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Preparing For Your Fence Order

It’s important to properly plan for your new fence by getting your yard (and toolbox) ready ahead of the fence panel delivery time.

When you order an aluminum fence online, the hardest part will probably be the waiting. Although the panels come quite quickly, you will be so excited to get started on the project! This isn’t a time to just wait around twiddling your thumbs. It would be much better to ensure all of your plans are in order and that your yard is ready for the upcoming new aluminum fencing panels.

With a great fence comes great responsibility. This means you should have also prepared by checking with the municipality or homeowners’ association to ensure your fence meets the various codes and regulations. This is most important when your yard holds a pool or if you have a commercial or industrial property. Once you are sure that your fence is following all of the rules, it’s time to prep yourself for the project ahead.

Asking the right questions

You don’t have to do the fence project on your own. Your fencing specialist where you purchased the aluminum fencing panels is there to help you along the way. Write down a list of questions to ask the company to ensure you have covered all of your bases. This is a good tip even before you have ordered your fence panels, but you can also ask any questions while awaiting the delivery.

If you’re new to home improvement projects, perhaps you will want to ask about certain tools that you will need. You can borrow tools from friends or neighbors, or you can rent them. Thankfully, aluminum fences don’t require any specialized tools. However, if your toolbox is lacking, you may find yourself in need of a few items. Definitely get this sorted out before the fence panels arrive. You may also want to check what else you can be doing to prepare for the fence panels to arrive. You will certainly be eager to get your fence put up as soon as you can, so it’s important to have everything ready ahead of time.

Prepping the space

While there isn’t too much to do in your yard in preparation, there are a few things that could make the installation go smoothly. First, it’s important to have a freshly mowed lawn before you begin. Find out when your delivery date is and mow the lawn a day or two prior to this. That way, your fence will go up on a freshly cut lawn and you won’t have to worry about how to cut the longer grass that is close to the fence posts after the fact.

Next, you should plan where you want to lay the fence panels once they arrive. You may even want to place half of the delivery on one end of the yard and half on the other so that they’re already in place for the project. This way, you won’t have to move too many of them all across the yard later on in the project.

If you haven’t already done so, let your neighbors know about your fencing project even if it doesn’t affect their yard. It’s polite to let those nearby know of any type of construction, however minor, so that everybody is on the same page. Before you know it, you’ll be finishing your project and admiring your new fence. You’ll be so glad you prepared and asked the questions beforehand to make the home improvement project go as smoothly as possible.

Debunking Aluminum Fence Myths

Spear Top Metal FencingThere are many things people assume about aluminum without giving it a chance. Educate yourself on the positive elements of this fencing material.

You don’t need a science degree to know a bit about the different materials you could use for your property’s fence. Many people go straight for wood or chain link when planning a new fence just because these options are readily available and classic. However, as the first thing people see when they arrive at your property, it never hurts to give your fence that “wow” factor. Aluminum and wrought iron both give that polished, elegant look while keeping the place safe, secure and looking top-notch year after year.

Doesn’t aluminum rust?

Many people assume that aluminum fences will rust just like soda cans do. There is a short and a long answer when it comes to aluminum fences rusting. The short answer is that no, it won’t rust. The long answer is that it won’t rust due to the thickness of the material, the coating, and the properties of the actual metal itself.

Aluminum fence panels use a non-flattened, thick aluminum that is specifically made to hold up in all kinds of circumstances. If you are purchasing a commercial or industrial fence, the material will be even thicker. Talk about a sturdy fence! While a soda can might bend and be easily crushed, left on the side of the road to turn to dust, this just isn’t the case for all aluminum. A fence uses tough, thick aluminum and is treated with an amazing powder coating.

Isn’t there a lot of upkeep for the fence and coating?

The powder coating actually helps seal in the aluminum so it can stay in the excellent quality condition it had when you first got it. The great news is that the coating doesn’t need to be re-done every season, allowing the fence to last longer than any other material.

The coating keeps the aluminum fully dry, so there is no problem with rusting. Interestingly, an aluminum fence won’t rust the way you might see a wrought iron fence rusting. That is because when water touches an un-coated aluminum metal fence, the aluminum reacts by oxidizing, making the original metal thicker and more stable than before! This doesn’t mean you should go scratching off the powder coating and wetting the metal, hoping for a magical rust. Just know that the coating and the metal itself all help it to stay completely strong and sturdy, unlike your used soda cans.

Don’t all aluminum fences look the same?

There is a misconception that all aluminum fence panels look the same, giving the buyer no individuality. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Aluminum fence panels come in many sizes, shapes and colors. Of course, the main look of most aluminum fences includes vertical posts with panels of differently-spaced pickets in between. Your creativity can shine with wonderful fence décor and additions, such as finials or spears on the tops of the pickets, puppy panels or privacy panels between the pickets, and different colors to go with your unique property.

Don’t let the lightweight feeling of your fence panels and the fact that they are made of the same material as your soda cans deter you from looking into a commercial or industrial fence made of aluminum. You will be pleasantly surprised by how safe, secure, strong and affordable aluminum fencing is.

Saying No To Removable Pool Fencing

Aluminum Pool FenceRemovable fencing might sound like the perfect solution to any uncertainty about a permanent fence, but there are some drawbacks you’ll want to consider.

A pool is a great addition to any backyard. Summers spent poolside in the comfort of your own backyard are ideal. However, a backyard pool requires a lot of responsibility when it comes to pool safety. The most important item will be the fence surrounding the pool. That is because there are important restrictions and rules pertaining to the fence that must be followed to ensure your family and neighbors are safe.

When deciding how best to fence in your pool, there are plenty of directions to take the project. After checking all of the rules and regulations regarding a pool fence to ensure you have the right height and locks, you could go for the cheapest solution and buy and erect a chain link or wooden fence without giving the matter much more thought.

For some, that seems like it’s too permanent of a solution, so they get the next-best option and purchase a removable-style fence with attachments that allow the fence pieces to attach to each other instead of being cemented into the ground. While there are removable pool fences that can follow the strict rules and regulations for pool safety, there are a few things to consider when going this route.

Decisions, decisions

Removable pool fencing is an attractive option. For people who are planning to move or completely renovate in the next few years, choosing a more permanent option for a DIY pool fence like aluminum panels might be too bold of a choice. A removable, temporary-style pool fence also seems to many to be a safer option as the fence is usually very close to the pool and made specifically for pool safety. It is usually removed or opened during pool use and then put back in place when the pool is not in use.

This removable type of fence is not known for standing up to extreme weather like an aluminum fence can. When putting in the time, money and effort of putting up a fence, you are going to want a finished product that holds up well and has minimal upkeep. You don’t need to worry about an aluminum fence because it is high in quality and lasts a long time.

Is anything really permanent?

The great thing about choosing an aluminum fence for your DIY pool fence project is that it is actually not as permanent as you might think. The fence will stay put for years to come, but you can easily switch out panels and gates if needed. However, the extreme strength and durability of the aluminum material means this is rarely necessary.

A removable pool fence can be a permanent choice if it works best for your family and your pool, but the fence itself will most likely need to be replaced often. The mesh material doesn’t withstand the test of time like aluminum does. It can also prove cumbersome to open and close every time the pool is used.

Knowing that you won’t completely ruin your yard and that you can change things around down the line if you want might be enough of a consolation to help you in your next fence-making decision. Aluminum pool fencing is easy to put up yourself, has minimal upkeep, and will keep everyone safe and happy.

What’s It Worth To You?

residential-railing-great-fenceAlthough it’s completely personal what a new fence is worth to you, there are some things to keep in mind when deciding to jump all in on such a project.

Any DIY project can be as costly or as inexpensive as you make it. For example, you could purchase all new tools and the most expensive supplies for your project, or you could find ways to save money here and there. If DIY isn’t your thing, you could have professionals come in and do the job from start to finish. Of course, doing less work yourself means spending more money.

Hiring a professional to do (part of) the job

For some people, hiring a professional to erect a new fence or driveway is the best option. Perhaps you lack the time or skills to plan the fence out, choose gates and accessories, mix concrete and dig the holes. That’s okay! That is why there are services available that can help you complete the project.

To save money, you might find it beneficial to hire a company for only part of the DIY project. For example, if you are planning to put in a whole new driveway along with aluminum driveway gates, try taking on the driveway gates as a DIY project and only hire professionals for the laying of the driveway. This way, you can save some money by installing the fence yourself. It is quite easy once you’ve planned everything out to go through with this DIY project, and you can always call the fencing specialist where you purchased the gates and panels if you have any questions along the way.

All on you: A complete DIY

One the opposite end of hiring a professional to do everything is doing it all yourself. Thankfully, when you take on a project all on your own, it doesn’t really mean you have to go solo. You can always call over a friend, neighbor or family member to help you with the dirty work. It also helps to have to extra pairs of hands when putting in aluminum fence posts and lining up the aluminum driveway gates.

A completely do-it-yourself project means it’s on you to plan everything from start to finish. Even though this might be daunting, it is completely doable and quite easy with a little help from everyone’s best friend, the internet. You can search for tutorials and even videos on how to do almost anything – from using the power tools (which you can borrow from someone to save even more cash), to planning out what to do with oddly laid-out yards and driveways and choosing the right nuts and bolts. It’s easy to find tips and tricks for your project.

Whether you are leaving everything to yourself to complete or you’re calling in a professional right from the start, there are still plenty of decisions you will have to make. There is help along the way to ensure you get all the right parts and cover all of your bases when ordering your fence or driveway pieces. Always ask questions if you have doubts about anything. Keep in mind that the more planning you do, the more money you’ll save in the long run because everything will hopefully go right the first time around!

Getting The Timing Right of Your Fence Installation

Curved Aluminum FencingWhen it comes to installing an aluminum fence, it is important to get the timing right from start to finish so you don’t end up with only half a fence.

What good is ordering brand new fence panels if you don’t have the time to install them? Giving yourself ample time – from the start of your DIY project to the end – will ensure you have a perfect finished product. Aluminum fences are quite easy to install when all of the pieces are delivered right to your door. Nevertheless, the fence won’t install itself, so be prepared to do some work!

From the start

The first thing you must realize when taking on any big DIY project is the time that will be needed to complete the project. If you are strapped for time and don’t have enough weeks to dedicate to the project, it might be worth postponing your plans to wait for a better time. Alternatively, you could hire a fencing specialist who is able to work around the clock to get the job done quicker for you.

Let’s presume you are going ahead with the DIY project yourself; after all, it’s not overly complicated and is easy to manage with a little preparation. You are going to have spend some time choosing a fence style and décor. Knowing what you want for your property and the size you require will help you narrow down the choices. There are plenty of designs to choose from, along with different finishes, color and additions (such as puppy panels) to consider.

Once you’ve decided what you need, from panels to posts to locks and hinges, it’s time to wait. Yes, the items you’ve ordered still need to be put together and sent to you! The average time will be about two and a half weeks. Asking for tracking information will help you stay on your timeline so you are ready to get right to it when your items arrive.

To the finish

Aluminum fences don’t build themselves, so it is important to stay on track during the installation process. Make a plan for how far you want to get each day and try hard to stick to the plan. Ask a fellow DIY friend to help you get it done on time. It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut when you’re in the middle of a project. Don’t allow yourself to lose momentum along the way.

It is tricky to estimate exactly how long installation will take because it is fully dependent on how much time you have to put into the project. If you are working full-time and have some weekend events, you will only be installing during your time off. In that case, you might need to give yourself a few weekends in a row to get the job done. If you have some time off and are able to spread the work over a smaller period of time, such as a three-day weekend or other time off, this would be ideal.

The most important thing to remember when working out your timeline is to account for any surprises that might arise, such as a snowstorm coming in early and halting the project or delivery being delayed. Having everything fully ready and all preparations made beforehand will allow for a swift, problem-free installation.

The Reasons Behind Pool Fence Rules

Swimming Pool FenceFor everyone’s health, safety and security, there are important rules and regulations when it comes to pool fences.

From homeowners associations to town municipalities to state governments, there are quite a few governing bodies that set out important regulations for your backyard pool. These rules can include the depth of your pool, its location in your yard and even the size and type of the fence surrounding it. If you are undertaking any part of the pool or pool fence DIY project on your own, you will definitely want to be familiar with these different rules and the reasons behind them.

The main rules

One of the most important parts of a pool fence is the lock and latch. The fence must have the abilities to self-latch and self-lock. These types of locks and latches are readily available when you purchase the fence, with different grades of locks if you are taking on the project as a pool fence DIY.

The International Code Council (ICC) has set safety standards that are strongly suggested in most states. In addition to a self-closing lock or latch, the height of the fence should be at least 48 inches. The space between the pickets should be no more than four inches. One interesting safety standard that surprises many people is that the gate to the pool fence should open out, away from the pool.

One last measurement that must be in place involves how far away the locking mechanism must be from the ground and on which side of the fence it must be situated. This varies depending on how tall the fence is and on which side the mechanism is housed, so be sure to check your state or municipality’s rules carefully before proceeding.

The reasons

It might seem obvious that the main reason there are so many safety regulations around pools is to prevent any accidental drownings. It’s important to understand every circumstance that could occur and how to make changes to keep everyone safe.

The reason the fence must self-latch and self-lock is strictly due to user error. It is unbelievably easy to forget to close a door behind you, especially if you are just visiting a friend’s house and presume the door will close or lock automatically. Having a rule that everyone’s gate must do this eradicates any possibility of a door being accidentally left open.

The size of the fence itself and the gap between pickets exists to avoid any youngsters having the ability to climb over or through the fence. Children are curious and do not see the danger in situations the way adults do. That’s why it is ideal to make sure there is no chance for a child to get into a pool area.

Taking on the project of putting up your own pool fence is doable, but you have to remember to do your research. The rules are there not only for your own family’s protection, but also for other people around you. Even adults can find themselves in precarious situations if they are wandering into a dark area at night without realizing what is around them. Keeping everyone safe is the main goal when it comes to anything related to your backyard pool and fence.

Keep Up Appearances With Industrial Aluminum Fencing

Industrial Single Swing Gate 15 feet wide
Industrial Single Swing Gate 15 feet wide

Going the extra mile with industrial aluminum fencing will help you and your growing business stand up to the test of time.

A cheaper product in many home improvement projects is probably not the best idea in the long run. When it comes to industrial properties, this is especially true for a few reasons. If you own any type of industrial property, chances are you’re planning to own it for a while. Therefore, you will need to think about the future of any product you use to improve your property.

Fences come in many different shapes, styles, designs and materials. Even though there may be cheaper choices, aluminum has a very complete all-around appeal. Built to last through extreme weather conditions and completely rust-proof, aluminum industrial fencing won’t let you down. Furthermore, the look of the incredible finished product can give your industrial property the oomph it needs to really stand out from the crowd and give your business a clean and attractive look.

The thicker, the better

Industrial fencing is thicker than residential or commercial fencing. This extra thickness helps with the security of the property, making it harder for intruders to enter. This also helps the fence last longer, meaning less upkeep over the years.

Aluminum is already an incredibly strong metal that can withstand crazy winds and other extreme weather conditions. With the added weight of extra thick fence pickets, however, industrial fencing has you covered for any scenario that may arise.

A strong lock for a strong show of force

Having a tough, high-quality lock on any entry gates to your industrial property will keep your property safe and secure just by definition. You definitely don’t want to skimp when it comes to the security of your property. Many industrial areas use chain link fence or other similar cheaper alternatives to aluminum to cut costs.

Unfortunately, those cheaper fences makes the property stand out as something that has an easy-to-penetrate perimeter, giving the exact opposite outcome of the fence’s original purpose. Having very strong entry and exit points will show anyone going by your property that you mean business and that the items and buildings on your property are of the utmost importance.

Use your company’s theme

The key to looking the part of being secure, reliable and a true player in your field is keeping your exterior neat, clean and professional looking. Even if your buildings are not visited frequently by outsiders and you’re attempting to cut costs left and right, an aluminum fence of a high caliber can really help your property be memorable.

Remember that first impressions are everything, so finding a way to match your fence or entryway to the theme of your company or the buildings on the property can go a long way toward recognition of your company or goods. Find ways to personalize the fence, such as an emblem on the entry gate or finials painted to match the building or the business logo.

Cutting costs at any stage of your renovation projects could spell disaster for future problems on your property. Even if you don’t think you need to get extra-tough items right now because your business is just getting started, you never know what the future might hold. It’s good to think ahead and be ready for anything. By choosing industrial aluminum fencing, you’ll be grateful to have a reliable product that withstands extreme weather and the test of time.

The Many Sides Of Pool Safety

Black_Aluminum_Fence_Gate_greatfenceBe sure to cover all of the bases when it comes to pool safety. Putting safety at the forefront of your mind is essential when it comes to owning a pool.

When it comes to pool safety, there are some key safety necessities to keep in mind. The first thing you want to think about before doing any work on your pool is the law. That’s right; many states have laws in place for exactly how your pool and pool fence should be.

These laws can govern anything from how far away from other properties the pool can be to the height of the fence. The lock on your DIY pool fence usually has some regulations to adhere to, with many states or municipalities requiring the lock to be a certain number of inches from the ground.

Water types

Most pools in residential areas are the kind that are treated with chlorine. If this is the type you are planning to have, be sure you know the ins and outs of how and when to chlorinate your pool.

Other more natural options to fill your pool are growing in popularity due to environmental concerns along with health concerns from chlorine. These options include saline water and mineral water and are a more environmentally friendly option. Some people with skin or eye sensitivities must choose these options over the harsher chlorine option.

Health and the environment

A fence can help keep the water free from outside debris blowing in and prevent neighborhood animals from entering the water. The water needs to be free from debris as much as possible to avoid being contaminated for swimming. Stagnant water that is unused or that has sat for long periods of time can be detrimental to your health. Be sure you at least have a skimmer to remove debris as needed. Many people opt to have a pool vacuum system that works on its own to remove dirt and debris that settles on the bottom of the pool.

Similar to the vacuum and skimmer, it is important to have a proper filter system hooked up to the pool to keep the water as clean as possible. When you and your little ones swim, it is hard to prevent small amounts of water from going inside your mouth, nose and ears. Having it filtered through a system made for the type of water you choose will help keep everyone safe and healthy.

Surrounding the perimeter

As you know, there are certain rules regarding how to safely house your pool. It is imperative that you check with the correct municipality or homeowners association to ensure you don’t get fined or create an unsafe environment with the incorrect fence.

If you are taking on the project of a DIY pool fence, it’s helpful to know everything that is available to you. Peruse the choices of panels, material grades, and even color and design. An aluminum pool fence will last longer than you probably intend to live in the home, so be sure you are pleased with the outcome before proceeding!

All safety regulations and the various aspects of pool safety are in place to keep children and others safe around the pool, which can be a dangerous area if unsupervised. Rules for locks, gates and fences and the correct treatment of water are not only important to follow for safety, but also because it is the law in many cases. Keep this in mind when you take on your next big outdoor project, like a DIY pool fence.

Preparations For A New Pool Just In Time For Summer

pool-fence-safetySwimming is synonymous with summertime fun, and with your new pool, you and your family are going to have the best summer yet!

There is nothing better than having a barbecue in your backyard with your family and friends next to your very own swimming pool! It’s even better when you control over every design feature of the outdoor space, from planning out the layout and the shrubs and flowers surrounding the perimeter to deciding what kind of fence to use.

Deciding what to do and what not to do

Taking on any large DIY project can be daunting. The beauty of doing it yourself is that you can choose which parts you’ll do and which parts you’ll hire someone else to do! If there are parts that are just outside your realm of DIY knowledge or you simply don’t have the time or facilities to complete parts of the project, don’t worry. There is always help available for the harder parts of building a swimming pool from scratch, and sometimes it’s better to leave the heavy lifting to the professionals.

There are many places on the internet that you can go for explanations on how to do the tougher parts of any home improvement project. One important step that you will more than likely leave to the professionals is the actual installation of the pool.

You can plan the size, location, and how you want the pool to look, but when it comes to having the large digging machines and the know-how for the swimming pumps and sealing the pool, that’s a good time to call up a pro.

However, if you know you can rent a machine or have a friend or family member who can do the digging, ask the company you choose if you can get a price reduction by doing parts of the project yourself. You might be pleasantly surprised by the savings!

Being in control of the result

Another part of your home improvement project where you can save some money is erecting a fence around your pool. An aluminum pool fence is the perfect type of material to go near a pool as the powder coating and aluminum metal mean the fence will be immune to any ill effects other types of metal may incur near water. Aluminum fences are also quite easy to erect on your own. They come in panels that are easy to assemble, even for the beginner do-it-yourselfer.

While putting up the fence might be a breeze, some factors can be out of your hands. During your project planning, you might find that there are rules and regulations beyond your control. This is especially true when it comes to the size of the aluminum pool fence and the lock type, for the safety of your family and any neighborhood children who may wander onto the property.

Rules differ from town to town, and some homeowners’ associations have different rules and regulations to follow. Part of your planning preparations should include checking into all the rules and regulations from your municipality.

Before you know it, you will be well on your way to a whole new backyard with the perfect addition for summertime fun in the sun. Soon, all you will have to worry about is what new barbecue you should get for your beautiful new backyard space!

What’s The Deal With Rust?

Rust Free Aluminum FenceJust because your fence is made of metal doesn’t necessarily mean you have to fear rust. Not all fences are created equal when it comes to rust.

If you have any piece of indoor or outdoor furniture or fixture that is made out of metal, you may have already seen what rust can do to it. Some people even have these sorts of problems on their cars where dents or scratches have gone through the protective coating. You know the signs: reddish-orange, flaking pieces of rusted metal, slowly creeping over the entire piece. Rust does not just damage the metal itself; it can actually damage the structure of the metal piece if the rust goes to the wrong areas.

Interestingly, not all metal fixtures will succumb to this type of rust. If you have been considering getting your feet wet in the world of aluminum fences or driveway gates, you don’t need to fear this traditional rust. To put it simply, rust rusts differently on a powder-coated aluminum fence.

That might sound a bit puzzling, so let’s take a closer look at the process. Traditionally, rust comes about due to moisture setting off a reaction in certain metals, namely iron and steel. Any water or moisture begins this reaction, causing metal to slowly deteriorate and eventually begin flaking off. This type of rust can be halted by removing all parts of the metal that have begun the rust-forming reaction.

The science of aluminum fence corrosion

Aluminum fences are not made with iron or steel, so they do not rust in the traditional sense of the word. Moisture or wetness does cause a reaction in aluminum, but this reaction is not as detrimental to the metal as rust is to iron or steel.

The reaction that occurs with aluminum is called oxidation, and it actually has the opposite effect of traditional rust. Aluminum oxidation creates a thin layer of a string material covering the water-logged area. Instead of a dark orange, flaky surface, the aluminum in this area turns into a stronger material!

Moreover, the area that was wet will be the only area that experiences this reaction. Once the reaction had occurred, there will be no moving reaction into other parts of the aluminum piece. This is what makes aluminum the most ideal type of material for outdoor fences.

Avoiding rust at all costs

Any fence should come with special coatings to help stop any type of unsightly rust or corrosion. Aluminum fences in particular come with a special powder coating that successfully protects the aluminum from even beginning the oxidation process.

When it comes to an aluminum fence, minimal upkeep is needed. It is recommended that you check over the fence once a year or once a season, depending on how extreme the weather is in your area. This will ensure the coating is still in place and there are no areas where the coating could be scratched. A scratched surface means moisture can make its way through to the metal.

Now you know that it isn’t the end of the world—or your aluminum fence—if the coating is scratched because the oxidation process only makes it stronger. However, it can still be unsightly, hence the need to check that the coating and the fence are in pristine condition season after season.