Once there were only two reasons for putting up a fence – keeping things in or keeping them out. While fences still serve sentry duty, they can be a highly decorative touch to a property while at the same time defining boundaries, blocking undesirable views and providing safety around swimming pools and other private areas.
Whether you’re selecting new fencing around your home or replacing a worn-out fence, metal fences in aluminum and various alloys, should be a consideration. Hollow and mass-produced in sections, these metal 6-8 foot fences can cover long distances without the expense of ornamental wrought iron.
Often, metal fences make sturdy and attractive choices for residential properties. Decorative aluminum offers the timeless style found in wrought iron but comes without the demands of high maintenance. There is no need for annual scraping and painting. While providing a measure of security and strength, as well as the desired visibility, aluminum fencing can be colored in many different shades.
Generally, the lowest-price aluminum fence costs nearly the same as the most expensive vinyl fence but is less expensive to install than wrought iron. High-end extruded-aluminum hollow fencing is appealing, as maintenance-free as vinyl and better withstands the test of time.
Although metal fences cannot duplicate the warmth and rustic feel of a wood fence, they can be made to complement many styles of architecture. In addition, some of the strongest aluminum alloys, such as those made of titanium/silicon, are particularly resistant to weather damage such as paint peeling or chipping.
Other metal fences, combining a zinc and iron alloy coated steel, with aluminum, are particularly corrosion resistant and virtually repair-free. Since these kinds of fences are identical on both sides, neighbors can enjoy the same look from their yard.
Your Service Professional will advise you on the best choices for your property, taking into consideration such factors as zoning laws, permits, soil and climate as well as your budget and the specific needs for the fencing. Installation of metal fencing should be done by a Service Professional who understands the system of how rails and posts should be affixed.