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Metal fences are becoming a popular choice among residential
housing for security and aesthetic purposes. Some metal fencing is
decorative (wrought iron and aluminum) and others are purely
functional. Decorative aluminum is made to resemble the enduring
style found in wrought iron, without the burden of high maintenance.
Chain link, wire and wire mesh are generally considered functional
Metal fencing offers durability, longevity, and strength. It has
become increasingly synonymous with security because of its lateral
strength and its prevention to climbing. It also provides for great
visibility without compromising protection. Also, with metal fencing
you will not have to worry about repainting or scraping off loose
particles. In fact, metals that are galvanized with an electroplated
layer of zinc are generally more resistant to weather corrosion.
Other protectants include powder coatings and special paint.
Aluminum fencing comes in several shades of color and can be
constructed from various alloys. Some of the most durable aluminum
alloys are made from titanium/silicon and are extremely resistant to
harsh weather. If aesthetics are a concern, high-end
extruded-aluminum hollow fencing is a wonderful option. You will not
be getting the classic rich feel of wood, but aluminum does a
wonderful job of enhancing architectural structures.
Typically, aluminum fencing at its lowest price compares to vinyl at
its most expensive price. Aluminum, however, does not cost as much
to install as wrought iron would. Before purchasing an aluminum
fence, it is best to consult a qualified professional to go over
zoning laws, permits, geographical location and of course, your
budget. Also, metal fence installation is not usually a
do-it-yourself project. Mistakes are easy to make and very visible.
They can seriously compromise the fence's strength, so professional
skill with the necessary materials is essential to an attractive and