Aluminum is cheaper than wrought iron, requires less maintenance, and is resistant to corrosion from soil, water, and lawn chemicals. We carry Alumi-Guard aluminum products. Their fencing systems are durable, attractive, and superior to all aluminum fences in today's market. Alumi-Guard's headquarters are in Florida, so our relationship with this company benefits the local economy.
When considering an aluminum fence, make sure to do your homework. Aluminum generally comes in three different grades: residential, light commercial, and commercial. It important to understand the pros and cons of each grade. The last thing you want is a faded-out, bent-up, old, rickety fence within a couple of years. Below, you will find descriptions of the three general grades of aluminum fencing.
Industry Standard (residential): You will find that the industry standard saturates the residential market. Buyer beware--the industry standard is susceptible to a few problems. The first major problem is that the industry standard is spray-painted with enamel clear coat or thin powder coat. As a result, the aluminum fence fades quickly to a pasty gray color. If you do choose an industry standard, make sure it's powder coated with UV-ray additives. It can be repainted, but it is an expensive process.
The second major problem is the thinness of the materials, which often results in pickets bending. The most common causes of damage to these fences are lawn mowing equipment and children. The industry standard residential fencing features 5/8" thick pickets and 1 1/2" rails. The walls are thin; the pickets can be bent with the human hand or by the weight of a human.
The third major problem is the method in which industry standard aluminum fencing is held together. For example, most of these fences are held together by cheaply-made 1 1/4" self-tapping aluminum screws. Because of this, after repeated banging, the screws will dislodge themselves and fall out, as will the pickets. The industry standard is not designed for high traffic areas or for homeowners who have weekly lawn care.
At Paramount we strongly do not recommend this type of aluminum for your home fence! We will determine the cost of the industry standard for you, but we do not install it.
Light Commercial: For a few dollars more, a homeowner can upgrade to a light commercial aluminum fence. This is the best choice for residential homes with moderate to high usage. The pickets are 3/4" thick and posses greater wall strength than does the industry standard; they cannot be bent by the human hand. The rails are thicker, adding to the overall support of the fence.
Most light commercial aluminum fences are polyester powder coated and must meet the AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) minimum mandates. The powder coat generally includes UV-ray protection, but not always. Be aware that all polyester powder coats or powder coat methods are not created equal. The best way to judge the quality of the powder coat is by the length of the manufacturer's warrantee--less than thirty years is not good.
Please see the Recommended Product section below for an in-depth explanation.
We strongly recommend this type of aluminum for your home.
Commercial Grade: This type of aluminum fencing is used for community swimming pools, parking lots, and manufacturing facilities. Commercial grade fences are not generally installed around residential homes due to their high cost. The pickets will be 1" and posses wall thickness over a millimeter thick, and the fence will have a polyester powder coating. Commercial grade aluminum can be welded to create a solid structure and a seamless look.
Regardless of your choice, make sure you ask questions. Do not assume all aluminum fencing is the same. Ask, ask, ask, and when in doubt, call us, and we will get your questions answered.