Mistakes to Avoid when Installing an Aluminum Fence & Gate to your Backyard

There’s a style of fencing to suit everyone. Some prefer the classic look of wood, while others enjoy the rustic air of wrought iron. Both are good choices, but for durable, reliable, and relatively maintenance free fencing you can’t go wrong with an aluminum fence.

There’s more to installing an aluminum fence and aluminum gates than just digging a few holes and cementing them in.  Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when installing new aluminum fences in their backyard.

The number one mistake most DIY fence installers make is in finding out where their property ends and the neighbors begin. Before you dig your first fence post hole, you should have your plat (a map showing the divisions of a piece of land) firmly in hand.

The plat will indicate the borders and prevent any future disputes that may result in you being forced to tear out your shiny new aluminum fence to start again. Of course, it may also go the other way, and you could be giving your neighbor more land than they rightfully own.

Many DIY homeowners who decide to install an aluminum fence neglect to check their local zoning laws. More often than not there are height limitations as to how high or low you can build.

There may also be boundary line issues as some locations restrict building fences directly along the boundary and others that require an offset. Pool fences with aluminum gates may also have various safety regulations applied to them so follow them to be sure your installation stays compliant (and keeps your family safe).

Aluminum is reasonably lightweight but the posts still need to stand against all that mother nature has to throw at them such as high-speed winds, rain, snow, and all while keeping the fence panels firm and secure. To ensure stability and a long working life ensure you set your posts in holes that are deep enough to prevent your installation from collapsing.

Aluminum gates can be particularly problematic for the inexperienced builder. Make sure you measure multiple times, account for hardware deductions, and always use sturdy hinges to hang the gate.

Keep these tips in mind when installing a fence yourself, and you will be well on the way to creating a long-lasting and attractive border to your property.

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