Putting in a new aluminum fence begins with deciding what type of aluminum fence you want and need. There are several options to consider when planning your installation.
1. Aluminum Fencing Comes in Different Grades
There are three primary grades of aluminum fencing — residential, commercial, and architectural. Residential fencing is the perfect choice for most single-family homes, while the much more durable and utilitarian commercial options are better suited to businesses. Architectural fencing is rated for specific uses, such as for fencing in balconies on tall apartment buildings. It is also sometimes used in residential settings if additional durability is necessary or if the installation location has special code requirements.
2. Picket Finial Options Can Impact Design and Security
The final style of the pickets is about more than the final look of the fence. Pressed spear pickets, for example, have pronounced points on top that help dissuade would-be intruders from climbing over your fence. There are also a variety of decorative finial options, ranging from ornate fleur-de-lis designs to classic picket-tip orbs. These can reduce the ability to climb, but they may not be as effective as spear pickets. You can also choose a flat-top fence, which has a horizontal rail that protects the tips of the pickets. These are best when climbing isn't a concern.
3. There Are Design Options for Every Home's Style
A common misconception is that all aluminum fencing is designed to mimic the look of classical wrought iron fencing. Although you can find many attractive styles of aluminum that do resemble true wrought iron, there are also more modern design choices. Post and rail style aluminum fencing, with its wider boards, resembles picket fencing but it offers the durability of aluminum. There is also a large range of options when it comes to the color of the fence, as you can go with a stock color or opt for a custom powder-coated finish.
4. Durability Depends on the Installation Quality
On its own, aluminum fencing parts are quite durable. They resist weathering, don't rust or corrode, and require very little maintenance. Total durability, though, depends on the installation quality. Aluminum fence posts should be anchored well in concrete so that the fence doesn't develop a lean over time. Panels should be welded together, and then the panels should be bolted securely to the posts with corrosion-resistant hardware. As for the finish, powder-coated aluminum is much less likely to chip or fade compared to painted aluminum.
Contact an aluminum fence installation service to learn more.