How to tell a great security fence from a poor one

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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.

2. Material

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.

3. Galvanisation

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.

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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