Decorative aluminum fences can be a beautiful addition to your property. You may want to set up distinct boundaries, secure an area surrounding a swimming pool, and keep pets or children in and strangers out. There are a variety of ornamental designs that are basically maintenance-free and can be installed in a weekend, provided you have the skills, a little help and all necessary tools and materials to do the job right.
Landis Fence carries all the supplies you might need for do-it-yourself installation but we also perform installations as well, should you decide you don’t want to tackle it on your own.
- First and foremost is to check your local building codes for height restrictions and required distances from structures or property lines for your new aluminum fence. Another necessary call is to determine whether or not there are underground utilities that might cause a layout re-design for your proposed fence line.
- Open your shipment boxes and confirm all parts, pieces and hardware are accounted for. If anything is missing, get it before you begin.
- Once you’re clear on the layout of your fence, stake out a string line and mark where your posts will go. There are three kinds of posts: end posts, line posts, and corner posts. Make sure you have them laid out properly to avoid scrambling and confusion when you’re ready to set them with concrete.
- Start digging! This is no doubt the most laborious part. You can use a manual post hole digger or rent a gas-powered auger. The auger is by far the easiest, but more expensive, alternative. Keep in mind when digging that you are striving for a cylinder, not a cone-shaped hole. The stability of your entire aluminum fence rests on the solidity of the walls of your holes.
- Set your posts. Follow the cement manufacturer’s instructions on proper water to product ratio and make sure your posts are level and plumb prior to hardening.
- Once all posts are set you can begin installing sections of the fence, usually beginning at a corner or end post next to a structure.
- Attach the gate. Adjust hardware screws for proper alignment, operation and self-closing.
Aluminum fence installation can be pretty straight forward, but be forewarned there are situations that can cause frustration and delays. Will any panels need to be cut? Do you have a grade change along any portion of the fence? Will you use a standard walk-through gate or do you require a driveway gate?
If you decide that a project like this might be a little outside your scope of experience, call the experts today. Landis Fence provides professional aluminum fence installations you can afford and be proud of.