RTC Fencing appreciate that when it comes to your security, knowledge is power. And it is on that note that we’d like to welcome you to our new blog. We’ll be filling this page with useful information to help you make the right choice with your security measures. In this first article, we’d like to introduce you to the different security options available to you and outline their primary uses and suitabilities.
Wooden fences are most suitable for domestic purposes, such as protecting your home from intruders and maintaining your privacy. Wooden fencing can vary depending on the size of the property, fence height, and the quality of wood selected.
Wood is susceptible to weather damage and needs annual maintenance so wouldn’t be suitable in situations where it cannot be maintained. It’s also important to note that most domestic fences can be scaled and damaged easily and are merely used to deter opportunistic thieves.
Chain link fencing involves attaching panels of metal chains that have been meshed together and connected to concrete or metal poles. This type of fencing is good for acting as a deterrent to possible thieves or vandals and for making property boundaries clear.
Other possible uses include enclosing sports sites, such as basketball or tennis courts. These fences can look unsightly, so when used in parks or recreational spaces they’re often painted green to soften the harsh look.
Difficult to penetrate or climb and often considered to be more aesthetically pleasing than palisade or chain link, mesh fencing is strong, durable and easy to install.
Expanded mesh fencing is formed by punching a sheet of steel and then stretching the material until the holes in the sheet are to the required dimensions. This option gives flexibility as it allows the client to choose how much visibility they would like with their fencing. This option is relatively cheaper than other methods of metal fencing, as one sheet of material can be stretched to cover more land.
Welded mesh fencing is produced by welding vertical and horizontal wires together and fixing the panels to metal poles. In a more domestic environment, the metal poles can be exchanged for wooden poles for a more aesthetically pleasing look.
The advantage of welded mesh is that it is easy and quick to errect and its regimented formation make it strong and stable. Both of these options come galvanised and have the option to be coated in polyester powder to help retain colour and gloss.
Constructed from hot and cold rolled steel sections, palisade fencing provides a strong barrier against thieves and vandals. It is easy to assemble, robust and long lasting. However, palisade fencing can be on the higher end of the price range for security fencing so should only be used for permanent, medium level security.
Generally supplied hot-dip galvanized in order to ensure long-term weather resistance, it is a popular choice for local authorities and schools. There are two profiles for palisade fencing, known as ‘D’ profile and ‘W’ profile, with the ‘W’ profile being the more protective.
Primarily used for building sites, hoarding panels are an excellent security method if you intend to be occupying a site for a long time. Hoarding panels are very effective against thieves and highly recommended in the industry as they allow for no visibility, meaning that your tools and valuables can’t be spotted by opportunist thieves. These panels are available in timber or steel.
Timber hoarding panels consist of reinforced wooden panels installed into the ground by wooden posts concreted in. This allows for the panels to withstand high pressure force and are near impossible to remove without machinery.
Steel panels are more cost effective as they are lightweight and easy to install. They are mostly used in areas where the ground is unsuitable for the concreting that wooden panels require. They allow for quick installation of vehicle gates as and when required. If you’re looking for a more sturdy fence, you can install water-filled barriers which would require more effort and strength to try and penetrate.
If you’re looking to boost your fencing security even more, you can look into attaching anti-climb devices such as barbed wire or razor spikes or, for extreme cases, electric pulse fencing. These extra measures are great for ensuring that, in potentially dangerous situations, you feel as safe and comfortable as possible.
No matter what security level you’re operating at, RTC Fencing are here to help. We offer a tailor-made service, premium quality materials and fully skilled workmen to provide you with the smoothest construction possible. For more information, get in touch today.