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Choosing The Right Fence

It might not seem like a difficult decision, but finding the right fence can be hard to do. In addition to choosing a picket style, a color, and a height, you might also be concerned about abiding by city and neighborhood ordinances. However, all of these decisions are easy if you choose the right fence contractor. A few years ago, I found a great contractor who helped us to create a beautiful, functional backyard in a few weeks. Read this blog for more information about fences, contractors, and design styles that you won't regret a few years down the road.


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Aluminum Fencing Options For Dog Owners

by Chester Alvarez

Aluminum fencing is an attractive choice, particularly if you like the formal look of wrought iron but don't want the expense or maintenance. Unlike iron fencing, aluminum won't rust or need painting. Most aluminum is powder-coated with a durable finish, either in traditional black or the color of your choice. Even the design of the pickets and posts can mimic those of iron fences. If you have a dog, though, you may be concerned that an aluminum fence won't be enough to contain your pup. Fortunately, there are options available that make an aluminum fence both decorative and pet-friendly.

Option #1: Height

The height of the fencing is naturally going to be the most important concern. If you have a small dog that can't jump more than a foot or two, then a four-foot fence may be all you need. For more accomplished jumpers, opt for a six-foot fence. Since aluminum fences in the style of their iron counterparts are relatively open, you don't have to worry about a tall fence making your yard feel claustrophobic or small.

Option #2: Pickets

The second biggest concern is the open picket style of these fences. There are usually several inches between each picket, which a small dog may be able to squeeze through. Fence installers and designers have already anticipated this issue, which means there is a solution available. Metal screening is available that is affixed to the fence. This fine screening is not very noticeable nor does it interfere with the aesthetics of the fence, and it will prevent your dog from squeezing through the pickets. Another option is to pick a style where the pickets are closer together, particularly on the lower half of the fence. This can be achieved by opting for curved or spiraled pickets that close the gap without creating a solid surface.

Option #3: Rails

The last issue some dog owners worry about is the top and bottom rail of the fence. If the fence sits too high, a dog may be able to squeeze beneath. Once way to prevent this is to choose a fence where the pickets go all the way to the ground. Another option is to have a bottom rail installed that closes the bottom gap. As for the top rail, make sure it is several inches below the top of the pickets. Otherwise, your dog may be able to use the rail to pull themselves over. Also, make sure your pickets have rounded tops and not dangerous points, just in case your dog does try to jump.

For more help, contact an aluminum fencing contractor in your area.