Last Updated: May 14, 2020
Like any major home investment, purchasing fencing requires a fair amount of research. Before you take the plunge, think about the factors that are important to you. Are you looking for protective security fencing or something more decorative? Are you interested in investing in something timelessly stylish, or is the price tag the most important factor? Finally, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of your chosen fencing material. Take, for example, aluminum fencing. Aluminum fencing is popular for its appearance (which mimics that of wrought iron) and its durable, lightweight build (which mimics steel). Interested in learning more about this innovative fencing material? Let’s start by weighing the pros and cons of aluminum fencing.
Pros and Cons of Aluminum Fencing
Aluminum fencing is a great choice for the homeowner who wants lasting aesthetic appeal with very little upkeep. Unlike wood, aluminum fences never require painting or refinishing. Aluminum fencing also won’t rust, unlike materials like chain-link or wrought iron. Aluminum fences are also famously easy to clean. Just hose your fencing off once a month or so to clean off any lingering dust or debris. If you find tough spots that can’t be hosed off, you’ll want to give your fencing a deeper clean, especially at the end of a snowy winter or a stormy summer. Either way, aluminum fencing is virtually maintenance-free.
Aluminum fencing is cheaper than materials like steel or wrought iron. Unlike wood, which requires regular repair and replacement, aluminum stands the test of time. And while aluminum fencing costs more than wood fencing, its low-maintenance nature may save you money in the long run. Think about it this way: You won’t have to pay for professional cleaning or repair, and you can also install aluminum fencing yourself without having to pay a professional.
Pro: Versatile and Decorative
When it comes to fencing, function is likely your highest priority. However, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style for durability. One of aluminum fencing’s biggest perks is its versatility. Most aluminum fencing lines are available in a wide variety of colors and styles to complement your home’s exterior. For example, natural shades like brown or beige might complement homes with exteriors like adobe or stone. Classic white or black fencing is a great accent for Georgian or Victorian architecture. And if you can’t find a fencing option you like, aluminum posts and balusters are lightweight and flexible enough to be molded into a custom design for you.
Pro: Easy to Install
Aluminum fences work great on any land – flat or sloped – without creating unsightly gaps in the fencing. And, as mentioned above, the fencing’s malleable quality means it can be adjusted to different heights to match local standards and building codes. Aluminum’s lightweight, flexible nature makes it easy and convenient to work with. Confident do-it-yourself homeowners can install the fencing over the course of a weekend, but professional installation is also relatively fast and affordable.
Pro: Environmentally Friendly
If you’re concerned about your fence’s environmental impact, look no further than aluminum fencing. First, most aluminum fence products are made from recycled aluminum, which reduces waste. Additionally, when you eventually replace your fence a few decades down the line, it can be recycled again, reducing the amount of landfill waste. These fences also require little energy to produce, making them a great option for your eco-friendly oasis.
Con: Less Privacy
Keep in mind that aluminum fencing will provide an attractive, low-maintenance barrier, but it doesn’t conceal much at all. So if it’s privacy you’re after, you may want to think twice before purchasing aluminum fencing.
Con: Not Ideal for Security Purposes
If you’re looking for a security fence, aluminum fencing likely won’t cut it. Aluminum is more lightweight and less durable than materials like steel. However, this may only be a factor if you are worried about large animals breaking in or out – or the potential for intruders.
Pro: Lasts a Lifetime
Aluminum is one of the most weather-resistant materials available today, standing up to rain, hail, snow, ice, and UV rays. It resists corrosion, rust, decay, insect infestation, and more. Many manufacturers also offer a lifetime limited warranty for their aluminum fencing products because they withstand wear and tear so well, outlasting wood, steel, chain-link, and wrought iron fencing. That durability – combined with an attractive warranty – means you’ll get the most bang for your buck in the years to come.
Shop Aluminum Fencing
The MMC Fencing & Railing online store offers several styles from the top aluminum fencing brands. Feel free to browse the most popular types of aluminum fencing, including the CourtYard® Aluminum Fence. CourtYard fencing offers unmatched elegance and beauty with hidden picket fastener systems and no unsightly screws. We also offer several fencing options in the Regis® collection, including the 6000 Series Ornamental Aluminum Fencing system. (Check out the Regis 6220.) Either of these options works as a backyard fence system or a design element for landscaping.
Aluminum fencing is durable, low-maintenance, affordable, and extremely attractive. Despite its cons – the lack of privacy, for example – aluminum fencing is an excellent asset to any home or business exterior. Still shopping around for fencing material? You might want to read our list of the pros and cons of vinyl fencing, as vinyl fencing offers similar benefits. Our experts are also available to help you choose the best fencing for your home.
Now that you’ve explored the pros and cons of aluminum fencing, are you ready to make your selection? When you need an expert who can walk you through purchasing and caring for an exterior aluminum railing or fencing system, MMC Fencing & Railing is here for you. In our online shop, we sell aluminum and vinyl railing in a variety of styles and colors. So no matter what you’re looking for and no matter how large or small your budget, you’re sure to find something beautiful. Give us a call at 866-931-5002 to get started or to ask about installation options. We look forward to hearing from you!