Improving and Upgrading Your Driveway Gate

Rust Free Aluminum Fencing and GatesIf you find yourself with some choices to make on new parts for your driveway gate, there are a few things you can do to get a new and improved gate.

Imagine you have ordered all the parts you need for a new aluminum driveway gate, and they have all arrived. You begin the installation process and quickly realize you are in over your head! Ordering the right parts and understanding the process beforehand will help you know if you have chosen the right pieces for your driveway gate. Similarly, if you have inherited an amazing aluminum fence and gate at the home you just bought, you will want to know how to keep them in top shape and fix any problems that arise. The first thing you will want to do is understand the ins and outs of your gate, including the electronic component, so you can figure out exactly how to improve and upgrade your gate.

New… and improved?

New aluminum driveway gates shouldn’t have any problems that need to be remedied. However, a new gate that you are installing yourself from panels and parts you ordered online needs to be put together the right way for it to work correctly. Missing a screw here or there can actually be detrimental to the gate, even if it isn’t apparent right away. This is when following any instructions exactly as they are written is essential. If there is any doubt during any part of the installation, it’s important to contact the company to check that are you doing everything correctly.

With your new driveway gate, you have most likely had to make the tough choice of exactly what kind of lock and hinge type you want and whether you want some type of motor to make it electric. These items might not necessarily be the standard types that came with the gate, as many aluminum driveway gates have the option of upgrading this type of hardware.

When choosing the locks, hinges and motor parts for your fence, you’ll want to ask the question of whether it is the right fit for your purpose. An industrial or commercial driveway gate might need a more heavy-duty hinge to hold up the heavier material. Choosing this upgrade from the start will help you avoid any future problems that need troubleshooting, such as cracked or misaligned hinges.

When it’s time for an upgrade

Now let’s look at the flip side, where you already have a beautiful aluminum driveway gate but it has not had any TLC for quite some time. Thankfully, the aluminum panels of your fence and driveway are made to last, and the powder coating should keep the material in great shape. The piece you will want to concentrate on when deciding how to improve your fence is the hinge. The hinges on a gate get the most wear and tear. They are built for this, but every hinge will deteriorate eventually. If your gate is in pretty good shape, it might be time to switch out the hinge to a newer, more modern hinge—perhaps one that is attached to a self-closing mechanism.

Whether you are just installing a new aluminum driveway gate or you already have one, knowing a bit about how the gate works will help you when you need to troubleshoot anything that pops up.

Made-To-Order Fencing

Aluminum Fence Estate GateHaving aspects of your fence made to order to match your exact specifications helps you have the perfect product for your home.

What does it mean to have a made-to-order fence? If the fences come in panels, they must be pre-made in large quantities, right? All you need to know about made-to-order aluminum fencing is explained here, and all of your questions will hopefully be answered.

What exactly is “made to order”?

You might be familiar with the made-to-order sandwich at the corner store, or made-to-order home decor like curtains or blinds. Made-to-order fencing is similar because you are able to choose exactly what you want for different aspects of your fence. This allows you to create your own unique fence that fits your yard perfectly. From measuring your specific size requirements to ensuring all local municipality rules are followed to fully customizing the look of your fence, there is something for everyone and every fence. This includes if you’re purchasing a fence panel, a driveway gate, or even an aluminum pool fence.

What if my area has special rules and regulations?

It is very likely that you will need to follow specific rules or regulations that some of your friends or family won’t have to deal with if they live in a different neighborhood. That is because different municipalities and even states have different rules regarding fence height, material, and entry points. If you’re planning to put in an aluminum pool fence, there are even more restrictions and rules surrounding this. Another place to check about any fence rules is your homeowners’ association. Regulations from HOAs typically relate to the color and size of the fence, depending on whether the fence is residential, commercial or industrial.

Being able to have a fence made to order allows you the freedom to choose the size and color and other specifications to match your town’s specific needs and rules. Having the correct specifications taken care of is great, but a big draw of getting a made-to-order fence is having creative jurisdiction over what the end product will become.

What else can be made to order?

Speaking of having creative jurisdiction, another part of a fence you can have made to order is customizable entry gate designer inlays. These can show off your family dynamic or even the initial of your family name to really give your property that personal touch. You can also choose to purchase your own lock and hinge upgrades, such as a self-closing hinge. After personalizing the look of your fence and choosing the right locks, you can also make an aluminum fence that fits the needs of your yard. If you have hills on your land, you may need to consider raking or stepping your fence. Thankfully, aluminum panel fences can be easily installed on a hill with these methods, and the helpful people at the fence company can advise you on how to order your panels for this.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with choices? Thankfully, there is always someone who can help you from the fencing company. They are there to help you navigate the options and choose what works best for you, your family, and your property. Each choice you make gets you closer to the perfect aluminum fence that will tick all the boxes for your needs and wants.

Ordering an Aluminum Fence Online: Pros and Cons

Privacy FenceOrdering a big item online might feel like a big gamble, but it doesn’t have to be one. An aluminum fence can be easily ordered online without any added worries.

Any time you want to buy anything for your property’s outdoor spaces, you have to get in the car and head to the store. Of course, this is nothing like going to the mall; the store is usually an outdoor one, with large sections of it literally outside in the cold, wet or hot sun depending where you live. From nurseries to home improvement stores, the whole process of getting any plant, tool or outdoor furniture piece can be quite long and time-consuming.

Now imagine being able to shop from the comfort of your own home. Sitting in your living room and choosing items for your yard right from the internet has never been easier. Shopping for aluminum fences online is just as easy as purchasing any other item online, with even more added benefits.

The upside

Most of the things you hope to happen when purchasing a fence in person can occur online. As long as you are using a reputable fencing company, there should be a way to contact someone to ask questions, just as you would be able to do in a store. On a fencing company’s website, you can also see all that they have to offer with just a click of the mouse. There’s no need to wander around a store for hours, comparing different options. What if the store you were in didn’t even have everything in stock that day? You don’t have to worry about that when you shop online!

If you are ordering online, you can also search for tips, advice, and even photos of what certain types of fences look like. Seeing everything that is on offer and easily ordering the exact pieces you want is the epitome of convenience. There will be no time wasted at all!

The downside

When it comes to the negatives of ordering online, it’s a little more difficult to find any dealbreakers. The most obvious downside is that you won’t get to see what you are ordering in person. However, at a store, you wouldn’t really see the finished product, either – just the aluminum fencing panels. You can have things made to order online exactly how you want them. You might need to use your imagination a bit, but you’ll get exactly what you want.

Interestingly, the best way of seeing a fence in person is to see it in the wild—that is, in someone else’s yard! That means you don’t even need to step foot in a store to see what aluminum fences look like once they are all set up. A great idea would be to take a drive around some nearby neighborhoods and take note of your likes and dislikes. This can be done from your computer with a quick image search, but seeing it in person can make a difference for some people.

Of course, one persons pros could be another’s cons, and vice versa. Online shopping isn’t for everyone. Some people feel that it is most important to have a tangible object in front of them before taking the plunge in making such a big purchase. For the rest of us, however, the pros definitely outweigh the cons when it comes to ordering an aluminum fence online. The world is at your fingertips, with plenty of advice to gather and choices to make while planning for your new fence.

Protecting Your Fence During Home Renovations

Flat Top Flush Bottom Angled Aluminum FenceIt might be at the bottom of your list, but protecting your fence and gate when taking on any home improvement project is definitely something to consider.

Home and yard renovations are exciting. It means there are thrilling new things happening to your greatest possession, your home. Whether you are installing a new pool, putting an addition on your home, or getting a new kitchen, all of your planning, thoughts and money are likely going toward this large project. One thing you need to really think about during your planning phase is how you will protect the rest of your home, yard and fence during these renovations.

Protecting the main part of your house will depend on what renovation is taking place. If it is an indoor project that doesn’t need much large equipment, you will most likely only need to focus on protecting the floors, doors and windows of your home and not anything in the yard. However, if there is a yard renovation project in your future, such as a new pool or patio, you will want to think about how the moving around of tools and equipment might have a negative impact on your metal fencing panels.

A plan of action

Planning out your project is ideal for many reasons, but the one we are focusing on here is protection for your beautiful décor pieces and structures that are already in place and in good condition, such as your aluminum fence. Planning out the path any large equipment will take through your yard or property ahead of time will allow you to plan what parts of the metal fencing panels need to be wrapped up in plastic or cardboard to avoid getting scratches on the paint. Your plan of action should also include letting anyone working on your home know what areas to take extra care with, such as entry gates, doors and the areas around expensive furniture.

Yard renovations

It is incredibly important to take extra care when working on outdoor yard renovations. Your outdoor furniture and plants are already capable of withstanding some pretty harsh weather conditions, but having a heavy load dropped on a flower bed or a large machine denting your entry gate will quickly have you wishing you had done more preparation ahead of time. Just carry out a quick walk-through with the people working on your renovation project to show them the areas to avoid and exactly how to enter the yard. Ask them to avoid the grass or the walkways, depending on which area you are hoping to protect.

Boundaries and neighbors

Protecting your fence and property isn’t only necessary when you are renovating. There may be times when your neighbor is partaking in some home renovations. While that normally wouldn’t have an effect on you or your property, a mishap could very easily occur if you have any metal fencing panels on or near the property line. To avoid any scratching to your fence from heavy machinery, speak with your neighbor beforehand to check if there is anything you should do to cover your fence. It might be helpful to also take photos of your fence before the renovations begin to use as a comparison should anything go wrong.

Protecting your home, yard and belongings during a renovation is something to seriously consider. It doesn’t take too long to cover a few fence panels, and you’ll be so glad you made the decision to protect your home.

Who Said Everything Has to Match?

aluminum fence arborHaving the same thing on every side of your yard is common, but if you want to stick out in a good way, try mixing things up!

You most likely have a certain style in mind when it comes to the outdoor spaces of your property. At the very least, you know what you don’t want. Perhaps it’s time to think a little outside the box. Putting a few different styles or decor pieces together can really add some excitement to your yard without sticking out as mismatched.

When you imagine a yard with a fence in it, you might just picture a classic black aluminum fence on a green lawn with a few plants here or there. That is a classic design and works well on most residential, commercial or industrial properties. Now imagine that same black fence with brick pillars and a few colorful fruit trees. Adding a different element, such as the brick or a colorful, fruit-bearing tree, can really add some extra definition and create a really attractive yard.

Finding the right balance

The key to mixing styles is to avoid overdoing it. Finding the right balance might seem hard, but if you stick to no more than two or three accent pieces, you shouldn’t mistakenly overdo it. In the example above, the black aluminum fence was accented with brick pillars and fruit trees.

Perhaps you need added security or privacy and want to create a fence for part of your property that has privacy panels at one section with a curved top. To break up the monotony of the wall of aluminum, perhaps adding a personalized or colorful emblem to the entry gates could add that layer of definition. Using some sort of landscaping in front of the privacy paneled fence could make the space look more inviting.

Using everything you’ve got

Don’t only consider your fencing and landscaping when planning your outdoor spaces. It’s very important to incorporate your outdoor furniture and even the color, style and material of your home into your décor plan. Having a black aluminum fence and black furniture and black shutters all might be a bit too much. Consider adding in some color either by painting your shutters, choosing a new set of furniture that offsets the rest of the black, or perhaps choosing a new color for your fence!

Similarly, if your home has many straight edges and looks a little boxy, consider using a rounded top for your aluminum fence, or even some pointed spears to accent the top of the panels. Breaking up the shapes on your property in this way gives some much-needed dimension.

Last but not least, consider using some extra yard accessories, such as an arbor or driveway gate, to showcase your outdoor spaces. Adding an arbor to a plain yard will make the space feel much more welcoming and will offset any décor that can be considered unremarkable. A driveway gate can do the same thing, giving not only added security but also a bit of personalization and charm.

Whether you choose a more plain design for your yard or you decide to spice it up with some extra colors and décor pieces, it is most important to make your outdoor spaces yours. You are the one who needs to like the space you live in, so ensure you choose something that makes you feel at home and looks the part!

Safety For Everyone

Swimming Pool FencePool safety is an important topic to discuss when it comes to fences, but there are more safety topics to keep in mind when preparing for a new fence.

The topic of safety comes up a lot with fences, and for good reason. More often than not, the subject arises surrounding pool fences. This is because there are some pretty strict laws related to building a fence around a pool for the safety of neighborhood children.

However, safety should be kept in mind whether there is a pool in the yard or not. Fences are erected for security and safety first and foremost. The added bonus when you choose aluminum fence panels is that they look good while keeping everyone secure and safe.

Child safety

Childproofing a home is done when children reach the age where they can get into things around the house, right? The same should be done for the yard when it’s time to play outdoors. A fence is a great way to keep a family with small children safe. This works a few ways. A fence keeps little ones contained to the safety of their own yard. A fence also keeps animals and strangers out of the yard, giving you an added level of safety. Of course, parents will already be keeping a watchful eye on any outdoor play, but having a fence helps keeps everything in check.

Pet safety

Very similar to child safety, pet safety also comes with a few levels. With a fence around the perimeter of a home or property, pets are able to roam freely without the threat of large animals coming into their territory. On the flip side, your pet will be safely on your property when you let them outside, thanks to a tall, sturdy fence that has the ability to keep even small pets safe. If your aluminum fence panels have too large of a space between pickets, consider adding puppy panels to the bottom section of the fence. These panels have less space between pickets to keep your little pets safe in the yard.  Always check local building codes regarding this option.

Everyone’s safety

Now let’s circle back to the topic of pool safety. If you have a pool, it is important for you to check on the local laws surrounding fencing in your pool, whether you have children in your family or not. This is because everyone’s safety is at risk when a pool is involved, and it is all too easy for neighborhood children to find their way in risky situations with an unenclosed pool.

It is important to note that types and locations of gates and locks are part of fence safety, whether it’s for your pool or your yard. This is because if a gate is too easy to open from the inside, a child can find their way into the street in a dangerous situation. Moreover, if a lock can be easily maneuvered from the outside, that can put youngsters in jeopardy should there be a pool on the property.

“Safety first” is a motto to live by. Dangerous situations can occur in outdoor spaces, so keeping safety in mind when erecting a new fence or building a new pool is of the utmost importance. If you ever have any questions regarding the safety or security of your fence, check with the company who makes the fence panels to ensure you are covering all of your bases.

What Can’t Aluminum Do?

With so many positive attributes, aluminum is a clear winner when choosing material for a new fence project on your property.

Aluminum is a metal that is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be! A strong metal, aluminum is used for simple things such as soda and beer cans, along with important structures like aluminum fences and even airplanes. Aluminum is used in so many different items for a very good reason: it is a strong metal that is completely durable for even the toughest job. If something is considered strong enough to be used to make an aircraft that carries thousands of pounds of precious cargo soaring through the sky, it is definitely strong enough to be used as a fencing material.

Lightweight but heavy-duty

Aluminum is considered a lightweight metal with a low density. Being amazingly light and simultaneously sturdy is a definite advantage when it comes to doing a DIY fence project. It means you don’t need any heavy machinery to move your fence panels across the yard and erect them because it isn’t too heavy. Some people presume that because of its easy maneuverability, aluminum must not be very strong. This couldn’t be further from the truth!

Through thick and thin

Aluminum is often pounded out to thin sheets for certain building materials or canned goods, and that is the beauty of aluminum: is it sturdy as a thin material and even stronger as a thick material. Therefore, fencing panels can be purchased in a classic residential thickness that is perfect for the average home or industrial or commercial-grade thickness that is a bit sturdier for a taller, more secure fence for larger properties.

Extreme conditions

Choosing aluminum for a DIY fence makes perfect sense when you think about the great track record of this versatile metal. Not just for food cans, aluminum is even on some very important pieces made for NASA. That means aluminum is strong enough to withstand the most extreme weather conditions imaginable! Whether you live by the salty sea or a frozen tundra, aluminum can handle whatever Mother Nature throws at it. Erecting a DIY fence makes perfect sense if you are looking for a material that can withstand a lot without having to be maintained constantly.

Lasts a long time

Interestingly, aluminum oxidizes differently from other metals. When water gets on the metal itself, instead of rusting into that fragile orange color you might be picturing, it actually oxidizes and adds another layer to the metal, making it even stronger! It isn’t the most attractive and even surface once it oxidizes, so fence materials are treated with a powder coating to stop any moisture from beginning the oxidation process. The powder coating helps the fence stay strong for quite a long period of time with very minimal upkeep. In fact, your fence won’t even need any touching up unless something large runs into it and dents or scratches the surface somehow! Otherwise, giving it a good wipe-down between seasons is all that will need to be done for upkeep.

To put it simply, aluminum can really do it all. Everything you need for your fence project can be solved by aluminum fencing panels. Choosing this metal will help you be well on your way to a strong, sturdy and reliable fence that is made to last.

Knowing What You Want and Going For It

Aluminum Fence Estate GateIt can be daunting to make decisions about big changes like a new fence. Figure out exactly what you want for your outdoor spaces before ordering anything.

If you’re one of those people who finds it hard to make decisions, especially on big-ticket items, you might find it difficult to choose new aluminum fencing for your property. Ordering fencing materials online is a great option for customizing a fence to fit your exact needs, especially if you choose a company that can help along the way with all the choices that need to be made.

Deciding on aluminum

Your first decision – choosing aluminum as your fence material – will be an easy one. Aluminum fences are very popular right now, and it’s clear why so many people prefer them. An amazing value for money, aluminum is the perfect metal for a strong, sturdy fence. Aluminum withstands even the craziest weather conditions, from extreme wind to ice to snow.

The powder coating on a good-quality aluminum fence keeps the metal free from any moisture, helping keep the structure sound. Interestingly, aluminum doesn’t rust the way other metals would. Moisture actually creates a reaction in the aluminum that causes the metal to grow stronger! The powder coating on your fence will keep moisture out with very minimal upkeep, which makes aluminum even more ideal.

Style and statements

Knowing what style to choose for your fence is the next big decision to make when figuring out what you want. Aluminum fencing comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Don’t feel daunted by the many choices; instead, be glad there really is something for everyone!

A great way to figure out what you want is to take a drive around a few neighborhoods and observe the fences you see. Notice the colors, heights, and tops of the fences. Another thing to notice is the picket size and empty space in between pickets. Some people might have sections of the fence that allow for little visibility from the street, which might be a good choice if you’re worried about privacy or to hide areas that are unsightly, such as garbage cans.

Once you have a better idea of what you want, check out the options on the fence company’s website. They might have certain style options, such as finials, spears, or curved tops, to help with added security. Ask for help from the company when making your decisions to ensure you’re aware of all the options you have. If there’s something you want, such as personalization on an entry gate, just ask and they will be able to explain what is available.

The lay of the land

Last but not least, before ordering, you should know exactly what your yard needs in terms of the size and placement of a fence. Will you need a raked fence due to a sloping yard or puppy panels to keep your dog safe? Do you have any landscaping restrictions? These are all things to consider when choosing the right size of pickets and panels. Keep in mind any large trees or shrubs that you have and how they will fit with the fence.

With great value for money and plenty of style options, aluminum fencing is a wise choice. Having a good idea of what you want before ordering is essential to avoid feeling overwhelmed when given so many choices on the fencing website. Be sure to ask any questions you have to get exactly what works best for your yard.

Trending Fence Ideas

Aluminum Fence with Dog PanelWhen it’s time to get an aluminum fence, it might be beneficial to know what is “in” right now when it comes to fence trends and fads.

Trends and fences might not be the first things that you would usually put together in a sentence, but perhaps it’s time to really consider what is fashionable and trendy when it comes to the outdoor spaces of your home. There are a multitude of options when it comes to decorating your front and back yard, and often this begins with erecting a fence. Whether it is for décor purposes only or for the added benefit of safety and security, you can have a fashionable, trendy home with something as simple as a fence.

Aluminum

Having an aluminum fence in itself is a trend! That’s right; if you have already made the jump to aluminum, you know the exciting benefits of choosing this metal as a fence material. Aluminum is incredibly strong and sturdy while keeping your home and family safe and secure. What more could you ask for? Aluminum is also the perfect choice for many busy families and business owners because of the minimal upkeep needed, along with the ability to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions.

Black Aluminum FenceBack to black

Playing around with colorful fences might be a fun idea for some, but it’s definitely hard to keep up with trends or even personal taste if you go for a bright and bold color. This is why black fences are all the rage right now. It is a great way to go bold without committing to a limiting color scheme that could interfere with flower choices and other decor. With a bold, black fence, you can build up around it and allow it to stand for itself without detracting from the yard as a whole.

Green and striking

It really is all about having that photo-finish look in your outdoor spaces. Green items like shrubs, plants and flowers really help this, but so does having very healthy green grass. First, you will want to ensure you are keeping your yard tidy by cutting the grass when necessary and not letting it get too unkempt. Feed your grass and plants helpful fertilizer so your greens really pop. The striking look of the plant life against the backdrop of your aluminum fence – black or not – will really give that polished look to your yard.

A great way to test if you’ve hit the nail on the head is to take a few photos of your yard. Pretend you are trying to get the perfect shot to showcase your home in a magazine. See where the problem areas are that could use some sprucing up before being on show to the public. This will show you where to focus your energy and time.

With so many ways to dress up your yard, it really is a great idea to start with your fence. Having a great focal point to build upon will help you have a good plan in place when it comes to decorating your all-important outdoor spaces. Choosing the right color for the fence and adding accessories and plant life to really make it stand out will help you be well on your way to having the trendiest fence on the block.

What Does the Change of the Season Mean For Your Fence?

Autumn Aluminum FenceAutumn brings plenty of exciting things: pumpkin scents, warm drinks and cozy sweaters, to name a few. However, you can’t forget about your outdoor spaces!

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing color and falling, the temperatures are cooling off, and for some reason, there is holiday music playing at every store already! The interior of your home might start changing with autumnal decorations or the scents of a pumpkin-flavored candle in the evenings. It might even be time in your area to start making fires in the fireplace for cozy evenings!

What about your outdoor spaces? Have you made any preparations for your deck, yard and fence? Whether you have residential or commercial fencing in aluminum or any other material, there are some preparations you might want to consider as the seasons change.

The shifting of the earth

As the seasons change, so does the weather. That means the air in your area could be more dry or moist. The changing of the air and the temperature could mean a change in your soil or gravel where your fence has been erected. This is something to consider and keep an eye on if it is your first autumn or winter at this property or with this fence.

Do a quick check of the soil surrounding your posts well before the first freeze. After the first freeze and thaw, check if there are any large pockets of air or visible signs of soil moving. Fill in any gaps to ensure the structure is secure.

Worrying about winter?

Wooden fences and flimsy chain-link fences can crack and rot when winter weather hits. This is because of the snow, ice and even the salt from the salt trucks. A less sturdy fence can even be bent, damaged or pushed right over by an unsuspecting snow plow if your fence is near the street. However, if you are the proud owner of residential or commercial fencing in aluminum, you really don’t have too much to worry about when it comes to the upcoming winter season.

If you are still in the preparation stage of your fence and are in an area that tends to be rather snowy, it might be beneficial to leave a little extra room between any roads and your aluminum fence. This is to allow for space for the snow trucks to push the snow into small banks without it tumbling through the pickets and into your yard. If your property includes a commercial parking lot, this area for snow to be piled will be needed on the inside, too.

If you already have your fence and are more worried about snow and ice buildup on the pickets and post themselves, relax! Aluminum is a mighty metal that can withstand even the most extreme winters. If there are areas of the fence that you want to keep free of snow and ice as much as possible, a quick sweep of the snow with a broom can help, or you could even use a snowblower.

As the leaves change and it becomes time to get out your heavier coats, you don’t have to worry too much about your aluminum fence. Just check the soil around the posts to keep your fence in a steady, secure and strong position and let the aluminum metal do the rest.