An aluminum fence is an attractive addition to your property, and it can increase home security too. Aluminum fences come in different styles so they can have an ornamental appearance or they can just be for functional purposes, such as keeping people out of your yard or acting as a pool fence. Here's an overview of the aluminum fence installation process.
Have Utility Lines Marked
The fence installer needs to dig several holes for the fence posts, so the utility lines need to be located and marked. This prevents problems with digging into a gas or plumbing line. Be sure to locate and mark any lines you may have added for a pool or shed so there are no safety issues with digging, especially near your house.
Mark The Fence Layout With String
The fence installer may start by marking the ground with string where the fence will be installed. This helps the installer get the fence perfectly straight and ensures the fence stays on your property. Once the future location of the fence has been verified, it's time to dig holes for the posts.
Set The Posts
Like other types of fencing, aluminum fencing has posts that support the fence panels. The posts are sunk in the ground. The holes can be filled with gravel or concrete, and your installer will probably use concrete so your fence is as sturdy as possible. The installer might set the posts and let the concrete harden for a day before attaching the panels.
Build The Fence
Building an aluminum fence is like putting a puzzle together. The posts have to be placed in just the right positions because different types of posts have their slots in different locations for hooking into the panels. There are corner posts that go on the corners of the fence that can make the right angles needed for a corner.
There are end posts that have slots only on one side, and there are line posts that are used for long stretches of fence panels. There are also gate posts that are stronger than other posts since they support the weight of the gate.
When the posts are in place, the fence is put together by inserting the ends of a fence panel into the slots of the posts and then screwing the panels to the posts. Precise measurements are essential when setting the posts since all the parts lock together.
Aluminum fence installation is different from installing a wood or vinyl fence, but a fence installer has the experience needed to make sure your new fence is built the right way and is sturdy and safe for your pets and kids.