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2024: Building Excellence, Together

2024: Building Excellence, Together - celebrating 31 years

On the heels of our 30th-anniversary celebration, it would be easy to feel a little melancholy. After all, we celebrated with a family picnic at Lake’s Park, an Everblades Hockey night, and a Mighty Mussels game. In addition to the fun times, we also recognized all of our team members who went above and beyond with our “Go the Extra Mile” Award. We awarded over 25 people!

But just because the milestone year has passed, we aren’t letting the new year slip away! This year we have a vision and we are looking forward to seeing it through.

Drum roll, please…Introducing 2024: Building Excellence, Together! “Tap into team strength, enhance customer, service, and strive for excellence in 2024!”

Our values pillars are teamwork, customer service, and strive for excellence. As we navigate the exciting challenges and opportunities this year holds, these pillars will serve as our guide towards success. Here’s to our best year yet!

 

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Choosing the Right Screen for your Enclosure

 

The type of screen you choose not only affects the aesthetics of your space but also influences factors like durability, visibility, and privacy. At Liberty Aluminum, we offer a variety of screen options depending on your project needs. In this post, we’ll explore the types of screens we provide and discuss why you might choose one over another.

1. Fiberglass Screen

18/14 Fiberglass: The Durable Classic

The 18/14 fiberglass screen is the standard choice for patios. The numbers 18/14 refer to the mesh count, indicating 18 threads per inch horizontally and 14 threads per inch vertically. This type of screen is resistant to tears and punctures, and is the most economical option for your project.

20/20 Fiberglass: ‘No-See-Um’ Screen

The 20/20 fiberglass screen is designed for homeowners who want more functionality from their screen. The higher mesh count of threads makes it more tough for small flying insects to enter through the screen. This feature is why this size is commonly referred to as ‘No-See-Um’ screen. (A biting bug commonly found in the coastal areas of Florida.) 

 

2. Polyester Screen

17/14 Polyester: The Classic Screen but Stronger 

The 17/14 polyester screen is the most cost-effective, polyester screen option. Polyester screen is 3X stronger than fiberglass. (See above for fiberglass screen information)

17/20 Polyester: ‘Small Insect Mesh’

The 17/20 polyester screen has more woven threads than the 17/14 but still has good visibility. However, the higher threads per inch help keep flying insects and small bugs out of your outdoor living space.

20/20 Polyester: Luxury ‘No-See-Um’ Screen

This screen pairs the strength and durability of polyester with the best flying insect resistance. This screen is top of the line.

 

3. Florida Glass

Florida glass: Privacy with Style

This is a unique screen option that goes beyond the traditional. It not only provides protection from flying insects but also offers privacy, making it an excellent choice for those who want to create secluded and intimate outdoor spaces.

 

In conclusion, the choice of screen for your under truss or enclosure project depends on your specific needs and preferences. Whether you prioritize durability, visibility, or privacy, Liberty Aluminum has a range of options to cater to every unique requirement. 

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Avantgarde Homes: Aluminum Stairways Project

This shows the drawings for the aluminum stairway featured on Avantgarde Building's custom home in Fort Myers

 

Recently, Avantgarde, The Building Group, concluded the construction of a contemporary 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 4,000-square-foot custom residence, showcasing strong craftsmanship. Bookending the detached garage, are two aluminum stairways meticulously designed, fabricated, and installed by the Liberty Aluminum Co. 

Going beyond visual appeal, these Liberty Aluminum stairways place a premium on safety and endurance. The combination of a lightweight yet robust aluminum structure ensures a secure and smooth passage, while the minimalist design seamlessly integrates with the overall architecture, ensuring it doesn’t distract from the main residence.

Our Process:

Liberty Aluminum started by receiving the plans and used their tried and true process to cost out the project and provide Avantgarde with an accurate estimate. After which, submittal drawings were provided and approved by engineering and the customer. Lastly, the stairways were fabricated in our local Lehigh Acres facility and installed by our highly experienced crews. The picture above shows a snapshot of the CAD drawings and the final product.

We appreciate Avantgarde’s partnership and look forward to working with them again in the future. If you’re a local Southwest Florida Builder looking for a subcontractor for aluminum products visit our contact page or call us at 239-369-3000

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Kelly and Colette with Moriarty the Mini Dachshund at the Babcock Ranch walk for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

 

 

October is a month of unity, strength, and pink ribbons as the world comes together to raise awareness for breast cancer. At Liberty Aluminum, we are proud to be joining hands with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer SWFL Chapter to support those affected by this pervasive disease. Our commitment to community well-being extends beyond manufacturing quality aluminum products — it reaches into the heart of our neighborhoods, where we stand in solidarity with those fighting breast cancer.

On October 7th, Liberty Aluminum took its first strides against breast cancer at Founder’s Square in Babcock Ranch. Our team laced up their sneakers, donned pink attire, and hit the pavement with a shared purpose — to make a difference. Plus our booth at the event served as a hub for information, support, and encouragement. If you were not able to show your support on the 7th, there is another opportunity on October 21st at North Collier Regional Park. Check out the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer SWFL  website for details.

Breast cancer is not just a disease; it’s a battle that affects millions of lives every year. By actively participating in these events Liberty Aluminum aims to amplify the importance of early detection, raise funds for research, and create a supportive community for those navigating the challenges of breast cancer. We believe that awareness is the first step towards prevention, and unity is the driving force behind lasting change.

Let’s walk together, let’s stand together, and let’s make strides against breast cancer.

Brown Family at the walk for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Poster for their event on October 21st, 2023

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Picture Window: Don’t Lose Site of Your View!

Pool Enclosure with Picture Window

Your home is your oasis and it’s likely that when you chose your home you probably considered the view. Whether that view is more homes, a golf course, a preserve or the water the last thing you would want to do is lose your view. But homeowners that want to enjoy a bug free lanai often find themselves worried about what an unsightly aluminum pool enclosure will do to their view. Let a picture window save your view!

If you choose to add a picture window to your enclosure, it matters what aluminum contractor you choose to design and install it.

Liberty Aluminum Co has been serving Southwest Florida for 30 years and during that time we developed what we call “The Liberty Beam”. This beam allows us to create picture windows spanning up to 40′ wide.

Gone are the days when you have to crane your neck to see that golfer miss their birdie putt. By having Liberty Aluminum design picture windows in your enclosure, you’ll see it all.

If you’re considering adding or replacing a screen enclosure on your home call us at 239-369-3000 or email bids@libertyaluminum.com

To see pictures of our screen enclosures including ones with picture windows click here.

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Follow These Steps to Keep your Pool Enclosure Looking like New.

pool enclosure with picture window

Cleaning your pool enclosure is essential to maintain its appearance and functionality. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean your pool enclosure:

Use caution while cleaning and consider hiring a licensed professional cleaning company.

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Garden hose or pressure washer (no not pressure wash screen)
  2. Bucket
  3. Mild detergent or specialized enclosure cleaner
  4. Soft-bristle brush or pool enclosure brush
  5. Extension pole (if needed)
  6. Ladder (if needed)
  7. Microfiber cloths or soft, lint-free towels

 

Step 1: Remove Debris Sweep or use a leaf blower to remove any leaves, twigs, or debris from the enclosure. This will prevent debris from getting wet and sticking to the enclosure during cleaning.

Step 2: Rinse Use a garden hose to rinse the entire enclosure. Start at the top and work your way down, making sure to remove loose dirt and dust. A pressure washer can be very effective for this step, but be cautious not to use too high pressure, which might damage the enclosure. (No not pressure wash your screen.)

Step 3: Prepare Cleaning Solution Fill a bucket with water and add a mild detergent or a specialized enclosure cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Be careful not to use harsh chemicals that could damage the enclosure material.

Step 4: Scrub the Enclosure Dip a soft-bristle brush or a pool enclosure brush into the cleaning solution and start scrubbing the enclosure. Begin at the top and work your way down, paying extra attention to areas with stubborn stains or mold/mildew buildup. If your enclosure is particularly tall, consider using an extension pole to reach higher areas.

Step 5: Rinse Again After scrubbing, thoroughly rinse the enclosure with a hose or pressure washer to remove any soap residue and dirt. Ensure that all cleaning solution is washed away.

Step 6: Dry the Enclosure Use microfiber cloths or soft, lint-free towels to dry the enclosure thoroughly. This step helps prevent streaks and water spots from forming.

Step 7: Regular Maintenance To keep your pool enclosure in good condition, perform regular cleaning and maintenance as needed. The frequency will depend on your local climate and how quickly dirt and debris accumulate.

By following these steps, you can keep your pool enclosure clean and well-maintained, enhancing the overall look of your pool area and extending the life of the enclosure.

To see pictures of previous pool enclosure jobs click here.

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Follow These Steps to Get a Quote!

Key West Welded Railing

Embarking on a new construction or renovation project can be exhilarating, but the road to bringing your vision to life often begins by getting added to our quote list. Liberty Aluminum, a renowned player in the aluminum fabrication industry, has designed a quoting process that ensures transparency, accuracy, and efficiency, setting the stage for a smooth journey from concept to completion.

What to include in your quote request:

  • Contact Information: Name / Project Address / Phone Number / Email Address & General Contractor (If applicable)
  • Description of the product you are looking for – Screen Enclosure, Fencing, Railing, Multi-Family Carport, Decorative shutters, Condo Screen etc
  • Rough dimensions such as linear feet 
  • Pictures of existing area where the product would be installed
  • Blueprints if the project is new construction

 

Step 1: Initiating the Quote

The first step in Liberty Aluminum’s quoting process is as simple as sending an email. Yes, you read that right – no paperwork or complex forms. All you need to do is gather a few key details about your project, snap some pictures of the relevant areas, and send them over to bids@libertyaluminum.com. We also have a convenient form on our website, click here to go there. Alongside the images, include any pertinent information and dimensions. This initial interaction serves as the foundation for your quoting journey. Please see list above for more details required to get added to the quote list. 

Step 2: Expert Evaluation

Upon receiving your email, Liberty Aluminum’s Sales Department steps into action. Our experienced professionals carefully review the information and images you’ve provided. This step ensures that all the necessary details are on the table and that your project aligns with Liberty Aluminum’s capabilities and expertise. This proactive review not only streamlines the process but also ensures that every quote is backed by Liberty Aluminum’s commitment to excellence.

Step 3: You’ve been added to the Quote List

Once reviewed, your project is added to the quote list. This list is a well-organized hub where all potential projects are tracked. Being added to this list signifies that Liberty Aluminum is ready to dive deeper into your project, providing you with the attention and dedication you deserve. 

Step 4: Receiving and Reviewing the Quote

Time is an essential factor in any project, and Liberty Aluminum values your time just as much as you do. While you might be eager to see your quote, this process is thorough and takes a little time. On average, it takes approximately 3-4 weeks for you to receive your quote. This period accounts for the meticulous attention to detail, internal evaluations, and precise calculations that ensure your quote is as accurate as possible. Once you receive your quote, take time to review the quote thoroughly. Once you are satisfied and ready to proceed, a simple email indicating your acceptance is all that’s needed.

 

The journey from project inception to the realization of your vision involves many steps, and Liberty Aluminum’s quoting process is the initial stepping stone. By allowing you to easily initiate the process through email, involving an experienced General Manager for review, and ensuring a meticulous evaluation process, Liberty Aluminum guarantees accuracy and reliability. While the waiting period for your quote might require some patience, it’s a testament to the company’s dedication to delivering nothing but the best. So, the next time you’re ready to turn your aluminum dreams into reality, remember that Liberty Aluminum has a quoting process designed with you in mind.

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The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining Exterior Cable Railing

Cable railing on a two story homeExterior cable railing is a stylish and contemporary addition to any residential or commercial space. It offers an unobtrusive view and provides safety without obstructing the surrounding environment. However, regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to keep cable railing looking pristine and functioning properly. In this blog post, we will explore the proper way to clean exterior cable railings to avoid rust and erosion, ensuring they stand the test of time and continue to enhance the beauty of your home.

At Liberty Aluminum we construct cable railing with stainless steel cables and aluminum railing, these materials are durable and the stainless steel cable is resistant to corrosion. However, exposure to the elements can lead to the accumulation of dirt, salt, and other debris, making the railing susceptible to rust and erosion. Regular cleaning not only keeps your cable railings looking their best but also prevents potential damage and ensures their longevity.

Necessary Tools

  • Soft bristle brush or sponge
  • Mild dish soap or gentle stainless steel cleaner
  • Warm water
  • Microfiber cloth or soft towel
  • Garden hose with a spray nozzle
  • Protective gloves

 

Step 1:

Before you start cleaning, make sure to remove any obstacles or furniture near the cable railings. This ensures you have unobstructed access and prevents accidental damage to the surrounding objects.

Step 2:

Using a garden hose with a spray nozzle, rinse the cable railings thoroughly. This will help remove loose dirt, debris, and any surface-level contaminants.

Step 3: 

Create a cleaning solution by mixing mild dish soap with warm water. Avoid using abrasive or acidic cleaners as they can damage the surface.

Step 4:

Dip the soft bristle brush or sponge into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the cable railings. Focus on areas with visible stains, grime, or salt deposits. Be cautious not to apply excessive pressure, as rough scrubbing could scratch the surface.

Step 5:

After scrubbing, rinse the railings once more with clean water to remove any leftover cleaning solution and loosened dirt.

Step 6:

Use a microfiber cloth or soft towel to dry the cable railings thoroughly. Drying is crucial to prevent water spots, which can leave mineral deposits on the surface.

Properly cleaning and maintaining your exterior cable railings is a crucial step in ensuring their longevity, preserving their beauty, and avoiding rust and erosion. By following the steps outlined in this guide and implementing preventive measures, you can enjoy your cable railings for years to come, enhancing both the safety and aesthetics of your outdoor space. Regular care and attention will pay off in the long run, protecting your investment and maintaining the allure of your home’s exterior.

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Pool Fences: Why Have One and What are the Requirements?

Owning a pool is a fantastic way to beat the heat and enjoy some refreshing fun in the Florida sun. However, it is crucial to prioritize safety when it comes to pool ownership, especially if you have young children or pets. In Florida, where pools are a common feature in many homes, there are specific requirements for pool fences to ensure the well-being of residents and visitors. In this blog post, we will delve into the Florida state requirements for pool fences, understanding why they are necessary and how they contribute to a safer swimming environment.

Purpose of Pool Fencing:

The primary objective of pool fencing regulations is to prevent accidental drownings, particularly among children. By establishing stringent guidelines for pool barriers, Florida aims to minimize the risk of unauthorized access to pools and enhance overall safety. Pool fences act as a physical barrier, creating an additional layer of protection that can deter children and pets from entering the pool area unsupervised.

Florida Building Code (FBC) Guidelines:

The Florida Building Code (FBC) outlines the specific requirements for pool fences in the state. The code defines the necessary attributes of a compliant pool fence, including its height, materials, construction, and gate specifications. Our pool fences and gates are made of aluminum, which is an approved metal according to the FBC. 

  • Gates must be self-closing and self-latching
  • The latch must be at least 54″ from the ground
  • The gate must open outward from the pool
  • The space between the vertical pickets must not exceed 4″
  • The space between the pool barrier and the top of the pool structure must not exceed 4″
  • The top of the fence must measure at least 48″ 

 

Florida’s strict requirements for pool fences are designed to prioritize safety and prevent accidents. As a pool owner in the state, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the specific guidelines outlined in the Florida Building Code (FBC). By adhering to these regulations and implementing the necessary safety measures, you can create a secure environment for your loved ones and mitigate the risk of potential pool-related accidents. Remember, investing in a robust and compliant pool fence is a responsible choice that will provide peace of mind while you enjoy the pleasures of pool ownership in the Sunshine State.

 

Pool fence around an amenity center

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RAL Color Chart: How to Select your Powder Coating Color

Powder coated welded hinged shutters
All right! You’ve made the right choice selecting Liberty Aluminum to design and fabricate your aluminum railing, canopy, grille, balcony, louvered shutter, etc. but before your product can be installed it must be powder coated. The RAL color chart is the gold standard among powder coaters.

 

Powder coating is a dry mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin. It is typically applied using an electrostatic spray gun. The gun imparts a positive charge to the powder particles, and the grounded aluminum attracts the charged particles, ensuring even coverage. Then it is cured, cooled, and inspected for quality.

You get the fun task of choosing the color of the coating. Here are a few things to consider when selecting your perfect shade.

1. Consider the Purpose and Environment:

If it’s for an outdoor application, select a color that complements the surrounding environment and blends well with the landscape. If it’s an indoor product, consider the color scheme of the space where it will be placed. Harmonizing with the surroundings will create a visually pleasing overall aesthetic.

2. Explore Trends and Styles:

Staying up to date with the latest trends in color can help you make an informed decision. Research current design trends and color forecasts to identify popular choices. However, remember that trends can change, and it’s important to choose a color that will stand the test of time. Opting for timeless and classic colors can ensure your aluminum product remains visually appealing for years to come.

For your convenience we have included an RAL chart below…


The colors in this chart have been matched as closely as possible, computer monitors colors can vary, as such, it would be recommended to use an actual color chart or come on in and see us for samples!  

The following chart was shared from: E-Paint 

 

RAL color chart one

RAL color chart two

RAL color chart three

RAL color chart four

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