If you have a mostly flat, rectangular property, you may be wondering what an aluminum fence installation entails. Here is what you need to know when undertaking such a fence project in Rockland County and Orange County, NY.
Why Choose an Aluminum Fence?
Homeowners choose aluminum fencing for many reasons. It is beautiful (often mimicking the timeless look of wrought iron). It is durable. It will not block the view yet it can offer security. It is lightweight (which makes for easier installation). It is strong enough to contain the biggest dog and support the heaviest vines. And it requires virtually no maintenance.
However, some types of aluminum fencing are not particularly easy to work with, and some do-it-yourselfers find this truth out the hard way. In addition to the fence components themselves, there’s the need for the proper supplies and tools to do the job right. Factor in time and effort, and it makes sense to choose professional installation for your fence project.
Various challenges need to be considered upfront. For instance, most backyards are not level, nor do they have perfectly square corners. Visible obstacles like mature landscaping that you want to keep, significant slopes, and even buried utilities have to be considered both in the design and in the installation process.
Here is what it takes to get the job of an aluminum fence installation done right:
1. The very first step to installing an aluminum fence is to check local zoning laws and potentially HOA requirements to determine the type, location, and height of the fence. Permits are often required.
2. Local utility companies will need to be contacted to check for buried electric, water, or gas lines on or near the installation site.
3. Designing and staking out the fence is one of many important steps. Done poorly, it could result in a crooked fence, not enough space allotted for each panel, improperly secured corners, as well as known and unknown obstacles that cause last-minute changes in layout.
4. The installation process can also involve ensuring that aluminum fence posts are sunk in holes that extend past the frost line and filled with concrete. If the posts have been installed correctly, the “easy” part begins: When installing an ActiveYards aluminum fence, the panels can be clicked into place. Installation of gates, latches, and post caps add to the process.
In most situations, it can be more economically advantageous to have an aluminum fence installed by professionals. A fence installation company will do the legwork for you and obtain any necessary permits; assist with design work, as well as assist with selecting the right type of fence; bring the right tools for the job, as well as expertise; stay on track and on budget to deliver a well-built fence on time; and, perhaps most importantly, stand by their work with a warranty.
The question is: Is it worth having an aluminum fence professionally installed? When you factor in your time, equipment rental, materials purchases, and more of your time… professional installation is definitely cost-effective in the long run. And you will be assured a beautiful, quality-built aluminum fence.