No fence is complete without a way to secure it closed. In upcoming posts we will be looking at the various types of gate latches. As you local Charlotte fence company we can help you find the right latch for your gate.
When you live or install fencing in the hotter areas of the US like the south, the sun’s rays are a powerful element testing force which can fade both wood and vinyl. Up till now the “weathered” look would require replacement or painting. Our Paramount vinyl fencing was made to combat this very issue. This fencing is designed to not corrode and is fade resistant. This is one tough fence. It’s designed to look great much longer for your enjoyment. Yet another cost cutting factor to consider.
Most of our vinyl fencing will provide homeowners and fencing contractors many benefits, but the Paramount line of vinyl fencing really takes quality to the next level.
Are you planning on putting up the new aluminum fence this weekend? Check out the brief video above as you are researching the steps on how you can DIY aluminum fence installation, plus she gives out helpful hints too!
When installing your aluminum fence, here’s a checklist of things that you need to do first:
- Check local zoning laws for boundaries and height requirements. Talk to your neighbor too about your proposed fence plan.
- Get the required building permits depending on your locality.
- Contact underground utilities providers. To install aluminum fences, you will have to dig at least 30inches so it’s best to ensure that you will not be hitting pipes.
- Create your fencing plan.
Tools and equipment needed:
- tape measure
- marking paint
- drill nut driver
- sledge hammer
- rubber mallet
- powered auger/manual post hole digger
- tamping bar
- metal shears
- concrete mix
Installation Quick Steps:
- Get your fence plan, find your fence line, and mark it using the string and stakes. Find the spot for your gates of you have gate posts or if you don’t have one, locate the end and corner posts.
- Next is the hole digging step. Make sure you have marked the underground utilities first. Use a powered auger or a manual post hole digger.
- Put the post inside the hole, get the concrete mix ,and fill the holes with concrete. Ensure that all posts are level.
- Once the gates, end, or corner posts are up, measure and mark the measurement required for the fence sections. You can dig 8 to 10 poles per line.
- Put the posts in and attach the fence sections to the posts. Use the screws supplied.
- Fill the holes of the posts as you complete attaching fence sections down the line.
These are just the initial steps in installing an aluminum post. Watch the video for complete steps on how you can cut and notch a fence section, how to level the fence (raise/lower), and how to install a gate.
Now, let’s get back to our fence match, Aluminum fencing Versus Iron Fencing.
We’ve already compared vinyl versus wood fencing and vinyl won the prize. In this article, we’ll pit wrought iron against aluminum fence. Both fences provide security while showcasing a beautifully manicured landscape but which one is better?
Let’s compare these two fencing solutions in terms of appearance, maintenance, and cost.
Read on to find out which one will win.
A wrought iron fence brings a traditional look and an elegant atmosphere to a property with its thin railings and black powder coating. Think of the White House’s famous fence. It helps project an open ambiance without sacrificing security. Even the simplest designs such as a picket fence with rails provide the same sophisticated style. You can also opt to go for a more adorned look with elaborately designed pointed tops and rails with patterns.
One downside is iron is not very flexible and is only recommended for use on flat landscapes. However, if you think your fence will be subject to wear and tear and if you are looking for a heavy-duty option (just like the White House), consider a wrought iron fence.
Aluminum fences look like its wrought iron equivalent, except that the material is lighter. An aluminum panel weighs around 12lbs while a wrought iron one comes at 47lbs. There are also more grades, colors, and styles to choose from. You can choose from a variety of residential aluminum fencing styles or opt for the heavier commercial aluminum fencing varieties. When you pick aluminum fences, you get the same stylish look from a wrought iron fence without having to spend as much (more on this in the Cost section). Aluminum is more malleable than wrought iron; it is the best option for difficult landscapes such as hilly or sloped terrains.
THIS MATCH GOES TO: Depends on your preference. Since both fences provide the same traditional and classy look, you’ll have to look beyond appearances to really choose which one will suit your fencing needs.
Iron is an element that rusts when exposed to oxygen in the air, water, and moisture. To keep a wrought iron fence as beautiful as it was on the day it was first installed, you will have to do preventive steps to maintain it and keep it from rusting. If in case you could already see rust on your wrought iron fence, you would have to scrub the rust off and take care not to scratch the paint off. However, if the rusting has become so bad and the paint has already peeled off, you might need to consider giving your fence a facelift with a repainting job.
On the other hand, aluminum does not rust. It’s also the same material used in airplanes; air carriers are more often exposed to rain, weather, and temperature changes. Since aluminum is used to build a plane, then we can say that it really is durable and will last for a very long time. Aluminum fences require little maintenance – mainly for removing dirt and keeping it clean.
THIS MATCH GOES TO: Aluminum. Who wants to waste time doing maintenance work? Over time, both wrought iron and aluminum will corrode (due to environmental factors) but aluminum has properties that deter corrosion. An aluminum fence will look elegant longer than a wrought iron fence will because iron, in its natural state, is prone to rusting.
Iron is a heavier metal compared to aluminum. This makes it more expensive to design and manufacture. When you add the upfront payment and the maintenance costs that will come thereafter, wrought iron fences make for an expensive fencing option. You will also have to get professional help in putting up these fences because of its weight and the nature of its material needs special tools for installation.
Aluminum fences are lighter so production costs are cheaper. It is also easier to DIY install an aluminum fence so if you wish to further cut down on costs, you can DIY it and save on installation costs. Because there are also minimal maintenance costs along the way, aluminum fences cost lesser than a wrought iron fence would.
THIS MATCH GOES TO: Hands down aluminum.
When it comes to appearance, maintenance, and costs, aluminum is the clear winner.
Want to know why moms love Eco stone Fence from SimTek. We think it’s a great option for the look of a natural stone fence too.
We spend time making our gardens beautiful all-year round. Why not make our fences the best backdrops for our blooms?
Give your garden fences some lovin’ with these fun Pinterest-worthy ideas:
Victorian Style Garden
Go back in time and channel the Victorian era with ornate decorations on your vinyl fence.
Still on the Fence
Get a vinyl fence accessory rail hanger, a flower pot, and then plant brightly colored blooms to give your fence a nice color splash.
Let there Be Lanterns
Add a sophisticated and elegant vibe to your vinyl fences, especially at night. Hang lanterns on your fence and enjoy the added lighting effect.
Got extra materials lying around in your garage? Think of the items and see if you can come up with a theme like this one – spare door and wooden window frames do the trick.
Fence Flower Boxes
Who says you can only use plant boxes by the window? Accentuate your vinyl fence with a line of flower boxes.
Do you have any fun, decorative ideas in mind? Share with us in the comments section below.
In a previous article, we’ve discussed the pros and cons of using wood fences. In later years, other materials have been deemed suitable for fencing. Vinyl fences were introduced in the market in the 1980s.
In this article, we will see how wood fences compare with its vinyl counterpart. Let’s discuss how each one performs on these three fields: sturdiness, maintenance, and cost.
Wood can last over 20 years with yearly treatment, but without regular maintenance, your fence boards can easily break down and crack in just a few years. Wood is prone to pest and termite attacks too and the boards can also be warped or distorted over time if no treatment for moisture and for weather changes have been made.
Going all-natural also means that the fencing will be predisposed to rot and decay but if you opt for stronger types of wood (cedar and redwood), you might be able to make them last for years as long as you take proper care.
Vinyl, on the other hand, does not break down nor split over time. Weather changes, rotting, termites, pests, and decay do not affect the material. Vinyl fences don’t require special procedures to protect it from dry rot or fungus. Vinyl offers homeowners a natural look that is nearly impossible to tell the difference. Our Prestige line of fencing is a great example of how vinyl fencing can look as natural as wood. It also offered the added benefit of long-lasting, low-maintenance durability.
THIS MATCH GOES TO: In terms of sturdiness for a longer period of time, vinyl wins.
Because of its organic nature, wood is considered as a high maintenance material. Especially with fences, the boards are subject to rain, heat, moisture, and rotting. Check out your local market and you’ll find several coating, treating, and repainting solutions that you can do to ensure your fence will last a long time. When it comes to repair, it’s easy to pull off a rotting board and replace with a new lumber.
When you opt to go with vinyl, the only maintenance you will ever need to do is to occasionally dust it off to remove dirt. Because vinyl is glossy and non-porous, dirt can easily slide away when it rains. In cases of extreme temperatures, vinyl can bend and you might have to replace the boards. Unlike wood where you can just replace a board, vinyl might need a more extensive repair and you might be replacing an entire section instead of a few boards.
THIS MATCH GOES TO: We don’t want anything that’s high maintenance. We choose vinyl.
In the long run, vinyl fencing is the lower cost winner. Depending on your style choice, Yes, wood may in some cases be cheaper upfront than vinyl. However, unless you want a yard full of rotting wood fencing, you MUST take into consideration the repainting jobs and the maintenance procedures that you would have to pay for in the future, .
When it comes to cost, it will be good to answer the following questions:
- Are you fencing an area of considerable size?
- Are you going to stay in your home for the next 5 to 10 years and more?
- Is the fencing area small?
THIS MATCH GOES TO: We can give the win to vinyl fencing. Wood is cheaper upfront but vinyl is the most economical choice if you think in terms of future expenses. You will have to make a choice depending on what your project circumstances are.
In the areas we’ve discussed above, choosing vinyl fences prove to be more beneficial than wood.
For questions or inquiries, give us a call today at World Class Fencing: (704) 662-9600
Here’s an interesting video on installing vinyl fencing
In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook works with a fencing contractor to install a vinyl privacy fence.
1. Use an electric jackhammer to cut away part of the asphalt driveway at the first gatepost location.
2. Stretch a taut mason line from the first post location to establish the position of the second post.
3. Use a posthole digger to excavate a 30-inch-deep posthole for each gatepost.
4. Slide an aluminum I-beam into each vinyl post and secure them with ¾-inch self-tapping screws.
5. Pour one 80-pound bag of concrete into a wheelbarrow, add six pints of water, and mix well with a shovel.
6. Dump two full shovels of concrete into the first hole.
7. Set an aluminum-fortified vinyl gatepost in the hole and plumb it with a level.
8. Shovel more concrete around the post, filling the hole to within 3 inches of grade.
9. Tamp down the concrete with a steel bar, then smooth the concrete with a trowel.
10. Repeat Steps 6 through 9 to install the second gatepost.
For the ful article visit: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20955543,00.html
Every day we are amazed, honored and proud that people looking for vinyl fencing or aluminum fencing in the Charlotte NC area come to us for their residential and commercial needs. We pride ourselves on not just having the best products, but customer service is also our main goal. We value our reputation. It means everything to us. That’s why when someone takes the times to write a
We pride ourselves on not just having the best products, but customer service in the industry. We value our reputation. It means everything to us. That’s why when someone takes the times to write a review about our business online we just want to shout about it from the rooftops.
Recently we got just such a review on Facebook and wanted to share it with you. It reads.
“We found World Class Fence Distributors via a Google search and found their product and customer service to be fantastic. We highly recommend using them. Ordering was easy, delivery on time and accurate. They even follow up to make sure we received everything. Thank you for truly living up to you name. We will definitely make all our fencing purchases from World Class Fence Distributors.” – Jack R., Charleston, SC
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When considering the balance of ascetics vs durability when choosing fencing materials you may consider wood vs vinyl fencing. Both have pros and cons. So let’s take a look at the pros and cons of wood fencing.
Pros of Wood Fences:
- A traditional and classic look.
- A wider varieties of colors.
- Easy to personalize the look of wood fences with planters and other decorations such as stenciling patterns.
Cons of Wood Fences:
- Lots of maintenance to prevent fungus, yearly repainting or staining.
- Vulnerability to termites and other pest.
- Wood rot.
- Without improper installation, the posts for wood fences tend to sink below ground level which can warp the fence.
In an upcoming fencing article we will compare wood fencing vs vinyl fencing. If you have questions you’d like answers to now, give Charlotte’s Leading fencing supplier, World Class Fencing a call today at (704) 662-9600