From gated communities to private businesses—and everything in between—choosing the right kind of heavy-duty fencing for a facility is fundamental to ensuring security. Of course, the least expensive option or the quickest to install might seem like the most attractive choice, but it’s incredibly important to understand how different types of security fencing serve to protect and meet the individual needs of your facility.
Here, we’re explaining these nuances and providing expert insight on what you should know to make a smart decision.
Critical Characteristics of Heavy-Duty Security Fencing
In order for a facility’s fencing solution to achieve its intended security purposes, it should focus on the following qualities:
- High-Level Strength: The strength of a heavy-duty security fence is generally determined by its construction, and steel is one of the most formidable of the materials available. A fencing solution’s strength determines how difficult it will be to cut, break or otherwise penetrate, and it should be able to maintain its rigidity when struck with extreme force. While aluminum can be considered a strong metal, steel remains a stronger choice for security applications. Concrete may also be a viable option, depending on the specific needs of your facility.
- Sensible Design: For your heavy-duty fencing to actually secure your facility and deter intruders, it must be designed accordingly. That means it should not feature footholds or spacing that make climbing or scaling a possibility, and the assembly should not include fastening options that can be undone. There are also considerations for single versus double-row fencing solutions, and the design should include height specifications that satisfy your needs.
- Durability: A fence’s ability to resist corrosion against the elements and remain functional over time is another major factor in heavy-duty security applications. Therefore, it’s necessary to understand which materials and coatings are most susceptible to rust, and what’s best suited to maintain material integrity even in the face of conditions like humidity, extreme temperatures and wind. Lifespan and maintenance needs will be an integral part of your decision on the best heavy-duty security fencing for your facility.
- Added Security Features: Heavy-duty fencing is always more secure when it is fortified by add-on features that deter intrusion and streamline monitoring. Some elements to consider include barbed wire, barbed tape or concertina wire; lighting and surveillance in the form of security cameras; omitted top rails and anchored bottom rails; and gates and sensors with access control systems. These types of features can help you maximize your facility’s security approach and afford greater peace of mind.
Common Types of Heavy-Duty Security Fencing
While the market presents a wide array of fencing systems to help protect facilities, only some of these are suitable for heavy-duty security applications. Following is a breakdown of some of the most common types of fencing to meet these unique facility needs.
Welded Mesh Panel Fencing
Constructed from a combination of high-quality, low-carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum alloy steel, welded mesh panels boast a firm structure and smooth surface. Additionally, they can be surface treated for a PVC coating or galvanized finish to help resist corrosion and weathering. Welded mesh panels are installed with either a vertical or horizontal alignment, and the mesh is designed with proper spacing to safeguard against climbing and resist penetration. Rutkoski Fencing is a certified installer of the highly recommended AMIGUARD® system, which can be customized to defend against a wide array of threats. This system is produced by AMICO®, the world’s largest producer of meshes for security.
Palisade fencing is another formidable option in heavy-duty security fencing, as it consists of vertical steel pales secured to horizontal rails and mounted to support posts. Its looming visual presence, lack of footholds and resistance to cutting make it a particularly effective deterrent for intrusion and vandalism. With the advantage of height and the option for spikes at the top, a palisade fence can be an intimidating diversion. Palisade fences are available in a variety of specifications and finishes, and its construction features strength, versatility and durability, thereby resisting weather conditions and requiring minimal need for maintenance and repairs.
Precast concrete walls are highly impenetrable, making them one of the most heavy-duty security fencing systems available. These structures are nearly impossible to scale and can withstand winds of hurricane proportions. Solid concrete fences are particularly ideal against external threats, and they bring the added benefits of sound reduction and minimal visibility from the outside. To install these types of heavy-duty security walls, foundations are drilled and set for the concrete posts before placing premade concrete panels in between.
Importance of Expert Evaluation & Installation
Understanding the essential characteristics and different types of heavy-duty security fencing for your facility is an important aspect of making the right decision, but it’s only one part of the equation. The other is partnering with experienced fencing professionals who can evaluate your needs, make the most ideal recommendations for your requirements and conduct a quality installation. This is because there’s so much more to the decision-making and implementation process than what meets the eye.
Depending on the type of ground your fencing will be installed on, there may be issues with unevenness or sloping. In order to ensure a safe and sturdy installation of fencing that weathers the elements, you need a team of heavy-duty security fencing professionals who intimately understand the proper handling of site grading concerns.
In addition, fencing experts have a solid grasp of how high-quality, durable materials and application choices enable your fencing solution to meet individual specifications, address environmental factors and stand the test of time. In both the implementation and completion of this kind of project, the work must show a high quality of craftsmanship and a commitment to customer satisfaction.
Therefore, be sure to work with a professional fencing partner with a long history of experience and qualifications in all aspects of fence installation. They should be able to understand your unique needs and provide solutions based on an evaluation of your facility’s site-specific details. They should also be certified to install the most effective and valuable heavy-duty security fencing products on the market.
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