Archive for April 26, 2016

Tips On The Installation Of A New Aluminum Fence

Installing a new fence is not difficult to do.  There are however a few things homeowners must keep in mind prior to ordering and installing their aluminum fencing.  Spring is here and the warmer weather and budding trees inspires many do it yourselfers to get started on those projects they have been putting off.  When installing a new fence or replacing an old one review the list of common mistakes that have been made before you and how you can avoid making the same ones.

  • The Lack of Proper Planning: When it comes to home improvements the one mistake that homeowners frequently make revolves around the lack of planning.  Before ordering your new aluminum fence online take the time to make a plan of action.  Any project that is to be done around the home, especially with aluminum fencinginstallation, needs to have a project plan, material list and detailed installation timeline.  Proper planning allows for a smooth project that stays on task from start to finish.
  • The Lack of Proper Property Markers: This is perhaps one of the most costly mistakes to make when installing a new aluminum fence.  Have the property surveyed by a licensed surveyor prior to ordering aluminum fencing.  Even though the surveyor will use stakes to mark the property take pictures and video for future reference. If the stakes inadvertently get removed there will be visual data to support the boundary lines that are in place.  Installing the fence on property that is not yours can add exorbitant costs to your project.
  • The Lack of Properly Examining Local Zoning Laws: Not all areas allow fences to be installed.  Check with local ordinances, H.O.A.’s and such to be sure of all the requirements that must be met.  Also look into materials that are off limits, along with colors and styles that might not meet the requirements set forth.  Installing a fence that doesn’t meet the guidelines is costly.  The rules will not change just because the fence is installed so be prepared to uninstall that new fence if it doesn’t follow the guidelines in your area.
  • The Lack of Properly Checking for Underground Utilities: Make the proper phone call before you start digging.  Miss Dig will come out to the property for free and mark all of the underground utilities in the area.  Proper planning will allow you to place the fence in areas that avoid these areas.  Aluminum posts need to be dug into the ground with at least one third of the fence posts height being in the ground.  Aluminum gate posts need to be installed at a minimum of thirty inches deep.  This call is an important one.  Don’t forget to make it.

In our next installment we will cover more mistakes to avoid when installing or replacing fencing.  Small avoidable mistakes can add extra stress to a large project such as installing an aluminum fence.    Articles like this are provided to help homeowners from making the mistakes that those before them have.

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 fromwww.iFenceUSA.com!

Aluminum Fencing Adds Property Value

One of the best purchases a home owner can make to add to the aesthetics and value of their property is the installation of a fence.  Fences are installed for any number of reasons.  Pet containment, pool safety and landscape detailing are three of the most popular reasons that homeowners give when looking to add a fence to their homes.  Installing your own fence can be as easy as 1-2-3 if you take into consideration the tips listed within this article.

  • When installing a fence it is important to follow your H.O.A, local, state and federal regulations. For homeowners within a subdivision most H.O.A.’s require unity throughout the neighborhood.  Before you order fencing online check into all of the regulations that are guiding your purchase.  For homeowners looking to their swimming pool it is crucial that the fence that is installed meets B.O.C.A. regulations.  The codes will dictate the height, picket widths, gate style and more that can be used.  It is crucial to follow the rules and regulations in place to ensure that your pool area is safe and that your fencing will pass inspection.
  • Another important feature to take note of when installing a fence is the landscapes elevation. With many fencing materials changes in the slope of the yard are difficult to navigate.  This is not the case with aluminum fencing.  If the perimeter of the yard or pool area has multiple areas of elevation change, aluminum fencing is the best option for you.  Aluminum fences offer two options for transitioning aluminum fence panels: stepping and racking.  Stepping involves attaching the fence panels to different height posts.  The fence remains level.  In racking the fence is designed to follow the slope of the yard.  Transitional height fence panels are ordered to create a fence that does not gap at the bottom and that naturally follows the land.
  • Spacing is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the fence. Aluminum fence panels come in a variety of heights and widths.  However, the standard width recommended in maintaining the strength of the fence is six feet wide.  Any longer than this and the fence supports are more susceptible to weather related issues.
  • When setting fence posts many homeowners use the method in which dry cement is poured into a hole and water from the garden hose is added. This method is the easiest way but not the recommended way to increase the longevity of your fence.  Take the time to mix the concrete before adding it in around the fence post.  This allows it to dry and become one unit which adds to the stability of the fence posts.

Installing an aluminum fence does not take a professional.  Any do it yourself homeowner with the ability to read and follow directions that has a free weekend can handle the job.

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!