There is a bewildering choice of aluminum fence options on the market these days. Shopping for an aluminum fence can be frustrating due to all these options. How do you know which is the best value? Shopping on price alone is a sure fire way to end up with a poorly made aluminum fence. So what makes ours better than the others out there?
REASON #1 – WELDED ON CAST ALUMINUM FINIALS
That small decorative tip on top of the pickets is called a finial and its a distinguishing look for the traditional wrought iron fences that aluminum fences emulate. Almost all manufacturers have gone to a cheaper pinched or crimped top picket that looks like the image below:
The reason for that pinched or crimped look is that its easier to manufacture. However, it gives the fence an extremely low-end look. Those crimped tips are also thinner and sharper than a true finial as well. Some aluminum fence companies will offer finial tips on their fence, but they are a HUGE up-charge per panel and what you get is often a cheap finial made of plastic that has to be glued on. A lot of time these finial tips will fade at a different rate than the fence panel making them look even cheaper over time.
Our Infinity Aluminum fence has a true solid, cast aluminum finial that is welded to the top of the picket. Not only does it give the fence a much more higher-end look and feel, but the welding of the finial tip ensures no finals falling off or being pulled off. Here is a shot of our welded on aluminum finial tip:
REASON #2 – TIGHT ROUTED/ PUNCHED POSTS
Many aluminum fence manufacturers simply punch a square into their posts that the fence panel rail slides into. While this makes producing posts easier, it leaves a bit to be desired. The first is that it makes for a loose connection. The fence has a lower end look with space around the fence rail and can make the fence feel cheap if the panels can rattle around in the punch. This squared punch also leaves a massive opening under the rail with full access to the inside of the post. Nesting insects like bees, wasps and yellow jackets can get in there and make a massive next that can be difficult to remove. So much so that there are products sold to plug those openings!
As you can see in the photo above, we punch our aluminum posts to follow the contour of our bevelled rails. This makes for a tighter connection, a cleaner look and no openings for nesting insects to get in.
REASON #3 – BEVELLED RAIL DESIGN
As we mentioned in reason #2, lots of lower-end aluminum fences utilize a squared horizontal rail that the pickets pass through. Our Infinity Aluminum fence has a bevelled edge that not only adds visual appeal, but strengthens the rail as well. A view of the rail is shown below:
REASON #4 – FULLY BOXED AND WELDED GATE FRAME
The majority of gates on the market (both small walk gates and large driveway gates) do not have framing across the bottom of the gate. They use a smaller and not reinforced fence rail. Our Infinity Aluminum gates all feature a fully boxed and welded U-frame. This strengthens the gate immensely and prevents sagging over time. Gates without a U-frame, or with cheap cross-bracing, will often sag over time or outright break if force is exerted on the edge of the gate. Below is an image showing our U-frame outlined in blue that runs down both sides of the gate and across the bottom:
These 4 reasons may seem like small items, but combined they make for a much stronger and nicer aluminum fence than the bargain basement fences offered in big box stores and all over the internet. Have questions or want us to compare our aluminum fence to another you are looking at? Give us a call at 800-261-2729 or shoot us an email at [email protected].