On the Fence: Differences Between Aluminum and Vinyl Fence Enclsoures

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Tue, May 03, 2016

Deciding between a vinyl (PVC) and an ornamental aluminum fence enclosure can be difficult.  Like people, every fence solution is unique. Requirements and needs vary in privacy, security, maintenance level, configurations, cost, and aesthetic style. Here are some helpful tips that play a big role in arriving at a well-informed decision. 

Privacy

When it comes to privacy, vinyl fencing pulls ahead. With heights reaching up to 6’ or 8’ and its solid state, vinyl is perfect for backyards. Pool enclosures, basic perimeter fencing, and dumpster enclosures are also common vinyl applications.

An aluminum fence offers a classic and minimal look but can only achieve comparable privacy function with the addition of fill-in panels. And often, these panels take away from the traditional ornamental look of the enclosure.

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Gate configuration

For many buyers, larger gates are a must have. With ornamental or decorative aluminum fencing, these in specifications and designs can be met. Aluminum gate sizes vary from 3’ wide walk gates to 30’ wide slide gates. Features such as self-closing hinges, pool latches, magnetic locks, and gate operators and access controls for larger fences all work wonderfully with an aluminum fenceAluminum gates also work to meet standardized pool codes.

The majority of Vinyl gates are manufactured in sizes from 3’ wide single panel swing gates to 12’ or 16’ wide double panel swing gates. Large gates are usually constructed with pipe posts and frames, to which the vinyl fence panels are then attached. PVC products are an atypical material application for automated systems.

Maintenance 
Requiring little to no maintenance vinyl has a slight edge over aluminum. Though ornamental fence is also low maintenance, a simple occasional wash with soap and water is all it takes to keep this vinyl as beautiful as the day it was installed.

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Security

Ornamental Aluminum take the lead when it comes to security fencing. Due to its limitations, a vinyl fence cannot meet the material conditions for large gate uses. It simply cannot be made as security conscious as it aluminum counterpart.

When looking to improve the safety of an office building, and apartment complexes, commercial and industrial grade aluminum fence is always the best choice.

Heavy duty and decorative gates come with automated electric operators and access controls for additional security measures and ease of operation. Residential grade aluminum fences are somewhat less secure, but still an ideal solution for keeping children and pets in or out of the back yard.

Cost

The cost of installation for either material is about the same, about size. Naturally, the price goes up as the scale of the fence increases. Large ornamental aluminum gates will cost more than smaller sized vinyl ones.

Color selection

Ornamental Aluminum Fences are available in a variety of styles, sizes, and grades for almost any fence requirement. The standard powder coating colors - green, brown, white, and black - give years of attractive protection. Ornamental color variations are increased, but specific suppliers do produce custom colors. Although most vinyl fences are white, many manufacturers now offer several color selections as well as wood grain and textured surfaces.

Once taken into consideration, these differences will help you make an informed decision whether vinyl or aluminum application for your fence enclosure.

 


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Topics: Vinyl Fence, Ornamental Aluminum, Aluminum Fence, Comparison

Chain Link Fences: Gauging Your Needs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Feb 25, 2016
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Chain link fence is one of the most popular types of fence requested and installed today.

This popularity stems in part from chain link’s relatively inexpensive price and ability to mold to many safety concerns. This particular fence material is very flexible and ease of installation is a definite asset to its’ versatility. On a project with different ground elevations, a chain link fence may be the ideal solution.

Chain link is also ideal for projects that will cross stretches of terrain where beautification is not the primary intention.

Rear perimeter of military bases or any large government installations usually include at least one chain link fence application. It typically takes a back seat to high security steel and automatic gate applications but offers inconspicuous support to the other application as well as the denoting the property line.

Chain link fences come in a range of heights that make it suitable for a variety of applications. The shorter heights are commonly used in residential settings to reduce view obstructions.

Taller fences are most often selected for commercial use because of the increased level of security that more height can offer. Taller chain link applications may also include barb wire.

Chain link fence fabrics are also available in different gauges. A gauge is the measure of the diameter of the actual woven fabric metal. These sizes can vary widely, but 9 and 11½ gauges are the markets most common. 

The higher the gauge number, the less thick than metal material.  Therefor the smaller 11½ gauge is a popular application for residential fences where the family children or pets are the priority.

A more durable 9-gauge material is used when a higher level of security is needed.  This is more often the case for commercial or business applications. 

The difference between galvanized and vinyl coated chain link is that a vinyl coating is a manufactured vinyl coating. The metal under the vinyl is actually already galvanized then the vinyl is placed around it.This is a highly relevant option when choosing between the two, because coated material is better equipped to handle weathering over time. 

Standard galvanized chain link will begin to rust over time. Galvanized and coated materials are similar in terms of their sturdiness and longevity. Galvanized chain link usually carries a 10 to 15 yr. warranty against rust and corrosion. This fence is maintenance free, doesn’t require painting, and meets

ASTM specification 392 and federal specification R.R.F.-191.Galvanized fence tends to leave a rougher or “industrial” appearance. While vinyl presents an overall cleaner appearance and may even blend into the surroundings depending on the coating color selected.  This is one of the main reasons that higher end projects lean toward the vinyl coated fence materials.This will, of course, affect the final cost of the fence. The vinyl-coated material can increase the fence cost $1.50 per foot on a b 6-foot high fence. We hope this post will assist in determining the best chain link for your residential, commercial or government property.

 Black vinyl chain link usually carries a 10 to 15 yr. manufacturer warranty against chipping peeling and fading and it is virtually maintenance free.One of the major advantages of any chain link fence is its somewhat transparent (able to be seen through) design. However, it does not completely disappear to the eye. Because of this, the consumer must think about how they want their final project to look.  

 

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Vinyl Fencing 101: A Record of Resillience

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sat, Aug 22, 2015
Vinyl fences are some of the most durable, long lasting, and best looking fences available to homeowners today.
It's easy to see why vinyl fences are quickly becoming a favorite fencing material for homeowners across the country.

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Set it and Forget it

Perhaps the biggest perk of vinyl/pvc fencing materials is that vinyl maintenance free fencing. Except for the first installation, you'll rarely ever have to pay service call charges for fencing expenses.  Vinyl fencing never needs touching up, treating, painting, or even regular cleaning. And since most vinyl fencing sold today comes with a lifetime warranty, you can rest assured that it's the last fence you're ever going to have to buy.

Tough As Nails

Besides being maintenance free, vinyl fences are also one of the most weather resistant fencing solutions to date. They are up to five times stronger than wood, and four times as flexible. That means they're virtually indestructible, whether they're taking a beating from unruly livestock or a pack of middle school kids. Since they are made of a solid vinyl material that is the same color through and through, scratches, nicks, and other blemishes won't show, or need to be touched up, like some other fencing applications.

Refined by Design

As the vinyl fence industry has grown, so have the uses for this durable fence material. What started out as an alternative to split rail agricultural fencing has now become a viable alternative for farmers, ranchers, and homeowners alike. Vinyl fencing is available in picketwrought iron styleprivacy, and pool fencing, just to name a few of the more popular styles. In fact, if you're interested in purchasing vinyl fencing for your home, you're virtually guaranteed to find a fence design out there that fits the bill.

A Buy to Rely On.

Not all vinyl fences are created equal, so it's important that you know what to shop for before you make any major purchases. The rule of thumb is the thicker the vinyl, the stronger the vinyl. A quality, thick vinyl is nearly indestructible, while thin vinyl may be more succeptable to external factors. Make absolutely sure the fence you're purchasing contains titanium dioxide to prevent UV deterioration. The two biggest enemies of vinyl fencing are sun and cold temperatures. Both cease to be an issue, however, if the fence is manufactured with titanium dioxide.  And if it has been treated with impact modifiers to increase the vinyl's strength.


If you're interested in having a vinyl fence installed on your property, talk to a professional accredited local fencing contractor or fence material supplier experienced in working with vinyl/pvc to ensure that your vinyl fence project doesn't skip a beat!

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Topics: Vinyl Fence, Pool Fence, Fence, Maintenance, Privacy Fence, Comparison, picket fencing, #fences

Ornamental Aluminum Fence is Wrought with New Options

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Mon, Jun 08, 2015

Since its inception, Ornamental Aluminum fence have made a nice name for itself among homeowners and small business owners. Aluminum's versatile and pleasing profile has helped it to  become the chameleon of modern fencing.  For consumers who prefer a good blend of modernity and classical aesthetics, Ornamenal Aluminum fencing and gates come in a wide variety of options and several colors.

That's great for fences in Virginia as it has the ability to work extensively on both small and large landscapes.

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Until recently, there have been no options for these who really want that wrought iron look but haven't beenable to justify the labor, time or cost--consider the problem solved.PC Aluminum is an alternative fence application that uses a spray eco-friendly composite spray instead of wet aluminum paint. It's a dry powder is sprayed onto the fence, and static electricity keeps the powder on the enclosure long enough to get it to an oven. While in the heat it melts the plastic to cover the materials, and when the part cools the coating covers the aluminum as if it had been wet painted.The elements of the melted aluminum compote also delivers a unique solution that's twice the thickness and hardness of a typical baked enamel finish. 

Even the best quality (Class 1 Architectural) anodizing is only required to be .0007" thick; whereas paint or powder is generally 3x as thick.The result is an aluminum fence that is just as strong as a traditional steel enclosure. It looks and feels like cast or wrought iron. Best of all the cost of installation will be lower to install and substantially lighter on your wallet.

What about pool fences? Is it waterproof?
Yes, the new coating is not a paint in the traditional sense. While paint can flake, the poder coating will create a multiple textures and layyers that make watter hard to damage. So, splash away!. It also looks fantastic on a range of pool fence installations. The below links will give you a visual for  new aluminum fence options.

It's Not Just What's on The Outside That Counts. 
Think of the interior of your new aluminum fence as a small army of reinforced ribs acting as a retaining wall that supports your fence coating. Then, take a look at some of the many products that use this technolgy. Don't worry, links are here to help.
 
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What is the difference in terms of durability, scratch resistance, fade resistance, etc.?

Select local fence contractors may offer fence that has the new powder coat finish while others use the standard with a baked enamel finish. The durability and corrosion resistance of an organic finish (paint, powder coating, enamel, etc.) depends as much or more on the pre treatment (zinc plating, iron phosphate, zinc phosphate, sandblast, solvent wipe) than on the finish coat. Furthermore, there are many different resins (polyester, epoxy, etc.) The result of this is that, a consumer really can't predict the durability of a finish; all you can go by is the reputation of the supplier.



If this breakthrough alternative application is exclusive and new, how can I be sure I'm getting what I expect?

Have no fear, the AMMA is here to protect you against fraudulent or poorly made materials on fencing of any kind. AAMA standards are developed and in place in response to the needs of contracting companies to solve critical issues in the industry.They serve are companies of all sizes. AAMA is recognized around the world for the development of standards that provide third-party validation of product performance and quality.You can read more about the AAMA here

If you need to find an exclusive local fence contractor that has access to this new fence option for your home or business, this link to Sonco Fence Worldwide or this Residential Brochure can fill you in on what you, your local fencing company and pocket book need to know.  


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Options for Commercial Access Gates and Fence Solutions

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Jul 03, 2014

A Professional Fence Company should have a variety options for Commercial Gate applications. The gate systems are designed to restrict unwanted entry and ensure the protection of assets and employees. Gate systems are designed to work efficiently with repeated mechanical use in any setting. Hurricane Fence Company offers the latest in Commercial Gate System trends and technology in a plethora of scales and styles. These maneuverable fence barriers can be engineered to meet the needs of everything from small Residential Secured Access to the most complex structural demands.

The following are a few examples of routinely offered Commercial Gate Systems.  

Swing Arm Gates

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Swing Arms are motorized barriers that raise a steel or aluminum arm from a horizontal position to a vertical position. They give you the ability to control pedestrian and/or vehicle traffic on roadways up to 38'. These gates can have an assortment of automatic controls, such as card readers, vehicle detectors/counters, reversing logic, which causes the arm to re-open should it strike an object, and anti tailgating devices, which keep multiple vehicles from pulling through on a single cycle. A switch in a security office can also be set up to control these gates.

Many Fence Contractors also offer High Speed Swing Arm Gates that will open in less than two seconds, using either 8 or 12' arms. Heavy duty gates, with arms up to 24', are also available if gate specifications require them.

Slide Gates   

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Sliding Gates are often the best solution for commercial premises with busy access points. You must have room set aside for the gate in the open position. Installers can customize slide gates to accommodate a wide range of commercial applications. Many different styles of slide gates are available of which the most common is a two-rail slide gate.

There are three rail slide gates that will allow the use of almost any material you wish to face the gate. For this the commonly used materials are plastic, wood, or metal. A well set up fence supplier can also custom fabricate a slide gate to match a wide range of already existing gate styles. 

Cantilever Gates

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Automation of a cantilever slide gate involves the addition of a slide gate operator that can be pad or post mounted. This provides a means to open or close the gate and the addition of safety devices such as safety loops, gate edges or photo eyes. Gate operators can be added to existing gates as well as new ones and integrated into any existing access control system.

The gate itself does not touch the ground and is supported by rollers, which are attached to two large side posts.

The gate will have a tail that is used to support itself when it is in the open position. One thing to keep in mind when considering the installation of a cantilever gate is that you must have adequate overhead clearance to ensure that the gate can open fully.

Cantilever Gate Systems can be constructed with nearly any fencing material, but the distance of the opening will play an important role in determining which type of materials you can use when constructing your Commercial Gate. Lighter fabrication materials should be considered when spanning wide opening, which will make the overall weight of the gate lighter.   

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