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Metal Fencing
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


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 fences.

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 lasting result.

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