Aluminum or Steel Fencing: 4 Facts You Need to Know

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Metal fencing has long been a desirable option for property owners looking for reliability and security. In the past, wrought iron was often the preferred metal. Today, though, wrought iron is typically quite expensive, especially for a custom fence. As such, aluminum and steel have replaced it as the most common metal fence materials.

Regardless of the materials you choose, adding a metal fence to your property offers some great benefits. A metal fence's imposing look and unbending strength add security and privacy, while the fence's clean and elegant design adds curb appeal with its classic and stately look.

However, there are few major differences between aluminum and steel that you should consider before you choose which is best for you. At Diversified Fence Builders, Inc., aluminum fencing is one of our specialties. (It's also, in fact, a favorite of our founder and president, Jon Folsom.) While steel does offer some advantages in terms of durability, there are many benefits to aluminum that make it a strong choice. Here's why we think aluminum may be right for you.

Aluminum fencing is more flexible.

  • Considerably lighter weight than steel, aluminum can be more easily bent and manipulated. That makes it an exceptional choice if you're looking to customize your fence into non-traditional shapes or designs. Indeed, aluminum is an ideal choice for ornamental fencing and gates, as it can be built and shaped into more complex and intricate designs.

    At Diversified Fence Builders, we can make custom aluminum fence parts in-house. That way, you'll be able to get the signature pieces that set your fence apart even quicker.

Aluminum fencing requires less maintenance.

  • One of the most important things to consider when deciding on a fence is how much work you want to put in to keep it looking as good as new. Aluminum is largely weather-proof: unlike steel or iron, aluminum doesn't corrode or rust, even in relatively extreme weather conditions. It's even salt-resistant (that, of course, isn't a major issue in our Piedmont triad region, but is a concern for fencing in coastal areas).

    The aluminum used by Diversified Fence Builders is especially durable: we use a special powder coat finish that ensures your fence will last even longer. Whatever you throw at one of our fences, it'll maintain its shape, function, and overall aesthetic appeal. An aluminum fence is truly a lifetime investment.

Aluminum fencing is more eco-friendly.

  • Just because your aluminum fence can last for decades doesn't mean you won't want a change or upgrade. Fortunately, aluminum is 100% recyclable. Though steel can be reused as well, aluminum can be more efficiently and effectively repurposed, making it one of the greenest fence options on the market.

Aluminum is more affordable.

  • Let's be honest: Cost is always an important consideration and not one to be taken lightly. When it comes to metal fencing, aluminum is the lowest-priced option. About four times lighter than steel, aluminum is cheaper in terms of materials and labor. When you factor in its durability and that there are minimal upkeep costs, the savings offered by aluminum only increase.

Truly, aluminum fencing offers the best in terms of customizability, security, and cost. The heightened security of steel may be tempting, but for most residential, specialty, and even commercial needs, aluminum will more than suffice, while offering far more in terms of flexibility and maintaining its quality. If you're looking to add curb appeal, value, and classic elegance to your property with a metal fence, then aluminum is an exceptional and savvy choice.

Contact Diversified Fence Builders today to get started on building your aluminum fence!

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