There are three main types of aluminum fences: ornamental, chain-link, and mesh. The best kind of fencing for you depends on your needs. For example, if you need a fence to simply keep your pets out of your garden, all you need is a simple mesh fence.
Aluminum fencing works well for almost any fencing need, from rural and remote areas to decorative, high-end residential fencing. Most types of aluminum fencing can be installed very quickly. The benefit of the aluminum is that it requires very little maintenance.
Aluminum fencing is available from fence contractors, as well as big box stores, like Home Depot and Lowe’s.
Ornamental Aluminum Fences
Wrought iron probably offers the best combination of aesthetics, security, strength, and durability when it comes to a fence. However, wrought iron is very labor-intensive, from the production, including heating and shaping, to installing it. For this reason, most fences that look like wrought iron or cast iron are now made of aluminum or steel.
Aluminum fences can mimic iron in style, yet are much lighter, easier to build, and less expensive. The benefit of ornamental aluminum fences is that they are often sold in kits that are easy to transport and assemble without any help.
If you are buying a kit, it is a good idea to buy all the parts, pieces, and materials from the same manufacturer because each fence has its own style and methods of assembly. Compared to other fencing, aluminum offers the advantage of being rust-resistant, which means that it is easy to maintain for years to come.
Most aluminum fence manufacturers offer several options when it comes to strength and security of a fence. Popular upgrades consist of self-latching gates with keyed deadbolts and self-closing gates.
To install an ornamental aluminum fence, establish the fence line. Then, measure and mark the locations of posts. Dig holes, and bury the posts in them. After you bury the first post, immediately install the first section of the fence. Set the next post, and attach it to the section. Finally, secure the top rails with screws. Drive the screws throughout the hollow posts.
Chain-Link Aluminum Fences
Chain-link fences were first introduced in Europe in the 1850s. They became popular in the United States during the 20th century. They offer both security and visibility. This combination of features is one of the main reasons these fences became popular. They are also strong, affordable, and last for a long time.
Standard chain-link doesn’t look very aesthetically appealing. However, there are several options that can make the chain-links more attractive. They include color-coated links and links with weaving colored slats. You can also use tall plants or vines that climb through and up the links to cover the fence and make it blend in with the surroundings.
A typical chain link is between 3 and 12 feet tall, with 4 feet being the most common height. This height is really easy to install if you are planning to do it yourself. Installing a fence with chain-links over 6 feet is tricky, and you are probably better off using a contractor for such a project.
The installation of a chain-link fence is very straight-forward. Start with setting up string lines. Make sure that all the corners are square. Mark locations of all terminal posts. Add stakes for posts in between. For terminal posts, dig holes that are 8 inches in diameter. For intermediate poles, the holes need to be 6 inches in diameter.
Fill the holes of the terminal with concrete. Let the concrete cure for two days. After that, tie a string line and set the intermediate posts at the height of the line. Pour the concrete, let cure for two days. Then, attach the fittings. Finally, unroll the fencing along the fence line and stretch it between the posts. Slide a tension bar on the ends and tighten the fence with tension bands. This task is easier to complete if you have someone to help you.
The key to strong chain-link fencing is in stretching it just enough to minimize slack.
Mesh Aluminum Fences
There are all kinds of mesh aluminum fences, including knotted, welded, and woven. The style of the mesh fence often depends on its function.
Hardware cloth mesh fences are thin and have small sizes of mesh. They work well for light-duty tasks, such as small rabbit cages.
Poultry mesh fences typically have a 20- to 22-gauge wire of hexagonal shape. They are light and easy to install and handle. They work great as a low-cost protection solution for gardens.
General-purpose mesh fences are also called, utility fences. They are used for gardens and cages for small animals.
To build a permanent mesh fence, set the posts of your choice in the footing. Attach the mesh to the posts. Use galvanized fence staples, wire, or wire clips designed for this purpose.
Do you need a fence around your home, garden, or for animals? Use the tips provided to choose and install a fence that meets your needs!