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Lighting The Way

Driving into your home at night doesn’t have to be done in the dark! Add some clever lighting to your property for a safe drive and to show off the yard.

Having a front porch light is pretty standard on most homes. The same goes for the back or side porch if you have one, but what about the drive onto the property? Even if your driveway isn’t very long, it would still be beneficial to have some sort of light for those dark winter evenings or any late-night commuting. There are a few choices you have for lighting your driveway, all of which work well whether you have driveway aluminum gates or not!

Lighting the path

The path up the driveway for many people isn’t too long of a distance. It could curve one way or the other, though, and for this reason, lighting the path is beneficial not only for your car and your visitors’ cars but also for your lawn. Nobody wants cars driving all over their freshly cut grass and beautiful flowers because they couldn’t see in the dark where the path ends and the lawn begins.

There are many options for lighting the driveway, such as little huts with lights in them or lights laid into the ground or gravel. Not only is it safe and helpful for drivers approaching your home, but it’s also an attractive sight to have lighting all the way up to the front of the home from the road or sidewalk.

Lighting the gate

Having lights on or next to your driveway aluminum gates helps immensely to illuminate your property and light your way in and out of the drive! Most people choose dark-colored aluminum gates, which can be troublesome to spot in the dark of the night. Having a light mark the opening of where the car needs to drive will help for backing in and out while highlighting the yard nicely.

Adding lights around the fence is a nice option to go along with lights on the driveway gates themselves. This will immediately highlight the perimeter of the property and will help light the path of anyone walking by. This is excellent for safety while also being quite appealing.

Lighting with a spotlight

Another option some choose is to get a spotlight. This doesn’t have to be any old spotlight; get the type that turns on when movement is detected nearby. This is ideal for a driveway or gate area as the light will come on to light the way as soon as a car or person (or passing animal!) makes any movement.

Deciding exactly where to place the spotlight can take some trial and error, but as soon as you have it set up exactly how you want it, it will light your path as long as needed. This type of lighting can be put on timers to not go on during the day, or it can be turned on fully as needed.

While considering which lights to choose to light the path of your driveway, it is ideal to look at solar options. Using lights that are recharged with sunlight stop the need for unsightly wires around your yard. The worst scenario is not being able to wire your lights the way you had hoped because you were unble to get wires to the area. Solar lights will help immensely, plus you’ll be helping the environment while helping light your home!

Please And Thank You: The Etiquette Side Of Fences

residential-railing-great-fenceWhen it’s time to look into erecting a fence between you and your neighbor’s yards, be sure you’re being neighborly and politely discussing your plans with everyone.

There are times that you and your neighbor could be the best of friends. Inviting each other to backyard barbecues, sending holiday cards, helping out watering plants while they’re away—there are plenty of pleasant interactions that could occur between you and your neighbors. What happens when your neighbor isn’t being very neighborly and is actually making things a bit awkward?

Open communication

The first and most important thing in any relationship is communication. Any time you or your neighbor are thinking about doing anything near the property line, it is essential to communicate this to one another. It might even be a written rule or law in your municipality to discuss any plans for shared property lines with your neighbor. This helps keep future squabbles to a minimum.

As long as you are following all laws surrounding a commercial, residential or industrial aluminum fence and you aren’t doing anything too close to the neighbor’s property line, you can do as you please. If you want to put up a brightly colored aluminum fence that clashes with the rest of neighborhood, you can! However, it will make life so much easier if you make your neighbor aware of your plan beforehand to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Joining forces

If you are indeed erecting a fence close to the property line and think it might be beneficial to go in on the project together with your neighbor, this can be a great way to cut costs. Communication will be important here, as you need to be sure you are both fully aware of the agreement that is being made and the choices regarding what type of fencing and accessories are agreed by all.

As for splitting the cost of joining forces on a mutually beneficial fence, this will depend on a few factors. If you are both getting the same benefit and neither is doing the actual work, a 50/50 split would make the most sense. If one or the other is able and willing to do the residential or industrial aluminum fence project as a DIY, that neighbor should pay less because they are putting in labor. Come to an understanding so all parties feel it is fair.

When it’s too late

Sometimes the friendly relationship between you and your neighbor just isn’t working out. Perhaps they aren’t being very neighborly and are allowing your fence to get damaged from their side of the yard or they aren’t keeping their yard tidy and it’s spilling over onto your property. It’s best to get evidence of this in the form of photographs. This helps you get any money due to repairs that are beyond your control and fully in theirs through small claims court. Of course. the first thing you will always want to try is—you guessed it—communicating with your neighbor. Perhaps they don’t realize the damage they are doing and will happily rectify the situation.

Being polite and neighborly goes a long way when it comes to keeping the peace in the neighborhood. Always imagine how you would feel if a big change was happening right next to your property line and you weren’t aware of it. Keeping everyone in the loop can stop any uncomfortable situations before they start.

Avoiding Fence Installation Mishaps

No matter how straightforward a DIY project is, there are still some mistakes that can be made. Avoid this by clearly planning your steps ahead of time.

Most people would agree that it’s incredibly important to complete a project correctly the first time. The more time you take planning a big project, the better results you will have. Similarly, the more time you take during each step of the project, the better the end product will ultimately be.

Installing a fence is no different. Thankfully, when you order residential or commercial aluminum fencing panels, they come mostly constructed and you only have to worry about installing them. However, there are still a few things you should keep in mind during this process.

Pre-planning mistakes

Before you begin ordering your fencing, it’s important to know exactly where your land begins and the neighbor’s ends. This doesn’t mean just going off of the word of the previous owner or where the old fence is placed. Get the correct paperwork from the municipality and check your paperwork from the sale of the property to ensure everything matches up. This is also a good time to have an open conversation with your neighbor about your plans for a fence. Neglecting to obtain the exact placement of the property lines can cause real problems down the line, up to and including having to re-install the whole fence.

While you’re contacting the municipality, it might also be useful to check if there are any zoning laws you are unaware of. This could include certain rules and regulations when it comes to pool fencing or even industrial and commercial aluminum fencing. If you live where there is homeowner’s association, it would be beneficial to know if there are any restrictions on fences, such as certain colors or heights not being allowed. Failing to know all of the rules of your area could spell disaster if you have already ordered fencing panels in the wrong size or color.

Ordering Mishaps

When placing the order for your fence panels, it is imperative that you have the correct measurements. This is not a time to measure everything once and presume you got the calculations correct. Double-checking each step of the way will go a long way toward ensuring you haven’t missed anything.

If you are unsure whether you are taking the measurements correctly, contact the company selling the panels and ask exactly what measurements you need. They should be able to help with any questions along the way.

Installation difficulties

Installing your fence will most likely be the easiest part, believe it or not! All of the confusing planning measurements and orders will be behind you at this point. One difficulty that may arise is placing your fence on a sloped area. There are easy ways around installing fencing panels on inclines, such as doing a stepped pattern. It’s just a matter of choosing the best way for your space.

Another difficulty is choosing your gate placement. This is something you will really want to consider from all angles and entry points. Think about who will be using the access points to the property to ensure you place them all in the correct spot.

The key to successful aluminum fence installation is thorough planning. With enough preparation and planning for all steps of the process, you are sure to have the perfect fence in the end.

How To Be The Kindest Neighbor With A Great Outdoor Space

Keeping your property looking fresh and clean is important to being a good neighbor, and that includes keeping your fence looking as good as new.

Everyone can tell a horror story about terrible neighbors, whether they’re noisy, anti-social, leave their pets to roam the streets, or keep a terribly unkempt front yard and fence that brings the whole neighborhood down. There are some key things to do if you want to avoid being that type of neighbor, especially when it comes to re-styling your front and backyard spaces. This doesn’t mean you have to appease all of the neighborhood and allow them to decide how your outdoor spaces look. The way to be a kind neighbor when thinking about your property is by ensuring you keep everything in good, working order—and that includes your aluminum panel fencing.

Keep up appearances

First and foremost, you will want to ensure you are keeping your yard in good working order. This includes mowing the lawn, and don’t forget about that little bit on the other side of the fence! Imagine what would happen if your neighbor never mowed their yard or trimmed their hedges and just let everything grow over. It would be quite a sore spot on the street and something you wouldn’t want to have to pass by every day. Try to keep your yard looking clean and fresh to match the rest of the neighborhood.

Fence placement

The placement of your fence is also something to keep in mind if you are newly installing one. This is especially true if you share a property line with the neighbor. It’s always important to discuss your plans with your neighbor to keep them informed about what is going on mere inches from their property. Try to keep the more unfinished side of the fence facing inward. This shouldn’t be a problem if you have aluminum panel fencing as both sides of the fence will be attractive to look at.

Stick to your side

It can be hard to navigate uncomfortable situations or conversations when two properties share a fence or have very little space between them. It is important to go forward with an open mind. Have a conversation about what you hope to get out of your outdoor spaces, and listen to what they hope to have, too. Some neighbors who share a fence might decide to split cleaning or upkeep duties. This is another time when having an aluminum panel fence comes in handy because the upkeep is minimal and it only needs a wipe-down every once in a while. You will also want to try to keep your sprinkler on your side of the yard and not let it go into their space. Finally, it’s important to keep your flowers, shrubbery or hedges looking sharp and ensuring they don’t creep onto the neighbor’s side. Mention to your neighbor that you will be keeping your plants under control so they understand that it would be mutually beneficial to do so.

It is important to keep these factors in mind if you want to be a good neighbor. Having an open conversation about shared fences and spaces will hopefully inspire others on the block to have a similarly cordial and friendly relationship. Before you know it, everyone in the neighborhood will be on the same page and living in a beautiful place.

Painting Aluminum Fencing: Is It Possible?

Curved Aluminum FencingThe color you choose for your aluminum fencing and gates doesn’t have to be a permanent choice thanks to the possibility of painting.

When you opted for an aluminum fence, you knew what a great quality material you were getting. Aluminum can stand up to any weather condition thanks to its amazing powder coating and sturdy aluminum material. Installing is a breeze thanks to the easy-to-assemble panels, and the safety and security of your home and property are covered because of the strong and hard-to-climb nature of the fence. Lastly, the look of the fence and driveway gates in aluminum is elegant and beautiful, with many different décor pieces and color offerings.

The color you chose for your fence will last just as long as the fence. It won’t fade the way painted wooden fences might, but what happens when you want to change the color of your fence or gate? Perhaps you just bought a home that already had a well-kept fence and driveway gates in aluminum, but you are hoping to change the color to better match your family’s personality or the home itself. There is no need to worry; you have some great options.

Step by step

To re-paint an aluminum fence or gate, there are a few steps that must be taken. It’s not as simple as painting on top of it; the paint needs to adhere to the metal and coating. The first task is ensuring the surface of the fence or gate is clear of any dirt or moisture. Give the fence a good cleaning with degreasing soap to ensure that not even fingerprints are left behind, and give it ample time to dry. Choose a day with no chance of rain and low humidity if possible.

Next, you will want to apply a primer. To ensure it sticks to the surface well, experts recommend you do some light sanding first. Choose a primer that is intended for fences and driveway gates in aluminum to ensure it will last. Once the primer is dry, you can paint the fence. Don’t forget to get a paint that is intended for use on an aluminum surface so that there are no problems with the paint adhering to it.

Replacement panels

Sometimes it is easier to just replace the fence altogether. If you want to repaint but also wish the tops or style of the fence itself could be updated, you could consider looking into a new fence. Don’t be put off by the installation; the fence comes in panels that make it easy to assemble and install. The company that you purchase the fence from can help in many ways along the process.

It might seem kind of crazy to replace a perfectly good fence, but remember that it is something you will have to look at every day. It is also the first thing people see when they see your home. Therefore, you will want it to be exactly as you want, from the décor and design to the chosen color. Starting from scratch means full control over all aspects of the fence.

Whether you decide to replace the fence altogether or paint over the existing color, your fence will look shiny and new when you are done. Not only will it look nice, but it will also still be that same strong fence that you have come to expect from the amazing material of aluminum.

How Your Fence Can Weather The Storm

Hurricane Wind FenceExtreme weather conditions can happen almost anywhere. It’s beneficial to be armed with the knowledge of how your fence will weather any storm that comes.

Weather can be unpredictable. Even if you live in an area with relatively mild seasons where natural disasters are rarely a worry, you still will want to consider what the outside environment is capable of doing to your commercial, residential or industrial metal fencing and driveway gate. You may have seen other homes with wooden or chainlink fences that have been neglected and are now sporting rust and wood rot. These unsightly damages are a sign of wear and tear from natural elements paired with insufficient upkeep.

Thankfully, the popular fence material on the tips of everyone’s tongues these days is aluminum, which is a much stronger choice to stand up to these elements. Whether the weather calls for rain for days, incredibly hot sun, feet of snow or freezing temperatures, aluminum can take it. This is not only because of the material’s strength, but also the powder coating on top of the metal. This special coating allows the aluminum to stay stronger for longer, with very minimal upkeep, even in the most extreme weather conditions.

Sun and sand

Sunlight might not seem like an extreme weather condition you would normally need to worry about when it comes to keeping a fence in good condition, but the sun and its ultraviolet rays can do quite a number on many types of fences. The sun can damage the color or shine of a fence by fading the paint and stains. With aluminum, the powder coating is set up to protect the metal and paint color from these rays, giving you one less thing to worry about.

As for sand, the real worry with living near a beach is the tiny sand particles that make their way to scratch many fence finishes and the salt that comes from the ocean corroding metals and paint. As long as the powder coating on your residential, commercial or industrial metal fencing is in good condition without huge dents in it, this coating will protect the fence from sand particles and salty air. To check that your powder coating is still in good condition, just give your fence a nice rinse or wipe-down from time to time and check for any large dents or scratches. It takes a lot to damage an aluminum fence in this manner, so there’s a good chance you will already know if there is any kind of damage to your fence!

Wet and windy

Moisture that comes from rain, snow or any wet atmosphere may set off alarm bells for your fence and any outdoor furniture due to concerns about mold, rust and high winds. You can probably already guess that the powder coating on an aluminum fence and driveway gate help with any wet worries. Aluminum corrodes in a different way than other metals, which is actually a huge bonus of this metal. However, the aluminum won’t even have a chance to corrode thanks to the powder coating stopping any moisture from getting through! As for high winds, these are a non-issue with the incredible strength of aluminum fencing panels.

The stronger the metal, the better when it comes to fencing. Aluminum fence panels mean you don’t have to worry about whatever Mother Nature throws your way, from sun to sand to wind and rain.

Creating A Private Outdoor Oasis

aluminum privacy fencingThere’s a fine balance between wanting to show off your yard and needing some privacy. Use these tactics to maintain some privacy for your family and property.

Having some quiet, private family time in your backyard might be difficult if you share a property line with others or live on a busy street or sidewalk. People don’t mean to be nosy when they’re walking or driving by, but it’s natural to look over to where any action is taking place. There are a few ways you can keep prying eyes from you while you enjoy your property while still showing that you have a great sense of outdoor style.

Where there’s a fence, there’s a way

Looking outside right now, you might see a fence surrounding your yard or that of your neighbors. There is a good chance that the fence has pickets that allow clear sight lines to anything that is happening on someone’s private property. This is where having the right kind of fence comes in handy. An aluminum panel fence allows for so many options when it comes to style, décor, and privacy.

Adding privacy panels to an aluminum fence means there is little to no visibility into the yard the fence surrounds. This is not only important for keeping nosy neighbors at bay, but also to help reduce noise within your yard. This provides the feeling of being in your own private oasis.

Let the shrubs do the work

When you’re thinking about replacing or upgrading your fence, consider the shrubs, bushes and trees in the yard. A great way to cover up some open spots and create a more tranquil, private outdoor area is by using shrubbery. Go to the nearest nursery to see the types that are available, and choose ones that have some height. You may even opt for a pop of color!

If you plan out the yard just right, you won’t even need privacy panels all over. You can intermix tall and wide bushes in areas where you want to muffle more noise and have no visibility from outside the property. An aluminum panel fence goes perfectly with some amazing landscaping, giving a great look to your property from the outside while keeping it cool, calm and looking great from the inside, too.

Dress up your space

Choosing the right furniture and décor pieces for your yard can also help lend a more serene atmosphere. Once you have the fence and landscaping picked out, start thinking about what you want out of a yard. If you are looking for a zen-like retreat, look into using stones instead of mulch around different areas with simple and elegant furniture. Keep in mind the sun’s positioning when choosing your seating area, and consider a unique table umbrella, awning or pergola to add a very homey feel. Having an entertaining area that feels secluded but roomy is a great balance to find, with the right décor and plants working together to set the right mood.

If staying undisturbed in your own backyard is exactly what you are after, adding a few items to keep your property private is certainly the way to go. From privacy panels to tall shrubs to the right layout of furniture, you will be well on your way to a private oasis in no time.

Aluminum Fence Powder Coating Q & A

Aluminum Fence Powder CoatingHave you ever wondered what all of this talk about powder coating means? Everything you need to know about the important coating on your aluminum fence is right here.

When it comes to fencing, especially those with a strong material like aluminum, having anything made of powder doesn’t sound like it would be too effective. After all, powdery substances such as baby powder or flour would seem like an unlikely material to keep a metal fence safe from the elements. However, that is exactly what the special powder coating on an industrial, residential or commercial aluminum fence does. It keeps the metal safe from anything that begins the corrosion process, allowing the tough aluminum metal to be its best.

How does the powder coating stay on the fence?

The powder part of the powder coating on your aluminum fence does begin as a powder. Coating a fence panel in powder might seem tricky, but it’s actually done in a unique scientific process. The fence is first deep-cleaned with different chemical solutions, then it is fully dried with heavy-duty air dryers and hot temperatures to ensure absolutely no moisture is remaining. After drying thoroughly, the special protective powder is then evenly distributed to the fence’s surfaces with an electrostatic charge. Once it has been applied all over, the powder is set to the aluminum with heat.

Will my fence need to be re-coated in the future?

Powder coating is made to last for the lifetime of your fence. It is a surprisingly powerful substance covering the surfaces of your commercial aluminum fence. The interesting thing about aluminum itself is that it does not rust or even disintegrate the way other metals might that haven’t been treated. Aluminum has a different rusting process when exposed to water where it actually creates an extra layer that makes the metal stronger! The powder coating stops this from happening. Although it might sound like a positive thing having a fence that gets tougher, it isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing process. The coating, which lasts as long as the fence, keeps everything looking the way it did on the first day, with no re-coating necessary.

The magic of powder coatingWhat happens if my coating is scratched?

The great news is that the powder coating actually helps the surfaces of the fence to avoid getting chipped or scratched. That is part of the purpose of the coating! With other fence materials, there is a real possibility of having the fence break down in parts due to wear and tear from weather elements, impact and abrasions, and even ultraviolet light. Powder-coated aluminum fences stay clear of these problems. If a large impact or repeated scratching in one area leaves you with quite a gash in your fence and you feel the coating has been compromised, just contact your fencing specialist to see what your options are. Remember that aluminum won’t rust the same way other metals will, so there is no need to panic.

Powder coating is more than just an extra layer of paint on an already beautiful fence. Powder coating lasts a long time, doesn’t need any upkeep, and comes already magically sealed to your aluminum fence panels. The “magic” is actually an electrostatic and heat curing process, but the result can easily be described as magical. After all, who wouldn’t want a fence that can withstand as much as an aluminum fence can?

Is A DIY Aluminum Railing Project In Your Future?

If your porch, deck or balcony is in need of some upkeep, perhaps a DIY handrail could breathe new life into this small but important outdoor space.

Many people believe that fence panels are just used to build large fences around residential, commercial or industrial properties. We are all familiar with those metal picket fences that attractively keep a whole yard and home or building safe from the outside world while keeping dogs and children safely inside their yard. However, it is also a good option for porches, patios and decks.

Aluminum is an incredibly strong metal that can withstand extreme weather conditions and plenty of wear and tear. Thanks to the minimal upkeep required, DIY aluminum fence projects are becoming more popular. If you don’t have a large yard to fence in, you could still partake in the DIY fun by using aluminum fencing for your smaller porch or deck. Whether you are living in an upper-floor apartment that could use a new, safe rail or you have a deck that would look great with a matching fence and arbor, aluminum fencing could answer all of your needs.

Function and style

Balconies, porches and decks can have matching railing placed around them that work well with an already existing fence on the other parts of the property.. The aluminum style looks sharp and sturdy, and it coordinates well with most buildings. To give the handrail or railing a personal touch, you can choose different colors, finishes, picket tops and other additional design features. When it comes to design and style, it’s always a good idea to see what complements the building itself and any fences that are already on the property.

In terms of function, the powder coating of the aluminum metal helps it stay in excellent condition, even in the worst weather conditions. This makes aluminum railing a popular choice for balconies or porches in places near the salty ocean or those with snowy winters.

With a metal that is built to last, railings made of aluminum are becoming more popular for new builds as well as those looking to replace rusted iron or steel railings. This is because aluminum does not rust in the same way. With the special coatings, the aluminum stays intact in its original, fully functioning form year after year. In fact, aluminum doesn’t rust the same way other metals do, with reddish-orange flaking of the metal. Aluminum stays strong even with a scratched coating, when the metal can actually react with wetness by becoming even stronger!

ADA handrails

If your property is commercial in nature or someone lives in your residence who requires ADA-accessible railings and walkways, you will be glad to know that your DIY aluminum fence project can help. There are ADA-certified aluminum panels for handrails due to the strong, tough nature of aluminum. Steel was once the only approved metal, but aluminum has proven to be just as strong for the needs of those who require accessibility options.

As a strong metal, aluminum is always a great choice for those with safety in mind. It is also a great choice for those who are looking for an elegant, well-designed handrail or balcony fence with plenty of design and décor options available.

Aluminum Fencing Terminology Explained

If you’re considering jumping into the world of aluminum fencing, you might have encountered some confusing terminology as you pick the perfect fence.

It might seem like erecting a new fence is pretty straightforward. It’s actually in the ordering process that there might be some confusion as you navigate what a finial is, whether or not you need dog panels, and what finish to get.

Thankfully, most items will be explained well on the website where you order your fence. You can also contact the company with any questions you might have in the ordering process and once the panels and accessories arrive at your doorstep.

Mill finish

There are many ways to describe different paint colors and finishes. For example, there is rarely a color named “green”. It will be called forest green, sea foam green, or dark green. While the color of fence you choose is completely up to you (unless you have strict homeowners association rules and regulations), you might be looking for a basic, uncolored solution. This is called mill finish. You can choose a color after the fact once you have a better idea of what you want. This is a finish that is often used for arbors that are going to either be changed or have vines growing on them. Mill finish is also popular with industrial properties.

Finials and spears

Another decor choice you will have to make when choosing your aluminum fence and aluminum driveway gate is how the top of the pickets and posts will look. This is a great time to consider doing something with a little extra flair, like adding finials or spears. Spear décor pieces on the tops of the pickets look like – you guessed it – spears. Finials will have a slightly different design, possibly with a rounded top. These are great to add design and interest to your fence, and they also help with safety.

Dog Panels

Dog panels are also sometimes referred to as puppy panels. These are extra pickets placed on the bottom section of the aluminum fence panels. They make the empty space between pickets smaller to stop dogs or other pets from exiting the yard. This is a great addition if you already have a household pet who goes outdoors or you are considering getting one. This is also true if your property will be for sale in the near future as it can be something extra to offer future buyers. If you don’t have a dog and aren’t in the market to get one, dog panels can also be helpful in keeping certain unwanted animals out of your yard. This is a very popular choice among avid gardeners and those with small children.

Inlays

Your aluminum driveway gate can be as basic or as ornate as you wish. An inlay can help with this. An inlay is a plasma-cut piece of aluminum that is made in a design to place in your entry gate. It gives your property some customization and welcomes people to the property. There are a host of already-fabricated inlays to choose from, such as a mountain scape, or you can get one customized to fit your family with an initial of your family name.

In the world of aluminum fencing, there are even more confusing words that might pop up during your project, such as powder coating, arbors or even the different tools that can be helpful. If you’re ever unsure of something, just ask for help to ensure you’re taking advantage of all there is to offer.