Commercial property owners seeking fencing options for security and other business needs have a myriad of options at their disposal. Of course, every property has different requirements, so identifying which type of fencing is the most suitable in a particular scenario will hinge on a number of determinants. The market presents a wide array of materials, construction and systems, so it’s important to understand all of the offerings before making a decision. To help you get a clearer picture of the perimeter structures that might best meet the needs of your property or facility, here is a breakdown of nine of the most common types of commercial fencing.
1. Chain Link
Chain link is definitely among the most popular choices for commercial fencing. Typically made from galvanized steel, it can also be coated in vinyl for extra protection and curb appeal. Chain link fencing for commercial applications is particularly weather-resistant, and it boasts formidable durability against heat, cold and moisture. These types of fences are low maintenance and low cost. For a higher level of security, commercial chain link fencing can be reinforced with barbed wire or razor wire. Note that depending on your municipality or city code, you may have to request a variance for the wire atop your chain link fence.
2. Mesh Panel
Mesh panel fencing is perhaps the best option for high-security applications and is even utilized for government facilities and critical infrastructure. Welded mesh panels boast a firm structure and smooth surface. Constructed from a combination of high-quality, low-carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum alloy steel, it can be surface treated for a PVC coating or galvanized finish to help resist corrosion and weathering. Installed with either a vertical or horizontal alignment, 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.
Another high-security option for commercial properties, palisade fencing consists of vertical steel pales secured to horizontal rails and mounted to support posts. It is a particularly effective deterrent for intrusion and vandalism, giving its looming visual presence, lack of footholds and resistance to cutting. With the advantage of height and the option for spikes at the top, a palisade fence can be an intimidating diversion. They are available in a variety of specifications and finishes. Palisade fencing features strength, versatility and durability, with its resistance to weather conditions and minimal need for maintenance and repairs.
4. Concrete Wall
Precast concrete walls are highly impenetrable, making them a popular form of high-security fencing. These structures are nearly impossible to scale and can withstand winds of hurricane proportions. Solid concrete fences are particularly ideal against threats to critical infrastructure, and they bring the added benefit of sound reduction. Foundations are drilled and set for the concrete posts before placing premade concrete panels in between.
Vinyl boasts substantial resistance to wind, is easily cleaned and maintained, and remains undeterred by insects or rot. Facilities that require a perimeter structure with perhaps a lower degree of security might opt for privacy vinyl fencing. This choice offers versatility, fade-resistance and a variety of heights, styles, colors, textures and designs. Vinyl pickets are secured through a tongue-and-groove system, locking tightly into place so as to avoid gaps. Reinforced rails help protect against bowing or sagging over time, and the system can be adjusted to fit small grade changes in landscapes. In addition, vinyl can be applied to other fencing styles, such as picket fencing (which resembles the look of traditional wood picket fencing but with greater durability and resistance to wear) as well as the three-rail farm system, which is ideal for fencing in farms, ranches and other large properties, particularly those with horses, cattle or other livestock.
Aluminum is a durable, low-maintenance alternative to the more traditional wrought iron, but it features the same level of customization and ornamentation. With rails engineered to foster strength and security, aluminum fencing can also be designed to accommodate sloped ground without allowing for gaps at the bottom. Aluminum is resistant to rust, corrosion, fading and rot, and there’s no concern over the long-term effects of sunlight, moisture, bugs, snow, hail or ice. These fences often stand firm for years without damage.
A less utilized option for commercial facilities, wood fencing can be particularly complementary to landscaping and other property aesthetics. It often bears a lower upfront cost, making it a more affordable choice in the short-term. Because wood is a natural material, it features unique characteristics, but once cut from the original timber and dried, it is vulnerable to warping, twisting, cracking, splitting and shrinking. Therefore it requires consistent maintenance. Loose or damaged boards can be replaced individually, making these repairs less complex, however frequent they may be. Wood fencing in a commercial application is leveraged more for privacy and appearance, and less for security purposes.
Constructed from recycled plastic and wood, composite fences present the natural look of wood or stone while maintaining greater resistance to wear and tear. They are easy to maintain as well as impervious to fading, stains, chips and scratches. The pickets of a composite commercial fence are interlocked so as to prevent long-term warping and bowing, and the material can be designed for a consistent look on both sides of the fence. These types of fences are suitable for privacy purposes, stand well against elements like wind, require minimal maintenance and boast the unique benefit of environmental sustainability.
9. Wrought Iron
A wrought iron commercial fence is well suited to properties seeking a sleeker or more decorative design. The welded construction provides both strength and durability, and these types of fences can usually be customized to meet unique specifications. Iron has the strength to withstand significant force and curtail damage, and the structure is finished with a powder coating to support a longer lifespan. Wrought iron fences complement various architectural designs and can leverage ornamental components to create a sophisticated look.
With greater insight into the commercial fencing options available for your facility, you can make a more informed decision based on the specific security, privacy, durability and design needs of your property. Whether you’re more focused on intrusion protection or curb appeal, there’s a commercial fencing product to meet your unique requirements.
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