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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Handling fence damage through insurance and an appeal to your HOA for repairs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Apr 17, 2015

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While damage to commercial fence is usually caused by vehicles hitting the fence and gates,
or by vandals cutting fence to gain access to business properties to steal from company vehicles or steal stored company materials.

No matter how you slice it, the homeowner or business owner, depending on the amount of damage, can engage insurance companies to check on policy coverage and deductibles.

HOW DO INSURANCE ESTIMATES ON DAMAGED FENCES WORK?

Fence damage is common in residential and commercial properties. Damage to residential fence is most often caused by fallen trees, wind, or bad storms. 

Residential property fence damage will require the homeowner to call their insurance company and discuss damage to the fence and decide if the insurance claim is valid depending on the amount of damage and the cost of repair. 

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INSURANCE FOR ON FENCE REPAIRS:

Another variable will be the deductible on the insurance policy that the homeowner has with the insurance company. If the insurance company deems damage to the fence is an insurance claim, the insurance company usually will ask the homeowner to get three separate estimates on the scope of work from local or your preferred fence contractor and turn them into the insurance agent for processing. 

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In some cases the insurance company will call three fence companies for the homeowner, and request estimates.

The professional fence contractor will go to the property to price fence repairs, and send the quote directly to the insurance company to handle all aspects of the repair.

In either case, it is up to the homeowner to decide if they prefer to involve the insurance company for the fence fix or if they wish to pay out of pocket.

 
If the damage to the fence is minimal, the homeowner should probably not involve the insurance company. This is becuse the deductible may not be met depending on the amount of fence damage.
A phone call to the insurance agent or checking the insurance policy will give the homeowner the amount of the deductible to decide if an insurance claim is valid.

DAMAGE BY VANDALS

Commercial property fence damage due to vandals usually will not require a call to the insurance company for repair cost.  These claims are usually so small that it would not meet their deductible. 

The only reason why an insurance company would be called due to vandalism to a fence would be because other property on the site has been stolen or damaged, and the fence repair can be added to the total insurance claim. 

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VEHICLE FENCE DAMAGE

The most common damage to commercial fence is vehicles running into fence and gates entering or leaving business properties.  In most cases, the business can get information from the person who damaged the fence and their insurance company would pay the full amount for repairs and the owner would not be responsible for the cost. This only happens in cases where people are caught hitting the fence or gates with their vehicles. 
 

The business would be required to call their insurance company and report damage and ask for an agent to visit the property to record damage. After the insurance agent has recorded the fence damage, the fence company would be called to price fence repairs and turn in quotes to the insurance company for review. The insurance company and the fence contractor usually handle the repair and cost.

If no one witnesses the incident and no one claims responsibility for the damage, the business owner will have to call his or her insurance company to make a claim. Typically, the procedure to have insurance companies pay for damages would be the same as in residential fence damage claims.
 

 

 

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Repairing your Residential or Commercial fence enclosure

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Tue, Sep 02, 2014

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While damage to commercial fence is usually caused by vehicles hitting the fence and gates,
or by vandals cutting fence to gain access to business properties to steal from company vehicles or steal stored company materials.

In either case, the homeowner or business owner, depending on the amount of damage,
can engage insurance companies to check on policy coverage and deductibles.

WHO DOES INSURANCE ESTIMATES ON DAMAGED FENCES?

Fence damage is common in residential and commercial properties. Damage to residential fence is most often caused by fallen trees, wind, or bad storms. 

Residential property fence damage will require the homeowner to call their insurance company and discuss damage to the fence and decide if the insurance claim is valid depending on the amount of damage and the cost of repair. 

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INSURANCE POLICIES ON FENCE REPAIRS:

Another variable will be the deductible on the insurance policy that the homeowner has with the insurance company. If the insurance company deems damage to the fence is an insurance claim, the insurance company usually will ask the homeowner to get three separate estimates on the scope of work from local or your preferred fence contractor and turn them into the insurance agent for processing. 
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In some cases the insurance company will call three fence companies for the homeowner, and request estimates.

The professional fence contractor will go to the property to price fence repairs, and send the quote directly to the insurance company to handle all aspects of the repair.

In either case, it is up to the homeowner to decide if they prefer to involve the insurance company for the fence fix or if they wish to pay out of pocket.

 
If the damage to the fence is minimal, the homeowner should probably not involve the insurance company. This is becuse the deductible may not be met depending on the amount of fence damage.
A phone call to the insurance agent or checking the insurance policy will give the homeowner the amount of the deductible to decide if an insurance claim is valid. 

FENCE DAMAGE BY VANDALS

Commercial property fence damage due to vandals usually will not require a call to the insurance company for repair cost.  These claims are usually so small that it would not meet their deductible. 

The only reason why an insurance company would be called due to vandalism to a fence would be because other property on the site has been stolen or damaged, and the fence repair can be added to the total insurance claim. 

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VEHICLE FENCE DAMAGE

The most common damage to commercial fence is vehicles running into fence and gates entering or leaving business properties.  In most cases, the business can get information from the person who damaged the fence and their insurance company would pay the full amount for repairs and the owner would not be responsible for the cost. This only happens in cases where people are caught hitting the fence or gates with their vehicles. 
 

The business would be required to call their insurance company and report damage and ask for an agent to visit the property to record damage. After the insurance agent has recorded the fence damage, the fence company would be called to price fence repairs and turn in quotes to the insurance company for review. The insurance company and the fence contractor usually handle the repair and cost.

If no one witnesses the incident and no one claims responsibility for the damage, the business owner will have to call his or her insurance company to make a claim. Typically, the procedure to have insurance companies pay for damages would be the same as in residential fence damage claims.
 

 

 

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Commercial Fences: What is the Best Type to Use for My Business

Posted by Kristen Fugere on Thu, Aug 21, 2014

For business owners, choosing the best commercial fence solution can be a daunting task.

There are an abundant array of options available on the fence market. These options are comprised of three major types of pereimeter structures: chain link, wood, and ornamental fence solutions. 
Picking out the best style of fence for you and your business hinges on two deciding factors: the sort of business you own and its location. Each type weighs in with its own fence material benefits. 

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Chain Link Fences: A general contractor whose business is located in an industrial park would most likely use chain-link fencing in order to safeguard their on-site assets. When using chainlink for security purposes, it is best to strive for a height of 6’ or 6 feet of greater and a thickness of at least 9-gauge in order to reap the benefits from this cost effective fencing. 

   
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A good general practice is to avoid solid barriers when erecting
security fencesThis will eliminate visual blockades where trespassers could potentially hide.


Ornamental Fence:  For the business owner who runs their operation in areas where fence appearance must be considered, such as in historic Richmond or Williamsburg Virginia, the use of a sturdy ornamental iron fence would be ideal. Attractive security is the predominate objective for many business installations.

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While all ornamental fence facades should be at least 6’ high, there are varied fence rail configurations that can be selected. Pickett fence tops can also be added to prevent ease of access to a fence secured area, and increase the aesthetic appeal of the installation.
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These fence can be comprised of three primary types of ornamental fencing:

Welded Steel Fence:  Black (non-galvanized) steel components are welded together to form a section that is them primed and painted. During installation, the sections are welded directly to the posts at the jobsite. Depending on climate, welded systems can begin to show rust with the first year after being installed and must be wire brushed and repainted periodically. If welded steel panels are added it is highly recommended to add a polyester powder coated finish of the galvanized steel.

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Assembled Component Fencing:  Galvanized steel fence components (using a minimum G-60 zinc coating) are machine punched, and then given a polyester powder-coat finish.
After coating, the components are assembled into sections using drive rivets or retaining rods. Assembled sections are attached to posts using brackets so the coating isn't compromised, which minimizes potential red rust problems.

Aluminum Ornamental Fencing: Manufactured similarly to steel assembled components, these special aluminum-alloy fences are powder coated, and then joined into sections using screws or pop rivets. These sections attach through brackets or holes punched in the posts. Aluminum ornamental fencing should be considered for harsh coastal environments or when corrosive chemicals are nearby. 
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Privacy Wood FenceA business run in a residential area may select the wood or stick built privacy fence for security. Commerce areas that are adjacent to residential zones often use them as well. Wood privacy fences are also great selections for dumpster enclosures.

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Great Looking Dumpster Enclosures are possible! These fences and dumpster covers can be built as tall as needed and then either painted, stained or left natural, making them the perfect fence solution for businesses that are looking for a harmonious relationship with neighboring structures. Best of all it won't break the bank. 
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Though there are an array of amazing commercial fence options, an accredited and experienced professional fence company should always be able to provide design and budget solutions for your unique project specs.

Contact a Hurricane Fence Specialist today and schedule a free estimate or quote to get started on your Commercial Fence Installation!

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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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