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Aluminum Ornamental Fence is an excellent way to enhance the beauty and security of your home or commercial property using the look of a traditional wrought iron fence, without incurring the high cost and maintenance of one. Whether enclosing your yard for children or pets, security for property or business or just as an aesthetic accent to your property's landscape design, we here at Infinity Fence have the experience to help you achieve your aluminum ornamental fence installation goal.

Infinity Fence offers high quality, well established lines of ornamental aluminum fence and aluminum fence products.  We provide our customers with detailed estimates so you know exactly what you are getting.

The Importance of a detailed fence proposal

We know that with so many aluminum fence manufacturers and installation companies out there, there is much to be considered and we are here to help you with that process. We look forward to working with you on your aluminum ornamental fence installation project.  Please feel free to give us a call (919-846-2229), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out our contact form  to schedule an appointment for an estimate or to discuss your ornamental aluminum fence needs.

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Overview

Overview

ornamental ornamental overview page picAluminum ornamental fence is available in a wide variety of styles. These styles are generally configured into residential, commercial and industrial specification grades with actual specifications of materials varying by manufacturer. The fence sections are manufactured in standard 6' and 8' widths and are available in 3' - 8' heights. Colors offered by manufacturers can vary with most offering the "trifecta" of standard colors; Black, White & Bronze with some adding Green, Brown and Beige to the mix. There are also many accessories and accents available enabling you to personalize your aluminum fence installation.

Aluminum ornamental gates are fabricated to match the chosen section style or may be arched. Most aluminum ornamental gate installations by Infinity Fence come standard with Tru-Close Hinge upgrades and a deluxe Ornamag Latch. Double swing gates are available for wide openings or property entryways and can be accented with Swag Arches or with a full opening Rainbow arch. As with aluminum ornamental sections, gates are also available with many of the same accessory options.

As with any fence installation, location and application usage should always be considered. No matter it's type or style, it is also beneficial that you have a proposal presented to you providing the complete scope of your project as well as all material specifications for the project. While product manufacturers have material specifications available to view on their sites and brochures, the usage and configurations of these materials will be customized for your particular installation and may vary from one fence installation company to another.

History

Aluminum Fence History

wrougth iron gatesThe aluminum and steel fences we currently refer to as "Ornamental or Wrought Iron " were originally built from a mixture of iron and other materials and were heat forged by blacksmiths dating as far back as the Middle Ages. These types of fences can truly be referred to as Wrought Iron Fences. They can, and have, lasted hundreds of years and can still be found across Europe and in some of our older cities. To this day, there are still a few craftsmen to be found that produce wrought iron fence and products of this great beauty....and expense.

In the mid 1800's "mild steel" was introduced and this less expensive material ultimately was the demise of the "true" wrought iron fence. While people still referred to these steel fences as wrought iron, in truth they had more in common with today's steel ornamental fences than the wrought iron products that preceded them.

ornamental aluminum garden fenceOn to the mid to late 1900's and the introduction of the aluminum ornamental fence. A lightweight, rust free product that boasted maintenance free qualities and a less expensive price to produce, thus resulting in a lower user end cost. While slow to catch on, within 10 years of it's introduction, consumer popularity grew and thus lead to the growth of new manufacturers and suppliers worldwide.

Which brings us to today. Ornamental aluminum fence sales and installations have grown to where they make up a very large part of the fence installation market. There are hundreds of manufacturers worldwide offering different styles, colors, grades, processes and ultimately, quality. While the ornamental aluminum fences of today may not withstand the same test of time the wrought iron fences of centuries past, they will last a lifetime and beyond, adding beauty and security to any home, office or commercial application.

Sections

Aluminum Fence Sections

There are many different styles of aluminum ornamental fence that are avaialable including those with arched and decorative tops, though there are four fence styles that seemingly make up the majority that customers choose to have installed.  With many manufactureres, each with their own name or number classifications, these four styles, pictured below, are the most common styles chosen, accompanied by their Sentinel Aluminum Fence & Rail names.

four basic styles of aluminum ornamental fence

Horizontal rails positions and spacings can vary among manufacturers and can also be altered to fit a particular installation. A standard alteration is dropping the bottom rail so that the pickets do not protrude through the rail. This is commonly referred to as a drop rail style of fence and is typically done on 54" heights to meet pool codes, though it can be done to any height, style or grade, and we have.

ornamnetal aluminum droprail fence

Picket spacings vary from about 3-13/16" to 4" on standard grades with 1-7/8" spacing available to meet small animal or daycare needs, including a puppy picket style designed for small dogs. Decorative accessory accents are also available that can enhance the already spectacular look of an ornamental fence such as finials, scrolls, rings and post caps.

sentinel puupy fence and xp fence sieres fence sections.

Aluminum fence sections come in come standard 6' or 8' wide sections and are available in heights ranging from 3' to 8' tall. Aluminum fence specifications are typically categorized as Residential, Commercial or Industrial with specific dimensions and wall thicknesses varying from one manufacturer to another. Remember, just because a manufacturer has provided specifications for materials manufactured, your installation configuration may be designed using a variation of these specifications, which is why we recommend that your proposals include a detailed accounting of the materials being used for your installation.

Gates & Hardware

Aluminum Gates

Standard gates are constructed of welded aluminum frames and are built to match the sections rail and picket style. The exception to this is when using a "U"-framed gate. The "U"-frame is generally used on larger gate frames to give added support to the structure of the gate. Gate tops can match the sections being flat or arched with double drive gate arches being either a double, rainbow or swag arch.

ornamental aluminum single swing gates

ornamnetal aluminum double arched ddg  ornamental aluminum rainbow double swing gate  ornamental aluminum swag arch double drive gates

 

While we prefer to use a standard gate build when possible, both frame types have their proper places of use. This is something that should be carefully and thoughtfully planned prior to selection and installation. Many times, we find that gates are just installed with what companies prefer to offer, as opposed to the best available option for the installation. We here at Infinity Fence will make sure you get the proper gate for the proper application.

Hardware

tru close hingeWhile many choices exist for gate hardware usage, the most common way to hinge your gate is using either the standard spring loaded hinges that most manufacturers supply with the gates, or upgrading to D&D Technologies, Tru-Close Hinges. The standard hinges that most manufactures supply do the job, but are not easily adjusted (nor worth the attempt to do so). Tru-Close hinges easily adjust allowing you to add or release the self closing tension on your gates. We here at Infinity Fence upgrade all gate hinges to Tru-Close (where applicable), giving you the premium gate operation and reliability you would expect from an ornamental aluminum gate.

Gate latches are quite varied, with an abundance of choices. Our standard latch is the Ornamag Latch offering magnetic latching and a keyed lock for added safety. If your gate leads to a pool, needs added safety or you have a "Houdini Hound", opting for a top-pull Magna Latch is a must. Two other commonly used latching options include the Lokk Latch and Lokk Latch Pro, both of which are available upon request.

ornamag gate latch    magna latchlokk latch pro  lokk latch stadard gate latch

Accessories

Aluminum Fence Accessories

Along with the Ball Top, which is offered by most companies as the alternative to the standard flat cap, there are many after market alternatives including solar accented post top lighting. Picket tops on sections and gates can be upgraded to the Victorian, Monarch or Imperial Finials adding a more classic "old-world" look to your fence and gates. Small scrolls or rings between rails and pickets even further accent your fence as well as larger scrolls that can be placed within gates or sections.

aluminum accessories

Colors

Aluminum Fence Colors

The three basic colors for all aluminum fence manufacturers are black, white & bronze with the bronze colors ranging from an antique bronze to off brown color. Below are the color charts for our Sentinel Aluminum Fence and Specrail Aluminum Fence. (Colors are samples only. Please be aware that monitor display settings vary and may affecting actual true color of product.)

ornamental aluminum fence colors

Specs

Infinity Fence Base Grade Specifications

(may vary depending on design, product line and usage.  All PROPOSALS SPECIFY THE EXACT SPECIFICATIONS USED  FOR EACH JOB QUOTED)

Residential:

  • Section width 6'
  • Picket size to be: 5/8" x 5/8" x .050
  • Picket spacing to be: 3 - 3/16"
  • Rail size to be: 1" x .080 side walls / 1" x .055 top wall
  • Line, End and Corner Posts to be: 2" x 2" x .060
  • Gate Posts to be: 2" x 2" x .125

3/4" Sq. Commercial LS:

  • Section width 8'
  • Picket size to be: 3/4" deep x 3/4" wide x .050
  • Picket spacing to be: 3 - 3/4"
  • Rail size to be: 1-1/2" x .080 side walls / 1" x .060 top wall
  • Line, End and Corner Posts to be: 2" x 2" x .060
  • Gate Posts to be: 2.5" x 2.5" x .125

3/4" Sq. Commercial:

  • Section width 8'
  • Picket size to be: 3/4" deep x 3/4" wide x .050
  • Picket spacing to be: 3 - 3/4"
  • Rail size to be: 1-1/2" x .080 side walls / 1" x .060 top wall
  • Line, End and Corner Posts to be: 2.5" x 2.5" x .075
  • Gate Posts to be: 2.5" x 2.5" x .125

5/8" x 7/8" Commercial:

  • Section width 6'
  • Picket size to be: 5/8" deep x 7/8" wide x .050
  • Picket spacing to be: 3-9/16"
  • Rail size to be: 1-1/2" x .080 side walls / 1" x .055 top wall
  • Line, End and Corner Posts to be: 2" x 2" x .060 or 2.5" x 2.5" x .075
  • Gate Posts to be: 2" x 2" x .125 or 2.5" x 2.5" x .125

Industrial:

  • Section width 6'
  • Picket size to be: 1" x 1" x .063
  • Picket spacing to be: 4"
  • Rail size to be: 1-5/8" x .100 side walls / 1-5/8" x .070 top wall
  • Line, End and Corner Posts to be: 2.5" x 2.5" x .075
  • Gate Posts to be: 4" x 4" x .125