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How to Select a Fence Height

When it comes time to select a fence, there are plenty of options. Some of the big choices include deciding on the style and material fence. But one significant decision that people often don’t think of is how high to build a fence. If you are replacing a fence, most people just assume they will replace it with one that is very similar. But you don’t have to stick with what you have. And if you are building a brand new fence, you have to decide from the outset what fence height you want to install.

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Considerations in Picking a Fence Height

When deciding how high to build your fence, there are some questions you will need to ask yourself. The height you finally pick for your fence will depend on the answer to those questions.

  • What is the function of this fence?
  • Where is the fence located?
  • Am I concerned about resale value?
  • Are there local rules about fence height, such as municipal codes or HOA rules?

A fence could, in theory, be any height you choose. In reality, however, there are some standard sizes that most fences conform to. Using a standard size is cheaper and easier than building a completely custom fence. If you build to a standard size, you should be able to find posts, pickets, boards, and even complete sections to match any style of fence. There are many excellent style and material options for standard-sized fences. Standard sizes are typically 3’, 3.5’, 4’, 6’, and 8’.

If you choose to go with a custom size, you will likely pay a lot more. The pieces of your fence will need to be cut to size or even custom fabricated. Since there is a pretty wide range of fence sizes available, there is rarely any reason to select a custom size.

Privacy Fence

A wooden privacy fence is one of the most common residential fences most installers see. A solid wooden privacy fence is a great way to block off a backyard. It can keep neighbors and other from seeing into your private space. It can also help block the view looking out from your yard. If you live along a busy street or your yard backs up onto an unpleasant site—like the back of a building or some trash bins—a privacy fence can block the view.

A typical privacy fence is built six feet tall. At that height, you should have no trouble finding dozens of different styles in all different materials. At Bravo Fence, we specialize in pressure treated pine, cedar, and composite wood fences. You can take a look at some of the styles of our wooden fences here.

Pressure treated pine is an excellent value that stands up well to all sorts of weather. The natural wood has a classic look and is available in a wide range of styles, both for the boards and the posts. Cedar is a beautiful wood that many choose for its high-end look at a great price. Cedar is especially suited to outdoor use, as it is insect and rot resistant. Composite is a great choice for homeowners looking for a low-maintenance, long-lasting fence. Wood composite is a manufactured material made from wood fibers and recycled plastic. It is impervious to much of the damage that normally affects a wooden fence.

A six foot fence is also ideal for keeping young children and pets contained and safe in your backyard. Six feet is tall enough to keep most dog breeds in your yard. However, if you have a large breed, like a retriever, or a dog that has exceptional laping skills, you many want to consider an extended privacy fence.

Extended Privacy or Deer Fence

In some cases, six feet isn’t sufficient for a privacy fence. In those cases, the tallest standard height available is eight feet. This height is often referred to as a deer fence, because it is tall enough to keep out leaping deer. If your home backs up onto wood or an open space with a local deer population, this may be ideal. It keeps deer from entering your yard and eating your plants or terrorizing your pets. An eight foot fence is also recommended for large or athletic dogs that might be able to get over a six foot fence.

In some situations, an eight foot fence is actually necessary for full privacy. If there are other properties uphill from your home, you may need a higher fence to block their view into your yard. Or, if your property abuts a loud or busy street, the extra height can help keep out noise. However, before installing an eight foot fence, check your local codes and municipal rules. Many municipalities have rules that limit fences to six feet tall.

If you live in an area with a homeowners association, check their rules, as well. Many HOAs have even stricter rules that govern the height, material, color, and style of fences and partitions.

If your municipality has a rule against fences over six feet, you can request a variance when you apply for your building permit. Applying for a variance may mean your permit takes longer to process. But if it is granted, you can legally build a higher fence than what is normally allowed under local zoning regulations.

Shorter Fences

In some situations, a shorter fence is preferable. Many cities and homeowners associations limit the height of fences and partitions in the front of a property. For example, backyard fences may be permitted up to six feet, while front yard fences are limited to four or even three feet. In most cases, that’s just fine, because front yard fences are rarely privacy fences. Front yard fences are often decorative or serve as a visual marker to separate your property from a neighbor or from the street. The classic American white picket fence is a good example of a shorter fence.

Most front yard picket fences are built at three feet. They are beautiful to look at and can keep people off your lawn, without blocking the view in and out of your home. In some situations, tall fences may be prohibited in front of homes because they make it harder for drivers to see around corners at intersections. In those cases, you may be able to build a taller fence if it doesn’t block the line of sight, such as an aluminum fence.

Pool Fences

Pool fences are a very specific type of fence. While the fence itself can be of any material or style, the details are mandated by law. In most places, a pool fence must be four feet tall. The pickets cannot be more than a certain distance apart, and the same is true for the rails. The primary function of a pool fence is to keep out anyone who shouldn’t be using the pool unsupervised, such as children or pets. So pool fences need to be designed with no space large enough for a child to get through and no way to climb over the top. If you are building a pool, most jurisdictions require a pool fence or some sort of barrier. Check with your pool builder or contractor and make sure you know the regulations for a pool fence. An inadequate fence is both unsafe and illegal.

How to Choose the Correct Height for Your Fence

If you’re considering installing a new fence or replacing an old one, contact Bravo Fence Company. We will come to your home to look at your property and help you determine the best type of fence for your needs. We provide fences or every height and style, so we’re happy to give you lots of options.

 

What is the Best Wood for Fencing?

There are many materials to choose from for a new fence. But many homeowners are determined to stick with wood for its classic, natural look. We agree that wood is an excellent choice for a residential or commercial fence. However, once you’ve decided to go with wood, you still have more choices to make. The two most important decisions you need to make with a wood fence are what type of wood you want and how you will finish it. You may be wondering which is the best wood for fencing. Like most things in life, there is no single best. To find the right wood for your fence, you need to look at the features of each material and finish and decide what works best for you.

Why Choose a Wood Fence

There are many options when it comes to choosing a fence. Some people love the historic look of wrought iron. Others love the sleek modernism of steel fencing. Others like the simplicity and low cost of PVC. But there is something to be said for the classic simplicity of a wooden fence.

Wood is probably the oldest material for fences, and it has continued to be a favorite. Wood also offers many, many options. You can choose practically any shape and style. Wood is easy to work with and, when appropriately treated, holds up to the elements pretty well.

If you’re looking for a traditional style for your backyard, wood is ideal. Wooden fences remind people of the fences they had as kids. A tall wooden privacy fence is one of the hallmarks of suburban living. If you want something more rural, a split rail fence is an excellent choice. Or, if the American dream is what you’re going for, there’s nothing more perfect than a traditional wood picket fence.

Wood is exceptionally versatile. It can be painted, stained, or treated with a clear finish to bring out its natural beauty. If you like, you could even leave your fence untreated to get that faded gray look of wood exposed to the elements.

But with all these choices, what is the best wood for fencing? Let’s take a look at some common (and less common) choices to see how they stack up.

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Pine Fencing

Pine is a popular choice for wood fencing. It is soft and easy to work with, and it is also one of the cheapest options. Pine has some natural resistance to insects. But in almost every case, pine for outdoor fencing needs to be pressure treated. When wood is pressure treated, chemical gases are forced into the wood under high pressure. The chemicals help the wood withstand insects, moisture, and other weather-related dangers.

Treated pine does well in the ground and can resist rot. For this reason, many builders suggest using pine posts even if you choose another material for the pickets.

Cedar Fencing

Cedar is a good mid-price-range choice for a wooden fence. It has naturally-occurring oils that repel many insects, making it a sturdy choice for outdoor use. Cedar also has an appealing natural look. Many homeowners choose to stain their cedar fences instead of painting them. Staining protects the wood but also lets its natural beauty show through. Cedar fencing is more expensive than low-range pine. Cedar fences are often made up of cedar pickets with treated pine posts. Decay-resistant pine posts are better in the ground, while cedar is most resistant to sun and rain. However, some more expensive types of cedar, notably Western Red Cedar, may also be used for posts.

Cypress Fencing

Cypress is native to the southern United States. That makes it cheaper in the South and more expensive in other parts of the country, due to shipping costs. In areas where it is native, cypress can cost similar to cedar. In areas where it needs to be imported, it can cost significantly more.

Cypress is a great choice for fencing because it contains cypretine, a natural bug repellent. Its resistance to insects means less damage over time. Like cedar, many homeowners choose cypress for the look of the wood. To preserve its natural beauty, builders often stain instead of paint cypress fences. After staining, a clear sealer is added to protect the wood from the elements.

Redwood Fencing

Redwood is a popular choice for wooden fencing. It is often considered the best wood for fencing, and certainly one of the most common, although that designation is dependent on many factors. What makes it so appealing is that redwood is exceptionally durable. It is insect-resistant and weathers well. It also has a unique look that many homeowners love. Redwood is one of the more expensive options for wood fencing.

Redwood has a very narrow natural range. In the U.S., it is native only to the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the coastal areas of Northern California. Outside of the U.S., redwoods are only native in a small region of China. As a species, redwoods are the largest trees in the world. Due to the size of the trees and the quality of the wood, redwood has long been favored as a source of lumber. Because of its popularity and narrow range, old-growth redwood is severely endangered. Homeowners choosing redwood for their fences should inquire about the source of the wood, and try to avoid using wood from endangered trees.

Tropical Hardwood Fencing

A variety of tropical hardwoods are available for fencing. Some of these woods are extremely dense, heavy, and durable. Homeowners choose them for those qualities, as well as their unique and beautiful appearance. But these woods are not cheap. They are actually the most expensive option for a wooden fence. Similar to redwood, some tropical hardwoods are subject to over-logging or may be taken from endangered forests. Be sure to check where your tropical hardwoods are coming from.

Composite Fencing

Composite fencing is one of the most eco-friendly choices for wood fencing. It is made of wood fibers mixed with recycled plastic, and it’s a great way to use both recycled plastic and bits of wood that are often treated as waste. It is not the absolute cheapest option, but it is definitely one of the most sturdy. Due to its plastic content, composite or manufactured wood is not subject to much of the regular aging that affects natural wood. Many composite and manufactured wood fences even come with warranties. Because it is manufactured, composite wood fences can mimic the look of many other types of wood.

Choosing the Best Wood for Fencing

Which type of wood you select for your fence is a personal choice. The best wood for your situation must take into account your budget, what look you want, and the local climate.

In mild climates, with relatively small shifts in temperature and little severe weather, durability is less of an issue. In regions with significant temperature swings, freezing winters, blazing hot sun, or severe storms and wind, durability is a much bigger concern.

If you are trying to save money in the short-term, pine is a good choice. But if you want to spend more now to avoid maintenance and replacement costs down the line, redwood may be more desirable. If you plan to move in the near future, it may not be necessary to install a fence that will last for decades. But if you plan to stay in your home for a long time, a fence that will stand the test of time is a good investment.

The local cost of materials can also differ from region to region, so what makes sense in one part of the country may be too expensive in another. Other local considerations include the types of fencing in your neighborhood and even local HOA regulations.

If you’re considering a new fence and want to learn more about your options, contact Bravo Fence Company for a consultation. They can help you narrow down your choices and guide you to the best wood for your fence.

Should I Get a Wrought Iron or Aluminum Fence?

If you’ve ever walked through a historic neighborhood, you’ve probably seen some beautiful wrought iron fences. Perhaps you are considering building your own. But do you really need wrought iron to get that look? Aluminum is a modern alternative with many benefits. We’ll walk you through a comparison of wrought iron and aluminum to help you figure out whether wrought iron or aluminum is for you.

Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought iron is iron that has been worked (wrought is an archaic form of the past participle for work). That means that is has been hammered or rolled while hot. Today, real wrought iron is no longer commercially produced. Mild steel, which is very similar to wrought iron, is often used in its place, and may even be referred to as wrought iron by some. In many cases, wrought iron is used to designate the style, including all forms of decorative metal fence.

Aluminum Fence

Aluminum is a popular stand-in for wrought iron. It has many of the same benefits as wrought iron and avoids some of its problems. Aluminum fences are not new, but they have become much more popular over the last decade. Some homeowner associations require aluminum for all new fences to preserve a uniform style for the neighborhood.

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Strength and Durability

Wrought iron is one of the most difficult fences to penetrate, which makes it ideal for high-security situations. A wrought iron fence is difficult to damage, much less cut through.

Aluminum, on the other hand, is less sturdy than wrought iron. Residential aluminum fencing can be dented or bent if enough force is applied. In most situations, aluminum is an effective barrier, and residential aluminum fencing is mainly decorative. If you need more strength, you can turn to commercial aluminum fencing, which is slightly thicker-gauge and much stronger. For high-traffic, high-security areas, industrial aluminum fencing provides maximum strength and security.

Maintenance

A wrought iron fence requires significant maintenance to keep it from falling into disrepair. The biggest problem with wrought iron is that it rusts. To prevent rusting, the entire fence should be carefully inspected for corrosion at least once a year. Any rust spots should be sanded and repainted to avoid further damage. Once every few years, the entire fence should be sanded and repainted. This can make wrought iron fences expensive to maintain.

Aluminum fences need almost no maintenance. They can be cleaned occasionally with a garden hose, just to keep them looking fresh. Otherwise, an aluminum fence will not rust, peel, or chip.

Installation

Installing a wrought iron fence is a labor-intensive job. A section of wrought iron fence can weigh as much as 50 pounds. And the wrought iron needs to be hand-welded together. Wrought iron is typically not built to be installed on a grade. If a wrought iron fence will be installed on a grade, the fence needs to be stepped up, section by section.

Aluminum fence is relatively easy to install. Its sections are easy to work with, mostly weighing less than twenty pounds. Aluminum fences usually don’t require welding and can be put together with screws.

Cost

Wrought iron fencing is some of the most expensive fencing you can get. Authentic wrought iron has to be produced by a skilled blacksmith and can run in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars per section. Mild steel is commercially available, so it can be cheaper, but it is still an expensive option. The heavy weight of wrought iron or mild steel fencing makes it labor-intensive to install. The added labor means added cost. The hand welding necessary for wrought iron also increases costs significantly. Finally, wrought iron needs regular maintenance and even repainting. To repaint a wrought iron fence, the existing paint needs to be sanded off, which can be a large job. Caring for a wrought iron fence can be quite expensive. Due to the nature of wrought iron and its tendency to rust, many wrought iron fences have warranties as short as ten years.

Aluminum fencing is much less expensive than wrought iron. It is easier to produce, and therefore the fence sections are cheaper. At less than twenty pounds a section, installation is much simpler. Aluminum fencing can also be easily installed on a grade, saving labor on uneven ground. It is also relatively easy to install since it usually does not require welding. Because the installation is easier and faster, installation costs are much lower than wrought iron. There are also hardly any maintenance costs. Warranties are often for the lifetime of the fence.

The Final Decision

Deciding between wrought iron and aluminum comes down to a choice between an expensive, labor-intensive luxury item and a durable, cost-effective, authentic-looking alternative.

Wrought Iron Pros:

  • Classic Look
  • Extremely Durable with Proper Care
  • Sturdy material provides high security.

Wrought Iron Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Hard to Work With
  • Requires Hand Welding
  • Regular, Expensive Maintenance

Aluminum Pros:

  • Mimics Classic Look of Wrought Iron
  • Light and Easy to Work With
  • Installed With Screws
  • Much Cheaper Than Wrought Iron
  • Very Low Maintenance
  • Available in Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Grades to Match Your Strength and Durability Needs

Aluminum Cons:

  • Not 100% Authentic
  • Residential Grade Fencing Not as Sturdy as Wrought Iron

At this point, it should be pretty clear that aluminum is almost always a better option. Bravo Fence installs all types of aluminum fencing, from classic to modern styles and all grades. If you’re ready to find out more about aluminum fencing, contact Bravo Fence Company for more details and a free quote.

5 Common Fence Installation Mistakes to Avoid

5 Common Fence Installation Mistakes to Avoid

Adding a fence to your home is a great way to upgrade your property. Whether you are adding a new fence or rebuilding an old one, a new fence will make your property more livable and add value. But before you go ahead with your fence building project, you should look out for these five common fence installation mistakes to avoid. If you keep these mistakes in mind now, you can save yourself a lot of trouble in the future.

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You Don’t Know Your Property Line

Many homeowners choose to build a fence along their property lines. It gives them the largest enclosed space possible and helps identify the edge of their property. But building on property lines can be risky. If you build just a few inches over the edge of your property, you may find yourself in legal trouble. It is illegal to build a fence on someone else’s property without their express permission.

At Bravo Fence Company, we recommend two safety procedures to avoid a misplaced fence. First, get your plat or property map. It can help you identify the limits of your property. Second, build a few inches or a full foot inside your property line. You won’t be giving up much space, and it could save you from inadvertently crossing the line. If you do cross the line, you could face steep fines or even be forced to take down the fence. That would be a terrible waste, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

You Don’t Know Where Utilities are Buried

Just as you need to find official documents to determine your property line, you need to contact your utility company to determine the official location of any utility lines. The last thing you need when during your fence installation is to dig a fence post and run into a utility wire or pipe. Hitting wires could be dangerous, and breaking a pipe can cause serious problems. It’s best to avoid these problems from the outset by confirming the location of any local utility lines with your local utilities.

You Don’t Know Local Regulations

Local regulations imposed by counties, cities, and homeowners associations can seem onerous and unnecessary. But regardless of your feelings about them, they are the law, and you could pay dearly for ignoring them. Many local governments and HOAs regulate aspects of your fence like its height, placement relative to the public right-of-way, materials, and styles. Failing to note and adhere to these regulation is one of the most common fence installation mistakes we see, and it can have dire consequences.

Typically, local governments are more concerned with safety and right of way. For instance, many local governments prohibit fences that block the view of oncoming cars on a corner property. They also may require building several feet back from the local right of way. Even if your property extends to the edge of a sidewalk, you may have to build the fence a few inches or feet from the sidewalk.

One of the primary duties of an HOA is to maintain and improve property values. To that end, many HOAs regulate the appearance of new fences. They can limit fence materials, heights, and even styles. So before you plan your perfect fence, it makes sense to see what choices are available on your property.

If you fail to adhere to county or city regulations, you may be fined or even ordered to remove the offending fence. HOAs may be able to fine you by the day for an “illegal” fence. If you refuse to pay up, they could put a lien on your property, and that’s no fun!

The Wrong Materials

Choosing the proper material is among the most critical choices you need to make to prepare for your new fence installation. Different materials have different characteristics. Some materials may lend themselves to your needs and concerns, while others may require not. Choosing the wrong material for your needs nad lifestyle is a common mistake.

Wood is one of the most common and traditional fence materials available. It is nearly ubiquitous for privacy fences. However, it also requires more maintenance than most other materials. Wood needs to be restrained or painted every few years, and it is susceptible to rot and infestation. You also need to regularly check the bottom fence posts for rot. But if you want a good-looking, sturdy fence, wood is still a great choice.

If low-maintenance is important to you, vinyl fences take the cake. There is very little maintenance beyond a simple wash with a hose when needed. Colors and styles are slightly more limited than with wood because vinyl comes in complete fence panels. But there are still plenty of good choices.

For price, nothing beats chain link. If you have a large area to enclose, chain link can help control costs. There are also plenty of ways to dress up residential chain link so that it doesn’t look too industrial.

For a classic, sophisticated look, try ornamental metal fencing. Steel and aluminum offer lower maintenance than wrought iron and are much cheaper. In some cases, you can even install complete metal fence panels to speed up installation and reduce costs.

The Wrong Fence Company

DIY fence installation sounds like a good way to save money, but common fence installation mistakes can be costly. ON the other hand, installing a fence can be a straightforward job for the right professionals. Unfortunately, not every business that calls itself fence installers is the right fit. Prices can fluctuate, and so can quality. The last thing you want is to get stuck with a fencing company that isn’t reliable. We’ve heard horror stories about no-shows, shoddy work, poor customer service, and even jobs left unfinished. Luckily, you don’t have to put up with unreliable installers because you have already found Bravo Fence Company. We have experienced builders committed to high-quality work and excellent customer service. We work with customers to build the fence of their dreams at prices they can afford. Contact Bravo Fence Company today for your free estimate.

Adding a Fence to Your Home

Adding a Fence to Your Home

There are plenty of benefits of adding a fence to your home. But one question we often get is whether adding a fence to your home will increase its value. To answer that, we need to start with the caveat that there are very, very few home improvement projects that have a 100% or higher ROI when you sell. Some people make a living flipping houses, but that’s generally because they start with cheap, run-down homes and focus on getting the maximum sheen for the minimum investment. If your home isn’t dilapidated, there is a limit to how much value you can add to it. So don’t think of a fence, or any home improvement project, only as a way to make money. Instead, think of the benefits you will enjoy while you live in your home. If you enjoy your fence, so will your eventual buyers.

Curb Appeal

There are other reasons a fence can help sell a house that have less to do with the direct value of your home. A major factor in any home sale is curb appeal. As the name implies, curb appeal is the impression someone has of your home while standing on the curb. The idea is that this is their very first impression, before ever stepping foot on your property, much less inside your home. And while you may think that the true value of your home will shine through once a buyer gets inside, the human psyche is not on your side.

We all know that first impressions are hard to shake. So if a potential buyer gets a good impression from the curb appeal of your home, they are likely to view the interior of your house more favorably. But if your home looks run-down on the outside, buyers will likely spend their time inside your home trying to confirm or debunk the idea that the house is in poor shape. And that is definitely not the mindset you want from a potential buyer.

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How Curb Appeal Affects Home Values

Curb appeal doesn’t directly raise or lower your home’s value. But it can have a more indirect effect on your final sale price. Homes with low curb appeal sell more slowly, and a slow sale can equal a lower selling price.

As a home sits on the market, two things happen. First, sellers get anxious, especially if they have already bought a new home. With pressure to sell, the price can drop. Second, potential buyers look at the amount of time the house has been on the market and wonder why it hasn’t sold. In fact, if a home isn’t selling, some real estate agents will actually take it off the market for a while to restart the clock, so to speak. Taking it off the market and then putting it back on makes it look like the home has only been for sale since its second introduction to the real estate market. And in some cases, before that second introduction to the market, homeowners are advised to improve the house’s curb appeal.

Adding a Fence to Your Home Improves Its Appearance

Curb appeal is where your new fence meets your home value. The fence itself is a nice feature, and a new fence does have some value. But the real gains come from the way your new fence enhances the overall appearance of your home.

To get the most visual appeal from your fence, you need to think about the perfect type of fence to enhance your home. You should consider the design and architectural style of your home as well as neighborhood standards. Few buyers want to be the stand-out house on the block that looks wildly different than everyone else. So if wooden picket fences are the norm on your block, you may want to think twice before installing a rustic split rail or classic ornamental metal fence.

But if you add the right type of fence for your home and your neighborhood, you could substantially improve its appearance by adding a fence to your home. The key is to understand what the different types of fences say and use that to decide which to install.

Picking the Right Fence to Add to Your Home

Selecting your fence and getting it right is the most significant factor in how much value you get from adding a fence to your home. Different fences accentuate different types of homes. Here’s a little rundown to help you pick the best for your home.

White Picket Fence

The white picket fence is the epitome of classic Americana. It is nearly synonymous with the American dream. As such, it works well with many traditional architectural styles. From brick ranches to classic colonial styles, a white picket fence works best with homes that are not too modern. A craftsman home, ranch, bungalow, colonial-style, Tudor, Victorian, or cottage all look great with a wood picket fence. However, some house styles do not lend themselves to traditional picket fences. If your house is a Mediterranean or contemporary style, wooden pickets may clash.

Ornamental Metal Fence

Ornamental metal fences can take on many shapes and styles to match a variety of homes. Metal fencing can be classic or contemporary, ranging from delicate decorative embellishments to stark modernism. Traditional wrought-iron look fences are perfect for old-style homes like colonial-style or traditional styles like cottages and even craftsman homes. For modern and contemporary homes, metal fencing with sleek, clean lines can accentuate the modernist architecture.

Classic Wood Privacy Fence

While they may not work in most front lawns, the classic wooden privacy fence is a staple of the suburban backyard. It is the most common type of fence we install, and you’ll find them in millions of homes. In many neighborhoods, property lines are marked by wooden privacy fences, including nearly every single house. There are numerous style choices, such as the type of wood, paint or stain color, and the pickets’ shape and style. Wooden fences can have flat tops, or they can be designed with curves or ridges. You can upgrade the posts with finials or other decorative features. Wood privacy fences are extremely practical and go with almost any type of home.

If you like the idea of a wood privacy fence but don’t like the idea of maintaining it, try vinyl. Vinyl privacy fences can look just like wood but with much less maintenance. Vinyl fences need little more than occasional cleaning with a hose or power washer to stay in tip-top condition.

Chain Link Fence

While most homeowners wouldn’t think of chain link fencing as a way to boost home values, you can’t rule it out. Chain link fencing has the distinction of being almost maintenance-free. If other houses in the area have chain link fencing, it may not stand out as unusual. And there are lots of ways to beautify a chain link fence. If you have hedges around your property and want a fence that can add security without blocking your plants, chain link is a great choice. Chain link can blend into plants and hedges for a natural look.

Add a Fence to Your Home for Your Enjoyment

While fences can increase curb appeal and home values, we recommend installing a fence you will love to live with. Think about your needs and use them as your guide. If you build a fence that works well for your family and your home, there is a good chance any potential buyers will feel the same. If you are interested in adding the perfect fence to your home, contact Bravo Fence Company for your free estimate.

Residential Chain Link – It Isn’t Just for Businesses

Residential Chain Link - It Isn’t Just for Businesses

When most homeowners hear the words “chain link fence,” they conjure images of warehouses on industrial boulevards or sports fields in public parks. What most people don’t picture is a beautiful chain link fence surrounding their home. But chain link fence has come a long way. It’s not just for businesses anymore. A chain link fence has many benefits that make it ideal for residential use. And there are many ways to beautify a chain link fence and make it look just as aesthetically pleasing as any other fence material. Despite what you may think, chain link fence can improve your home, and we’re here to show you how.

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The Benefits of Chain Link Fence

Before we even begin to talk about ways you can make a chain link fence suitable for your home, we need to discuss the many benefits of chain link fencing.

  • Cost – There’s no question that chain link fence wins when it comes to price. Chain link is one of the most cost-effective fence materials out there. Unlike other materials that come as panels or individual posts and pickets, chain link comes as a roll that can easily be stretched between posts. If you are enclosing a large area, the cost savings of a chain link fence can be significant. In fact, to enclose a very large property, chain link may be the only cost-effective solution.
  • Speed – Because of the prefab nature of chain link fencing, it is extremely fast to install. The most time-consuming part of the installation is placing the posts. The posts need to be anchored in cement footings. But once the posts are up, the chain link is just rolled out and attached to the posts and rails.
  • Strength – Chain link is sometimes called the hurricane fence because it can withstand almost anything nature can throw at it. Although chain link provides an effective barrier for people and pets, it is mostly empty space. So when the wind picks up, it just flows right through the fence. Other more solid materials can act like a sail, picking up the wind and fighting against it. But chain link can take a beating and stand firm. It’s also hard to damage chain link by impact. A hard object thrown at a wood or vinyl fence can crack it, and aluminum could dent. But chain link can absorb the force since it has a little give. That’s why it’s used in sports fields and backstops where it can easily absorb the force of a 90-mile-an-hour pitch or a hard-hit foul ball.
  • Durability and Maintenance – Chain link fence can last for a very long time with almost zero maintenance. That’s another reason why it is so prevalent in commercial properties, public parks, and civil engineering (like along highway overpasses). The galvanized steel is extremely rust-resistant and needs very little upkeep.
  • Transparency – Like much more expensive ornamental metal fences, chain link doesn’t block the view or the sun. In smaller yards, being able to see out can prevent claustrophobia. There are also times you want to see out, whether it is to catch a spectacular view or to see who’s coming for added security. And if you plan to plant a garden, you need a fence that allows the maximum amount of sunlight to reach your plants. In hot climates, a fence that allows a breeze to pass through your yard can be a welcome respite.
  • Versatility – Chain link comes in a variety of sizes and is available with various coatings to improve its appearance. As we will discuss shortly, there are also many ways to enhance a chain link fence for a softer look.

Enhancing a Chain Link Fence for Residential Use

We’ll admit that plain, industrial-style chain link fencing may not appeal to every homeowner. While it can work well in some situations, there are also many ways to modify and dress up chain link. You don’t have to settle for the chain link you’re familiar with.

Adding a Natural Touch

One of the drawbacks of chain link for residential use is that it can look cold and uninviting. But adding some nature can warm it up and make it look like a part of your landscape. One way to do that is to grow hedges along the fence. When plants grow up against the fence, they can hide it from view. You can have the look of a natural hedge with the added security of a fence. Unlike other fences, chain link can almost disappear into a hedge.

Another option is to grow a vine directly on the fence. Popular flowering vines like bougainvillea, jasmine, and honeysuckle can use the chain link as a trellis. It’s a great way to add additional flows to your garden and hide your fence completely. And unlike a traditional wooden trellis, the chain link provides security in addition to holding plants.

If you don’t want to grow an entire hedge or flowering vine, you can dress up a chain link fence with hanging window box planters. Window boxes are easy to attach to a chain link fence and can hold a wide variety of flowers or even edible plants and herbs. If you have young children, a window box can be an excellent introduction to gardening.

Improving the Fence Itself

There are many ways to improve or enhance a chain link fence to look softer and more residential. One option many homeowners love is vinyl-coated chain link. The vinyl creates a softer look and can add color. Black is a very popular color choice because it is simple and understated. For use in a garden, many homeowners select green vinyl-coated chain link. While other colors are less common, they are available. In some cases, chain link can also be painted, which allows for an extensive color palette.

Another way to make chain link look less like the familiar industrial variety is to select a smaller weave. Standard commercial chain link usually had 2” or 2 ¼” diamonds. But for residential use, a smaller weave and lighter gauge can make a fence look less commercial. When you combine a smaller diamond size with a vinyl coating, you can install a fence with all of the benefits of chain link but without the familiar commercial look.

If you want more privacy, chain link fencing can be enhanced with privacy slats. The slats are usually made of wood, though plastic and vinyl are also available. One thing to be aware of with this option is that you lose some of the benefits of chain link. Adding slats drives up the cost, so it is not quite as inexpensive as plain chain link. Also, the slats mean that you no longer get as much sun and don’t have a view out. In case of severe weather, or if you just want to enjoy a cool breeze, the slats still let through a lot of wind, but not as much as a fence without them. The slats can also break with moderate impact. However, individual slats are usually inexpensive and easy to replace.

Chain Link Fence for Residential Use

As you can see, chain link fence has come a long way from the industrial security fencing many people think of. There are many ways to spruce up a chain link so that it isn’t just suitable but ideal for residential use. If you’re interested in chain link fence for your home, contact Bravo Fence Company for a free quote. We are happy to discuss all your options to help you build a beautiful chain link fence.

How to Prepare Your Yard for Fence Installation

Installing a fence is a significant and exciting process. The vision of a fresh new fence in whatever material you choose is very appealing. But before you can get started, there are several steps you will have to take to prepare your yard for fence installation. The more well prepared you are, the smoother your installation will go. So here are our tips for preparing your yard and your property for a smooth fence installation.

Get Your Plat

In many places, a plat is required to get the permits you need to build a fence. In others, it may not be a firm requirement, but it is the best way to know your property lines. But what is a plat? A plat is a scale map of your neighborhood prepared by civil engineers. The plat map delineates the boundaries of all of the properties in the area, which is why it is so critical for your fence installation. Without it, you run the risk of overstepping your property line.

While it may seem like no big deal if your fence is just an inch or two over your property line, the law is not on your side. If a neighbor or county inspector notices the infringement, you may be forced to take down your brand new fence and start over. That can be a colossal waste of time and money, plus a bad move for your relationship with your neighbors.

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Get the Permits

Once you have the plat, you can go about acquiring the permits you need for your project. In general, only a homeowner or a licensed contractor can apply for a permit. Different jurisdictions may have slightly different requirements for granting a permit. However, in most places, you will need at least a plat or survey of your property and detailed drawings of what you plan to construct.

While you are getting your legal ducks in order, it’s also a good time to check local laws and rules to ensure that your fence meets all requirements. Typically, fences may be regulated by municipal or county zoning laws, state and local building codes, and HOA rules where applicable. There’s no sense in building a fence that doesn’t comply with the local regulations. You may have to pay hefty fines or take down the whole thing.

Start Preparing Your Yard by Cleaning

The first step to prepare your yard for fence installation is simple: clean up. Whether you plan to install the fence yourself or hire a fence building company, a messy yard will make everything harder. Take a walk around your yard and first clean up any obvious trash. Old tires, broken toys, tarps, or anything else that doesn’t need to be there should be thrown out. Next, collect items you are keeping, like yard furniture, large toys, and similar articles, and move them as far as possible from the area where your fence will be built. The more room you can give yourself or your installation company, the easier the process will be. Remember, besides your tools, you will need space for lots of materials and wide aisles to move materials and yourself as you build.

Stake Out the Property Line

Once you have your yard cleared enough to work, you can start staking out your property line. Preparing your yard for fence installation includes making absolutely sure that you know where you are building your fence. A mistake of just a few inches could be disastrous. So when in doubt, move the fence inside your property line. The best way to mark your property line is also one of the simplest—place stakes along the line and run string between them.

In many cases, you can find your property’s boundaries by locating metal stakes that were driven into the ground when the plot was first laid out. If that was a long time ago, you might need a metal detector to find the stakes. But if you can find them, following those stakes is the most accurate way to find your property line.

Stake Out the Fence Line

If your fence will go somewhere other than exactly along your property line, now is the time to stake out the fence line. Using the same method, driving stakes and running sting between them, mark the precise path your new fence will follow. As you do this, it can be helpful to place the stakes where you plan to drive the fence posts. Marking the posts will be useful as you plan and order your materials. Once your posts are marked, you can measure the space between them and calculate how much fencing you need to order.

Clear the Fence Line

With your fence line precisely marked out, it’s time to clear the path for your fence. Hopefully, your yard is already cleaned up, and you’ve made space around your work area. But now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Move carefully and slowly along your fence line and look for any obstruction. Large items like trees and bushes may require shifting the fence line. Smaller items, like stumps and rocks, can be removed. Doing this work to prepare your yard for fence installation now will significantly speed up the installation process. If you’re hiring a fence installation company, it could also save you money.

As you clear obstacles from your fence line, now is a good time to note any slopes or grades. If a bump or dip is small enough, you might be able to level it now and save yourself time and trouble on installation. But if the grade is significant, you will need to measure the grade and plan to build a fence on a slope.

Talk to Your Neighbors

They say that good fences make good neighbors, but not if you don’t talk to them about it. If you are building a fence precisely along your property line, your neighbor may have some partial ownership of the fence. Talk to them ahead of time to let them know your plans. This new fence will affect them as much as it will affect you, so give them a chance to comment on your plans. Also, if you have a decent relationship with your neighbor, you may even be able to split the cost of a new fence.

Find a Quality Fence Builder

Some people think fence building is a DIY project. But most homeowners simply don’t have the skills and experience to build the fence they want to see. The best way to prepare your yard for fence installation is to talk to a local fence builder like Bravo Fence Company and find out what you can do to make their work easier. Having your plat prepared is a great first step, and you may need to clear stuff out of the way of the new fence. But working with a fence building company will pay huge dividends in the speed, quality, and ease of your fence installation experience.

Metal Fences: The Ultimate Guide

Metal Fences - The Ultimate Guide

Metal fences have a long history as an upscale alternative to historically more affordable wood fences. When most people think of metal fencing, they think of wrought iron. However, most metal fencing today is made of steel or aluminum, which is much easier to fabricate, much lighter than wrought iron, and much more cost-effective. Wrought iron is, by definition, handmade, so the costs can be prohibitive. Steel and aluminum fencing can be prefabricated, and they are light enough to be fashioned into panels. That makes them much more cost-effective to produce and to install. If you are ready to install a metal fence, you may be wondering which type of fence is ideal for you. This guide will outline the history and different kinds of metal fencing to help you decide what is best for your home or business.

Wrought Iron

The first ornamental metal fences were made of wrought iron. Wrought refers to metal that is beaten out or shaped by hammering, requiring extensive labor by a skilled blacksmith. In the Colonial period, only the wealthiest Americans could afford wrought iron because it had to be hand fabricated in England and shipped to the colonies. However, in the early nineteenth century, local factories began to produce cast iron fencing that retained the look of wrought iron but brought this kind of ornamental fencing within reach of many more Americans. However, the cast-iron fence pieces were still extremely heavy and complicated to install.

Modern Metal Fences

Today, most ornamental metal fencing is made of tubular steel or aluminum. The pieces can be machined in a factory and installed on site. Because the metals are lighter and the posts, rails, and pickets are hollow, tubular steel and aluminum can be sold as complete panels, which are much more efficient to install. The lower production and labor costs make ornamental steel and aluminum viable alternatives to other materials without driving costs through the roof.

Tubular steel and aluminum fences can also be shipped with the rails, posts, and pickets disassembled, making them much easier to transport. The components are then assembled onsite with fasteners. Some homeowners combine tubular steel or aluminum fencing with cast iron ornaments for a more traditional look since cast iron allows greater detail than machined steel or aluminum.

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Tubular Steel

Tubular steel is made to mimic the look of traditional wrought iron. It is produced from metal sheets that are bent into posts, pickets, and rails. The pieces are coated with a rust-proof primer and then painted. Most homeowners paint their tubular steel fences shiny black to mirror the traditional look of wrought iron. However, it can be painted practically any color to match your personal design.

Tubular steel comes standard with 5/8-inch hollow pickets to match the style of wrought iron. Look for tubular steel fencing with hidden fasteners. The more hidden the fasteners are, the more solid the whole fence will look.

Tubular Steel Maintenance

Steel, like cast iron, is an alloy of iron and carbon with other elements, so it can still rust. But modern tubular steel metal fences are treated with coatings that prevent rust. If the coating is scratched, it can expose the metal to rust, but the repairs are simple. To repair a scratched or even slightly rusted area of steel fence, start by sanding down the area to remove any rust or loose paint. Sand all the way down to the bare metal. Next, paint over that area with a rust-inhibiting metal primer. Finally, cover the primer with paint to match the rest of the fence.

Installing Tubular Steel

An 8-foot long section of 4-foot tall tubular steel fence can weigh 50 pounds, making it challenging to install yourself. If you want the strength of steel, your best bet is to hire professionals like Bravo Fence Company. We have the right tools to install tubular steel fencing that looks like wrought iron at a fraction of the cost. To find out more and get a quote, contact Bravo Fence Company.

Tubular Aluminum

Tubular aluminum has many of the same features as tubular steel, but with several advantages. One significant advantage of tubular aluminum has to do with weight. While an 8-foot section of 4-foot tall steel fencing can weigh 50 pounds, a 6-foot section of aluminum weighs just 11 pounds. However, because aluminum is not as strong as steel, it’s not practical to build sections longer than 6 feet, compared to 8 feet for steel. So an aluminum fence needs more posts than a steel fence. Each post requires digging a pit and installing a cement footing. Over a long distance, the difference between 8-foot and 6-foot sections can mean quite a few more posts to install.

The second advantage of aluminum over steel is aluminum’s nearly nonexistent maintenance. Aluminum is not an iron alloy, and so it cannot rust. It is susceptible to some corrosion, but with a standard powder coating, aluminum requires almost no maintenance.

Limits of Tubular Steel and Aluminum

While tubular steel and aluminum are great materials for an average ornamental fence, they still have some limitations compared to wrought (or cast) iron. The most significant difference is the level of detail possible in ornamentations. Tubular steel and aluminum allow for a variety of finials and some level of ornamentation in the shapes of the fence. But intricate loops, scrolling, and braiding are difficult to achieve with hollow posts, rails, and pickets.

Solid Steel

One alternative that allows for more detailed ornamentation is solid steel. Solid steel is extremely heavy and requires special machinery to hoist into place. It is also significantly more expensive than hollow steel. But it allows for designs that mimic almost anything possible with traditional wrought iron.

Another limitation of tubular steel and aluminum is its strength as security fencing. Steel is stronger than aluminum, but because they are hollow, neither one is as strong as solid metal. For added strength, some homeowners and commercial properties select tubular steel with thicker walls. But nothing beats the strength of solid steel. For high-security applications, solid steel is still the best option.

Proper Installation

Whether you choose steel or aluminum, proper installation is critical. If you want the look of real wrought iron—and who doesn’t—you need to install your metal fence perfectly. Hiding fasteners, getting every edge perfectly straight and lined up, and racking or stepping for sloped surfaces all make a huge difference. So if you are ready to install the ornamental metal fence of your dreams, it’s time to contact Bravo Fence Company. We have the experience and expertise to install the best metal fences with the best results.

What Is the Best Material for a Dog Fence?

What Is the Best Material for a Dog Fence

They say that dogs are man’s best friend. But that friendship requires some care and attention. If you have a high-energy dog, large or small, you’re probably very familiar with their need to run. Whether it’s tugging at their leash on a stroll around the block or making a run for it when the front door opens, some dogs just can’t be contained. A backyard is a great place for your dog to get outdoors and work off some of that energy. But if your yard isn’t properly secured, you could be chasing your dog down the block before long. If you want your dog to have the freedom to run and play in your yard, you need an effective dog fence. At Bravo Fence Company, we build fences for all kinds of dog owners, and we’ve got some experience keeping your furry friends from escaping. But every dog and every homeowner is unique, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Here’s our rundown of some of the best materials for a dog fence.

Is Your Fence Tall Enough?

The first thing most pet owners need to consider when planning a fence to contain their dogs is how high it needs to be. For small breeds, a four-foot fence may be sufficient. However, larger dogs can easily jump a four-foot fence, so a standard six-foot fence may be the answer. If you have a particularly large breed or your dog is a standout jumper, you could opt for an eight-foot fence but check local regulations first. Some municipalities and homeowners associations limit the height of residential fences.

When considering the height of your fence, jumping is not the only concern. Some dogs are excellent climbers, as well. Depending on the material, a tall fence may not be enough to contain a climber. In general, climbers have a harder time with smooth fences, like a wood or vinyl privacy fence. If your dog is still getting out, you could add rollers to the top. A roller is usually a PVC pipe—it can be painted to match your fence—suspended by a wire or metal pipe. When the dog’s paws hit the tube, it rolls back toward them, making it nearly impossible to climb.

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Chain Link Fence

Chain link is a durable and cost-effective fencing material. If you have a very large yard that will need lots of fencing, chain link can help keep costs down. Chain link comes in standard sizes from three feet up to six feet. If you need a higher fence, some fence dealers supply chain link that is eight feet or even taller, though it is not as common in residential settings.

While chain link is durable and cost-effective, it has some drawbacks. First, it is not the most attractive fencing option—many people associate chain link with commercial applications or sports facilities. However, there are some ways to dress up residential chain link. Some chain link comes with a vinyl coating that softens the look and adds color. The color options are somewhat limited, but it is a decent way to avoid the industrial look of bare metal. If you aren’t satisfied with the color options of pre-fab vinyl-covered chain link, you can always paint it.

Other options to improve the look of chain link include placing wooden slats through the chain link. Not only do the slats make the fence more attractive, but they also make it more private. However, large dogs crashing to your chain link fence could break slats, so choose wisely.

Finally, it may take time, but many homeowners grow vines and flowers on their chain link fences. Once the plants take over, they can completely hide the fence. You get the look of a beautiful hedge, but the strength and security of chain link. For that matter, you could always just grow and actual hedge right up against the chain link, so the fence is invisible from your backyard.

Another drawback of chain link is that some dogs may be able to climb it. If your dog is a potential climber, you can make it harder to climb by adding slats in the fence or a hedge in front of it. Rollers at the top of the fence are also an option.

One advantage of chain link is that it is an excellent option for pets that dig. If your pet tends to dig under fences, you need to dig a ditch at least 12 inches deep to install the fence. Once the fence is up and the ditch refilled, it will be harder for your pup to dig under. But not every type of fence can be buried. A wood fence would rot if it were buried underground. But chain link is a perfect option for a fence that extends a foot or more underground.

Metal Fences

Whether you choose wrought iron, steel, or aluminum, a metal fence is as elegant as it is classic. But can a metal fence contain a dog? The answer is that it really depends. The main drawback of metal fences for dogs is that most metal fences are made with thin pickets spaced three or four inches apart. A small dog could easily wriggle through that. And a slightly larger dog could try to get through, only to get their head dangerously stuck. So metal fences are really only appropriate for big dogs who absolutely cannot fit their heads between the pickets. Of course, a fence with narrower gaps is also safer, so if you’ve got your heart set on a metal fence, look for styles with smaller gaps.

Another feature that makes metal fences useful for larger breeds is that they are very strong. There isn’t a breed out there that could knock one over or chew through it. So if you have a large dog who throws himself against your fence, a metal fence might be a useful solution. Like chain link, metal can also be buried in the ground to thwart diggers.

Wood Dog Fence

A solidly built wood privacy fence has a lot to offer dog owners. First, unless your dog is exceptionally strong or heavy, they are unlikely to be able to break through a wooden privacy fence. Second, a standard six-foot privacy fence is tall enough to prevent most dogs from jumping over. Another benefit of a wood privacy fence over chain link or metal is that it blocks your dog’s view of the outside. That alone may discourage some of the escape attempts. And if your dog can’t see people and animals outside your yard, they may be less likely to go nuts when one passes. For dogs who go wild over squirrels, people, and other dogs, a privacy fence can have a calming effect.

In addition to keeping your dog in, a wooden privacy fence can keep other animals out. If you live in a place with raccoons, coyotes, and other wild animals, a wooden privacy fence can keep your dog from getting caught up with dangerous wildlife.

One major drawback of wood fences is that they cannot be buried. If you have a dog that lilies to dig, you may need to find another solution. You could bury chicken wire to prevent digging, or you could use stones, gravel, and raised planters to block access to the base of the fence.

Another drawback to wood fences is that over time they can develop cracks and holes that could give a small dog enough space to get out. A wood privacy fence is great for small breeds because there is no space between the pickets, but it needs to be maintained. If your fence is not maintained, small gaps could make it too easy for a small breed to escape.

Vinyl Dog Fence

Vinyl isn’t as classic as wood or metal, but it is a favorite for its low cost and extreme durability. It also makes a great dog fence. Vinyl privacy fences have a smooth surface that is hard to climb, and no gaps for a dog to squeeze through. Unlike wood, vinyl won’t rot or weaken. So even after many years, the fence should be as solid as the day it was installed. A six-foot vinyl privacy fence should be tall enough to keep most breeds from jumping out. Some vinyl fences are also available in eight-foot-high sections for dogs who are exceptional jumpers.

Vinyl’s weak spot is that it can become brittle over time. If your vinyl fence has been around for many years, it could crack under the force of a large dog crashing into it. Vinyl also cannot be buried, so it’s not ideal for dog breeds that tend to dig.

If you’re looking for just the right fence for your dog, contact Bravo Fence Company today. We’ll work with you and your furry friend to find the best fence to suit your needs. With decades of combined experience, our builders have seen it all, and they’re happy to help you find the right solution for your home.

Why You Should Choose an Aluminum Ornamental Fence

When homeowners consider a new fence, many can only imagine a classic wood privacy fence. If you want something a little more decorative and traditional, some homeowners consider a white picket fence. But many fail to recognize one of the most classic and decorative of all styles, the aluminum ornamental fence.

What Is an Ornamental Fence?

Ornamental fences have been in use for centuries, and you’ve likely seen them in many places. The most common ornamental fence is a black metal fence made of thin pickets spaced about a foot apart. The pickets often have decorative finials such as spears or flowers that look good and also make it more difficult to climb over the fence. Fancier fences may include scrolling and other designs between the pickets. You can often find these classic ornamental fences in older neighborhoods both in the US and Europe.

Traditionally, ornamental fences were made of wrought iron. Wrought iron is a very pure form of iron that has been worked by hand—wrought just means worked. A blacksmith heats the iron until it glows red hot, then hammers it to shape it and remove any traces of carbon. The more the iron is hammered, the more carbon is removed, and the more malleable it becomes. Wrought iron is incredibly strong, and many wrought iron fences have been in place for centuries. For example, much of the wrought iron fencing in New Orleans’ French Quarter dates from the 1700s. Wrought iron is also so strong that it was used to construct the Eiffel Tower!

One significant drawback of wrought iron for residential use is its high cost. Because it is so labor-intensive to produce, wrought iron is the most expensive fencing material by far. So although many homeowners adore the look of wrought iron, the price tag is too high to be practical.

Aluminum ornamental fencing was introduced in the US by Jerith Mfg Co over 50 years ago. Today, it has become the ornamental fencing of choice for most homeowners.

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The Advantages of Aluminum Ornamental Fencing

The most significant advantage of aluminum over wrought iron decorative fencing is the price. Aluminum is the most economical ornamental fence, at as little as half the price of wrought iron. Steel fence, another ornamental fence option, is a little more expensive, but still less than wrought iron.

Absolute Elegance

One reason why many homeowners choose an aluminum ornamental fence is for its absolute elegance. Ornamental fencing has a classic look and can be dressed up with a wide variety of finials and decorative scrolls. One benefit of ornamental fencing is the way it adds to your curb appeal and home value. Ornamental fencing stands out as the first thing visitor and potential homebuyers see when they arrive at your home. It makes a first impression of elegance and beauty unlike any other type of fence.

Ornamental fencing isn’t just for classical homes. While highly-decorated ornamental fencing can be found around many classic buildings, aluminum ornamental fencing is available in a wide variety of styles. From highly ornate classical styles to sleek, clean, modern designs, ornamental fencing can adapt to improve any home.

Ornamental fences can also compliment your home in a way that a privacy fence cannot. Because you can see right through most ornamental fences, the fence won’t block your landscaping and the facade of your home. So if you want to show off all the hard work you have put into your home, an ornamental fence provides security without blocking the view.

Added Security

In addition to beautifying your home, an aluminum ornamental fence protects it. While aluminum is not as strong as wrought iron, it is much stronger than wood, while still allowing a view into and out of your property. Ornamental fences come in four standard sizes: 3-foot, 4-foot, 5-foot, and 6-foot. The shorter 3-foot fences are used either as decorative features in gardens and along walkways or to create a taller fence on top of masonry walls. 4-foot and 5-foot fences are popular for residences, including for pool security fences. A 6-foot fence provides the most security, as it is very difficult to climb over. In most cases, just the appearance of a 6-foot ornamental fence is enough to scare off potential intruders.

If you’re looking for even more security, you can opt for thicker pickets that are harder to bend or cut through. One feature that is usually reserved for commercial fences is pickets that curve outward toward the top, making it harder to scale the fence.

If you have pets that you need to contain, a 5-foot fence is too tall for most dogs to jump over. If you have smaller pets or children who might be able to slip between the pickets, you can use mesh to increase the security of your fence.

Low Maintenance

One of the most significant advantages of an aluminum ornamental fence is the low maintenance requirements. Wrought iron and steel both have one major weakness: rust. While paint and coatings can help protect iron and steel, some rust is inevitable. To keep an iron or steel fence in good condition, it must be monitored for rust and bubbling paint. And about once a year, you need to sand and repaint any rust spots.

Aluminum, by definition, cannot rust. That’s because rust is defined as the oxidation of iron, and aluminum has almost no iron in it. Aluminum can, at least in theory, corrode, which would be a similar chemical process to rust, minus the iron. However, when aluminum corrodes, it creates a chalky powder that actually protects it from further corrosion.

To make the material even more resilient, aluminum ornamental fences are treated with a powder coating that protects them from corrosion. Unlike paint, which can crack and bubble, a powder coating is completely bonded with the metal. For a powder coating, a dry powder containing pigments, polymer resins, curatives, and other additives is applied to the surface of the aluminum in a process called electrostatic spray deposition. When the aluminum is put in a curing oven, the powder transforms into a smooth, hard coating. A powder-treated aluminum fence needs almost no maintenance and is almost completely impervious to corrosion.

An Environmentally Friendly Option

Besides all of its useful qualities, aluminum ornamental fencing is also one of the most environmentally-friendly fence materials. Aluminum is highly recyclable since it does not degrade when melted down and used to create something new. Aluminum can be recycled many times over without losing any of its qualities. In fact, your aluminum fence is most likely made from recycled scrap. In the fencing industry, the standard is to use at least 70% recycled material to make new aluminum fencing. And when your fence is eventually taken down, it will most likely be scrapped and used again for something new.

Ornamental Aluminum Fences from Bravo Fence Company

Bravo Fence Company has been installing custom aluminum ornamental fences for over a decade, with hundreds of satisfied customers. Our skilled team is made up of builders and installers with decades of experience who can make your ornamental fence dreams come true. Whether you want a traditional wrought iron-look fence, or something modern and sleek, we can create an aluminum ornamental fence to meet your style and functional goals. Contact us today for your free estimate.