materials, with aluminum being the most affordable, sturdy and long-lasting option. With simple additions, your aluminum fence can be jazzed up in a subtle, beautiful way with a touch of elegant history.

Scrollwork gets its name because of the circular, scroll-like pattern that usually accompanies either end of the design. The fluidity of the lines adds a tranquil flow to each scroll, but when viewed as a whole piece of art, these lines create a beautifully powerful statement. Although the origins of scrollwork can’t be determined with certainty, it is thought to have been popularized by Greek art and revived by Chinese potters. Today, scrollwork is most often linked to Gothic architecture as well as the S-shaped scrolls on antique furniture.

Butterfly scrolls add a simple elegance

The size and location of each aluminum fence panel surrounding your home may help determine how you want to decorate the fence with scrollwork. A beautiful butterfly scroll can fill in the blank space between the pickets and adds a soft, regal feeling to the look of the fence. Depending on the color and finish, the butterfly scroll can make your fence stand out or blend in – it’s up to you!

Larger estate scrolls for a bolder fence

Another bit of pizzazz you can add to the pickets are large estate scrolls between each aluminum fence panel. The width of the pickets determines your choice for scrollwork, so keep this in mind when choosing a fence. If you know you want large scrollwork for a stately look, choose panels that are wide enough for the estate scrolls to fit.

Add some custom work to your fence

You may also want to add a personal touch to your fence with a custom inlay at the center of the entrance to your fence. These inlays complement fences with scrollwork and bring the whole picture together. The sky is the limit with custom work and depends entirely on what look you want for your fence.

A popular choice for homes is lettering to denote the home owner’s name or perhaps an animal associated with the area of the home. Similar to the scrolls, a custom inlay is a simple addition to the fence that has the ability to add a bit of style and depth to the look of the home.

Ornamental ironwork can be seen all around Europe and the United Kingdom on churches, royal emblems and dwellings, and other buildings of interest. It is now easier than ever to give your home this same unique look with affordable aluminum fences and the plethora of décor choices available. The hardest part will be choosing which option suits you and your home the best!

Three Grades of Aluminum Fence Panels

We sell our aluminum fence panels in three grades. Based on your security, privacy and esthetic requirements, you can choose residential, commercial or industrial fence panels.

As you move from residential to commercial to industrial grade, you’re buying a fence made with more metal. The essential reason for upgrading is to accommodate increasing amounts of traffic, wear and tear.  You can buy any grade and be assured that your fence will require little to no maintenance and will not corrode. You can install any grade of fence yourself, because all our aluminum fence panels, regardless of grade, are designed for self-installation. Our customers typically install their fences themselves.

What Grade Do You Need?

industrial_aluminum_fence_spear_top_houston_texas A typical homeowner will be happy with residential aluminum fence panels. You can confidently use these around your yard, swimming pool or other areas around your residence. We offer a selection of gates for your walk or driveway. Keep in mind that your community may have specific requirements for swimming pool fences. Always consult local authorities before putting up a pool fence – or any fence, for that matter.

Our commercial fence panels are heavier than our residential fence panels. We sell these fence panels for areas with heavier traffic than is usually found around a home. Select commercial aluminum fence panels for office buildings, light industrial areas, retail centers, schools, hospitals, hotels. The rails and pickets on these fence panels are larger, and the rails have eight internal support metal ribs to add strength.

Choose our industrial aluminum fence panels for the most demanding situations, such as hospitals, warehouses, storage units, airports, hotels, military. These panels also offer the greatest security, especially if you add options such as spears and curved pickets.

The Details

All of our aluminum fencing panels and gates come in a variety of colors. Some of these colors blend in with natural surroundings, while you can choose other, brighter colors to make a statement or define a space. Our colors are powder-coated, so you will not encounter any of the issues you can face with paint like blistering, flaking or peeling.

Our residential aluminum fence panels usually have pickets spaced at 3-13/16”. Some styles are available with double pickets. You can order residential styles with flat tops or spears on top of pickets, and you can also order various kinds of finials to dress up your residential fence. Other options include scrolls and ornamental rings; these add beauty rather than functionality.

Many residential customers order the dog panel / short pickets option. These can be purchased for certain styles of fence, and they consist of panels with double pickets that are fabricated into the fence bottom to keep small animals from passing through. You can also order a security screen. This is an expanded metal, rust-free frame with a screen that attaches to either a gate or a fence panel.

Our commercial fence panels usually feature 3-5/8” picket spacing. This is somewhat tighter than the pickets on a residential fence panel. Some styles of commercial fence panel have 1-1/2” picket spacing. Most of the options discussed above can be purchased for residential aluminum fence panels.

Industrial aluminum fence panels offer the greatest security and withstand the heaviest traffic. Our industrial fence panels generally have pickets spaced at 3-11/16”. Industrial fence panels are best at thwarting intruders, and these panels come in heights of up to 10’. You can increase security with speared tops, double pickets and curved pickets.

Installing Aluminum Fence Panels and Gates

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Most of our customers install their own fences, and it’s usually their first time doing so. Other types of fences, such as wood and steel, are meant to be installed by professionals. We design our aluminum fencing so it is easy for customers to install it. If you have the time, you can save a considerable sum of money by installing your fence yourself.

We provide an installation manual that you can download from our website. Study this and you will see that our installation process puts no undue demands on a person with a few simple skills. Call if you need help – we are here to support you!

You will need someone to help you install your fence. Plan to have at least one friend on hand. If you aren’t sure you’re up to it or if you don’t have the time, you can hire someone with handyman skills for the installation.

Post Installation

Your fence panels and gates will be supported by posts, so you want to set these securely.  Setting the posts starts with digging holes.  Unlike other types of fencing you do not cement your posts in first.  You’ll start with one gate or one aluminum fence panel and temporarily secure to posts.   Then, set your panel-to-post connections with the stainless steel screws we provide.  Then, the cement goes in last.  It’s actually faster this way as you work your way around the property.

Consult our website to determine the sizes of posts required for the height of your fence. For posts up to 2.5” on a side, your holes must be a minimum of 6” in diameter. You should make that 8” for larger-diameter posts. You can figure out the amount of cement required by consulting the information on the cement bag.

Sometimes a fence run will end at a wall, a column or the side of a building. In these cases, you can buy straight mounts to make the connection. We also offer horizontal swivel mounts to make various angles. We have vertical swivel mounts that you can use to install a fence on slopes or stairways. You can use these mounts to rack panels on sloped surfaces or to connect fence panels that have different heights.

Installing Gates

Many fence projects include an aluminum driveway gate or a walkway gate. Start your fence with the gate and work outward from there. You first need to set the posts, and then you can hang the gate. Work outward with the surrounding fence panels. Position your walkway gate or aluminum driveway gate with a small space, about 0.75”, between the post and gate to ensure the gate will operate correctly. Double-check your measurements before placing the hinges and drilling the holes.

Returning to your fence panels, wait until the posts are firmly set, and then you can place fence panels in the slots in the posts. We include self-tap screws to connect posts with horizontal rails. You should check your installation for alignment after four sections are installed. Sometimes you’ll need a partial section of fencing to complete a run; just cut down a panel with a hacksaw and notch it to connect it to a post.

These are the basic guidelines that should be followed. Take your time and read the installation manual. You’ll soon be comfortable with the process and ready to install your fence.

Aluminum Driveway Gate Accessories and Upgrades

We offer various aluminum driveway gates for sale. These add to your property’s privacy and offer a barrier to intruders. You can add various items and upgrades to enhance the operation of your driveway gate.

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Latches

You can choose from several types of latches for our aluminum driveway gates for sale. For basic use, you can’t go wrong with the Lokklatch. This latch is a general-purpose model for use with any of our driveway gates. It’s key-lockable and has a stainless steel tongue. Its polymer latch is quite tough. One great feature of the Lokklatch is that you don’t have to hang a clunky padlock on your gate. The Lokklatch is guaranteed for life.

The self-locking Lokklatch Deluxe makes life easy. Close the gate, and it is secure. You need a key to open it from either side, so it’s perfect when you have a need for heightened security. The latch is highly polished and won’t rust. It comes with a polymer push rod that can be detached, along with a fitting jig. You can get several units that are keyed alike, so you can have any number of gates that all open with the same key.

The ultimate latch is the Lokklatch Magnetic. It has concealed fasteners so that you can mount it to the gate with no exposed hardware. You can adjust the latch in both the horizontal and vertical directions. This enables you to adjust it to account for both shifts in the ground and sagging in the gate.

The handle is designed with ergonomics in mind; you can operate it by pulling and then turning it 45 degrees. The lock is rekeyable, so you can key all your gates the same. You can’t jam the latch’s magnetic mechanism, unlike mechanical models. It fits gates that are either right- or left-hinged, and it closes whether it’s in the locked or unlocked position.

Hinges for your Driveway Gate

We sell several types of hinges. You get two standard hinges automatically with your purchase of a double gate of up to 12 feet wide.

You’ll need a heavy-duty hinge if your double-swing gate is wider than 12 feet. This aluminum hinge is made in the United States, and it comes in the same colors as our fences and gates. With this hinge, your gate will swing either way. The hinge carries a lifetime warranty.

You can get a self-closing hinge that automatically closes behind you. We don’t recommend this hinge for automated gates. It has adjustable tension, is self-lubricating, and is made from polymer that won’t rust or corrode. It’s easy to install and is guaranteed for life.

Gate Wheel for Larger Gates

A gate wheel is useful to support larger gates. This wheel has a sturdy stainless-steel bracket and spring. The polyurethane wheel will travel smoothly, helping your gate to open and close easily, even over rough surfaces. The wheel is swivel-mounted. It’s designed to be attached on both sides. We ship it with stainless-steel screws that make for a solid installation. You can easily turn the wheel around to accommodate gates that open in either direction. The whole assembly comes with a black or white powder-coated finish.

Secure Your Driveway with a Residential Double-Swing Gate

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When you order aluminum fencing panels, it is easy to include a double-swing gate to secure your driveway. Aluminum is light and strong, which makes it great for a large gate, and you can choose from a number of colors that match your fence. GreatFence.com has aluminum driveway gates for sale in many attractive styles, and you can select from several useful options.

Residential double-swing gates come in styles to match your chosen fence. You can select a flat or nearly flat top or get an estate gate that adds elegance along with increased security.

Hinges

If you haven’t upgraded, your order for double-swing gates up to 12 feet comes with two pairs of standard gate hinges. Use the heavy-duty gate hinge for wider gates. This matches your gate color and includes receivers, a J-bolt, a plate and bushings. With this hinge, you can swing your gates in either direction.

The self-closing gate hinge incorporates an internal spring that automatically swings the gate closed.  The self-closing hinge has adjustable tension. It’s made from molded, reinforced polymer, is UV-stabilized and is self-lubricating. It won’t rust, bind, stain or sag.

Locks and Latches

You can select from a number of locks and latches for our aluminum driveway gates for sale.

The Lokklatch is a general-purpose latch. Made from polymers and stainless steel, it will not rust. Like all Lokklatches, it comes key-lockable and can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally. With the Lokklatch, you will not have an unsightly padlock hanging on your gate. It fits all of our gates.

The Lokklatch Deluxe locks automatically when the gate closes and requires a key to open. It has a detachable polymer push rod, and multiple units can optionally be keyed alike so you don’t have to carry a bunch of keys for multiple gates. It’s highly polished and won’t rust.

The Lokklatch Magnetic is a fully adjustable, self-latching lock that you can mount without milling, drilling holes or welding. It has dual six-pin cylinders that you can re-key. It is designed with ergonomics in mind, requiring just a 45-degree turn of the handle to open it. It can be operated with one hand and has a lever handle on both sides of the gate. This convenient lock will self-latch even when locked. It accommodates gate movement and sag, and it won’t jam when closing. It has no visible fasteners and requires just one drilled hole for installation.

The LokkBolt is a locking, stainless steel drop bolt that is perfect for double-swing gates. It includes bolt-retention grooves so the bolt won’t strike or drag across your driveway.

Custom Gate Sizes

We supply gates in non-standard widths. Residential double-swing gates are available up to 12 feet wide. If you need a width we don’t sell as standard, you just need to measure the daylight opening measurement (DLO). To determine your DLO, measure from inside to inside of the surfaces to which you will mount your gate, such as two gate posts. Order the next larger standard gate size and note on your order the DLO you require. We’ll do the rest.

Latches, Hinges and Wheels for a Driveway Gate

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Driveway gates offer security and look great at the same time. You can use various latches, hinges and wheels for easier operation of your gate.

Adding aluminum driveway gates can keep unwanted vehicles and people outside your property where they belong. You can use various hardware items to aid in their operation.

Hinges

You can purchase various types of hinges for your gate depending on your needs. A double gate up to 12 feet wide comes with two standard gate hinges. This hinge allows for about ¾” of space between the gate post and the upright. Double-swing gates wider than 12 feet require a heavy-duty gate hinge.

The heavy-duty hinge is made in America from aluminum. You can get this hinge with powder-coated color to match the color of your gate. It comes complete with receivers, a J-bolt, a plate and bushings. This hinge is easy to install and it allows your gate to swing in either direction. The hinge carries a lifetime warranty.  The Heavy Duty Gate Hinge is operator friendly and recommended for single swing gates 7 feet wide or wider and double swing drive gates 14 feet wide and wider.

A self-closing hinge will automatically close after you pass through it. This hinge is not recommended for automated gates. The self-closing hinge has adjustable tension. It is made from molded, reinforced polymer, which means it will never corrode or rust. It is UV-stabilized and self-lubricating. There’s nothing like its convenient and reliable operation, and a self-closing hinge eliminates the need for a spring closer. The hinge won’t sag, bind or stain. It’s easy to install and carries a limited lifetime warranty.

Latches

You can use a number of types of latches depending on your requirements. The Lokklatch is a general-purpose latch that can be used with all-aluminum driveway gates. This key-lockable latch is made from durable polymer with a stainless-steel tongue. The Lokklatch eliminates unsightly padlocks and has a limited lifetime warranty.  The LokkLatch is key-lockable from one side of the gate.

The Lokklatch Deluxe requires a key for either entry or exit, adding another layer of security. This is a perfect solution for security-minded individuals and businesses that want to secure their perimeters. The Lokklatch Deluxe has a detachable polymer push rod and includes a fitting jig.  As an option, you can obtain multiple units that are keyed alike. This highly polished latch will not rust.  This lock is key-lockable from both sides of the gate.

The Lokklatch Magnetic is an elegant solution to securing your gate. This latch has concealed fasteners to enhance your gate’s beauty. It is vertically and horizontally adjustable to account for any ground movement or sagging. The latch’s ergonomically designed handle operates by pulling and turning it 45 degrees. The gate has dual six-pin re-keyable locks, eliminating the need to carry around a jumble of keys for different gates. The magnetic latching mechanism doesn’t jam, which is something that can occur with mechanical latches. The latch will close even in the locked position, and it fits both left- and right-hinged gates.

Gate Wheel

A gate wheel supports a larger, heavier gate as it opens and closes. The wheel has a stainless steel spring and bracket. The wheel itself is made from sturdy polyurethane and travels well even on rough surfaces. It is swivel-mounted for smooth operation. and attaches at both sides with included stainless steel screws for extra strength. You can easily flip it around depending on which way a gate opens. The assembly is powder-coated for a durable finish in either black or white.