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Aluminum, the Unsung Fencing Material

aluminum fenceThere’s so much talk about cedar and vinyl these days, it seems aluminum fencing tends to get lost in the shuffle. Yet aluminum is one of the most versatile, durable and stylish fencing materials available.

Aluminum fencing was developed as a replacement for wrought iron, which is just too heavy and expensive for practical homeowners these days. Aluminum offers a similar look to wrought iron, but it’s affordable, lightweight and rust-free. It also requires almost no maintenance, so you’ll never have to worry about staining or sanding. Plus, it’s customizable — you can choose the picket width, the size of the gaps between pickets, the color, and any decorative embellishments you want to include.

Here are a few of the areas in which aluminum shines:

Handrails for decks. Homeowners who want to add a touch of elegance to a deck can forgo the standard chunky wood handrails for sleek and sophisticated aluminum handrails. Aluminum handrails contrast nicely with any wood or composite deck, adding depth and dimension to your outdoor living space. And because of its versatility, aluminum can be used for a wide variety of handrail styles, including aluminum picket handrails, cable handrails strung between aluminum posts, and glass-panel handrails held in place by aluminum frames.

Ornamental barrier. Aluminum fencing provides the perfect combination of ornamentation and deterrence for would-be intruders. Not only do they add an elegant and formal style to your home, but they have an imposing quality about them. Aluminum fences are strong, extremely difficult to climb, and typically come with strong gates, latches and hinges. As an added touch, the pickets can be topped with points to make your fence even more imposing.

Pool enclosures. Many municipalities have strict laws regarding pool enclosures. A proper pool enclosure cannot be climbed over or crawled under, and it must have an effective, latching gate. An aluminum fence can easily meet all of these requirements, plus it offers one huge advantage over wood: It can stand up to a wet environment without rotting, molding or rusting.

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