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.