Aluminum Fence Posts
All FenceTown brands carry aluminum fence posts that connect to aluminum fence panels. There are 5 different types of posts and all except blank posts come with pre-routed holes. The pre-routed or pre-punched holes are made for a fence panel to slot inside making a secure and clean fit. Standard residential grade post size is 2×2 and provides two feet extra to go into the ground. Some brands offer 2.5×2.5 sized posts that have a thicker inside wall and look larger than standard posts. Standard 2×2 posts are the most common size ordered and will hold up all residential fence styles. All posts are powder coated which will prevent peeling and cracking, and is a high quality alternative to standard paint. Powder coating will keep your fence looking great for many years unlike having to paint an iron or steel fence every so often. Aluminum fence panels have a small protruding end on the horizontal rails that will slot into the pre-routed holes on a post. Fence posts are made to only fit the same brand as aluminum fence. Each fence brand has different spacing between the top two rails, and different rail sizes and configurations. Fence posts from the same brand must be used with that brand’s fence panels. Do not dig the holes for the posts ahead of time. You should install the posts and panels as you go down the fence line for a tighter fit.
Post caps are included with all posts. You have an option of purchasing decorative ball caps instead of using the standard pyramid cap.
Types of Aluminum Fence Posts
There are 5 different types of aluminum posts and all except blank posts come with pre-routed holes. Because aluminum fence panels slot into the pre-routed holes in the post, it is important to have the right type of post for your fence run. All posts have two feet extra to go into the ground and come with standard pyramid post caps. Let us help you determine the correct quantity and type of posts by sending us a basic line drawing like the examples on our Free Quote page.
Line posts are installed in the middle of two aluminum fence panels. Line posts have pre-routed holes punched on opposite sides to accommodate a fence panel on both ends. Line posts are used for installing fence panels in a straight run and come with stainless steel self tapping screws to secure the fence panel to the post.
End posts are installed at the end of aluminum fence panels. End posts have pre-routed holes punched on one side of the post to attach a fence panel. End posts are commonly used when your fence run ends next to a structure like a house. End posts are also used when you need an angle other than 90 degrees. End your fence run with an end post, then attach angle brackets on one of the blank sides of the post. You will then be able to angle a fence panel and continue the fence run. End posts come with stainless steel self tapping screws to secure the fence panel into the post.
Corner posts are installed where you need a 90 degree angle on a fence run. A corner post has pre-routed holes punched on two sides of the post to accommodate two fence panels. Corner posts come with stainless steel self tapping screws to secure the fence panels into the post. You won’t get much play out of corner posts to make an angle other than 90 degrees. You could file down the holes in the post to get a very slight angle. If you need an angle other than 90 degrees, follow the instructions for End Posts.
Gate posts are installed on both sides of an aluminum gate. Gate posts have pre-routed holes punched on one side of the post to connect to a fence panel. Gate post wall thickness is twice as thick as standard posts. The added wall thickness is to support the weight of a gate, and the opening and closing of a gate. Gate posts can also be used when you want your gate to be on a corner. Gate posts come with stainless steel self tapping screws to secure a fence panel into the post. When mounting gate posts on cement, it is recommended to core drill into the cement. This will provide added strength to hold the weight of a gate.
Blank Gate Post
Blank gate posts can be installed on both sides of an aluminum gate. Blank gate posts have no holes punched on any side of the post. Blank gate post wall thickness is twice as thick as standard posts. The added wall thickness is to support the weight of a gate, and the opening and closing of a gate. Blank gate posts can also be used when you want your gate to be on a corner, and you need to make an angle other than 90 degrees. Use angle brackets on one side of the blank gate post to angle a fence panel. You should also use a blank gate post when you want to install a gate next to a house or structure.
Blank posts can be used for different fence layout situations. A blank post is commonly used when you need to make angles other than 90 degrees. Use angle brackets on one or two sides of the post to angle the fence panel. Longer blank posts are used when stair stepping fence panels are required. Use wall brackets to attach the fence panel to the longer blank post to stair step.
The most common way to install aluminum fence posts, is to dig a hole and cement them in the ground. Aluminum fence posts from FenceTown have two feet extra to install into the ground. Our manufacturers suggest you install the gate posts first, then connect the fence panels from the gate post. You can trim down fence panels, but you can’t trim down a welded frame gate, so install the gate first. It is not recommended to dig all of the post holes first. Because the fence panels slot into the pre-routed holes in the posts, you will have a tighter and cleaner fit if you install the panels one at a time going down your fence line. Dig the holes as necessary to ensure a tight fit for the fence panels into the posts. If you live in a colder climate, dig the hole 6 inches to a foot deeper, insert gravel, then cement the post on top. Having the cement go farther into the ground than the post will protect from the frost line. This will prevent the post from heaving upward when the ground freezes. See the example in the images below. Please follow the installation instructions provided from each manufacturer for the brand you purchased.
Angles on a Fence Run
There are a couple installation options when you have an angle other than 90 degrees on a fence run. Most commonly you would use an end post, then attach one angle bracket per horizontal rail. Use the blank side of the end post to attach the brackets and angle the fence panel as much as needed. If you have to angle a fence panel off of a gate, then use a blank gate post and angle brackets. You can also use a blank post and angle brackets on both sides of the post to make a more complex angle.
If you want to mount aluminum fence posts on a hard surface, you have the options of a base mount, welded base mount, or core drilling into the hard surface. Welded base mounts are installed by the manufacturer after cutting down the post to match the height of the aluminum fence panels you chose. The manufacturer will weld on the base mount to add strength. There is a 4 inch space between a welded base mount and the bottom of a fence panel. Mounting bolts are not included and can be purchased at a local hardware store. Please read the help page on Surface Mounting for more information.