Friday, November 30, 2018

Aluminum Fencing: Better Than Other Metals

Aluminum is an ubiquitous metal. It's used in countless products and for many applications which makes it easy to forget that up until the late 1800s, aluminum was considered a precious metal and commanded a price to match. That all changed when a process was developed to extract aluminum from bauxite, an abundant rock containing lots of aluminum. With the influx of cheap aluminum came experimentation, leading to the multitude of uses we see today. Aluminum is an excellent choice for fencing for several reasons; here’s why:

  • Corrosion Resistance. Aluminum doesn't rust, which is a big advantage for outdoor applications like fencing. Iron-containing materials can be coated or plated, but as soon as that finish gets scratched off, rust will follow. The portions of post sections that sit in the ground are particularly vulnerable to rusting and corroding. With aluminum fencing this isn't an issue as a powder coating adds further protection to all surfaces, including anything exposed through punching and notching. 
  • Ease of Fabrication. Aluminum is easier to work with than iron, which cuts down on costs. It can be formed into nearly any shape or design, allowing for lots of style options! Aluminum fencing is often made to look just like wrought iron but can be had in a variety of styles. 
  • Durability. Iron is stronger overall but aluminum has a much higher strength to weight ratio. By constructing fence rails with three contact points per pick, the strength of aluminum fences is remarkably high, which eliminates sagging. The fact that it’s light weight also allows for easier, faster installation! 

Aluminum has a lot going for it, particularly when it comes to fencing. If you are in Middle Tennessee and are weighing your options for fencing, we encourage you to contact us! Even if aluminum is not the way you decide to go, we offer a variety of fencing styles, such as picket, privacy, chain link, post and rail, and vinyl options. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Is It Better to Paint or Stain a Wood Fence?

There are a lot of reasons to choose a wood fence for your yard, but primary among those reasons is that it looks great! You simply can't beat the aesthetic of wood. However, if you spend the money to install a wood fence, you’ll want to keep it looking nice for as long as possible. In this regard, it is best to cover a wooden fence with a protective coating… but is it better to choose paint or wood stain? That is the common question.

While both options are good for preserving the wood, choosing which is best for you is more about how you want the fence to look and how much time you want to put into it. Paint has become fairly popular because you can have a wide variety of design options available. However, the downside of paint is that you will need to repaint the fence every three years for optimum protection. Furthermore, before repainting, there is a lot of prep work that needs to be done. The cracking and peeling paint needs to be scraped off, and that is a time-consuming affair! So repainting a fence is often a multi-day job.

Staining is usually the preferred option by wooden fence owners. The stain protects longer and requires much less work when it comes time to re-stain it since the stain doesn't need to be scraped away. However, stains are best at highlighting the wood features. This means you have less color options available, but the results are still beautiful. If you enjoy a natural wood look as opposed to colors made available from painting, then stain is to be preferred. Furthermore, stain tends to fade much more gracefully than paint, without any flaking or peeling; so even if you are taking your time getting around to staining it again, it will still look acceptable.

Do you have questions on the information above? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us; we would love to help you come to a decision!