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Aluminum is cheaper
than wrought iron, requires less maintenance, and is resistant to
corrosion from soil, water, and lawn chemicals. We carry
Alumi-Guard aluminum products. Their fencing systems are durable,
attractive, and superior to all aluminum fences in today's
market. Alumi-Guard's headquarters are in Florida, so our
relationship with this company benefits the local economy.
considering an aluminum fence, make sure to do your homework.
Aluminum generally comes in three different grades: residential,
light commercial, and commercial. It important to understand the
pros and cons of each grade. The last thing you want is a
faded-out, bent-up, old, rickety fence within a couple of years.
Below, you will find descriptions of the three general grades of
Industry Standard (residential):
You will find that the industry standard saturates the residential
market. Buyer beware--the industry standard is susceptible to a
few problems. The first major problem is that the industry
standard is spray-painted with enamel clear coat or thin powder
coat. As a result, the aluminum fence fades quickly to a pasty
gray color. If you do choose an industry standard, make sure it's
powder coated with UV-ray additives. It can be repainted, but it
is an expensive process.
second major problem is the thinness of the materials, which often
results in pickets bending. The most common causes of damage to
these fences are lawn mowing equipment and children. The industry
standard residential fencing features 5/8" thick pickets and 1
1/2" rails. The walls are thin; the pickets can be bent with
the human hand or by the weight of a human.
third major problem is the method in which industry standard aluminum
fencing is held together. For example, most of these fences are held
together by cheaply-made 1 1/4" self-tapping aluminum screws.
Because of this, after repeated banging, the screws will dislodge
themselves and fall out, as will the pickets. The industry
standard is not designed for high traffic areas or for homeowners who
have weekly lawn care.
At Paramount we strongly do not recommend
this type of aluminum for your home fence! We will determine the
cost of the industry standard for you, but we do not install it.
Light Commercial: For
a few dollars more, a homeowner can upgrade to a light commercial
aluminum fence. This is the best choice for residential homes with
moderate to high usage. The pickets are 3/4" thick and posses
greater wall strength than does the industry standard; they cannot be
bent by the human hand. The rails are thicker, adding to the overall
support of the fence.
light commercial aluminum fences are polyester powder coated and must
meet the AAMA (American Architectural Manufacturers Association) minimum
mandates. The powder coat generally includes UV-ray protection,
but not always. Be aware that all polyester powder coats or powder
coat methods are not created equal. The best way to judge the quality of
the powder coat is by the length of the manufacturer's warrantee--less
than thirty years is not good.
see the Recommended Product section below for an in-depth explanation.
We strongly recommend this type of aluminum for your home.
This type of aluminum fencing is used for community swimming pools,
parking lots, and manufacturing facilities. Commercial grade fences
are not generally installed around residential homes due to their high
cost. The pickets will be 1" and posses wall thickness over a
millimeter thick, and the fence will have a polyester powder
coating. Commercial grade aluminum can be welded to create a solid
structure and a seamless look.
of your choice, make sure you ask questions. Do not assume all
aluminum fencing is the same. Ask, ask, ask, and when in doubt, call us,
and we will get your questions answered.
Paramount Fencing we recommend ALUMI-Guard
Advantage Light Commercial Series.
manufacturing facility is located in
Brooksville, Florida, and is leading the
industry in manufacturing quality aluminum
fences and rail products. Alumi-Guard has
earned a reputation throughout the industry
as a leader of innovation, expert
craftsmanship and unsurpassed customer
Aluminum products are constructed with heavy
wall aluminum extrusions and are finished in
Armor-Guard\99 TGIC polyester powder
coating. Tested in Florida's hot, humid,
high salt concentrated environment, our
finish surpasses the 4000-hour salt spray
test - which is more than double what the
AAMA mandates! Because Armor-Guard\99 powder
coating is twice as thick and twice as hard
as baked on enamel finishes, it is much more
durable and will look attractive now and for
a very long time. Alumi-Guard\99offers a
lifetime limited warranty on the finish and
workmanship of all its materials.
Our complete line of Fence and Rail products
are available in six, rich, long-lasting
colors. Looking for something different for
a special project? Please ask about our
custom design services!"
Commercial Rail and Pickets
Fencing is currently offering custom
aluminum fence design services in the
following cities: Windermere, Heathrow, Lake
Mary, Avalon Park, Winter Park, Clermont,
Bell Isle, Isleworth, Bay Hill, Baldwin
Park, and Wekiva Springs.