If you love the look of wrought iron fencing but aren't excited by the prospect of regularly sanding and painting it to prevent rust, then an aluminum fence is the better option for your home. Ornamental aluminum fencing can be just as beautiful and ornate as iron, but it doesn't rust nor does it need any time-intensive maintenance. The following are a few installation tips that will help you avoid the few issues that can affect an aluminum fence.

1. Tree Damage Prevention

Although aluminum fencing is highly durable, damage can occur from extreme force. In most cases, this force will come from above. If you have trees that hang over your fence, make sure they are kept well-trimmed to prevent large branches from coming down in high winds or stormy weather. Although a falling branch may not break the fence, it can bend aluminum fence rails in ways that can't be easily straightened. Further, keep trees pruned back so that branches don't grow between the fence pickets. Over time, the growing branch may bend the pickets apart if this continues to happen.

2. Post Hole Erosion

Your aluminum fence is only as strong as the posts that support it, so proper installation of these supports is vital. Posts must be installed deeper than the frost line, otherwise, winter frost and freeze cycles can cause the posts to shift. This shift will result in an aluminum fence that leans, falls over, or warps. In some soils, a compacted gravel base or even a concrete footing is required to ensure that the posts don't shift over time. Your fence installer can help determine the best post installation method for your fencing.

3. Accident Protection

Accidents can lead to a damaged aluminum fence. The most common area for accident damage is on fencing that borders a driveway. One over-correction of the steering wheel can result in hitting the fence and bending the aluminum, even at a low speed. You can protect the more vulnerable areas by installing reflectors on the fence to make it easier to see. Some homeowners install concrete posts at the corner of the fence near the driveway to act as a protective bumper. A raised fence footing that extends out at the driveway like a curb can also prevent an accidental crash into the fence.

Contact a local ornamental aluminum fencing contractor for more help. They can offer more guidance on installation and maintenance.