Perimeter fencing solutions vs architecturally-integrated solution


If you need to protect a building or structure from intruders permanently, you have two key options. First, you can choose to use security fencing to set up a perimeter around the building. This perimeter is separate from the building itself and effectively provides your entire premises with a defensive outer shell. Alternatively, you can integrate wire mesh fencing or cladding seamlessly into your building’s architecture. But which option is right for you? Should you set up a secure perimeter or simply integrate your security directly into your building? Each solution has its own advantages and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose carefully.

The main advantage of setting up a distinct, separate perimeter around your building is that it is incredibly versatile. Once you have established your perimeter, you can add security measures and adjust the ones you already have at will. For example, you may decide to add fence toppers to prevent determined intruders from climbing over, or you may choose to add hostile vehicle mitigation technology to prevent vehicular intrusion. The flexibility of perimeter-based security fencing solutions makes them ideal if you need to protect a high-profile building or area and are unsure of the level of threat you are likely to face.

However, perimeter-based solutions aren’t very space-efficient, as you need to position your security fencing around your building at a slight distance. What’s more, they can sometimes appear slightly foreboding (though this depends on the type of fencing you choose to use). Consequently, they are not ideal if you don’t have much space to work with or if you need to protect a public building.

In contrast, integrating wire mesh fencing or cladding into your building’s architecture is highly space-efficient and stylish. Because the cladding can perfectly blend your building’s existing architectural aesthetic, it won’t make the structure look imposing or uninviting. While architecturally integrated solutions are less versatile than perimeter-based solutions, they are perfect for buildings that need to be accessed by the public and buildings which need to be secure yet welcoming.

Whichever type of solution you choose, you’re certain to find what you need in our range of security fencing options here at Zaun.

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. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. 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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