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alumium fence gatesWith so much home improvement terminology to understand, it can be confusing to start a fencing project. Keep reading for help understanding aluminum fencing.

Before taking on any home improvement job, it is important to fully understand what you are getting yourself into. Ensuring you have the right tools and parts should be at the top of your list of things to do. What happens when you aren’t exactly sure which parts you need for the job? This is when it is useful to fully understand how your DIY project is made and the terminology that goes along with it.

A DIY fence home improvement job is achievable as a one-person job, as long as that person is able to grasp what needs to be done from start to finish. Choosing aluminum panels is the way to go for fences of any size due to the strength and durability of the aluminum metal, not to mention the minimal maintenance it requires.

Understanding the panels

First, it is important to understand the way aluminum fencing is shipped to your doorstep. The fencing will come in easy-to-install panels that connect to each other at the posts. The panels are made to your specification to fit around even the most unusual perimeters and terrains because you can easily trim or cut the width of any fence panel to complete any fence run measurement you have. The height and width of the panels depends on what type of fencing you choose and what size yard or property you are surrounding. If you have questions along the way about how to measure your property, ask the fencing specialists before ordering to ensure you are getting the right panels.

Digging deep for the posts

Once the fencing materials arrive for your DIY job, it is important to spend time planning out where to dig the holes for your posts. The holes for the posts must be dug to a specific depth, which will depend on your terrain, the type of fence you have, and the size. For example, a commercial or industrial aluminum fence would most likely need a bigger hole due to the extra weight of the post and panel. Speaking of digging the holes, you may find it easier to do the digging with the right type of tool. A shovel will do the trick, but renting a post auger makes digging your holes, very easy.

Mind the gaps

The empty spaces between the pickets of the panels are made to a standard size, depending on the use of your fence. If you are installing an aluminum fence around a pool area, there may be rules and regulations set by the town or city for safety. If you are putting up a fence around a private area, you may opt for less space in between pickets or even privacy panels that have no space. If you have pets living in the home or using the property, this will be another consideration when it comes to the gaps, as there may need to be less space between the pickets and below the fence to stop any smaller pets from leaving the property – and to stop any outside animals from entering.

From choosing a style to ordering the panels to installing the posts, there is plenty that needs to be done in a DIY fence home improvement job. Take charge of the project by preparing as much as you can beforehand to really understand the ins and outs of the job.