Before purchasing an aluminum fence, you will need to research your options carefully; after all, it is an extravagant investment in more ways than one. Not only is an aluminum fence quite large and leaden, but it is also a big-ticket item that is intended to last for many decades to come. Your choice will affect the value of your property and it can’t easily (or cheaply) be undone. So if you haven’t ever purchased an aluminum fence, take your time and shop around. As you do so, use the tips below to learn what to look for in an aluminum fence, carefully considering each factor before you make your final purchase.
What to Look for in an Aluminum Fence
Affordability. First, of course, you will need to find a fence within your price range. However, it is also important to remember that cost isn’t everything. A price that seems “too good to be true” may actually be too good to be true, with the low cost reflecting inferior ingredients and poor design. So if you’re wondering what to look for in an aluminum fence, search for an affordable product that still offers great quality. Avoid big-box stores and stick with fencing systems made in the USA.
Courteous customer service. As you explore your options, take the customer service of the companies into account. Can they provide expert design help? Are they kind and courteous? Do they have a thorough knowledge of their products? Work with a company that wants your business and provides assistance at every step of the process. If an issue arises later regarding the fence’s installation, a repair, or the warranty, you will be glad to have selected a company that provides excellent customer service.
A reputable manufacturer. Next, look to the manufacturer of the aluminum fencing product. Have they been in business a long time? Do they have a reputation for high-quality products? Are they reputable and reliable? For example, MMC Fencing & Railing works with Digger Specialties, an industry leader that provides premium fencing products. With over three decades in the business, you won’t have to worry about them suddenly going out of business, leaving you in the lurch. Their aluminum fencing products are beautiful and dependable.
An excellent warranty. You never know what will happen next week, next month, or in the years to come. What if, under normal use, your fence suddenly breaks? What if the powder coating begins to peel or chip? What if the fence is in a shambles after a basic thunderstorm? Your warranty will be indispensable. So when purchasing your fence, look for a product with a fantastic lifetime warranty. In addition, be sure that the company has a history of respecting warranty claims (you may be able to investigate this on the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List).
Quality ingredients and construction. You can’t build a high-quality fence with shoddy ingredients. So before you purchase your fence, study the ingredients. In addition, learn about the construction of the fence to be sure it is solid and well designed. It should have thick posts, rails, and pickets (lesser companies sometimes cut back on the gauge of the metal to save money, creating a weaker fence) and top-notch hinges, screws, and other hardware. If you select a first-rate aluminum fence, you won’t have to worry about exasperating maintenance.
Strength of design. Aluminum fencing is available in different grades that vary in weight, such as residential, commercial, and industrial. Although lighter, residential-grade fences are perfectly adequate for most homes, heavy-duty applications sometimes require heftier products. For example, a fence designed to contain horses should be heavier and stronger than a decorative residential fence.
Easy installation. Whether you wish to install the fence yourself or you plan to hire professionals for the job, you will benefit from selecting a product that is easy to install. If you do it yourself, the process will be simpler. If you hire someone, the installation will be more affordable.
Stylish aesthetics. Aluminum fences are available in a variety of styles and colors, so explore your many options before selecting a design. Some are simple, others are ornate. Some have matching posts and panels, others differ. Most allow you to choose from a variety of decorative caps. In addition, aluminum fences are available in a number of different colors: classics like white and black and natural shades like brown, speckled tan, and dark green. Powder coatings, which are incredibly protective and durable, allow for this color versatility.
So before you commit to an aluminum fence, be sure to think about the following factors:
- Customer service
Now that you know what to look for in an aluminum fence, are you ready to get started? If you’re in the market for aluminum fencing, MMC Fencing & Railing can help. Explore our Courtyard Aluminum Fencing, which carries residential, commercial, and industrial grades as well as large entry gates. Each of these fencing families offers a lifetime-limited warranty and is proudly made in the USA. From yard fences to arched picket design to pool fences, you are sure to find a style that complements your space:
- The Residential Hundred Series Aluminum Fence features ⅝” pickets with 1⅛” x 1″ rails. Available in a variety of satin, textured, and multi-colored finishes, you’ll have a hard time selecting one of our sixteen different models. This series also has hidden picket fasteners, which create a screw-less system.
- The Residential (1000 Series) Aluminum Fence has 1⅛” x 1″ rails and ¾” pickets. This premium aluminum fencing series is tremendously strong but still maintains its elegance. It would be a great complement to your landscaping, pool, or home. Choose the color and style that best defines you.
- The Industrial Aluminum Fence has 1½” x 1½” rails, and 1″ spindles, this series gives options to those customers looking for a heavy-duty fence that can harmonize with their property. Industrial fencing was designed for industrial businesses, entryways, business parts, cemeteries, and swimming pools.
For more information, please give us a call at 1-866-931-5002 or click here to request a personalized quote. We would be happy to help you learn what to look for in an aluminum fence.