We Provide Success in Every Fence

We ensure that every single gate is a success at America’s Fence Store. All large cantilever gates longer than 65 feet with a mechanical splice are fully tested in our shop, which is not an easy task. Each gate is supported with a series of blocks and lifts to simulate what would happen once the gate is installed, as you can see in the video below. At the start of testing, a lift is placed at the nose of the gate and then the lift slowly lowers the nose until it is fully supported. At this point, the gate is cantilevered. The gate in the video is almost 100 feet long and 8 feet tall.

This is where the rubber meets the road—or where the truck meets the track. Once the gate is cantilevered, it is checked for level throughout its length. The unique splice detail is checked for any lips or separation that could have occurred. Our engineering and fabrication recognize that even the slightest imperfection will cause a substantial disruption in the gate’s operation.

Upper track splice detail

The unique engineering of these gates lies in the splice. Using almost 16 feet of ½ inch plate and over 32 of our ½ inch grade A hex bolts, the splice detail pulls the two pieces of the gate together and holds them securely, even when they are under immense pressure. What also makes them unique is their use of 5/16” cable for trussing. The heavy weight cable does not allow the gate to flex or bounce when fully cantilevered.

America’s Fence Store builds over 1000 gates each year, every one engineered with acombination of proven design materials and concepts.

Custom splice detail

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Slats or Windscreens: The Chain Link Privacy Fence Face-off

If you’ve ever wanted some privacy or wind protection from your chain link fence, slats and windscreens are your ideal products. Both options provide extra coverage to your chain link fence that are able to block the wind, reduce visibility and improve aesthetics. This can be useful for a variety of fence applications, from small scale fences up to the major baseball stadium fences.

White plastic slats woven into a chain link fence to reduce visibility and provide wind protectionSlat Advantages

Slats are long vertical strips that are installed into the weave of a chain link fence. This makes them a more permanent fixture and usually take longer to install than a windscreen. Slats can be made of metal, wood or plastic and are available in many colors that can be installed in alternating patterns.

Slat Disadvantages

While slats have improved aesthetics and provide a more in-depth and permanent installation, they can’t provide the same customization options as windscreens and can end up costing a little more.

A construction zone surrounded by a chain link fence with a bright red windscreen attached to it for privacy and reduced windWindscreen Advantages

A windscreen is a piece of mesh fabric that can be attached to your chain link fence. Windscreens are particularly great for stadiums and sporting venues. This is because they can be special ordered with text, logos or pictures and come in a wide variety of colors. Windscreening can be semi-translucent to opaque, so you are sure to find the right level of privacy for your fence.

Windscreen Disadvantages

Windscreens are easier to install than slats, but they are also more temporary. They do not always make ideal permanent solutions and are best used as a short-term fixture.

 

Deciding between slats or a windscreen really depends on how permanent you would like the fixture to be and your design preferences. Slats are more permanent look nicer, but also offer fewer decorative options and are more time consuming to install. Windscreens offer more customization possibilities and are easier to install, but are best used in the short-term.

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Featured Product: Green Treated Posts

A neat stack of green treated posts in a lumber millOur green treated posts are made of white pine and are treated with ACQ2 treatment, just like yellow pine. America’s Fence Store’s treated posts are designed to stay in great shape and to have a long service life.

While white pine does cost a bit more than yellow pine, it holds its form better than yellow pine and is less likely to twist or bow over time. Due to the pressure treatment, green treated white pine posts are prone to a little light twisting. Over time white pine gets some vertical cracks called “checks.” These cracks are fine and will not threaten the integrity or strength of the post.

Benefits of Green Treated Posts:

  • Can be completely buried in the ground
  • Long-lasting
  • Protected from insects
  • Decay resistant
  • Treatment minimizes effects from weathering

Explore our wide selection of fence posts and other premium fencing materials at America’s Fence Store today.

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PalmSHIELD Completes Project in Sunny LA

A metal louvered fence from PalmSHIELD forming an protected enclosure outside of a City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power buildingPalmSHIELD is proud to announce that we were selected by the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for their mechanical equipment enclosure. They had a set of strict requirements for their louvered systems, and PalmSHIELD worked diligently to meet every one.

The Nitty-Gritty

The City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s louvered equipment enclosures had to meet the 31 pounds per square foot of pressure test. Additionally, the mechanical screen system had to be specially constructed to meet a particular set of site conditions. Each 6” by 6” square gate post had to have special plate fabrication due to loading requirements and limited wall space. PalmSHIELD’s in-house engineering considered the cone effect of both a vertically and horizontally-placed pressure anchor or wedge. We wanted to ensure that the cone effect of the anchors did not overlap one another and that each anchor was not close enough to the edge of the concrete that it would cause a sprawl effect.

If you look at these project photos, you will see that installation was a huge success. Our panel heights matched up perfectly to the adjoining system and every detail of this project turned out exactly right. Visit our website at www.palmshieldlouvers.com to view our specialty fencing options today.

A Palmshield louvered fence on the side of a City of Los Angeles building

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Secure your property with a low-maintenance, lightweight aluminum swing gate

An aluminum swing gate situated near the side of a house, securing the back half of the houseSwing gates are best when they can be opened with only one arm. Aluminum is a very light metal, so these gates are especially easy to open. Swing gates are the most popular style of driveway gate, and they come at a more affordable price than others.

Aluminum swing gate benefits:

  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Affordable price point
  • Effortless movement
  • Lower maintenance than sliding gates
  • Natural corrosion resistance

If you’re considering installing a swing gate, make sure that your driveway is mostly level. Swing gates cannot open up a hill, so if you have any tilt to your property make sure the gate could open downhill. Try to install it so the gate leaves open toward your house instead of the street. This will prevent cars from backing up into traffic to avoid getting dinged by your gate.

Aluminum swing gates can be color coated with polyester powder or mill finish aluminum. If you would like it powder coated, the gate and all accessories will be sand blasted or treated chemically to ensure proper coating attachment. America’s Gate Company is a custom gates manufacturer and can help you create a gate to best suit you. Visit America’s Gate today to start creating your dream gate.

 

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Featured Product: CR30 Black Powder Coated Top Rail

Black powder coated cr30 top rail in a bundleLooking for an industrial chain link fence that is not only sturdy and strong, but also lightweight? Our 1-5/8” x 21’ CR30 Top Rail is specifically designed and engineered for lightweight industrial chain link applications.

These pipes have more strength and hardness than a hot-dipped galvanized pipe due to their cold rolled nature. Our CR30 top rails are more light weight, stronger and more economical than Schedule 40 pipes. They also exceed Schedule 40 in tensile, bending and cantilever load.

Our CR30 top rails have a no-mar black powder coat finish that is dent and scratch resistant and highly durable compared to vinyl coating. Their powder coating also exceeds vinyl coating in UV testing, ensuring longer and stronger color retention.

Benefits of CR30 Top Rail:

  • Great alternative to Schedule 40
  • Cold rolled quality gives more control over mold and shape
  • Galvanized and clear coated exceeds hot dipped galvanizing in 1000 salt spray test.
  • Approved for department of transportation use
  • Meets ASTM 1043 Group 1C requirements
  • Durable pipe resistant to marring and blemishes

Explore our wide variety of fencing materials at America’s Fence Store today.

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Make your fence complete with our 4 foot overscallop cantilever gate

Featuring: 4 foot Overscallop Cantilever Gate

Our 4 foot tall Overscallop Cantilever Spear Top Gate is 4’ 6” at its tallest and slopes down to 4’ at its lowest point. This gate is 24 feet long and has a 16 foot opening. This gate will give your home and air sophistication and class. The graceful arch of the top rail will also add elegance to your property.

Our gates are custom built to include:

  • Combo track and horizontal support member
  • A large array of color options
  • 2” x 2” vertical uprights.
  • Aircraft cable truss systems
  • 8 wheel sealed bearing trucks
  • Enclosed track system
  • ¾” or 1” square pickets

As America’s Gate is a custom gates manufacturer, you can also incorporate a crest, feature or emblem into your gate for a personal touch. Visit America’s Gate Company today to explore all of our custom gate options.

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Featured Product: CR20 Top Rail

If you want to make your chain link fence a lighter weight and extra strong, you should look into CR20 top rail. Our CR20 0.085 1-5/8″ x 21′ Top Rail is specifically engineered and designed for specialized industrial applications.

CR20 Top Rail bundled in a hexagonal shapeThe cold rolled characteristic of these top rails not only provides a lot more control over the mold and shape of the pipe and a nicer finish to the steel, but it also increases its strength and hardness. Our CR20 top rails are up to 65 percent stronger and 20 percent lighter than hot-dipped galvanized pipe. They are perfect for industrial and commercial applications that need to look nice and perform well.

CR20 Top Rail Benefits:

  • Meets the requirements of ASTM 1043
  • Comparable in strength to Schedule 40.
  • Galvanized and clear coated exceeds hot-dipped galvanizing in 1000 salt spray test

Discover our wide array of chain link fencing materials at America’s Fence Store today.

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PalmSHIELD is proud to announce bar grating system CAD drawings and specs

All of us at PalmSHIELD are excited to announce our brand new addition of aluminum bar railing and grating fence panel system CAD drawings and specifications. This information will make it easier for engineers and architects to provide a complete set of specifications for bar grating panel systems. PalmSHIELD has successfully manufactured steel and aluminum bar grating railing products for over 25 years.

A bar grating system installed in a parking garage  A head on shot of a bar grating system that is installed in a parking garage

Our new bar grating system is a complement to our current selection of perforated metal, square mesh and louvered systems.  All of PalmSHIELD’s products utilize our proven picture frame system, fully framed gates, internal locking device, engineered structural post design and Gorilla hinges.

SECTION 32 31 13

BAR GRATING ALUMINUM FENCE AND GATES

The specifier will need to edit this product specification for a specific project to reflect the options and applications being used.  This guide section has been written to show items to be determined reflected in italic red.  PalmSHIELD does not warrant that these specifications are complete and applicable to all applications.  It is the specifier’s responsibility to assure that use of PalmSHIELD is an appropriate fit for the site and conditions.

PART 1 – GENERAL

DESCRIPTION

This section describes the following fence system: Fixed bar grating modular fencing panels fabricated with bar grating aluminum including extruded aluminum fence posts and aluminum gates. Bar grating aluminum security fence and gates shall be furnished and installed as shown on the plans and specified herein, overall height of vertical bar grating panel framework shall be (state height here) tall.

REQUIREMENTS

1.Furnish materials, labor, expertise and equipment necessary to complete all work specified in this section and as shown on the drawings.

2.Structural Performance:  Provide product and installation capable of withstanding the effects of gravity loads and the following loads and stresses within limits and under conditions indicated.

    1. Uniform pressure of 30 lbf/sq. ft. acting inward or outward.
    2. Thermal Movements resulting from a temperature change (range) of 120 degrees Fahrenheit ambient and 180 degrees Fahrenheit material surfaces.

SUBMITTALS

Shop drawings and manufacturer’s literature:  Provide specifications and construction detail drawings to substantiate quality of materials and provide details of fabrication and installation.

  1. Submittals shall be in accordance with standard construction practices to include complete detailed layout of all panels, posts, gates.  Submittals shall include plan layout, elevations and section views of panels, posts and gates.
  2. Certificate:  manufacturer’s certification that materials meet specification requirements.

REFERENCES

  1. ASTM B 209 – Standard Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloy Sheet and Plate.
  2. ASTM B 221 – Standard Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum-Ally Extruded Bars, Rods, Wire, Profiles and Tubes
  3. ASTM D3363 – Standard Test Method for Film Hardness by Pencil Test.
  4. ASTM D2794 – Standard Test Method for Resistance of Organic Coatings to the Effects of Rapid Deformation.
  5. ASTM B117 – Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray Apparatus
  6. ASTM D822 – Standard Practice for Filtered Open-Flame Carbon-Arc Exposures of Paint and Related Coatings
  7. AWS D1.2 Structural Welding Code – Aluminum.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

  1. Installation of fence and materials shall conform to the requirements of the fence manufacturer.
  2. The fence shall be warranted from any defects in materials and workmanship for a period as specified in the relevant section of the contract documents.

PART 2 – PRODUCT

MATERIALS

  1. Bar grating security fence:  Approved bar grating fence system, Manufacturer:
    1. “Palm Shield”, American Fence Company
  2. Infill Material Descriptions:
    1. Aluminum Type 6063-T6,
    2. GAL 100A
    3. Smooth
    4. Swage-Locked Construction
    5. 1″ x 1/8″ Bearing Bars
    6. 1-3/16″ on Center
    7. Regular Cross Bars 4″ on Center
    8. Extruded Aluminum: ASTM B 221, Alloy 6063 – Temper T-6.
    9. Sheet Aluminum: ASTM B211, Alloy 6063 – Temper T6.
    10. Powder Coating Material Hardness: ASTM 3363 2H
    11. Panel Description:
      1. Panel Height: (state height here)
      2. Bar grating panel width: Not to exceed 36” but to be evenly spaced in each run of  screening. 
      3. Bar grating fencing system consisting of horizontal, fixed bar grating, modular fence panels fabricated with extruded aluminum framing bars and supported by extruded aluminum fence posts.
      4. Vertical Framework: 3 inch x 3 inch x ¼ inch aluminum angle. Framework supporting the bar grating sheet shall be solid welded and mitered.
      5. Horizontal Top Cap: 3 inch x 3 inch x ¼ inch aluminum top cap.
      6. Horizontal Bottom Cap: 3 inch x 3 inch x ¼ inch angle bottom cap.
      7. Cross Bar: 2 inch x 1/8 inch aluminum flat bar.

l. Fence Posts:

    1.  Panel posts shall be 4 inch square by ¼ inch minimum extruded tubular aluminum sections with solid aluminum caps. Length as specified on the contract drawings.
    2. On center post spacing shall be as specified by manufacturer.
    3. All fence posts to be plated with 10” x 10” x ¾” aluminum plates with four ¾” hole for anchors.

k.  Fittings and accessories:  All fittings and accessories shall be stainless steel and sized as specified by the fence manufacturer. Fence panels to be attached to posts with ¼” x 1” stainless steel screws.  Panels and posts are predrilled to support level installation.

    1.  Anchor Bolts: Anchor bolts shall be (state means of anchoring posts to adjoining surface. Please see our installation instructions for recommendations.) and adequate to support loads based on screening height, exposures and loading.
    2.  Gates:  Swing to exterior of enclosure, size as shown on contract drawings.
    3.  Bar grating panel style and appearance shall be identical to fence panels.
    4. Gate hinges to be Gorilla barrel hinge with ¾” rod, ball bearing, and grease zert.  Hinge plate to be ½” thick plates offset to create a 5/8” gap.  Standard hardware as required by the gate manufacturer for complete functional operation.  Hinges to be bolted to gate frame and field welded to steel gate posts.
    5. Gate latch to be internal lock with exterior grab handles.  Lock may be keyed and rekeyed.  Lock is accessible from both sides of gate.
    6. Welded frame, size as shown on the contract drawings, extruded aluminum tubing with aluminum bar grating panels to match fencing material.
    7. Drop rods to be 1” schedule 40 pipe and through bolted to gate frame.
    8. Hardware: Size and type as determined by the manufacturer.  Provide three hinges per leaf
      1. Provide 1 inch diameter center cane bolt assembly and strike, each door.
      2. Provide PalmSHIELD exclusive internal locking device accessible from both sides of the gate and keyed.
      3. Gate shall have welded frame fabricated from extruded aluminum tubing with aluminum fixed bar grating panels to match fencing material.  Frame configurations shall be as indicated on the contract drawings.
      4. Gate posts shall be as determined by manufacture.  Gate posts to be specified to support gates.

 

  1. Factory Finish: Aluminum fence panels, posts and gates shall receive polyester powder coating.
    1. Polyester powder coating: Electrostatically applied colored polyester powder coating heat cured to chemically bond finish to metal substrate.
    2. Color shall be as selected by Owner.
    3. Minimum hardness measured in accordance with ASTM D3363 2H.
    4. Direct impact resistance tested in accordance with ASTM D2794. Withstand 160 inch-pounds.
    5. Salt spray resistance tested in accordance with ASTM B117: No undercutting, rusting, or blistering after 500 hours in 5 percent salt spray at 95° F and 95% relative humidity after 1,000 hours, less than 3/16 inches undercutting.
    6. Weatherability tested in accordance with ASTM D822: No film failure and 88 percent gloss retention after 1 year exposure in South Florida with test panels tilted 45°.

PART 3 – EXECUTION

INSPECTION

    1.  Verify that final grading in fence location is completed and without irregularities which will interfere with fence installation.  PalmSHIELD is designed to be installed on a level surface.  Variations in height, slopes, stairs steeping shall be shown on contract drawings and on submittal drawings.
    2. Field verify all fence dimensions and layout prior to commencing installation.
    3. Do not commence work until unsatisfactory conditions have been corrected.

INSTALLATION

  1. Install fence plumb and level. Posts are plated and mounted to top of surface.
  2. Do not install bent, bowed or otherwise damaged panels. Remove damaged components from site and replace.
  3. Secure fence panels with stainless with ¼” x 1” stainless steel screws to fence posts.  All posts and panels will be predrilled to support level installation.
  4. Gates.  Install gates and adjust hardware for smooth operation
  5. Installation to be in strict accordance with PalmSHIELD installation instructions.  If not available, contact PalmSHIELD for instructions
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Showcase your Personality with an Overscallop Swing Gate

An overscallop swing gate in front of a residential drivewayThe Ease and Efficiency of Swing Gates

Their more affordable price and simpler operation have helped make swing gates the most popular style of driveway gate. Their movement isn’t hindered by a little bit of debris like sliding gates. Instead, they are actually one of the most maintenance-free estate gates.

If you plan on putting your gate on a slope, you will need to have the gate open downhill. Gate leaves cannot fully open uphill. You will also usually want your swing gate to open toward your property, to keep cars from backing into traffic to avoid getting dinged.

Customized for You

America’s Gate Company is a custom gates manufacturer, so we can really make your gate design your own. You can choose how wide you would like your opening to be, as well as if you would like any features, crests or emblems incorporated into your gate’s design. We can make the arch of this overscallop gate as tall as you would like it and can drop down on the sides however you want.

An overscallop swing gate is not only an additional decorative piece for your property, but is also an important security feature. Their simple function and upkeep make them a desirable gate for many homes.

Let us create your dream fence at America’s Gate Company today.

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