Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are Ultra Aluminum fences and railing easy to maintain?
Yes, Ultra Aluminum fences and railing are made from high-strength Ultrum™ Alloy with a minimum 35,000 psi, so they are durable and will not rust. Our Powercoat ™ is twice the thickness and hardness of typical wet coatings, making it more fade- and scratch-resistant, so the color will stay true. In most cases, a simple spray from a garden hose will suffice in keeping Ultra fencing looking good.
2. What colors are available?
Ultra Fencing, Railing, Gates and Designer Accessories are available in nine classic colors – Black, Satin Black, Bronze, Satin Bronze, Beige, Satin Khaki, White, Satin White, Forest Green. Custom specified hues may be special ordered. View large color chart.
3. Which Ultra Aluminum fences are safe for pool enclosures?
Ultra designs fencing to meet all the stringent BOCA pool safety codes, and to enhance your property at the same time.
Most notably, the bottom rail can be flush with the bottom of the fence, so no pickets are exposed. All pool fence sections come factory pre-assembled in 6’ lengths with a broad offering of heights— 48”, 54”, 60”, and 72”. Custom lengths and heights available.
Some fence styles may not comply based on height and other factors. It’s important to check all local codes before ordering your Ultra fence product.
Several Ultra Residential styles are specifically designed to comply with BOCA code; click here to view Ultra’s line of pool-safety Residential Fencing.
4. Will Ultra Aluminum fences contain my dog, and keep other animals out?
To ensure the safety of pets, Ultra recommends our UAF-201 and UAS-101 styles; Residential Series and Residential Series Premium with 1-5/8” picket spacing, or Commercial Series and Commercial Series Premium with 1-1/2” picket spacing. Or you can choose to add short staggered pickets to the bottom of any fence style, for a classic ‘puppy protection’ look.
5. Can Ultra Aluminum fences and railing be attached to structures (columns, pillars or buildings)?
Yes, the fence panel can be joined to an end post that has been butted up to the structure itself; or the fence panel can attach directly to the structure using rail ends. Rail ends are available in three designs: standard, adjustable horizontally, and adjustable vertical.
6. Can Ultra Aluminum fences be installed on hills or severely graded properties?
Yes, standard Ultra fences will rack up to 4 inches. Rackable and Heavy Rackable options are also available for more severe changes in grade at no extra charge.
7. Can Ultra Aluminum fences be stepped to conform to a slope?
Yes, the panels on each side of the post can be attached at different points on the post, enabling one panel to be positioned lower than the other. Ultra carries a variety of attachment accessories that allow for easy stepping of fence sections.
8. Can Ultra Aluminum fences be installed in a rounded or curved configuration, or sharp angles?
Yes, fence panels can be shifted directionally up to 30 degrees; this slight adjustment at each post creates a rounded effect. Tighter curves may be achieved using narrower panels, or standard panels may be cut. However, the panels must not be rounded or bent, as this will compromise the structural integrity.
Horizontal and vertical adjustable rail ends are specifically designed to connect to the horizontal rail of the fence panel, making it possible to negotiate sharp angles. Adjustable mounting brackets can be attached to structures such as pillars, columns or other posts.
9. Are Ultra Aluminum gates fully welded?
Yes, Ultra gates are fastened and 100% welded at all connections and joints for durability and safety.
10. What types of gates are offered by Ultra Aluminum?
Ultra offers a wide variety of gates in all grades. Walk gates, Drive gates, Estate gates, Roll gates, and Cantilever gates are all available.
11. Can Ultra Aluminum fences and gates be customized?
Yes, Ultra offers factory-engineered custom widths and heights by special order with a modest up-charge.
12. How do Ultra Aluminum fence panels attach to posts?
Ultra fence panels can be attached to the posts in three ways:
The most common installation uses a punch post method. Here the fence is installed by inserting the horizontal rails of the fence into receiving holes in the post, which have been punched in the factory.
The second method utilizes standard and adjustable rail ends. This installation allows you to install your post first and later attaching the fence sections to the post with rail ends.
The third method is similar to the second, but rather than using rail ends the fence sections are attached to the post with an Ultra Strap™. The Ultra Strap allows you to set your post first and later attach the sections with the strap, which slides over the post.
13. Can Signature Railing be installed on porches, balconies and decks?
Yes, Signature Railing is ICC (International Commercial Code) compliant – strong enough to meet or exceed all building codes for railings. Signature Railing system utilizes a two-piece design that withstands considerably more lateral force than code requires.
14. Can Ultra fence be used as railing?
Ultra Aluminum does not recommend or condone using its fences for safe use as railing. Ultra does not assume liability for improper, unintended, or illegal use of its products. Code compliance is the sole responsibility of the contractor.
15. Where can I purchase an Ultra Aluminum fence?
Ultra does not sell directly to the public; please fill out the questionnaire in the contact section and Ultra will be happy to recommend fence contractors in your area.
16. How long does it take to get my Ultra Aluminum fence or railing?
Fence orders generally arrive approximately two weeks after purchase is made, and railing orders generally arrive four weeks after purchase is made. Lead times for all products remain consistent even during the busy season.
17. Are Ultra aluminum products imported?
No they are not. Ultra is proud to only use American made components in all its products. Unlike most competitors, all Ultra™ fence components are manufactured and assembled in the USA. Always look for the Made In The USA label when deciding which fence products to use.
18. How do Ultra Aluminum fence and railing products compare to similar steel or wrought iron products?
The biggest advantage to an Ultra Aluminum product is its maintenance-free characteristics. Unlike steel or wrought iron, Ultra products won’t rust and its Powercoat™ paint finish is guaranteed for life. Powercoat is twice the thickness and hardness of a typical baked finish, and meets AMMA 2604-5 standards for the ultimate in durability and UV protection.
And strength is never compromised with an Ultra product. Its high-strength Ultrum™ Alloy is as strong as steel and has been tested to withstand hurricane wind gust up to 259 mph.