Knowing the difference between a high-quality security fence and a poor one is vital if you want to keep your business safe. As the head of a business or organisation, you can’t afford to invest in a low-quality perimeter fencing solution. So we’ve created a list of differences that you can look for when choosing your fencing solution and supplier to assist you. If you pay attention to the discrepancies between great fences and bad fences, you’ll never invest in a low-quality product by mistake.
1. Weighting or foundations
Security fencing can be held in place using either one of two methods. The bottom of each panel can be weighted to keep it upright, or the panels can be dug into the ground to form permanent foundations. Both methods are viable. However, lower-quality fencing options will have either relatively light weights or shallow foundations. Higher-quality fences will utilise heavy weights or deep foundations so that they can’t be toppled. Compare your options to find a fence that is properly weighted or utilises suitable foundations.
As we’ve mentioned before, cheaper security fences are often made out of aluminium. Aluminium fencing is adequate for businesses with minimal security requirements. However, its tensile strength rarely exceeds 690 megapascals (MPa), even when it is alloyed with other materials. In contrast, high-quality fencing is usually made from steel. This is because carbon steel has a tensile strength of over 840MPa, and other types of steel have tensile strengths of over 100MPa. Fences made from steel are therefore much sturdier and harder to damage or breakthrough.
Truly high-quality fencing solutions use hot-dip galvanisation for improved strength and longevity. Galvanisation adds a layer of zinc to a steel fence’s wires. It also fills the hollow spaces in the fence with zinc. This prevents the steel from rusting and also makes the material more resilient. Poorer-quality fences may not have been galvanised, but higher-quality ones should be.
Here at Zaun, we aim to provide galvanised steel security fencing solutions with appropriate weights and foundations. So before you buy a security fence, make sure it meets the high standards that we can offer.