When you replace an old fence or install a new model, one of your most important decisions is the material you choose. Your fence material determines how much maintenance you’ll have to perform, how long the fence will last, and how much the installation will cost.
Many homeowners opt for aluminum fencing over wood, PVC, and other common materials. In this blog, we list seven of the characteristics that make aluminum an appealing choice for many property owners.
1. Classic Look at a Lower Cost
Aluminum fencing looks similar to wrought iron and steel models. However, because aluminum is lightweight and requires less specialized production, aluminum fencing comes at a fraction of the cost of other decorative metal fences.
Aluminum is one third of the weight of steel fencing, which makes aluminum easier to transport and install. In turn, lightweight materials usually have distinctly lower labor costs.
2. Compatible With Most Topography
If you have a hilly or uneven property, some fencing materials may not be an option for you because these fences cannot follow a slope. Aluminum is what’s known as a rackable material.
Rackable fences are adjustable so they fit the topography of your yard without any gaps along the bottom of the fence. Eliminating these gaps is essential to keeping your yard secure and beautiful since holes can allow animals or intruders onto your property and also distract the eye.
3. More Secure Than Some Other Materials
When security is a high priority, aluminum is a smart choice. While all high-quality fences provide a measure of security, some materials are easier for intruders to get past. For example, chain link fencing can be cut by a would-be thief who had the right tools.
Aluminum fences, especially those with spear pickets, provide more security because they’re harder to climb and impossible to cut through.
4. Not Susceptible to Corrosion
While a metal fence’s risk of corrosion depends on finish material as much as it depends on base material, aluminum fencing is one of the least vulnerable options. Unlike steel, aluminum does not rust.
This reduced risk of corrosion stems from the fact that steel is a ferrous metal and aluminum is not, which means aluminum reacts less to moisture. You will still want a fence with a protective finish, but with aluminum you don’t have to try to prevent or treat rust.
5. Simple Maintenance
Aluminum fences are one of the easiest types of fences to maintain. As opposed to wood, which must be regularly refinished and painted, aluminum never needs a new protective coat.
To care for an aluminum fence, you’ll simply need to clear away debris, such as piles of fallen leaves and twigs, as it builds up.
6. Sustainable Product
Aluminum is a highly recyclable material. To make your fence as eco-friendly as possible, look for a fence that is made from recycled aluminum. Even if you do not choose a fence made from recycled items, your fence can be recycled at the end of its lifespan.
Additionally, because aluminum does not require constant painting or refinishing, you reduce your use of strong chemical finishes for maintenance.
7. Versatile Appearance
Aluminum fencing comes in a variety of colors. While many homeowners stick with traditional black fencing, some suppliers offer colors ranging from beige to green so you can find the perfect shade for your property.
As you prepare to install a fence, consider choosing aluminum to reap all the benefits listed above.
Think aluminum fencing is right for you? Visit the Mills Fence aluminum fencing gallery to learn more about our aluminum products and see images of some of our most popular aluminum fencing types.