A metal fence is a great way to protect your property while maintaining an elegant, yet modern look. Whether you have a pool from which you want to keep away children and pets, or you want to make your property more secure, a metal fence is the solution. Though metal fences can be made of iron or steel, aluminum is rapidly becoming the leading material.
Advantages of Aluminum
Aluminum fencing offers the secure, elegant look of other metals but is lightweight and durable. It's available in a variety of designs and colors to fit your home's look and your personal style. Aluminum is also rust-proof, making it the preferred choice for almost any area, especially around the swimming pool where water is an inevitable threat. Additionally, aluminum can be powder coated which provides protection against fading and graffiti.
Aluminum fencing typically comes in preassembled panels which should be installed by a professional fence contractor. If you have the proper tools and experience, you can try to install it yourself and save money on installation fees. Professionally installed aluminum fencing will typically cost between $20 and $30 a foot or more, depending on the height, style, strength and complexity of installation. Aluminum comes in four grades of strength, with thicker, stronger grades costing more. Consult with a fence contractor to determine the best grade necessary for your home.
Aluminum fences require almost no maintenance and can last a lifetime. The variations of designs are virtually endless, ranging from ornamental to fully-functional. One variable is the space between the vertical bars. Though aluminum fences don't typically provide privacy, you can still determine how much of a gap you want in the fence, depending on which – if any – animals you want to keep out, or any other personal reasons you have for selecting a large- or small-gapped fence. Likewise, the thickness of the vertical bars can vary to create the same open or closed effect.
In terms of ornamental design, there are a wide variety of choices. The top of the fence can be either a smooth horizontal line, or curved or slanted. Additionally, a fence can have ornamental pickets, finials, circles or small arches at the top.
If your fence encloses your home's driveway, you'll need to install a driveway gate. Depending on whether you opt for a manual or automated gate and the size and style you select, the cost will typically be between $1,500 and $10,000.
If you're already improving your home's look, you may want to consider redoing the landscaping. Whether you want to add more privacy by planting bushes and ivory around the fence or you just want the style of your garden to match your new fence, consult with a professional gardener.
A fence is a great way to add to your yard's look while adding safety and security at the same time. An aluminum fence is a quality choice, both because of its durability as well as its style. Be sure to consult with a skilled fence contractor to determine the best, most effective fence for your property.
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