Select a fence material that will look good and last.

Aluminum gate and fencingCredit: Photo by Jane Gates

There are many materials used for fencing. If you are looking for a way to secure your property – whether it is to keep the unwelcome out or to keep your family and pets safely in – the kind of fencing you choose does make a difference. One of the most popular choices these days is to use aluminum fencing in the landscape.

The popularity of aluminum fences is certainly merited – so long as you buy good quality product from a respected manufacturer. All too often cheap ‘deals’ offer inferior materials that may not stand up properly. There is a lot of truth to the saying that “you usually get what you pay for.”

A well made fence will be cast with high grade aluminum that should not warp, rust or break down over time. It will be powder-coated, not painted. Powder-coated finishes come in various colors and finishes but none will chip or peel the way paint can. Look for a long – even a lifetime – guarantee whether you buy your fencing or have it installed for you.

It is difficult to tell the difference between some aluminum constructions and wrought iron unless you look closely and know what to look for. The difference is that iron will rust and break down faster. Iron is also much heavier. There are a number of companies that manufacture and install this aluminum fencing. Or you can buy prefabricated panels and put your fence together yourself as a do-it-yourself project.

Research all the different designs and patterns available in aluminum fence products to choose the look that will fit best in your landscape. There are designs with straight bars, curved lines, twisted pieces and edges that are looped, scalloped, speared, geometric or formed in an assortment of other designs. You can add fancy gates, rounded curves or even an archway to your design.

Make sure the style you choose blends with the look of your house and the rest of your landscape. Use the design of your metalwork to underscore a Mediterranean, cottage, Japanese, traditional or any other themed garden. Keep your fencing simple if you have an elaborately designed garden. Go more ornate if your landscape will be improved by the décor. Remember that a good fence is a part of your permanent garden design (hardscape) so choose what will both look and last best.

Remember you can use fences around your home, swimming pool or pet area or you can fence in a vegetable garden, partition off your property or lead up a driveway. You can also incorporate an electronic entry gate. Choose the best materials for your needs and consider using attractive and sturdy aluminum fencing where it will look great and require little maintenance over the years.