Temporary Fences: Are there certain specifications?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sat, Oct 03, 2015

Construction site temporary fencing is commonly used on job or construction sites that need to maintain a semblance of unmonitored public safety.

A series of temporary fence barricades lines Governor's st. at The UCI Richmond 2015 bike races.

Because construction sites are occasionally located in high foot traffic areas, they sometimes will require short-term safety and security measures. Temporary fences can surround an entire job site or they can be easily arranged when only partial security is required.

The chief types of temporary fencing are panel fencing and standard temporary fencing. The variations within these two categories are explained later in this article.



A woman sporting a redskins clothing ensemble stands in front of the main temporary fence structure feom Hurricane Fence Redskins Training Camp

Codes for temporary fencing vary depending on the location of the fencing and may be specified for a particular job in the project plans.

Typical temporary fencing materials are 11 1/2 gauge wire fabric that’s tied to 1 5/8" ss15 or schedule 15 fence posts. This style is most commonly used on job sites. These 6-foot high temporary fence posts are normally 8-feet long and they are simply driven into the ground, as opposed to being set in concrete. The chainlink fabric is generally ‘tied up’ using aluminum ties, which are much easier to work with than durable steel ties.


Temporary Fence with green mesh and safety sign outside of The Baltimore War Memorial directs pedestrians safely around the monument. A series of geometic designed square temporary fence panels lines the finish line of the UCI 2015 race finish line in Richmond, VA installed by Hurricane Fence

Temporary Fence panels are usually 6 feet high by 10 feet wide panels made from 1 5/8" or 1 3/8" ss15 steel pipe meshed with 11 1/2 gauge fence fabric. These panels rest on stands or concrete blocks and brackets hold them together. Panel fencing is generally the more expensive of the two options, but it holds several advantages over standard temporary fence.

The first, and probably the most important advantage is its ability to be easily moved from one location to another during the course of the construction or large event schedule. Additionally, it is commonly used in locations where driving fence posts is not an easy option. Deliberate road applications such as cobblestone streets asphault or concrete foundation.


Standard temporary fencing is generally the cheaper of the two options, but the price can increase depending on the particular projects needs or temporary fence options.

For example, wind screen is commonly added to the temporary fence to keep down the spread of dust and debris. These screens also add a level of privacy to the job site. Privacy slats can be used instead of wind screening depending on the requests of the owner or project planner. Occasionally more demanding requirements will go along with the project, like the addition of barbed wire in high security areas or a request for heavier gauge fabric.

Although the codes for temporary fencing do vary depending on location and the particular projects needs, the basic temporary fence systems generally remain unchanged. It is important to keep in mind that most projects, especially those in high traffic areas, will likely have some sort of temporary fence structures in place for crowd and traffic control.

LAV Fence helps Hurricane Fence install chain link temporary fence panels the day before the sdtart of the Richmond 2015 time trials East Broad St. in Downtown Richmond, VA is set up with a variety of temporary fence solutions from local contractors.

Topics: Commercial Fence, Temporary Fence, barricades, panel fencing, event fencing, construction fencing

Temporary Fences: 3 Versatile Applications Explored

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sat, Sep 19, 2015

Temporary Fences: 3 Versatile Applications for Safety and Liability of Construction Sites and Event Management.

What used to be a Burger King at the intersection of Grace and Monroe is now a construction site for development around VCU.

Temporary Construction Fencing surrounds a new development for VCU Campus West Broad St. Richmond

It is probable and often legally required that construction sites be contained with the use of temporary construction fence. Even the smallest construction site has the potential to become a dangerous environment. That's why most building materials need to be temporarily secured for the duration of a project. 

How much fence is needed? For, how long? What kind of surface the fence will be installed through or on? And, what kind of fence material is considered necessary?

A reliable barrier between the people working on a construction site and the people passing by is a necessary implement. Many municipalities, insurance companies and general contractors require job sites and special events to be sufficiently secured.


There are a few different options for temporarily enclosing a special event or a construction site. Welded fence panels with extended legs that slide into a concrete block or onto a stand bag are commonly referred to as ‘panels & blocks’. This is a common application. These panels are ideal for installation on surfaces that you do not want to permanently or otherwise disturb. It is relatively easy to relocate this type of fence, as compared to others.
Temporary Fence Panels are stacked in semi-high piles and delievered to an event or construction site by a large truck.

Panels and blocks are also a cost effective way to secure a job site. Depending on its purpose, a drawback of using the panel and block system is that it may not be conducive to the addition of windscreen, signage or strategic ad placement.Sizes are typically as follows: 6x10, 6x12, 6x14, and 8x10 panels 

Black windscreen covers a temporary fence enclosure ouside of a suburban neighborhood Branded Windscreen of RIchmond 2015 & Hourigan Construction encloses chain link panels with sandbags in Richmond's Fulton Hill

These can be subject to blowing over in windy conditions due to the added screen weight. If this screen os the most desirable for a particular project,  it is generally installed with chain link fabric attached to driven chain link posts. The posts are driven into the ground by or hand or with a compressor.

Screening is installed using zip ties that attach the screen to the fence. This fence can also be easily removed but can disturb surrounding surfaces. Screening is used for the privacy of the site or as additional advertisement.

The materials used for this application come from fences that have been previously installed. This allows for a both cost effective and environmentally friendly fence solution. 


Wood panneling is an alternative to chainlink temporary fencing and makes it impossible to see construction on the other side.

If a more private fence or a long-term project is being built; fence can be useful. The fence will become an actual wall between the site and the public. This type of fence is hard to climb and virtually impossible to see through. The fence is installed with 4” x 4” wood posts with the plywood attached with screws or nails.

Due to regulations, fences are a necessary item for almost all construction sites. Temporary fence can be rented or purchased depending on the specific application. When deciding on what type of fence a jobsite requires, there are a few questions that always come up.

3- BIKE RACKS & BARRICADESShimano Windscreen cover the downtown barricades installed by Hurricane Fence for Richmond 2015

Though regulations require this implementation the objective, of a temporary fence installation is simply safety. Bike Racks and Barricades are the widest used boundary applications for special events where the probability of routing and re-routing thousands of people is high, and coordinated ahead of time. Check out the miles of Barricade for Richmond 2015 below.

The predictability of bike racks and barricades make them ideal for large and small events. Anywhere security calls for obvious delineation that keeps groups of people from restricted areas make these minimally efficient fence structures a go to for athletic events, music festivals and local celebratory events ala Richmond 2015, The Monument 10K Marathon, or establishing order outside The National or the Hippodrome.

Temporary fences are relatively easy to buy, rent and install. Best of all, they speak volumes without saying a word.

Topics: Commercial Fence, Temporary Fence, Regulations, barricades, temp fence, chain link, windscreen, bike racks, wire mesh

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