Aluminum Fence Installation, Supplies, & Materials

aluminum fence installationDecorative 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.

3 Most Popular Aluminum Fence Styles For Your Home

aluminum fenceAluminum fences are 3 to 6 ft high. The standard width for aluminum residential fence is 6 ft per section. A standard post is 2″ x 2″ , and the length varies with the height of the fence. To protect your investment, each piece of aluminum fencing and each post are painted using an electrostatic powder coating process. This leaves an extremely durable and weather resistant coating on the aluminum, to ensure you of a fine looking fence for many years to come. Black and bronze are the most popular colors.

When you are deciding what style of aluminum fence to have installed, there are three basic styles, with several variations.

#1 Floridian aluminum fence – A simple style with the bottom rail close to the ground and the top rail rests on the vertical pickets.

sierra aluminum fence

#2 Sierra aluminum fence – Includes two horizontal rails at the top of each section and the pickets go through the mid rail but not through the top rail, so you could rest your arm on the top without feeling the pickets. The bottom rail can be placed either near the ground or about 6″ off the ground with the pickets sticking below this rail. This is the most popular style. A variation of this is the Outback, which is like the Sierra except every other picket goes through the mid rail and stops before it gets to the top rail.

manhattan appalachian aluminum fence

#3 Appalachian aluminum fence – Characterized by pickets going up through the top rail. Thus creating a more dangerous looking top for a dog who might think twice before trying to jump over. The second rail is approximately 8 inches below the top rail. For the bottom rail it can either be placed near the ground or about 6″ off the ground with the pickets sticking through the rail.

Several variations of an Appalachian aluminum fence include:

  • Elegant Arch – Uses inverted U shaped hoops to connect the pickets above the rails
  • San Fran – At the top of the pickets forms an inverted dome
  • Manhattan – Has the top pickets alternating in height, giving an up-down, up-down effect.

Here at Landis Fence Company we sell and install aluminum fence manufactured by Sentinel Fence and Gate Manufacturing Company. This is an American owned and located company. These products allows us to provide the consumer with a wide range of styles and heights.

Be sure to check out the pictures in our website Gallery of some of the aluminum fences we have installed over the years.

2 Best Ways To Fence Your Home With Many Options

fence homeWhen it comes to fencing your home there are a variety of different options and materials to choose from. They include vinyl fence, aluminum fence, chain link, wood, split rail, underground etc. Everyone has their favorite, but two really stand out for several reasons.

Two that really stand out and are also the most popular are vinyl fence and aluminum fence. With many different options even with these two, it is no wonder why they are more popular then the others. There are many reasons why and I have a listed a few below.

vinyl fenceVinyl Fence

  • Get the look and feel of traditional wood without constant maintenance and repairs
  • Quick and easy to assemble
  • Very durable
  • Vinyl fencing will not crack, rot, or mold, and is also weather resistant
  • Easy cleaning
  • No painting
  • May come with a warranty
  • Precise fence components are designed to fit together perfectly
  • No sun damage
  • Low maintenance
  • Strong, and long-lasting
  • Customized options including colors, sizes, textures, designs and caps to enhance your vinyl fence design

aluminum fenceAluminum Fence

  • Panels can be custom width from 4′ wide a maximum width of one foot increments
  • The aluminum fence panel or gate can be as tall or short as necessary
  • Horizontal rails can be added for customization
  • Panels or gates can have one side taller than the other
  • Aluminum fences can be custom welded when the need arises
  • Alternating height pickets can create a staggered spear top style
  • Circles can be added but must be installed between two horizontal rails
  • Stepping allows for panels to be positioned one lower than the other
  • Custom colors are available

These are just a few reasons an aluminum fence or vinyl fence have become so popular. If is time to upgrade your fence call Landis Fence at 215 249 3132 or take a look around our gallery.

Aluminum Fences

In front of some old Victorian houses we frequently see fancy black iron fencing.  Its made of round stock bent into loops and spears and welded together.  Its had a long life and is costly to repair because it requires custom work.

Today we have the opportunity to take advantage of its descendent, aluminum fence. Fortunately this current style fence is available in many variations.  You can choose from several colors, though for aluminum fence black and bronze are the most common, and all are powder coated so their paint will hold up for a long long time.  There are a variety of styles as well.  Take a look at our gallery that features several aluminum fences we have installed.  You could also look at our aluminum fence manufacturer’s web site www.sent-fence.com to explore what would work for your fence in Bucks Co.

In case you thought metal fence is only for old Victorian houses in the front yard, please think again.  We frequently install aluminum fence for pool fences, adding an elegance to the pool.

The pickets in this metal fence are narrowly spaced so that most dogs cannot get out.  If you have a little dog that could squeeze through, Sentinel Fence  makes a puppy panel with close pickets to keep that little dog inside.

Sentinel Fence makes several different styles of aluminum fence that are very decorative and elegant.  They are ideal to accent the front of your house or to highlight a flower bed.

For those of you who have trouble with deer, we can install a simple style aluminum fence 6′ high that will keep most deer outside your fence, protecting your shrubs, trees,  vegetables and fruits.

If you are looking for a cheaper fence, but really like the beauty of an aluminum fence in front of your house, why not consider a combination.  Install a beautiful aluminum fence in front where people see it from the street and install the Bucks County fence standard split rail in the back.

We can help you with your fencing no matter what your needs.  Just give us a call.  Landisfence@gmail.com  215-249-3132