Choosing the Right Fence

Fences mark boundaries and increase security and privacy for a piece of property or area of land. Whether they’re used for commercial or residential projects, fencing systems need to be versatile and durable. There are also other points to consider when browsing the numerous types of fences. In this guide, we’ll help you choose the right fence for your residential, professional or public project.

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  • How to choose the right fence for your architectural project?

    When you’re choosing a fence for your project, consider where the fence will be installed and for what purpose. Understanding the purpose of the fence will help you identify the type of fence best suited for the situation. There are many types of fences and, depending on the project category, certain requirements might need to be met. Here are the key criteria to take into account:

    • Application and purpose
    • Type
    • Installation
    • Material
  • How will the fence application and purpose affect my choice?

    OOBAMBOO Playground Fence

    OOBAMBOO Playground Fence

    The answer to the question of application and purpose will direct you in your search for the right fence. Is the fence being installed as a decorative property marker, to keep out intruders or to maintain privacy? Examples of applications include residential, commercial and government projects such as homes, offices and public spaces.

    Residential fences can include the entrance to housing and apartment blocks as well as a partition between neighboring gardens and terraces. Consider the level of safety in the local area. Garden and terrasse fences might be sufficient for areas considered safe. Choose an opaque fence if more privacy is required.

    Professional or commercial fences include security for office buildings, schools and public buildings. The height and type chosen might vary according to the level of security required by local regulations and and the purpose of the fence. If the fence needs to keep the property private and secure, high-level paneled fences are a good solution. If all-around visibility is important, a mesh or palisade fence could be a better option.

    When browsing fences for public spaces or green spaces, think about how the height and level of openness can affect security and visibility. For example, playgrounds might need fencing low enough so that children can be seen but high enough that they cannot easily climb over. The distance between bars or other elements also needs to be small enough to stop children from climbing through or getting stuck. Sports fences for certain sports need to be high in order to keep equipment within the area and ensure spectator safety.

    Security is extremely important when selecting industrial fences. For places such as factories, laboratories, warehouses, airports and delivery sites, fences might need to be topped with barbed wire or monitored with security cameras and alarms to deter intruders. Construction site fences are temporary fences for construction sites and roadworks. They’re employed to keep intruders out and pedestrians safe. Agricultural fences need to keep animals in, discourage intruders and mark the boundaries of large properties.

  • What type of fence should I choose?

    BPLAN - Fence with Panels

    BPLAN – Fence with Panels

    Numerous types of fences exist for the above-mentioned applications. Here is some information about the different types of fences to keep in mind when making your choice.

    Fences with panels can be decorative or functional and are used where privacy is required. Decorative paneled fences are popular for residential and garden enclosures. Corrugated metal panels might also be used on building sites where privacy is important.

    Bar fences, also known as palisade fences (or picket fences if in wood), consist of vertical bars held together by (usually two) horizontal bars. They can be low-level or high-level with flat ends, rounded ends or topped with fence spikes. Sometimes the vertical bars might be closer together to prevent intruders from climbing through. Make sure the bar spacing is appropriate for the application. For bar fences used on children’s playgrounds, make sure the distance between the bars and the design comply with local safety regulations.

    Wire mesh fences can be either welded, twisted (i.g. chain-link) or knotted together. Welded wire mesh fences are generally the most sturdy and rigid. Twisted wire fences such as chain-link are less expensive and often used for delimiting large areas or high fences that require a high level of visibility such as sports pitches. Knotted fences are often used in agriculture for separating fields or for animal enclosures.

    Metal grid fences have gratings that are more rigid and stronger than wire mesh fences and more difficult to cut, so they tend to last longer and provide a higher level of security.

    Expanded metal fences are generally more rigid and resistant to cutting than standard wire mesh fences and are more difficult to climb than palisade fences. They can also limit visibility and are more durable than other open metal fences so they might be better suited for infrastructure and buildings that require a high level of security such as prisons, airports, factories and power plants.

  • What fence installation options are available?

    Think about how the fence is designed to be installed. Check the manufacturer’s installation guide and specifications in case of doubt. Movable fences can be mounted on supports such as heavy base like concrete. Some fences may be designed for soft ground and secured using pickets or posts. For more permanent installations, it might be necessary to bolt the fence to the ground or set the fence posts into a concrete base for better stability and longevity.

  • What fence material options are available?

    FOREST AVENUE - Wooden Fence

    FOREST AVENUE – Wooden Fence

    A number of different material options are available for fences. Wood is a great choice for parks and green spaces. It also gives commercial or residential perimeters a more natural look. PVC and composite are often chosen as low-maintenance alternatives to wooden panels and picket fences. Metal—from wire mesh to expanded and perforated metal to bars—is used in a variety of different situations as detailed in the above-mentioned section on types of fences. Concrete is often used for supporting posts and bases due to its high strength, weight and weather resistance.

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