Preparing to Install an Aluminum Fence

Most of our customers install their own aluminum fences. It’s not that hard, but you still need to make preparations. Think through the process and your installation will be easier than ever.

It’s not that difficult to install aluminum fence panels, but you still need to prepare. When the day arrives to install your fence, be sure you have all the tools and materials to do the job efficiently. Make a plan, and you will be well on your way to a trouble-free installation, whether you’re installing residential, commercial or industrial aluminum fence panels.

Rules and Regulations

There are probably local regulations governing your DIY aluminum fence installation. Check with your local government about laws you need to know about, and see if you need a permit to do the work. Do this before you order your materials. You may face restrictions on the height or type of fence you install, and in some cases, you might not be able to build a fence of any kind.

Regulations sometimes specify that you set your fence at an offset. This means the fence must be slightly recessed from your property line. If you aren’t sure where that is, you can hire a surveyor to determine it. You need to know this in any case because you don’t want to inadvertently place your fence on your neighbor’s property.

You should also contact your homeowner’s association if you have one. Associations often place restrictions on fences. You might have to use certain colors, for example, or your association might specify the fence material, along with its design elements and height.

In-ground DIY aluminum fence installation is going to require you to dig post holes. You don’t want to cut into an underground utility line when you do this. Contact your local utilities and tell them you will be digging. They will mark the locations of underground electric and gas lines so that you can avoid them when digging.

Don’t forget that you could be digging as much as three feet down, and possibly even deeper when digging holes for gate posts. You won’t be too popular around the neighborhood if you cut off the utilities. Remember that if you build a fence on top of buried utility lines, the utility may come by and take your fence out so they can access them.

You will almost always be subject to specific regulations pertaining to swimming pool fences. Most communities follow the swimming pool fence code issued by the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc., or BOCA. The code is meant to restrict unauthorized access to the pool area to prevent accidental drowning in an unattended pool. We offer pool fencing that meets the BOCA code.

Different Grades of Fence

You can buy our aluminum fence panels in residential, commercial and industrial grades. Residential fence panels are fine for most homes. If you have a lot of traffic or if you have a retail or light industrial operation, you might consider commercial aluminum fence panels. These contain more metal and are a bit sturdier. Industrial aluminum fencing is even stronger, and this is recommended for the highest-traffic applications, such as schools, hospitals and manufacturing operations.

Laying Out the Fence

Before you order materials, walk the proposed fence route. Place stakes at the corners and run strings between them. This helps you to envision the fence. If it all makes sense to you, measure the fence runs, and then confirm those measurements. At this point, you are ready to place your order.

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