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Getting the Best of Both Worlds in Fence Materials: Mixed Media Fence

May 30, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

Sometimes home owners look at the many fence materials available to them and have trouble deciding which one appeals to them most. Some like the natural look and want a wood fence; some love the low maintenance aspect of vinyl. Then there are the folks who absolutely favor the appeal of aluminum. When you want to install a fence and just can’t decide on which one to choose, consider choosing a mixed media fence!

Introducing the New Mélange from Alumi-Guard

Thanks to the amazing and innovate team at Alumi-Guard, you can now build one of the most innovative fences available with their new Mélange product! With Mélange, you purchase a heavy-duty aluminum frame system and then fill it with whatever materials you want—wood, vinyl or even composite deck panels and you get a most unique and visually stunning fence solution!

Mélange allows you to take advantage of the sturdiness and durability of aluminum fence and presents the advantage of making that fence more visually appealing by allowing you to fill its frames with any material you desire. Mélange comes in 6 by 6-foot sections for your main panels and you can choose from with 4 or 5-foot openings for gates.

These powder coated aluminum frame kits are built to last as they are tested in Florida’s hot, humid, high salt concentrated environment. What that means to you as a consumer is that these frames have passed more than 10,000 hours of a salt spray test, meaning these frames can withstand extreme heat and will never chip, scratch or fade. The coating on these wonderful frames are twice as thick and hard as baked on enamel finishes and are much more durable than baked on enamel.

Mélange frames come in seven colors, which means when it comes to designing your fence, you can choose the most decorate fence possible once you begin mixing these frames with stained wood, colored vinyl or composite deck panel materials.

Making the Most of A Mélange Fence

When you purchase Mélange fence frame, you also need to decide what will go into those frames. To help you decide what materials to use inside the frame, Mélange comes in one of seven colors:


If you want to install a fence that requires little to no maintenance, choose among the many colors of vinyl or go with composite deck boards. Should you choose to go with composite deck panels, you can also install a separator bar across the section for further visual appeal. Want a more natural look? You can fill your aluminum frames with wood planks and stain them before installation.

Cost Considerations for Mélange

Before deciding on a mixed material fence solution, remember that a Mélange fence requires you to purchase multiple fence building materials. True, the installation on this is easy since you’re putting an aluminum fence around your property; just remember that there’s additional costs for filling the panel and gate frames. If you’re working within a tight budget, this fence could easily exceed it! If you’re looking to create curb appeal for the front of your property, you can choose to use Mélange for the front sections that face passersby and then choose to install the rest of your fence with the material inside the frame. If you’re curious as to how this can work, one of our fence consultants can show you how to build a mixed media fence solution!

Ready for a Mixed Media Fence?

If you’re wanting to build a fence that’s both unique and innovative, Mélange is certainly a great choice! However, because it requires the use of multiple materials and frame panels throughout the perimeter, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our fence design experts, so you understand how much materials to purchase to surround your home or commercial property.
Just click on our Chat feature or give us a call at 1-800 49-FENCE and we’ll send our one of our design consultants to put together a mixed media fence solution that meets your needs and budget!

 

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Adding Security to Your Property: Gate Operators

May 1, 2018 ~ Posted By Jim Jenkins

 

Gate Operators add an extra layer of security to either an existing or new fence so you can control who enters and exits your property.

Gate Operators add an extra layer of security to either an existing or new fence so you can control who enters and exits your property.

When security ranks as the main issue for installing a fence on your home or commercial property, consider adding an additional layer of security to keep unwanted guests out and your family, pets and other animals in by purchasing a gate operator as part of your fence solution.

Just like buying a fence, you have multiple options available to you when purchasing a gate operator solution.  Typically, the most advantageous place to install a gate operator is across a driveway onto your property; however, depending upon your needs, you can also install a gate operator anywhere along the fence perimeter where you enter and exit the property.  For example, some farm owners may install a gate operator system on their property for moving cattle, horses and livestock between certain areas of the farm, particularly if they have a designated feeding area or shelter during severe storms.  Both homeowners and property managers may purchase a gate operator system to protect their swimming pool areas.

When purchasing a privacy fence gate operator system, there are several things to consider before deciding upon which solution best meets your needs.  Some things to consider include:

  • Do you have a single or dual gate?
  • Does your gate swing or slide?
  • Does your gate swing into or away from your property?
  • How long is each gate leaf?
  • How much does each gate leaf weigh?
  • Do you wish to use electric or solar power for the gate operator system?
  • How easy do want to make it for entering the property?
Gate Operator equipment is easy to install and can be strategically placed so you barely notice it when you come and go from your home.

Gate Operator equipment is easy to install and can be strategically placed so you barely notice it when you come and go from your home.

Depending upon how you answer these questions, you can choose among several different options for gate operator systems.  Many homeowners in this area now go for convenience and choose

the most automatic way possible to enter their property—using an automatic gate opener where you can use a phone app to open the gate as you pull into your driveway.  If you have an existing gate on your property and wish to automate the process, you can often purchase the appropriate equipment and add the gate operator without too much difficulty; however, be mindful that depending upon the type of fence you have now, a gate operator may require some additional reworking of the existing fence to accommodate the installation of an automatic system.

If you’re building new security fencing for your home, you’ll need to think about the type of material you plan to use, such as wrought iron, wood, aluminum, vinyl, or chain link. Then you’ll need to consider what type of security gate options you want such as:

  • Automatic
  • Self-closing
  • Self-latching
  • Swinging

Most commercial gate operator systems are intended to control both entry and security to a facility. Whether it’s for gaining or controlling access to the property, securing a storage area or

Gate Operator equipment means no one can enter your property without having to enter a code or announce who they are, meaning you keep your family, pets and outdoor animals safe.

Gate Operator equipment means no one can enter your property without having to enter a code or announce who they are, meaning you keep your family, pets and outdoor animals safe.

protecting a swimming pool or tennis court, there are a wide variety of commercial options that can go into a gate operator system.

Looking for a Gate Operator System for Your Property?

If you’re evaluating what type of gate operator system would work best for your home or business, contact us at Frederick Fence and we’ll help you determine what options would work best for your protection fence project’s budget based on your needs.  We have a dedicated gate operator team that we partner with on all our projects that require a gate operator system that makes sure you get the very best system when it comes to serving your needs and exceeding your expectations.

Have questions about security fence installation?  Just click on our Chat feature or give us a call at 1-800 49-FENCE and we’ll be happy to help you!

With gate operators, you can easily install them to work with most any kind of gate materials. You can even build a custom gate that showcases your property and add valuable curb appeal.

With gate operators, you can easily install them to work with most any kind of gate materials. You can even build a custom gate that showcases your property and adds valuable curb appeal.

 

 

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