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Why Aluminum Is The Best Metal Pool Fencing Available

When it comes to choosing the right fence, the most important thing is to choose a pool fencing material that meets all relevant needs especially when it comes to safety. However, with all the pool fencing materials out there, choosing an appropriate one can feel like a class in rocket science, but it doesn’t need to be so.

In addition to ensuring the fence you plan to install meets the current regulation in regards to pool fencing;

Things To Keep In Mind Before Install

  • A pool fence must reduce the risks of possible accidents around the home and come fitted with a with a self-locking and self-closing mechanism that will keep children and pets away from the pool area in the absence of an adult supervision
  • The material’s durability when exposed to the different weather conditions, including other elements such as chemicals
  • It should be a material that is sturdy, strong and easy to clean
  • It should provide privacy while at the same time provides an aesthetic appeal

The above and more is what makes aluminum the best metal pool fencing choice available in the market to date. Aluminum metal swimming pool fence panels are available in many eye-catching colors, designs, shapes, and sizes that are not only lightweight but economical compared to other types of pool fencing materials.

Powder Coating Options

Powder coating on aluminum fences has gained popularity due to its protective and attractive purposes, its availability in a vast range of colors and textures, and the technological advancements that are known to not only enhance the value of any aluminum fence, but the powder coating creates a durable, high-quality finish that makes fences resistant to general wear and tear such as chipping, scratching, chemicals, fading, compared to other finishes. Powder coating is also more environmentally friendly because it uses no solvents, which reduces toxins in the air.

Low Maintenance/ Low Cost Repairs

Additionally, the metal swimming pool fence panels used to make the fence are corrosion and rust resistant and require little maintenance. They are also very durable because not only do most aluminum fences come with a gloss finish that helps protect it from air, UV rays, and rust, but because of this, any wear and tear sometimes in the form of oxidation or when algae begins to grow on the aluminum fence and eat the protective finish, can be easily dealt with by cleaning it with bleach and soapy water for the algae or an easy application of car wax that acts as protection and prevent additional oxidation on the fence.

The aluminum metal pool fence has been considered an all-purpose fencing product that can be used for many applications all around the home and its especially the perfect choice for areas in close vicinity to water and a process known as racking means these fences can easily follow the contours of any ground – be it hilly or at a slope. Are you ready for an aluminum metal pool fence?

Learn more about iFence USA and their vast line of custom aluminum fencing options with various grades of aluminum fence to choose from including: Commercial Grade Aluminum Fencing, Residential Grade Aluminum Fencing, Pool Grade Aluminum Fencing, and Industrial Aluminum Fencing at http://ifenceusa.com/pool.php.  To contact one of our aluminum fence experts call toll free 800.762.2907 or via email at info@ifenceusa.com.

The Best Option in Pool Fencing

Ever since the idea of in-ground swimming pools, the need to fence it has been the standard practice for most pool owners. It could be wood or wrought iron fencing; many swimming pools have enjoyed great fencing across the world. With modern fencing options available to pool owners, what best pool fencing option can you consider?

Aluminum Pool Fencing

Development in construction material technology is helping the fencing industry to grow. There are so many options available today that it may confuse you if you don’t know what best suits your purpose. If it is aluminum swimming pool fencing you want, know that this option in maintenance free, durable, long-lasting, affordable, and above all safe.

Since swimming pool of today serves a need to protect as well as aesthetics of the environment, it is instructive to consider the beauty of the fencing as well as safety when considering it for the perimeter of your pool. If you are looking for a good looking fence that provides the security you desire for your backyard pool we will start straight away with aluminum fencing which serves both the need for a secure pool and beautiful environment.

Aluminum is made of hard material which is good for various types of pool fencing construction. The material comes with certain benefits that position it above many other fencing materials.

Advantages of aluminum pool gates benefits

  • Aesthetic Need

Since one of the purposes of swimming pool is to beautify the environment, aluminum is a dependable material for home beautification and brings out the best ornamental design of poolside fencing.

  • Weather Tolerant

Unlike most fencing materials, aluminum swimming pool fence does not cave in to weather no matter how harsh it may be.

  • Durability

Aluminum does not give in to weather and does not fade like many other fencing materials would when exposed to hard weather, especially the UV light.

  • Low Maintenance Costs

Once aluminum fencing is installed, it costs so little to maintain. Other than routine checks and repaint did on infrequent occasion; aluminum fencing can last a long time with or without a major maintenance cost.

  • Easy to Design

Aluminum is easy to cut into shape and rivet together for reliable bonding. It can go to any length you want and robust enough to withstand any situation around the poolside.

Rust Resistant and Long Lasting

While wood fencing may rotten, and iron fencing may rust with time and requiring high maintenance cost, aluminum fencing is just perfect and all weather tolerant. Evidence shows that aluminum can take up to 10,000 years to disintegrate.

Beauty With Safety

You can turn your poolside into a fantastic sight of beauty using aluminum fencing without compromising the look and aesthetics of your surroundings. Aluminum pool gates offer protection against unauthorized entry and a safe use to protect kids from dangers in pool areas.

Although there are other pool options available to swimming pool owners, using aluminum pool fence has been known to serve multiple purposes as listed above. It is an option for both the high and average income earners who want the best fencing around their pools.

Learn more about iFence USA and their vast line of custom aluminum fencing options with various grades of aluminum fence to choose from including: Commercial Grade Aluminum Fencing, Residential Grade Aluminum Fencing, Pool Grade Aluminum Fencing, and Industrial Aluminum Fencing at http://ifenceusa.com/pool.php.  To contact one of our aluminum fence experts call toll free 800.762.2907 or via email at info@ifenceusa.com.

Aluminum Fences | The iNTEGRITY Answers Department

The more familiar you become with aluminum fencing, the more you’ll realize it’s the most attractive, versatile and cost-effective fencing available. Here we present the most often asked questions about this amazing product. Informative and easy to understand, our Answers Department will make a believer out of you! For innovative and yet unanswered inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone, fax or email!

1. Are Integrity™ aluminum fences safe for pool enclosures?
All fences in our Resort Collection™ are specifically designed to comply with the most widely accepted requirements for pool safety, known as the B.O.C.A. code. Fences in our other collections may not comply based on height and other factors. For more information, refer to our Pool Safety link or contact us directly. Local codes may vary, so you should confirm compliance with your local governing authorities even when selecting from our Resort Collection™ of pool safe fences. For other planning considerations, visit our Pool Project Advice link.
2. Will Integrity™ aluminum fences contain my dog?
Standard space between vertical pickets in our residential and pool grades is just under 4” so many small dogs can slip through. If your purpose is to create a barrier for small dogs, consider our Extreme™ vertical picket spacing, which offers any of our styles with a smaller gap between the vertical pickets. Also, you can order any style with ”puppy pickets”. Puppy pickets offer our ”Extreme™” spacing, but only on the lowest part of the fence. For larger or more aggressive dogs, you may want to consider upgrading to a commercial grade such as our Premier Collection™.
3. Is it difficult to install Integrity™ aluminum fencing?
Aluminum fencing is perhaps the most installer-friendly fencing available! Though durable, aluminum posts are not as large as say, 4×4 or even 5×5 monster posts often used for wood or vinyl fencing, so digging the holes is easier. The pre-assembled and gentle-on-the-back panels enable the project to move along efficiently. With only a short list of tools needed, you’ll be amazed at the pace of your work! Take a look at our Installation Advice link and see for yourself! Also remember that our installation consultants are always only a phone call away for all of our customers, even on weekends!
4. Do Integrity™ aluminum fence panels require assembly?
No. All Integrity™ fence panels come to you factory-assembled and ready to install! And, unlike many manufacturers, all finials and most other accessories come factory-installed as well! When you think Integrity™, you’re thinking (and installing!) right out of the box!
5. Can Integrity™ aluminum fences be installed on a hill or severe grade slope?
Yes, with some exceptions (which are noted in style specifications). Standard Integrity™ fence panels can ”rack” or adjust to conform to a grade slope, but there are limits, as noted in the specifications of each style. For moderate grade slopes, Xtra-Rack™ panels can be ordered. See style specifications for the limits of Xtra-Rack™ panels. For more severe grade slopes, we offer a Max-Rack™ feature on many styles, but we recommend you consult with one of our sales associates for the limits of our Max-Rack™ rackable panels.
6. Can Integrity™ aluminum fences be installed in a rounded or curved configuration?
Yes. As the fence panels are being installed they can be shifted directionally up to 30 degrees with ease. While the panels themselves are not rounded or bent, the cumulative effect of this slight adjustment at each post creates a rounded effect, giving your fence curve appeal! For tighter curves, order narrower panels or just cut standard panels in half and use additional line posts.
7. What about very sharp angles?
Sharp angles are not a problem when you purchase our smart adjustable mounting brackets. These brackets are available in each grade of Integrity™ fencing and are specifically designed to connect to the horizontal rail of the fence panel, making it possible to negotiate sharp angles more easily than by trying to force the horizontal rails into the punched holes of posts under such conditions. Adjustable mounting brackets can be attached to structures such as pillars, or simply attached to blank posts. In most cases, they can also be positioned to cover punched rail-receiving holes when attached to line, end, or corner posts.
8. How do I attach Integrity™ aluminum fences to structures such as pillars or buildings?
There are two ways to do this. The first is to attach the fence panel to an end post installed butted up to the structure itself. Often, when conditions do not allow below-surface installation of the post, it is secured to the structure while resting on the grade or buried slightly below grade. The alternate commonly used method is to forego the use of posts and attach the fence panel directly to the structure using rail mounting brackets. These brackets are sized to house the end of the horizontal rails of the fence panel and are available in three designs: Stationary for straight-on attachments, horizontally adjustable for attachments that enable a side-to-side swivel, and vertically adjustable for attachments that enable an up-and-down swivel.
9. Can Integrity™ aluminum fences be installed on a hard surface such as concrete?
Yes. There are two types of flange that are available for this purpose. The most durable post-to-surface attachment we offer is welded flanges for posts. Factory-welded, then powder coated, these welded flanges are ideal for mounting a post to hard surfaces such as concrete. They are sized appropriately for each type of post’s base and then welded to the base. For best results, use welded flanges when the surface grade is level or near-level. An alternative is our two-piece wedge flanges for posts. Though not as strong, they can be more versatile because they enable you to cut each post on location, which can be useful in keeping the top of the fence level when the grade below fluctuates. For a durable and versatile installation without the use of flanges at all, you may want to consider coring a hole into the concrete surface and installing your posts by re-cementing. Properly executed, this can be a very effective installation approach, but we strongly recommend you contract a professional concrete cutting company to do the coring.
10. Should I install my Integrity™ fence directly onto the concrete around my pool?
In our opinion, no. While we do appreciate the desire to put an end to grass-trimming around the base of a fence, we recommend accomplishing this goal through alternate means, such as landscaping rocks or wood chips. Integrity™ aluminum fences can be installed ”hugging” the concrete, with the posts butted up against the concrete, for a clean, attractive look. Using flanges or coring the concrete is certainly possible, but this type of installation too close to the concrete’s edge can be potentially damaging to the strength of the concrete, causing unsightly cracking. While installing further away from the concrete’s edge may prevent this type of damage, consider that you are then eating into your usable space while still paying for the unusable space! In our view, mounting to a concrete surface should only be done only when there is no other option. Take our recommendation and save yourself the unnecessary expense. For other planning considerations, visit our Pool Project Advice link.
11. Can Integrity™ aluminum fences be ”stepped” to negotiate a grade slope?
Yes. The best way to ”step” (rather than ”rack”) fencing on a grade slope is to use blank posts and rail mounting brackets. With this method, the panels on each side of the post can be staggered or ”stepped”, meaning they are attached at different points on the post causing one panel to be positioned lower than the other. Unlike rackable panels which cause the fence to follow the grade slope, ”stepping” without the use of retaining walls creates triangular gaps between the grade and the bottom of the fence next to the posts because the fence panels remain level and deviate from, rather than follow, the grade slope. These gaps are merely an aesthetic consideration unless a swimming pool is being enclosed, in which case the gaps of the stepping method are not likely to comply with pool safety codes because of the possibility that a small child could slip under the fence.
12. Are Integrity™ gates welded?
Yes. All Integrity™ aluminum gates are welded for maximum durability. After being welded, they are then powder coated. Don’t ever settle for gates that are spot welded and painted over. Sadly, this unbecoming and inferior method is used by some manufacturers.
13. How do Integrity™ fence panels attach to posts?
Integrity™ fence panels are designed with horizontal rails that slide into holes that are punched into the posts. These holes are a specific size and shape that accept the insertion of the horizontal rail of a particular grade of fence panel. This fence panel is then affixed with a screw fastener to the post. All posts that have these holes are called punched posts. There are several types of punched posts available, each with a specific use. Line posts are used to attach two panels to one post on opposite sides of the post. Corner posts are used to attach two panels to one post on adjacent sides of the post, and end posts are used to attach one panel to one post on one side of the post. Three-way posts are used occasionally to attach three panels to one post on three sides of the post. Four-way posts are rarely used but are available as a custom order post.
14. What is a blank post?
A blank post is simply a post that has no holes punched into it to receive the horizontal rail of a fence panel. When panels need to be attached to blank posts, this is accomplished using rail mounting brackets. Blank posts are often used as a gate post when a gate is installed butted up to a structure. In this case, since the gate post next to the structure will not have a fence panel attached to it, it is better to use a blank post rather than a punched post. Any size post in any wall thickness we sell can be ordered as a blank post.
15. How do gate posts differ from other types of posts?
There are typically two types of posts used to install gates, punched end posts, or blank posts. Either type can be used as a latch post or a hinge post. What determines which type is used is whether or not a fence panel will be attached to the post adjacent to the gate. Since these posts can be used in situations not involving a gate, they are technically not gate-specific. When one refers to a gate post, it is still necessary to indicate which type of post is needed. With Integrity Aluminum Products™, a gate post, regardless of its type, always comes standard with the maximum wall thickness of .125” for all 2” or 3” square posts. Don’t ever settle for less!
16. Can Integrity™ aluminum fences be used as railing or be installed on decks?
We do not sell or recommend aluminum fences for this type of application. Integrity Aluminum™ fences are not strength tested for safe use as railing when your application requires railing by code. For this use, we carry hand railing. However, aluminum fencing is often used when railing is not a code requirement, such as when a porch or deck is only inches off grade. Check with your local governing authority before using aluminum fencing on a raised deck or patio as Integrity Aluminum Products does not assume liability for improper, unintended, or illegal use of its products.
17. Can Integrity™ aluminum fences be customized?
Yes. Non-conforming conditions are common to fencing, so we offer real solutions, rather than panels and gates in the usual pre-determined heights and widths. Wider or narrower panels and gates, longer posts, special welding, altered rail positions, and much more is possible and cost effective. Whatever your requirements may be, let our skilled professionals determine feasibility and prepare a special quote for you! For more information, visit our Custom Fences link.
18. Can I order an Integrity™ aluminum gate in a custom width?
Yes. Any custom width between the minimum and maximum sizes available is possible. Prices are calculated in per-foot increments. For instance, a gate ordered wider than a standard size increment will be rounded up in price to the next size increment. The width of a gate is always defined as the width of the opening for the gate, not the actual size of the frame of the gate. Our gates are constructed with the necessary space reductions to accommodate included hinge and latch hardware. Width of opening and any modifications to included hardware must be declared at time of a gate order. Incidentally, custom gate heights are also possible. Custom heights are most often ordered when gates are purchased independent of fencing.
19. Do Integrity™ aluminum fences require maintenance?
No. Integrity™ Aluminum powder coated fences do not require maintenance. They will stay beautiful for years.
20. Can electronic gate operators be used with Integrity™ gates?
Yes, but this applies only to Ultimate™ commercial grade gates, which includes all Integrity™ Driveway Gates. Please designate that you will be installing electronic gate operators when you order a gate.
21. What is powder coating?
Powder coating is a completely dry finishing process that produces a high quality, long lasting finish twice the thickness and hardness of typical acrylic or baked enamel finishes. It is far more durable, fade resistant and scratch resistant than other coatings. For more interesting information, please visit our Powder Coating link.
22. What colors are available?
Standard Integrity™ Aluminum colors are black, bronze, white, green, sandstone and beige. Most colors are available in gloss or matte finish. There is no upcharge for any of the standard colors. Custom colors are possible with certain limitations and are subject to an upcharge. Contact us for a free quote on any custom color.
23. What is the difference between “flush bottom” and “classic bottom”?
These terms refer to the position of the bottom horizontal rail of a fence panel. The vertical pickets of fence panels with a ”flush bottom” do not protrude below the bottom horizontal rail. The vertical pickets of fence panels with a ”classic bottom” protrude below the bottom horizontal rail by approximately 4” (or more, depending on the style or grade). All Integrity™ Aluminum fences are constructed with classic bottoms except for Resort Collection™ pool fences, which are all flush bottom. All fence styles are constructed as indicated in their particular specifications. Any changes are considered to be custom and must be declared at the time of order. Please keep in mind Resort Collection™ pool fences are designed to meet the widely recognized B.O.C.A. pool safety code, so modifying the bottom rail position these styles is not recommended.
24. Can I order Integrity™ fence products à la carte?
Yes. Fence panels can be ordered without gates and vice versa. Posts or post caps can be ordered independently, etc. etc. Visit our link for a complete list of our Options & Accessories. The only recommended exceptions to à la carte ordering are factory installed accessories (such as circles). In theory, all of the parts of a fence could be ordered à la carte for later assembly, but this would not be the most cost-effective way to order! Keep in mind that some features cannot be added to previously assembled panels.
25. How long does it take to get my Integrity™ fence?
Most of our products generally ship approximately two to three weeks after purchase is made and payment has been received. However, some orders can take a little longer. This may be because of the size of the order or other factors including but not limited to peak season demand, holidays, special crating, or less often painted colors. Rest assured that we make every effort to expedite all orders. Often, it is possible to expedite small supplemental (add-on) orders such as an extra post, so long as they can be shipped Fedex or USPS ground rather than by common carrier freight. For emergency situations talk to an iFence™ sales associate directly for additional priority possibilities. Our Shipping Terms link offers more information.
26. Should I obtain a property survey?
Obtaining a recent survey of your property lines is a good idea if you are following your perimeter with a fence. However, if a survey is not within your budget, city records of your property or the papers that accompany your mortgage loan may contain your plat map. Keep in mind that there are disclaimers on most plat maps that the measurements referenced may be ”approximate”.
27. Can Integrity™ fence panels be cut into a narrower width?
Yes. The horizontal SmartRail™ of a fence panel can be cut at any point to create a narrower-width panel. This is a good thing, because a fence line does not usually measure to the exact inch the total linear feet of panel material on hand. Typically, a panel needs to be cut or trimmed on site. Often, such trimming is planned ahead. For instance, a piece of a trimmed panel can be used as a filler when a gate is going to be installed inches away from the wall of a house, requiring a narrow piece of panel to fill the gap. When cutting fence panels, the horizontal SmartRail™ needs to be re-notched to fit into the punched holes of a post. A power hacksaw can make this easy! With product versatility like this, ”scrap” material is minimized. Better yet, unforeseen layout changes are usually manageable without putting the installation project on hold.
28. Can Integrity™ gates be cut to be narrower or shorter?
No. Gates are welded together, then powder coated, so they cannot be cut after they are made.
29. Do Integrity™ fence panels and/or gates include posts?
No. Panels, gates and posts are sold separately.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Aluminum Fencing

Advantages of Aluminum Fences

Affordability

Aluminum fences are very cost-effective when compared to fences made of either steel or wrought iron. Aluminum is cheaper to manufacture and is a lot more readily available making it more affordable. An aluminum fence would have a higher upfront cost than a wood fence; however, it will not require regular maintenance and upkeep costs making it a cost-effective long-term investment on your property.

Low Maintenance

Aluminum fences require very low maintenance over their lifespan and this is due to the powder paint coating applied to it during its manufacture. The paint is fused with the metal and this protects the metal for decades to come without showing wear.

To keep it clean, you only need to hose it down occasionally unlike with a wood fence where you would require a sealant, a preservative, and some paint or stain.

Durability

The versatile qualities of aluminum mean it does not rust and this makes it particularly ideal in locations that are more susceptible to corrosive materials such as swimming pools. Aluminum fences do not rot or fade under the constant onslaught of moisture, sunlight, snow, hail or ice. Insects such as termites or ants also do not damage your aluminum fence.

Aluminum fences are durable and will last for a long time giving you value for your money. Steel fencing, on the other hand, will need to be inspected periodically for any corrosion and touched up when necessary.

Versatility

Among the many properties of aluminum is its ability to adapt to different landscapes and slopes of the land. Aluminum fences are able to fit your precise requirements without gaping holes or ugly gaps.

An aluminum fence is able to curve with the slope of the landscape thus creating a more polished appearance and preventing pets and other small animals from slipping beneath the surface.

The uses of aluminum fences are also varied. They do not just serve aesthetic purposes but they also provide practical uses such as acting as a barrier for pets and children around a hot tub or pool to prevent accidental falling. They can also be used to confine certain activities within a specific space and their durability ensures that they remain securely fixed in the ground.

Environmentally Friendly

There are options for aluminum fences made from recycled materials and these are great for the environment. These products are environmentally friendly and still maintain the strength, durability and versatile benefits with regards to strength and quality of aluminum.

Disadvantages of Aluminum Fences

Installation Process

The process of installing an aluminum fence takes a somewhat longer period than other fencing types. The aluminum fence requires its posts to be anchored in concrete and bolted using brackets. Aluminum fences also take longer to be delivered, typically 2 -3 weeks after an initial order is made. In addition, the concrete needs a 3-4 day wait period to properly set.

Security and Privacy

Aluminum fences are ideal for locations whose security needs are moderate. Steel fences are much stronger for standing up against breach attempts and severe weather. An aluminum fence is also see-through so for those who prefer lots of privacy, this is not ideal.

Learn More Today

Learn more about iFence USA and their vast line of custom aluminum fencing options with various grades of aluminum fence to choose from including: Commercial Grade Aluminum Fencing, Residential Grade Aluminum Fencing, Pool Grade Aluminum Fencing, and Industrial Aluminum Fencing at www.ifenceusa.com.  To contact one of our aluminum fence experts call toll free 800.762.2907 or via email at info@ifenceusa.com.

Fencing In Your Swimming Pool

With regards to making your residential swimming pool more delightful and secure, there is nothing more thrilling than setting up an awesome aluminum fence for protection.  Metal fencing is a great addition to offer protection to your pool area that helps to prevent accidental drowning and other such accidental incidents.

Believe it or not, there is nothing more amazing than installing an appealing swimming pool within your property that encourages your family to enjoy all the fun and relaxation throughout the summer.  Regardless of where you live, whether you are in a warmer climate or a chilly on, you can take advantage of the relaxation that comes with having a swimming pool to relax in.

Installing an in-ground swimming pool presents many different propositions including: a place for some great family fun on a sunny summer afternoon, a custom deck area to lounge around on with friends while sipping some frozen beverages, or soaking up some sun.  Many times installing a pool turns your home into the go to summer venue for parties and get-together’s.

A home without an aluminum fencing barrier to provide an extra layer of safety around the perimeter of the pool however presents an altogether different proposition, in fact one that could be quiet deadly, a danger zone for small children and pets, a source of constant worry and tension instead of relaxation and fun.  A metal pool fence is an absolute must when you have a swimming pool in your backyard.

Aluminum fencing offers major benefits over other types of pool safety fencing.   Metal pool fences are a necessity because of their durability and strength.  Metal aluminum pool fences serve as another safety measure for private, public, and commercial swimming pools where the risk of wandering off and into an inviting body of water is tempting for little ones.  Strict regulations must be adhered to when installing pool fencing.  These regulations change in accordance to your local rules and regulations.  It is important to have a good idea of what is required before purchasing let alone installing your aluminum pool fence.

Aluminum pool fencing is good for pool fencing mainly because of its durability and low maintenance needs.  Aluminum fence does not rust and easily withstands the wet seasons and varied climates without needing expensive repairs or maintenance.

Another advantage of aluminum pool fencing is the aesthetics it offers to home owners.  An aluminum fence allows for visibility.  This is an extremely convenient and useful advantage of aluminum fencing.  Homeowners that are installing an aluminum safety pool fence should also consider installing an aluminum gate with self-closing and self latching safety mechanisms.

Not only are there a number of safety highlights when purchasing aluminum pool fencing there are a ton of other benefits ranging from decorative designs to colorful options.  All help to make a friendly and charming environment for pool parties to provide activities for kids and a place for adults of all ages to unwind.

Learn more about iFence USA and their vast line of custom aluminum fencing options with various grades of aluminum fence to choose from including: Commercial Grade Aluminum Fencing, Residential Grade Aluminum Fencing, Pool Grade Aluminum Fencing, and Industrial Aluminum Fencing at http://ifenceusa.com/pool.php.  To contact one of our aluminum fence experts call toll free 800.762.2907 or via email at info@ifenceusa.com.

Ideal Pool Safety Found Using Aluminum Pool Fencing

Nothing compliments a backyard pool area quite like the pristine swimming pool and well-pruned landscape.  It is the focal point of the backyard and provides a view unlike any other.  Not only are pools a visual skeptical they are often a source of concern when it comes to safety.   A pool fence needs to be installed properly but a prerequisite that designers struggle with is making the fence attractive so that it provides safety and does not tarnish the landscape.

One of the things that consumers worry about is rust.  However, not all fences are equal when it comes to rust or decay.  Aluminum is one of the materials that fences can be made from without concern or worry about rust.  Aluminum fencing is coated with a powder coating that helps to prevent rust and provide a minimal maintenance fence.

Rust normally forms when water or moisture reacts with certain metals mostly steel and iron.  The reaction causes the metal to decay.  This type of rust can only be stopped by taking off the affected metal off.  This reaction is not caused from metal or moisture reacting with aluminum.

Aluminum fences are not made from iron or steel.  They do not decay in a similar fashion as iron and steel.  Aluminum is affected by moisture and water but it is not harmful like it is with iron and steel.  When water and moisture reacts with aluminum fencing it is called oxidation.  The oxidation of aluminum happens when a thin layer of covering forms on the area that is logged with water.  Ironically in aluminum this makes the affected metal stronger.

It also only affects the area where the moisture or water has settled.  The rest of the fence remains unaffected.  This ensures that the fence stays intact and does not spread which makes it a perfect choice for your swimming pool fencing.

Aluminum is a better material over others in functionality, elegance, and beauty that don’t need to be maintained continually.  Your aluminum fence comes with a powder coating that helps stop and prevent a special powder coating that helps protect unsightly rusting.  The special powder that is used to protect the aluminum even before the process of oxidation begins.  Aluminum fencing needs minimal care.

Selecting the right type of metal for your swimming pool is very important to consider the element of rust, maintenance levels and more. Safety is of paramount importance and comes first when it comes to metal pool fencing.

Typical Metal Swimming Pool Fences Regulations

  • The top of the fence should be 48 inches above the grade
  • The gap should be less than 4-inch
  • There should be no notches or indentations
  • Fences should not have anything that facilitates climbing

Aluminum metal pool fences are the perfect choice as it is immune to any ill effects and will not only add beauty to your swimming pool but ensure the safety of your family members with minimal effect on your pocket.

Learn more about iFence USA and their vast line of custom aluminum fencing options with various grades of aluminum fence to choose from including: Commercial Grade Aluminum Fencing, Residential Grade Aluminum Fencing, Pool Grade Aluminum Fencing, and Industrial Aluminum Fencing at http://ifenceusa.com/pool.php.  To contact one of our aluminum fence experts call toll free 800.762.2907 or via email at info@ifenceusa.com.

Choosing an Aluminum Fencing System for Your Pool

The fun and excitement that can attract people can always be found when the installation of an in-ground swimming pool.  With all of the fun and excitement that comes with playtime in the pool homeowners need to be cautious to avoid accidents around the water.  Backyard pools require a perimeter fence and locking gate to be installed.  Regardless of whether it is ground level or in ground an appropriate fence is a must to prevent the occurrence of unnecessary accidents.

There are number of different options to consider when it comes to pool fencing.  When choosing an aluminum pool fence and aluminum locking pool gate it is important that it fits your financial plan, the style, color, strength, and meets B.O.C.A. standards.

There are some distinct issues to consider when you are adding a fence to your pool.  To begin with homeowners need to check into local rules and regulations that are in place locally and with their H.O.A.’s. Fencing is best affixed to a hard surface to ensure that it is able to be maintained and is rigid for a solid length of time.  Fencing is not only able to help to maintain safety but also for cleanliness surrounding the pool area.

Aluminum fencing adds elegance and beauty to the environment surrounding the pool area.   Although there are a variety of fencing materials to choose from aluminum fencing has proved time and time again that it is the best option to use around the perimeter of a swimming pool.

One of the reasons for this is the fact that aluminum pool fencing is readily available and maintenance is easy.  Aluminum provides lasting rigidity and strength than other options in pool fencing.  It also adds beauty and style to the pool environment.  Aluminum pool fencing is also powder coated with chemicals that prevent rusting and damage due to moisture and environmental changes.

Aluminum pool fence is so durable to the point that most manufacturers are willing to stand by their product by offering a lifetime guarantee against wear and tear. This guarantee is astounding for the average individual that is short on cash and does not have any desire to worry about when they will need to put more cash into their pool fence. It also enables you to make a single investment of money and nothing more.

There is one final stunning advantage to aluminum fencing when compared with other alternative. You can choose from basically any color under the sun. The powder coating can be put on in any color imaginable. This is incredible for the producer since they can offer additional products with no additional effort or cost to them. The producer does not need to stock numerous colors. The coating process is so quick and simple that it can be uniquely designed for each job. This is also great for the buyer since it enables you to purchase contemporary aluminum fencing product in any color to match every pool design.

Learn more about iFence USA and their vast line of custom aluminum fencing options with various grades of aluminum fence to choose from including: Commercial Grade Aluminum Fencing, Residential Grade Aluminum Fencing, Pool Grade Aluminum Fencing, and Industrial Aluminum Fencing at http://ifenceusa.com/pool.php.  To contact one of our aluminum fence experts call toll free 800.762.2907 or via email at info@ifenceusa.com.

Aluminum Driveway Gates and Fencing Increase Home Safety

Aluminum is a lightweight and versatile metal that has been incorporated for security purposes in many residential and commercial properties. From pool barricades to aluminum driveway gates and fencing increase home safety with quality and professional design solutions. Understanding the features offered with such creations will encourage a flexible, functional and appealing construction that lasts.

Aluminum is a popular choice of material in the production of fences and secure barriers because of its exceptional properties. For homes looking to improve its safety and security, the installation of a durable yet simple to maintain fence can provide lasting value.

Whether an aluminum fence is used to secure a pool, as a driveway gate or a security fence for a perimeter, it provides a neat and aesthetic appeal. While it does not offer a great deal of privacy, these constructions can transform the appearance of any house from outdated and unkept to modern and well organized.

Security has become a major concern for many homeowners. With intruders constantly looking for ways to gain ease of access, improving safety with durable fencing can help protect you and your loved ones. Grade aluminum fences are the best options to secure your property.

Aluminum driveway gates are constructed to last and include automated function owing to the lighter weight of this metal compared to steel and wrought iron. Not only is electronic operation easy and efficient, but safer. Rather than get out of your car late at night to unlock your gate, automated features help you open the fence without having to climb out of your vehicle. It provides greater control for the home including access control for improved safety measure. Incorporating these types of electronic solutions can assist in delivering an exceptional and reliable result against would be intruders.

Automated fences can swing open provided there are no obstructions or slide along a track. Manually operated driveway gates are slid open and closed. The flexibility of this material makes it easy to operate on a lock and slide mechanism, but automated functionality is best for higher levels of security. To enhance the safety of your home, connect a sensor to the entry gate. It will prevent breaking of locks to gain entrance and makes it easier to manage accessibility.

The aluminum fence is a highly durable construction. Adding sturdy fencing as a perimeter around the front of your house can deter would be criminals. The exceptional strength of this metal combined with spikes and decorative spokes on the top line can help prevent intruders from making their way onto your property.

While aluminum fencing costs more than regular wood, it will not tarnish and does not require maintenance. Security fences are designed with an above average height or the addition of spokes and pickets. These features aim to safeguard your home and provide residential owners with peace of mind that they have made the right security investment decision. The wide range of designs, colors and construction to select, makes such enhancements an invaluable choice for any property.

Learn more about iFence USA and their vast line of custom aluminum fencing options with various grades of aluminum fence to choose from including: Commercial Grade Aluminum Fencing, Residential Grade Aluminum Fencing, Pool Grade Aluminum Fencing, and Industrial Aluminum Fencing at http://ifenceusa.com/residential.php.  To contact one of our aluminum fence experts call toll free 800.762.2907 or via email at info@ifenceusa.com.

Aluminum Fences | DIY Project Tips for Success from iFence

On this page, we offer a brief overview of challenges that may need to be addressed before embarking on a DIY fencing project. Some helpful tips are also presented to spark your creativity, but we don’t go into the fine details and planning of your overall landscaping. That we leave to you and the professionals who may share with us the privilege of serving you.

Unobstructed View

The best attribute of Integrity™ aluminum fences is that your view is not obstructed by the fence. This means you can easily keep an eye on the pool area. Beyond your yard there may be a beautiful lake, a wooded area, or just wild flowers. Integrity™ aluminum fences let you continue to enjoy your surroundings with minimal obstruction, especially when ordered in bronze or black. When privacy is important, we recommend landscaping with natural foliage as a barrier on either side of your Integrity™ fence. Most local codes do not permit privacy fences taller than 6′, which means you’ll be boxed in while others from a distance may still be able to look in. Take a look at our extensive photo gallery and then ask yourself, ”How could a big tall plastic wall be this attractive?”

Keep Fence Clear of Objects or Grade Inclines

Always remember that when a pool is involved, fences are subject to more restrictions for the safety of children. Please take the time to review our pool safety link. Integrity Aluminum Products™ places a high priority on safety and we want you to be aware of potential hazards for children. For instance, keeping fences a safe distance away from objects outside the pool area such as air conditioner units is addressed by the BOCA pool safety code and is almost universally enforced by inspectors. This is a good idea for the protection of children. When retaining walls are involved and it is not possible to maintain adequate clearance from the incline, consider installing your fence on the high ground! All of our Resort Collection™ pool fences comply with the rigid safety standards of BOCA!*

How Wide Should A Walkway Be?

When planning your walkway, keep in mind that the gate needs to be wide enough so that you are able to install the gate posts on each side of the concrete, therefore, we recommend leaving yourself a little extra space. For instance, if you are going to have a 48′ wide gate, an ideal limit for the width of your walkway is 45”. Pavers can be more forgiving, but it’s still better to plan ahead, as shown. Usually, the fence is ordered in advance of the installation of the concrete, so you’ll want to go over this point with the concrete installers. Don’t assume anything! Talking about these details with your concrete professional will ensure the success of your project! One last thing, when hugging the concrete with your fence, there is a key point to remember. Often, when the concrete is angled and not square with the gate, the gate itself needs to be made wider to span the distance! This issue is resolved in one of three ways, by narrowing the walkway, by widening the gate, or installing the gate square with the concrete and then angling the adjacent fencing. Advise your contractor of your decision! Of course, at times mounting posts directly onto concrete will be necessary. Our FAQ link addresses these circumstances and the best way to plan for success!

Remember the Landing!

If there are steps leading up to your gate, there should (and often must) be an adequate landing otherwise it becomes awkward to open the gate. A person must have plenty of room to maneuver when opening the gate. This issue, if not addressed early enough, may result in a costly reworking of landscaping, including retaining walls. Or, as pictured here, a reluctant angling inward with some concrete coring in order to create a landing space. Though not as initially conceived, the homeowner was able to avoid serious aesthetic compromise.

Consider a Rounded Configuration

Curved fencing layouts can be gorgeous! And Integrity™ aluminum fences will flow with these curves quite well! You do not have to lock yourself into a rectangular pattern. As Integrity™ fence panels are being installed, they can be shifted directionally. While the panels themselves are not rounded or bent, the cumulative effect of this slight adjustment at each post creates a rounded effect. The curve appeal shown here is very effective, don’t you think?

When Attaching to Pillars

Pillars are a lovely way to achieve a stately look, and they work well with Integrity™ aluminum fences. There are two ways to terminate a fence run up against a pillar. First, an end post can be installed butted up to the pillar, as shown. If this is the look that you’re seeking, be sure the foundation of the pillar does not protrude beyond the outer plane of the pillar. Otherwise, you will not be able to install the post close enough to the pillar. You may have to cut the post to just below grade, and then attach it directly to the pillar. Or, if you prefer, you can eliminate the post altogether and use rail mounting brackets, as shown. Regardless of your chosen method, we recommend that the height of the pillar always be approximately 6 inches higher than your fence, not including the capstone. Why? Integrity™ cuts no corners. All fence panels are actually the height we say they are, not an approximate!

How Tall Should A Pillar Be?

What should be your pillar height for a 54” fence, as an example? First, your fence will likely be installed two inches off grade. We just inched up to 56” (from grade to the top of the fence panel). But we’re not done with the math yet! The top of the post is always one inch higher than the top of the panel, and the standard post cap adds another 3/4”. Now, we are at nearly 58” off grade. In this scenario we recommend a 60” to 62” pillar height not including the capstone, taller still if you intend to use ball caps! Of course, if you are using rail mounting brackets and a post is not being butted up to the pillar, you may have some wiggle room. But remember, if your pillar is too short (as shown), aesthetics have been compromised in two ways. First, a pillar shorter than the fence has the look and feel of a mistake. Second, the fence cannot be butted up to the pillar without making unsightly cuts into the capstone which is generally extended beyond the planes of the pillar!

What About Sudden Changes in Grade?

Retaining walls are often necessary due to unavoidable sudden changes in grade. When planned correctly, these conditions will add to the landscape’s beauty. Where the Integrity™ fence will be installed is where we can offer advice. First, when possible, try to install the fence on the high ground. Occasionally, it is necessary to ”hop over” a retaining wall, as shown. In this case, you’ll end up using Max-Rack™ panels and possibly custom protruding pickets, as shown. If the retaining wall is more of a wall, as in suddenly stepping the grade up, this usually requires stepping the fence, also as shown. Either way, we will advise a cost-effective custom solution.

When Pavers Are Involved

When fencing is installed through an area to be paved, as shown, pavers are much more forgiving than concrete. In other words, even after they have been installed, a few can be extracted so that a fence post can be installed. Afterwards, with a little cutting, they can be reinserted. As always, plan ahead so that the fence is installed before the pavers go in. One last note, if the walkway is to be a paver walkway, remember to account for the paver edging when determining the size of your gate opening. You will want to install your gate without disturbing the edging structure or you will end up with shifting pavers down the road!

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Is Aluminum Fencing Right for your Landscape?

Privacy and security are two of the most common reasons many people opt to get a professionally installed fence.  Not only do they give homeowners a true sense of home that we desire, they play a key role in a home’s exterior design. Before purchasing a fence and having it installed a homeowner needs to make an informed decision on the type of fence that serves the needs of the yard, family, and lifestyle. They must also take maintenance and cost into account and investigate neighborhood restrictions.

There are many types of fences made from various materials including: aluminum, wood, PCV, wrought iron, vinyl, chain link, bamboo, and more. When looking at what type of material you are interested in for your new fence keep in mind the cost, maintenance, safety, curb appeal, and how well it will contain pets and small children.  Another thing to consider is how the fencing material matches the property it is to be installed on.  For instance, a simple home, a business property, a school, a hospital would better be matched with aluminum fencing that is commercial or industrial grade.

 Advantages of Aluminum Fencing for Your Landscape

Aluminum fences are the most basic and attractive types of fences.  It can be ordered in a number of sized panels, posts of varying heights, including flat-topped or spiked-topped decorative details, thus making aluminum fencing ideal for both confinement and aesthetic purposes.

Aluminum fencing adds a lot of definition and curb appeal to your home landscape and are practically maintenance-free which is a plus for homeowners who do not have time for detailed fencing maintenance. Aluminum fences have many benefits that should be considered when deciding on a new fence.

Here are more advantages to consider:

  • An aluminum fence is very easy to install and require no special tools. It is a stress-free way to make your landscape look like a million dollars.
  • Aluminum fencing fits perfectly with the form of your landscape, whether it slopes or rises without worrying about having uneven gaps or transitions on your fence.
  • Aluminum fences can be designed not to obstruct the view by using the panels or posts of varying heights.
  • The powder coating used on the finish of aluminum fencing doesn’t fade quickly, prevents scratches, and is durable.
  • Aluminum fences do not rust or deteriorate and will last longer compared to other fencing materials. Most are backed by a lifetime warranty.
  • A professionally installed aluminum fence is very difficult to penetrate and not easily cut for security purposes. This is due to the picket design, which makes it difficult to climb. Thus creating the ultimate safety for the home and family.
  • Aluminum fences are very strong and provide an excellent windbreak. This gives homeowners protection from strong gusts especially if they live in an open or sparsely populated area or around trees. Aluminum protects loose property within the yard from being blown around and prevents outside property from being blown into the yard.
  • For such a sturdy fence, aluminum fencing is a great investment for the property and will greatly increase the resale value of the home for all of the reasons given above.

iFenceUSA offers the widest variety of maintenance-free, no-rust aluminum fences and gates in the industry! Whether you are a pool contractor, a building contractor, an architect, a landscaping professional, or a “do-it-yourself” homeowner looking for exceptional value and installation advice, you’ll benefit by buying wholesale aluminum fences shipped factory-direct to your home or business anywhere in America from www.iFenceUSA.com!