First Steps in Installing your Aluminum Fence
It’s not hard to install aluminum panel fencing, and it will be even easier if you take the time to prepare properly. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be well on your way to a smooth, trouble-free fence installation.
Aluminum fence panels look good and enhance the security of your home. They’re also easy to install. Nevertheless, erecting an aluminum fence is a major project that deserves some forethought and planning. Besides, it’s just good practice to prepare. Here are some guidelines to make your fence project as trouble-free as possible.
Utilities, Codes and Regulations
Be sure to look into local regulations as these can vary widely. Depending on your precise location, you may face issues regarding the height of fencing you can build or the type of fence. In some areas, fences might not be allowed at all. You should be specifically aware that swimming pool fences can be subject to myriad rules and regulations. Some localities require that a fence be put up at an offset. This means that you must build the fence a certain distance behind the property line. You may need a surveyor to determine the property line. In any case, you need to know your property boundaries to avoid building on your neighbor’s land.
If you live in a planned community or you have a homeowner’s association, check with them regarding additional regulations. Some associations specify the type of fence you can build, or they might have something to say about colors or other aesthetic considerations. Be aware that the rules can be painstakingly specific and violations might result in you having to take out your fence.
Unless you’re surface-mounting your fence, such as on a patio or deck, you will be digging post holes. In that case, it is imperative that you contact local utility companies to ensure that you won’t be digging where they have buried gas or electric lines. Utilities usually have a phone number you can call for this purpose. Your aluminum panel fencing can require holes that go down as much as three feet, and holes for gate posts can be even deeper. You will definitely not be the most popular person in your neighborhood if you knock out utility service, so make the call. You should also keep in mind that if you build on top of a utility line, the utility may find it necessary to tear out your fence if they need to do work beneath it.
Choosing Your Fence
We offer aluminum fence panels in residential, commercial and industrial grades. You should be fine with residential aluminum fence panels for typical home applications. Commercial fence panels are more substantial, with larger pickets and rails. Industrial aluminum fence panels are even sturdier.
Prepare and Order
Take a few minutes to walk the perimeter for your fence. Pound in some stakes and run lines where you intend to install the fence. You’ll see right away if there are issues such as odd angles or obstructions.
Measure your fence runs and mark the spots where the posts will go. You can dab some paint to mark these places or put in stakes. Place the marks where the post centers will be. Measure everything twice so there will be no mistakes. Once you are sure you have it all right, you can order materials, and soon you will be installing your fence.