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When it comes to security and safety, industrial-grade fences are considered the top tier of aluminum fencing. Thicker and sturdier than their commercial or residential counterparts, industrial aluminum fences are a popular choice for businesses, warehouses, and manufacturing plants. However, there are some misconceptions about this kind of fencing. Let’s debunk three of the most common misconceptions surrounding industrial aluminum fences and gates.

Misconception 1: Industrial aluminum fencing is only for warehouses and factories

It is easy to see why some people believe industrial aluminum fences should be reserved only for heavy-duty industry premises and warehouses. When choosing aluminum fencing, there are three grades to select from: residential, commercial, and industrial. Residential is usually adequate for most homes, commercial fencing is generally suited to business premises or areas of higher footfall, and industrial fencing is often seen as the reserve of big heavy-duty businesses. 

However, this is not the case. Whether you choose residential, commercial, or industrial fencing should depend not on the type of premises you are fencing in; instead, it should be chosen according to the level of security you want. Industrial fencing is the most secure type, but it can be used on residential or commercial premises if you want to achieve the maximum security level possible. Some may even opt for industrial aluminum fencing around their home if they have a high-value property, live in an area with high crime rates, or simply want peace of mind.

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Misconception 2: Industrial aluminum fencing is not attractive

An industrial aluminum fence can be just as attractive as residential-grade fencing. While the aluminum used is heavier and larger, it is by no means less attractive. Aside from different height and panel width options, there is little difference aesthetically between the different grades of aluminum fencing. This means those opting for increased security do not need to sacrifice style. 

You can still enjoy a similar range of styles or design choices for industrial aluminum fences. Panel style choices available include classic spear top panels, flat top double pickets, spear top double pickets, or alternating spear tops. Aluminum fencing boasts a special electrostatically applied powder-coated finish, which increases the fence’s durability so it does not scratch or scuff. This means it will stay looking good for longer, too. The powder-coated paint finish is available in a range of attractive color options, including khaki, bronze, white and black.

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Misconception 3: Industrial aluminum fencing is a high-maintenance choice

Just like other types of aluminum fencing, industrial-grade fencing is actually a low-maintenance option. Aluminum is a non-ferrous metal, meaning it is not affected by moisture or weather conditions in the same way as other ferrous metals. It will not rust or oxidize in the same way as steel or iron. This makes an aluminum fence, whether commercial or industrial, a great investment for your home or business. 

Although an industrial aluminum fence may carry a higher price tag due to its increased strength, it is likely to require little to no maintenance and can last for as long as 50 years, if not more. Regular inspection and cleaning with a hose are all that is required to keep it looking as good as the day it was first installed.