What is the best type of commercial fence for my business?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Fri, Aug 06, 2010

In Fence Design, Perimeter Security, Ornamental Aluminum, Commercial Fence

What is the best type of commercial fence for my business?

commercial fence optionsThe best type of commercial fence hinges on the type of business you own and where it is located.

Location, Location, Location!

A general contractor whose business is located in an industrial area would most likely use security chain link fence to safeguard their on-site assets.

Why is chain-link fencing the best material for security fences?  Considering cost as well as effectiveness, chain-link fencing provides business owners with the best option for security fences.

When using chain-link fencing for security fences, strive for a height of 6’ or greater and a thickness of at least 9-gauge. Avoid solid barriers when erecting security fences. While a visual barrier is desirable when erecting privacy walls, it is counterproductive for security fences by offering trespassers an easy place to hide.

The virtue of chain-link fencing: it is strong, yet see-through. For the same reason, wrought iron (steel) also makes fine security fence. However, while wrought iron is much more attractive than chain-link fencing, it is also much more expensive.

A business owner located in historic Richmond or Williamsburg, Virginia would be much more conscious of the appearance of the fence, and would probably want to use sturdy ornamental fence. Attractive security is the predominate objective for many business installations. Keep in mind that ornamental security fence should be at least 6' high. Widely varied rail configurations and picket tops can be added to prevent ease of access or a ready route of escape.       

Deciding on the best type of ornamental fence material to meet your needs

For the strength and rigidity to withstand weather and abuse from vehicles and power equipment, most ornamental fencing is made from welded or assembled steel. While steel is the most widely used material for ornamental fencing, homeowners and commercial property owners are finding aluminum fencing is an increasingly attractive option. While not as rigid as steel, aluminum ornamental offers superior corrosion resistance and low maintenance. The three primary types of ornamental fencing are:

Welded Steel Fence - Black (non-galvanized) steel components are welded together to form a section that is then primed and painted. During installation the sections are welded directly to the posts at the jobsite. The welds are then touched up with primer and paint. Depending on climate, welded systems can begin to show rust within a year and must be wire brushed and re-painted periodically. If you are considering welded steel panels it is recommend that you insist on a polyester powder coated finish over galvanized steel. I would review the company’s installation method to ensure that jobsite welding is kept to a minimum. Since small weld shops produce much of this type of product, it would be wise to review the warranty and reputation of the manufacturer for a welded steel system.

Assembled Component Fence Systems - Most of the major fence producers make assembled component systems. Galvanized steel components (using a minimum G-60 zinc coating) are machine punched, and then given a polyester powder-coat finish. After coating, the components are assembled into sections using drive rivets or retaining rods. Assembled sections are attached to posts using brackets so the coating isn't compromised. This minimizes potential red rust problems.  

Aluminum Ornamental Fence Systems - Manufactured similar to steel assembled components, these special aluminum-alloy components are powder-coated, then joined into sections using screws or pop rivets. Sections attach through brackets or holes punched in the posts. Aluminum ornamental should be considered for harsh coastal environments or when corrosive chemicals are nearby. If corrosion is more of a maintenance concern than strength and rigidity, aluminum may be your best alternative.

A business owner located in a residential community may seek the privacy and appearance of privacy board on wood fence. Shopping areas that are adjacent to residential settings often use this.

Privacy wood fence provides both a secure barrier and privacy. It can be built as tall as needed and then stained, painted or left natural. It is cost effective and harmonious to neighboring structures.     

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