Busting the myths about perimeter fencing


If you haven’t been responsible for a business or organisation’s security before, you may not know as much as you’d like to about perimeter fencing. It’s one of the most vital aspects of any security system, but it’s also one of the most misunderstood. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about security fencing. In today’s blog, we’ll help you understand the facts about fencing by looking at three of the most common myths and dispelling them.

1. Perimeter fencing is only viable on flat sites

Security fencing looks pretty inflexible. As a result, it’s easy to think that it can’t be deployed on sites and premises with uneven topographies. After all, it’s hard to imagine a straight, rigid fence bending to follow the slope of a hill or the curve of the landscape. However, perimeter fencing can be deployed in any terrain. Mesh fencing is more flexible than it looks, which allows it to fit into slightly uneven topographies. What’s more, bespoke fencing solutions can be created to protect sites in truly unconventional terrain. Fencing panels can be custom designed and manufactured to fit into almost any space or around any landscape feature.

2. All security fencing is equally tough

All security fencing looks resilient. In reality, however, some types of fencing are much harder than others. For example, many fences are made from aluminium. Still, these can only cope with relatively small quantities of force, which means that they might not be able to stop determined intruders. This is because aluminium has a tensile strength of approximately 42,000 psi. These fences may be suitable for small businesses that don’t need to deal with sustained attacks. In contrast, tougher fences are made from galvanised steel wires, which has a tensile strength that usually exceeds 65,000 psi. These fences are suitable for high-security areas. Furthermore, mesh fences are better at absorbing force than chain-link fences because they have a structure that combines resilience with flexibility.

3. Fencing is hard to maintain

Perimeter fencing indeed needs to be maintained, but the process isn’t as difficult as you might imagine. While it’s necessary to repair any damage that a fencing panel sustains, you won’t have to worry about wear and tear in most circumstances. This is because the galvanisation process prevents corrosion for 50 -75 years. You can read about this process in our blog post. In addition, high-quality security fences are usually galvanised, which means that owners don’t have to fight a constant battle against corrosion.

There are a lot of myths about security fencing out there. However, if you choose a trustworthy security provider with perimeter fencing experience, you won’t be caught out by them. Here at Zaun, we aim to provide bespoke security solutions that utilise galvanised mesh fencing panels. As a result, we can offer resilience, flexibility and longevity.

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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