When considering fencing options for your residence what are your top priorities? Of course the fencing is to be effective at keeping kids and pets in while keep unwanted guests out but what else. Finding fencing that is affordable as well as substantial to stand the test of time, the weather and the natural environment that surround us. Aluminum fencing is one variety of fence material that comes in an abundant variety of styles and colors as well as being durable and long-lasting.
Residential aluminum fencing products are easily installed by do-it-yourself homeowners or relatively inexpensive to have installed by local fencing installer. If you are someone interested in installing an aluminum fence there are a few things you will want to do pre-installation.
The first step before ordering fencing entails several components. You first must make sure that a fence is a viable option for the area in which you live. Many homeowners associations have nailed done on the type of fencing that can be installed also regulating material and heights of fencing to be used. This can present an issue whether you live in a subdivision or not. Check with local zoning officials to ensure you are able to have a fence installed within your property.
The next step once you have found it is okay that a fence be placed within your yard is to apply for a permit and to call in your local utility company to mark the lines of any power, gas or other utilities ran throughout the yard. The last thing homeowners want is a bill from the gas company when a main line needs to be repaired because you dug into and broke a utility line.
Once all the technicalities have been covered and the fence is a go it is important to research types of fencing materials available. Remember that you want to add to the aesthetic beauty of the yard not draw away from it or remove the beauty all together. There are several low maintenance options in fencing. The one that is most desirable for durability, in my opinion, is aluminum fencing.
Aluminum fencing has been a designated pool fencing material for ages now. Just recently aluminum fencing has become a popular option in yard fencing as well. It is available in a variety of styles including ornamental, decorative and picket. You can purchase sections in just about any height you want starting three feet. You can choose from colors ranging from traditional black aluminum fencing to more modern bronze. Homeowners can even purchase that little white picket fence in aluminum without the worries and maintenance of wooden picket fences.
With all the decisions before the manual labor begins many homeowners decide that it is in their best interest to leave the installation to the professionals. Aluminum fencing is actually one of the easy materials in fencing for homeowners to install on their own. With patience, hard work , reputable materials and the correct tools it is an easy weekend job.
It never is easy to take on a project that you are unfamiliar with which happens almost every time homeowners take on something new. It is not often that you install a fence for instance or take on the installation of ceramic tile flooring. These projects happen once so you learn as you go. This article will walk you through step-by- step the process of installing the perfect aluminum fence. The perfect white aluminum picket fence or aluminum pool fence and gate are just a few simple steps away.
First things first like with any project outside of your home you will want to ensure it falls within the home association’s guidelines. After this is covered a trip to the local township to apply for permits and a call to the utility company to mark underground utilities and you are ready to get down and dirty installing your new aluminum fence.
Begin your fence installation by laying out the line that will become the perimeter of your new fence. This process should be done using a measuring tape, some twine and wooden stakes. You will begin my measuring and placing stakes within the ground at various points within the fence line. Corners are marked and twine is run and the line will be ready to be squared off. During this initial phase you will want to mark on-center locations for each of the posts, corners, end posts and intermediate post locations should be well defined. This process will help you with the ordering process as well.
The next step is where the sweat starts. Post holes need to be dug. Each hole should be twenty four inches deep and eighteen inches wide. Most of the time when a fence is installed a gate is also installed. When installing gate posts you will want to make sure the footing holes are a bit larger as the gate continuously is used and worked throughout their lifetime.
Now comes the time to lay out the fence. Put the posts in their places and lay the sections of decorative aluminum fence out in between them. This will help to ensure you have properly measured the spaces in between for the poles to be in place as well as the sections of fencing.
Using quick drying concrete will help the next process come along. Each post will take patience and time to set. Fill the hole with quick drying concrete until it comes to just about four inches below the ground level. This allows room for dirt to be piled over the footing area blending it with the rest of the lawn. A level is needed to make sure each post is leveled and plumbed correctly.
As you go along you will want to recheck the previous posts to ensure you are staying level and plumb. You should straighten the posts as necessary to ensure that the aluminum fencing sections are leveled upon installation. If you are consistent in checking the concrete will not be completely set up so it will be easier to make adjustments.
The final steps involve inserting each section of aluminum fence panel in between the poles once the concrete has completely dried. This is where the hardware that same along with the fencing sections is needed. Once this is complete it is time to install the gates and there you have it a completed aluminum fence.
Now that we have some cooler days upon us it is the ideal time to get out and spruce up the exterior of your home using little more than paint. This article will give you tips on what you can do to offer curb appeal to your home in nothing more than a long weekend.
Before you run out and buy paint, accessories or landscaping to spruce up the exterior of your home there are a few things to consider. The major thing to consider is what colors will compliment the pieces in the yard and around the exterior of the home that you won’t be replacing or repainting. The house will definitely have style issue of its own to consider as well such as the architectural design, the homes size and the age of the home and the current exterior material. You can easily find ideas online, in home catalogs and driving through neighboring areas. Color combination on homes similar to yours that catch your eye can be noted so that you have options to consider when sitting back in front of your own home.
Once you have determined where you want to go with the color palette of the home get to work. Applying a fresh coat of paint and stain to outdoor areas such as doors, shutters, trim and siding are sure to increase the homes curb appeal. Don’t forget other large areas that are included in the exterior of the homes. This includes the homes fencing.
When looking into redoing the color on a home’s fencing consider the fence material. Are you looking at adding color to a wooden fence? Do you like stains or would you prefer exterior grade paint? Are you updating an existing chain link fence? Here is where you can think outside the box a bit. Remember aluminum, chain link or iron fence they do not have to stay silver, gray or black. With paint specific against rust an aluminum pool fence or a chain link enclosing fence can be transformed into a colorful, exterior art piece that compliments the home.
To achieve the best results when you are looking into painting consider using tools that offer professional results. The rollers and brushes as well as the paint quality all affect the outcome of the projects.
Doors, shutters and trim are all the accessories that bring out the character in your home. These pieces should pop out in a complementary way and not a look at this obscurity type of way. They are also the elements that are most beat up with the ever changing weather conditions. Before painting make sure the object is clean, dry and that loose paint has been removed. This will leave a clean slate for you to begin your home’s exterior transformation.
Now that the big project, the home and fence, are completed look at the objects place around the home’s landscaping. A few freshly painted flower boxes can add a splash of color to a garden while adding some new lawn art can add interest. The combination of color, materials and textures used throughout the space you will have an exterior that will leave people driving by for more.