VIDEO: How To DIY Install Your Aluminum Fence

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:

  • shovel
  • hacksaw
  • tape measure
  • string
  • stakes
  • marking paint
  • drill nut driver
  • level
  • sledge hammer
  • rubber mallet
  • powered auger/manual post hole digger
  • tamping bar
  • metal shears
  • concrete mix

Installation Quick Steps:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Put the post inside the hole, get the concrete mix ,and fill the holes with concrete. Ensure that all posts are level.
  4. 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.
  5. Put the posts in and attach the fence sections to the posts. Use the screws supplied.
  6. 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.

Aluminum Fence vs. Wrought Iron Fence

For questions or inquiries and the best pricing on aluminum fencing in Charlotte and the Carolina’s, give us a call today at World Class Fence Distributors, : (704) 662-9600

 

Now, let’s get back to our fence match, Aluminum fencing Versus Iron Fencing.

Wrought Iron Fence

 

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.

 

APPEARANCE

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.

 

MAINTENANCE

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.

 

COST

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.

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When it comes to appearance, maintenance, and costs, aluminum is the clear winner.

 

 

Vinyl Fence Decoration Ideas

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.

 

Styling Ideas

 

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.

 

Additional Styling Ideas

 

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.

Additional Styling Ideas

 

Theme Up!

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.

Additional Styling Ideas

 

Fence Flower Boxes

Who says you can only use plant boxes by the window? Accentuate your vinyl fence with a line of flower boxes.

Additional Styling Ideas

 

 

Do you have any fun, decorative ideas in mind? Share with us in the comments section below.

Vinyl or Aluminum Fence for Swimming Pools? Both are a Great Choice!

Aluminum fenceBuying fencing for a pool is an investment in the health and safety of your family and friends. When you have made the decision to purchase it, you will be confronted with several choices, but the main aspects to consider are rust and UV protection, strength, security, aesthetics and, of course, your budget. Here, we’re going to focus on a vinyl or aluminum fence – two relatively modern materials that are gradually taking over from traditional wood and chain link fencing.

  • Vinyl: Typically, the sections are 8 ft., but they can be easily cut to accommodate the desired size. Vinyl offers a fresh, clean look, and in comparison to wrought iron and wood fencing, it’s inexpensive and maintenance-free. If you live in an area of high winds, have an aluminum insert put in the bottom rail to provide extra stability.
  • Aluminum Fence: Durable, attractive and strong, it can be easily installed by DIYers with relatively little frustration and time. There is a huge array of grades, colors, heights and styles available, so in order to be happy with your final choice, do some homework.

In addition to choosing a vinyl or aluminum fence for your pool, you’ll also have to consider buying a gate. You can get a self-locking gate or choose one that requires a combination or key.

At World Class Fence Distributors, we provide high-quality vinyl and aluminum fencing for residential and commercial properties across the nation. We talk to every customer to guarantee satisfaction. Visit this page and follow the easy steps to place your online order.

Vinyl Fencing is 5 Times Stronger than Wood!

Vinyl FencingAs far as the old saying “good fences make good neighbors” goes, the decision of what type of fencing to choose can do a lot to foster good relationships. Vinyl is an excellent material because of its durability and strength, its ability to improve property values and curb appeal, and its ease of maintenance. Yes, you can impress your neighbors and enhance the overall aesthetics of your block with vinyl fencing.

Properly installed vinyl fencing will last a lifetime. It’s 5 times stronger than wood, and it’s flexible and can stand up to rain and high winds. You must have driven around your neighborhood after a large storm and seen a number of collapsed wooden fences. Well, that won’t happen with vinyl, and since it doesn’t absorb moisture, the posts, boards and accessories won’t rot, rust, peel or blister.

Unlike chain link or wood fencing, vinyl doesn’t need any additional stains, sealants or paint to maintain its original color and beauty. And if it is ever a victim of vandalism or graffiti, most stains come off easily with water, a household cleaner and a bit of elbow grease. Because quality vinyl fencing is made to last a lifetime, when the time comes to sell your home, potential buyers will recognize this as one element they won’t ever have to worry about replacing.

At World Class Fence Distributors, we provide high-quality vinyl and aluminum fencing for residential and commercial properties across the nation. We talk to every customer to guarantee satisfaction. Visit this page and follow the easy steps to place your online order.

Vinyl and Aluminum Fencing Have Broken the Chains of Tradition

Aluminum FencingWhen they hear the word “fence,” many people automatically visualize what have been the two most conventional styles for the past 50 years – chain link and wood. Other than wrought iron which can be cost-prohibitive for many homeowners, these two styles have been the most common. The primary reasons for this were lack of other options, price, and that most fencing companies preferred to install chain link or wood quickly with low labor costs.

But over the past several years, two relatively new materials have gained popularity. The first is aluminum fencing – a lightweight, maintenance free product that offers the same elegant look as wrought iron. The other is vinyl (PVC). The main reasons for their popularity are ease of installation and little or no maintenance.

Another reason why aluminum has become a preferred choice is largely due to the fact that it is ideal for pool fences. Since most local authorities require a barrier around swimming pools, aluminum fencing appeals to many homeowners because of its open picket style and the beauty of wrought iron.

Black vinyl is another way to enjoy the elegance of ornamental wrought iron, as well as the maintenance free benefits of aluminum fencing. The rich, deep black color will hold its look year after year. Built to last a lifetime, vinyl won’t shrink, rust, decompose, rot, fade or even show scratches.

At World Class Fence Distributors, we provide high-quality vinyl and aluminum fencing for residential and commercial properties across the nation. We talk to every customer to guarantee satisfaction. Visit this page and follow the easy steps to place your online order.

Not Every Vinyl Fence is Created Equally – Be Aware of the Ingredients

vinyl fenceThere are many types and brands of fencing on the market today, and navigating them can often be compared to navigating a mine field, even for a seasoned professional! So here are a few important facts to take into account when choosing a vinyl fence for your business or home.

Pay attention to the ingredients – not all vinyl fencing is created equal. Professional grade fences are made from virgin PVC (vinyl), while consumer grade fences are frequently made with recycled plastics – often scraps obtained from the good stuff. Many brands actually have their professional grade materials available only from professional deck and fence dealers. They then make a separate brand for big box stores.

While it’s important to use recycled materials and shop for eco-friendly green fencing products, the truth is that some are less desirable because fencing must withstand sun damage, high winds and other weather elements. A vinyl fence made with inferior recycled plastics will often become brittle, sag, warp and fade prematurely, especially in cold climates.

Also pay attention to the length of the posts. An inferior grade vinyl fence often comes with shorter posts. The posts should be long enough to extend into concrete footers for stability. Moreover, the fence thickness is often less than a professionally graded product, and the picket size is smaller as well.

At World Class Fence Distributors, we provide high-quality vinyl and aluminum fencing for residential and commercial properties across the nation. We talk to every customer to guarantee satisfaction. Visit this page and follow the easy steps to place your online order.

Key Things to Take into Account before You Order Your Fence

Vinyl is fast becoming the preferred alternative to traditional wood fences. While it may cost more initially, vinyl will pay for itself many times because it lasts longer and needs virtually no maintenance. In the fencing industry, vinyl is a relatively new material, which can mimic both rail and wood panel fences without fading, rotting or showing the effects of time and weather. It’s the ideal choice for a beautiful, easy to maintain fencing system.

Before you order your fence, ask yourself the following 3 questions:

  1. order your fenceWhat is the function of the fence?
  2. What style will accomplish this function best?
  3. What style will complement the architecture of my home and my landscaping?

Another good thing to do before you order your fence is to familiarize yourself with some terminology:

  • Posts – These are the 4x4s which are set firmly into the ground to provide stability.
  • Terminal Posts or Main Posts are found on either side of all gates and at the corners of the fence.
  • Line Posts provide attachment points for fence panels, as well as stability.
  • Rails are the horizontal supports that run between posts.
  • Bay refers to the space between the posts.

Finally, before you order your fence, take the time to lay it out carefully. Use graph paper to make drawing easier. A wrong measurement now may result in big problems later.

At World Class Fence Distributors, we provide high-quality vinyl and aluminum fencing for residential and commercial properties across the nation. We talk to every customer to guarantee satisfaction. Visit this page and follow the easy steps to place your online order.

Decorative Fences – Aesthetics Count as Much as Functionality!

Decorative FencesDecorative fences are meant to complement the exteriors of buildings and homes. These fences are made in many designs and styles. In addition to a choice of materials, the patterns can be vertical or horizontal, or the fence can be designed to offer privacy. Whatever your choice is, a decorative fence should offer aesthetics as well as functionality.

If privacy is your main goal, you can use plants and attractive hedges that will also add to the beauty of your fence. They’ll also make your garden look more natural and organized.

Aluminum decorative fences can be molded into a variety of pretty shapes, sizes and designs. When vertically patterned, they always look elegant. The rods can be made into designs like angels, roses or other delicate shapes to be placed on the upper parts of the fence. So if you want your home to look sophisticated and royal, then black aluminum will do the trick.

Vinyl decorative fences are also a perfect choice. They can be customized to match your home’s style and the design of your landscaping. To beautify a vinyl fence, you can add posts, planks, panels and other decorative accessories. Best of all, you’ll never have rotting problems with vinyl, and maintenance is virtually nil. Vinyl comes in many stunning colors, so if you’re looking for great aesthetics, this material won’t let you down.

At World Class Fence Distributors, we provide high-quality vinyl and aluminum fencing for residential and commercial properties across the nation. We talk to every customer to guarantee satisfaction. Visit this page and follow the easy steps to place your online order.

Commercial Fencing for Smart Safety and Security Solutions

commercial fencingThese days it’s an unpleasant fact that security measures to protect homes and commercial buildings have to be more robust than ever before. Industrial espionage, increasing crime and vandalism means that business owners need to be more vigilant by implementing security systems that provide a strong deterrent.

Commercial fencing is typically used to border country estates, parks, sports fields, schools, public spaces, and business premises. Modern solutions offer fully integrated perimeter protection with access control and high-security fencing.

Technological advances mean that there is now a choice of fencing types to suit the environment, aesthetics and local regulations. Commercial fencing can be tailored to suit a particular site and blend in with the building’s design and location. There are a number of styles that can be adapted to become “smart” fences with vibration detectors incorporated into the system.

Aluminum palisades, for example, present a clear and strong message to would-be intruders. They also come with optional features, such as sharp points which make the fence virtually impossible to scale. Various colors allow this type of fencing to have a less industrial look, which will blend in with most environments. It’s also, therefore, a perfect choice for apartment and condominium complexes. Aluminum commercial fencing can be installed quickly to save on labor costs.

At World Class Fence Distributors, we provide high-quality vinyl and aluminum fencing for residential and commercial properties across the nation. We talk to every customer to guarantee satisfaction. Visit this page and follow the easy steps to place your online order.