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A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Aluminum Fencing

Aluminum fencing is an attractive, low-maintenance, and durable option for homeowners looking to enhance their property’s security and curb appeal. With the right tools and guidance, installing an aluminum fence can be a manageable DIY project. This step-by-step guide will help you navigate the process of installing your own aluminum fence, from planning and preparation to installation and maintenance.


Why & Preparation:

Proper planning is essential for a successful DIY aluminum fencing project.

Measure The Area:

Determine the dimensions of the fence by measuring the perimeter of the area you want to enclose. Create a sketch of your property, noting any slopes, obstacles, or gates you’ll need to accommodate.

Check Local Regulations:

Fences are regulated by the City of Ottawa’s Fence By-law to ensure your fence complies with height, setback, and other regulations reference Fence (By-law No. 2003-462)

Locate Utility Lines:

Call your local utility companies or your regional Ontario One Call to have underground utilities marked on your property.

Gather Materials & Tools:

Purchase the required aluminum fencing materials, including fence panels, posts, gates, brackets, and fasteners. You’ll also need tools such as a post hole digger, level, tape measure, shovel, drill, saw, and wrench set.


Follow these steps to install your DIY aluminum fence:

Set Corner, End, & Gate Posts:

egin by setting the corner, end, and gate posts. Dig post holes approximately 24-36 inches deep and 8-12 inches in diameter. Place the posts in the holes, ensuring they are level and plumb, then fill the holes with concrete. Allow the concrete to cure for at least 24 hours.

Install Line Posts:

Mark the locations for your line posts, spacing them according to the width of your fence panels (usually 6 or 8 feet apart). Dig holes for the line posts, set them in concrete, and allow the concrete to cure.

Attach Fence Panels:

Slide the fence panels into the post brackets, ensuring they are level and secure. If necessary, cut panels to fit the remaining space using a saw with a metal-cutting blade.

Install Gates:

Assemble and hang your gate(s) according to the manufacturer’s instructions, ensuring they are level and swing freely. Install gate hardware, such as hinges and latches, as directed.


Aluminum fencing is low-maintenance, but periodic inspections and minor repairs can help keep it looking its best


Inspect The Fence:

Regularly check your fence for signs of damage, such as loose or bent pickets, loose posts, or worn hardware.

Clean The Fence:

Keep your aluminum fence looking new by washing it with a mild detergent and water, using a soft brush or cloth to remove dirt and debris. Rinse the fence with clean water and allow it to air dry.

Touch Up Paint (if necessary):

If your aluminum fence has a powder-coated finish, it should be resistant to chipping and peeling. However, if you notice any scratches or chips, you can touch up the paint using a matching color provided by the fence manufacturer.

Repair Damaged Areas:

If you find damaged sections, repair or replace them as needed. Replace worn or damaged hardware, and tighten any loose connections to ensure your fence remains secure and stable.

By following this guide and investing some time and effort, you can successfully install an attractive, durable, and low-maintenance aluminum fence