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corrugated metal fence update part 4

corrugated metal fenceHello everyone, here’s a summertime update of my corrugated metal fence built in 2013. The front of the fence includes tin ceiling tiles (purchased new and painted) and corrugated steel cut to fit into the fence in squares. The other three sides are sheets of corrugated metal. The whole fence has redwood posts and rails.
corrugated metal fenceThe aging process has been fun to watch, water in the form of rain, snow and sprinklers has brought out the rust in pleasing ways.

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corrugated metal fence

backyard shipping containerMy kids have added a skate ramp, just inside the gate, basically covering up one of my gate doors.

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metal ceiling tile fenceIn any spot where the paint has chipped off the ceiling tiles, the rusting process begins immediately (see above picture). Good thing I like the rusty, aged look.
corrugated metal fenceThe tin ceiling tiles began to rust immediately, the corrugated steel has taken much longer. It’s barely rusted at all in areas where very little water hits the fence.

The wood has been stained 3 times over the years, at the rate of about every other year. If you looks closely, you can see where the metal close to the wood is less rusty and has been protected by the stain applied hurriedly by indentured, distracted, yet hard working teens.
corrugated metal fenceI’ve always planned to make a tiny door for this opening within the big gate. It’s been low priority since we don’t have an animals that need to be contained, and as you can see-  it’s still yet to be built.
metal ceiling tile fence After the gates were trashed in a wind storm (heavy winds happen frequently) I added the metal strapping to the backside of the gates. Best idea ever. The strapping saved the day, the gates are holding up great now. The only true weathering or warping is happening with the wooden elements.  We don’t open the gates very often (2-3 times a summer) which probably helps keep them strong. When the gates are open, for as short a time as possible, we prop them up on blocks to support them on the sloping driveway.

backyard shipping containerWe put a shipping container in the side yard for storage, hanging out or both. It goes well with the metal fence surrounding it. We love the aesthetic and the extra space.
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<a href="http://noelleodesigns.com/?attachment_id=9853" rel="attachment wp-att-9853"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-9853" src="http://noelleodesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/IMG_2554-1024x768.jpg" alt="backyard shipping container" width="625" height="469" /></a>We put a shipping container in the side yard for storage, hanging out or both. It goes well with the metal fence surrounding it. We love the aesthetic and the extra space.
corrugated metal fenceIn the other corner of the yard we put in a wooden pergola. Originally, there was a beautiful mountain view from this corner but then a neighboring house went in and blocked that view. The new house also blocks the strong winds that come from that direction. And the neighbors are really great, so we’ll take the trade off.

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corrugated metal fence Even in the 5 years or so the metal has been exposed to the elements, very little rust shows in the areas not directly hit by the sprinklers, like this pergola corner.
corrugated metal fenceTo the right of the baby, follow the gravel path past the shed to the garden area on the south side of the house.
corrugated metal fenceOn the south side of the house are the raised beds garden spot. Corrugated plastic panels on two sections help let more light in.
corrugated metal fenceAs you can see, the non-painted sides of the tiles are very rusted. It will eventually rust through, much quicker (maybe 10 years)  than the corrugated metal (maybe 100 years). The galvanized metal hardware is still looking good.
corrugated metal fenceI was very skeptical about this corrugated plastic. I had nightmares of it turning yellow and breaking like I’ve remembered seeing at elderly houses throughout my life. But I really wanted as much sunlight as possible in this garden area. Since it’s basically invisible to both our neighbors and ourselves, no one spends time or is worried about the ‘look’ of things on this side of the house, we decided to go with the clear, weird corrugated plastic. As you can see- no yellow, no breaks and the garden grows well- I would do it again!
corrugated metal fenceThe tin ceiling tiles I bought had an extra flange on all sides. This worked in my favor as I bent them in on all sides and screwed right through the flange into the wood to hold the tiles in place. The tin tiles are also easy to cut and bend for fitting in smaller areas.

corrugated metal fenceThe view from the front of the house, on the garden side. As you can see, the only real wear is with the wood elements. Even with the treated redwood I hand-selected, there is still warping and twisting of the wood elements. That’s the nature of wood. As you can see, we wedged a 2 x 4 above the gate to keep the post on the right to keep from bending in, the wedged piece of wood has never fallen out.

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To view the building of the fence in 2013- Part 1.

To view the 2014 fence update- Part 2.

To view the 2015 fence update- Part 3.

corrugated metal fence update part 3

fancy metal fenceMy corrugated metal fence update- the fence is now in it’s 3rd year and I like the way it’s aging over time. The patina of the corrugated steel darkens and changes bit by bit every day and I’m enjoying watching the weathering process.

ceiling tiles on fenceThe two wide gates to the side yard are so heavy and awkward to move, we needed a solution to high daily foot traffic without having to leave the gate(s) constantly open and sagging (due to the slope in the driveway) and also a solution without the wear and tear of constantly being pushed and shoved opened and closed. So we came up with the Euro-gate solution. I’ve seen many large gates with a tiny door for daily passage all over Europe and decide this was the answer to our problem.  It works well with the patchwork look of the fence. My plan is to weld a rectangle tiny door to fit the opening that would essentially be invisible when it was closed. Since we don’t have any animals to keep in right now, the tiny door has fallen to the bottom of my list of things-to-do. Soon though.

flag stone pathThe view of the gate from the backyard, looking through the side yard to the back of the gate. I put this pathway in in the spring and the ‘stepable’ plants we put in the cracks are filling in nicely. That process- building the flagstone pathway- in another post coming soon. The shipping container will also have French doors where the flagstones come up like a patio area.

tin ceiling tiles in fenceThe inside view of the gates. After getting ripped apart in a microburst in their first year, I rebuilt and reinforced the gate panels with these metal beams based on a suggestion of a very wise friend. The gates are so much more stable now and not likely to sag or get blown away. Another key element to restricting movement of these gates, that act like sails in the wind, are the pins going down into the concrete that hold the gates in place in the center. Absolutely essential.

rust on metal fenceThe tin ceiling tiles rust very easily so anywhere the paint was thin or in some way been scraped off  has been rapidly encroached upon by rust.

corrugated metal fenceRust details on the front side of the fence. This is 3 years worth of rust. This part of the fence isn’t hit by a sprinkler but it does get pelted every time it rains which explains why the rust is more pronounced at the bottom of each panel.

ceiling tile fenceThe garden side of the house and much smaller gate. As you can see the areas that are hit by the sprinkler or rain, are much rustier than the panels closer to the house. This gate was much easier to build, open and close and maintain. I never intended to leave to 2×4 across the top of the gate area, but the post on the right side of the gate is twisting and warping, and it became necessary to leave it to slow the unfortunate movement of the 4×4 post and hold things square.

flagstone patioThe back three sides of the fence around the yard are straight corrugated metal. It is aging comfortably with a beautiful patina. I love all looks and every stage. We finally got the pergola put in in early spring. It was a kit that we had to paint ourselves and piece together lego style. Once the footings were installed, a process I find stressful, it was an overall easy project. I carried over the flagstone look to this side of the yard also.

backyard pergola, metal fencePerennials, plants and trees are growing and filling in into the look I have been anticipating and looking forward to for so long.

corrugated metal fence2We found this outdoor seating on KSl classifieds, a local market for used everything, for a great price and had some wonderful summer moments and parties under the pergola in our newest ‘room’.

Note: When we were digging the trenches for the sprinkler system, we laid electrical line alongside the pipes and ran wiring to the pergola area for easy, invisible electricity.

 

corrugated metal fenceThe whole backyard is relatively small and cozy (only 1/4 of an acre) but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Just enough to have to take care of, and big enough for a party.

shipping container in backyardThe shipping container is next. We found some perfectly good, durable doors and windows at Habitat for Humanity in Park City that had been pulled out of another house, I’m assuming for a remodel, that are all ready to be installed when the time comes- hopefully soon!

For a look at the making of this corrugated metal fence DIY in 2013 click here.

For a look at the fence after 1 year in 2014 look here.

For a look at the fence in 2018 look here.

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corrugated metal fenceMy corrugated metal fences (ceiling tiles and corrugated steel) are finished! I’ve dreamt about building one of many fancy metal fences I’ve seen before we even bought this house 3 years ago, so at long last– it’s a reality. Out of my head and into the real world.

tin ceiling tile fenceAnd the south side of the house with a plain corrugated gate. The rest of the fence, on the other 3 sides of the property, will be corrugated between wooden posts and look a lot like this, but not galvanized, although that part hasn’t been finished yet.

tin ceiling tilesIt was really hard to get a good picture of the raw ceiling tiles, they are so reflective especially in the sunlight. Here they are all laid out on the front lawn, ready to be painted.

painting tin ceiling tilesI used latex house paint, the colors of the front door, shutters and garage door among others colors I had (leftover from other house projects) and spray paint to put a base layer on the tin tiles. Once the base layer was dry, I rollered other colors over that to make the detailed relief patterns stand out.

corrugated and tin fence DIYBuilding the fence was a bit of a puzzle, without a pattern or instructions,  I had to make it up as I went along. What you can see here are the gates being pieced together. I used pressure treated 2×4’s to match the 4×4 fence posts. Within the gates and fence panels, all of the horizontal beams run the full width of the panel (secured with metal building brackets) and the vertical wood pieces are shorties placed between the horizontal sections.

corrugated and tin fence DIYHere are a few tiles painted and already in place. Instead of measuring for width and height of the individual square sections with a tape measure, I measured with an actual ceiling tile held in place, these tiles are 24″ square and conveniently very lightweight.

fence square panelsHere are the gates, on their hinges and ready for the squares to be filled.

corrugated and tin fence DIYAnd the other side coming together. All of the tin went in first and the corrugated sections I put in last. The short sections (smaller than the full 24″ square tiles) were cut with tin snips and bent to size. Really very simple- the tin was thin enough it was very easy to cut and bend.

ceiling tile fenceWorking in the cold weather actually worked out well, much better than the heat of summer, especially when it came time to cut the corrugated metal.

cutting corrugated metal I was very nervous to cut the metal, having lots of previous experience with wood working but very little with metal working, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I asked around for advice and tips, got a metal cutting blade for my circular saw, covered up every inch of skin and took a deep breath.

cutting corrugated metalA bit intimidating at first- to see sparks flying everywhere- but the preparations paid off and it was easier than I’d initially thought. Tip: stock up on saw blades, I went through 4 metal cutting blades, which quickly wear down into nubs, just in making this relatively small project.

funky metal fencePutting the panels in place, I randomly switched between vertical and horizontal placement for the corrugated sections. Luckily, I had the foresight to purchase tin snips that cut 22 gauge metal (exactly the gauge of the corrugated here). It was convenient to be able to trim corners here and there for easier fitting.
corrugated metal fence DIYTo connect the corrugated metal to the wood, I used these smaller L brackets and small bolts and nuts to secure each section into place. I secured each panel in two places and then all 4 corners on the corrugated sections of the gates.

The metal building brackets I used to connect all of the 2×4’s look like this. I chose them because they were the simplest  (and cheapest) building bracket I could find that fit the scenario. The metal brackets are about 3″ wide, I mounted them closest to the back of the fence so they be less in the way of the metal sections and less visible from the front.

drop in tin ceiling tileThis is what a drop in ceiling tile edge looks like from the front. You can see the extra material nicely provided on the edges of  drop in type ceiling tiles.

corrugated metal fence DIY With a bit of bending with needle nose pliers those section can be flattened out and used to secure the tiles in place by providing about an inch of material to screw through.

corrugated metal fenceThe brackets here and there definitely give it an industrial look, but I think the process evident aspect adds to the charm.

corrugated metal fence backHere is what the back of the gates look like, a good view of the raw tin. I didn’t even occur to me to worry about what the back would look like. I think it’s kinda of a two-fer  have it look funky from both sides. The naked tin is very reflective in bright sunlight and I think I’ll paint the back like I did the front sides, in the spring.

corrugated metal fence gateI went a little crazy on the hardware trying to make my gates the squarest, non-saggyest gates ever. So far- I’m very disappointed in the wheels from Home Depot, there isn’t enough travel to keep them on the ground when the gates are all the way open and then they bump against  the wood when they are all the way closed and won’t even roll which leads to a lot of forcing which I do not appreciate. Also, I realize my gate tension system is backwards, I did this on purpose because the wood was beginning to bend forward at the top of one of the gates and I had to nip it in the bud. I think I will add another to criss cross (the right way) for actual support.

corrugated metal fence backHere is the back of the fence on the other side of the house, and our grow boxes all ready for spring.

I loved sharing this project with you! If you have any questions or comments, need details or encouragement please don’t hesitate to ask. I would love to help.

To view the fence and rusting process a year later in 2014, look here.

To view the fence and yard after 2 years in 2015, look here.

To view the fence and yard in 2018, look here.