Galvanisation, security fencing and you

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Wire mesh perimeter fencing is much more secure than other types of fencing. Its flexible structure allows it to absorb shocks, which means that it is hard for would-be intruders to force their way through. It is also difficult for prospective intruders to cut their way through this type of fencing because many different cross-sections of steel wire have to be severed to create a gap large enough for a person to fit through. However, not all wire mesh fencing panels are equally secure. The most secure fencing options go through a process that greatly increases their efficacy. This process is called hot-dip galvanisation, and we’ll discuss why it’s important for your security fencing in today’s blog entry.

1. Galvanised Security Fencing – What is galvanisation?

Mesh fences are usually made from a latticework of steel wires. Steel is a strong and highly stable material. However, it is susceptible to certain types of damage and may eventually break or fail if it isn’t properly treated. Hot-dip galvanisation involves dipping steel structures in molten zinc, which is kept at a temperature of roughly 460 degrees centigrade. The zinc adheres to the surface of the steel structure and reacts with the steel, creating a resilient layer of mixed zinc and steel molecules. The process is repeated several times to create several protective shells. The outermost shell is pure zinc.

2. What are the advantages of galvanisation?

Steel is much more rust-resistant than iron, but it eventually corrodes if exposed to the elements. Galvanisation can protect from corrosion for between 50 and 75 years. Security fencing panels are exposed to rain, humidity and other corrosive forces every day, so galvanisation can drastically extend their lifespans. What’s more, galvanisation makes steel mesh fences tougher and more resistant to direct physical damage. This is because the zinc flows into and fills the hollow spaces in the steel structure, eliminating points of structural weakness.

3. Is galvanisation the most cost-efficient option?

Galvanisation is clearly essential for creating sturdy, long-term fencing solutions. But is it the most cost-efficient option? It is possible to make fences from corrosion-resistant stainless steel. The material has comparable strength and longevity to galvanised steel but manufacturing it is dramatically more expensive. As a result, galvanising is the most cost-effective option available.

Here at Zaun, we pride ourselves on the quality of our security fencing solutions. We are happy to provide galvanisation for all our clients to ensure that their security fences are long-lasting and physically durable. So please don’t settle for a security fence that hasn’t been adequately fortified and protected from the elements: choose one of our thoroughly galvanised options instead. Looking for Galvanised Security Fencing? Contact Zaun today!

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  It manufactures to ISO 9001 standards. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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