The science of security fencing


Creating a successful security fencing solution is a surprisingly scientific process. As you are undoubtedly aware, the fencing has to be strong and stable. It also has to be resistant to wear-and-tear caused by continuous use, harsh weather and the passage of time. However, you may not realise that one needs a firm grasp of several important scientific concepts to develop fencing solutions that fulfil these requirements. In today’s blog, we’ll look at the concepts used to create security fencing and measure its success.

1. Tensile strength

In essence, tensile strength is a measure of how well a material can resist pressure. Steel has a very high tensile strength. Of course, different types of steel have slightly different strengths, but most sturdy, well-made steels have a tensile strength that exceeds 60000psi. This means they can cope with over 60000lbs of pressure per square inch. Many permanent security fencing solutions utilise steel which has been formed into a wire mesh. The flexible wire mesh structure provides additional shock absorption while the tensile strength of the steel resists the basic pressure applied by a would-be intruder.

2. Stability

The stability of a fencing panel is just as important as its strength. It doesn’t matter if a fence is made from steel that can resist 60000lbs of pressure without breaking if each panel falls over instead. Permanent fencing solutions achieve stability by using buried supports or foundations. Fencing panels connected to underground supports won’t topple over easily because the ground itself holds them in position. Temporary fencing solutions have hefty bases that move each panel’s centre of gravity closer to the ground. It’s harder to knock something down if its centre of gravity is closer to ground level.

3. Non-reactivity

Security fencing solutions are constantly bombarded by sun, wind, rain and the pollutants in the atmosphere. That’s why it’s essential to make them from non-reactive materials. Non-reactive materials don’t readily interact with other elements at the molecular level. As a result, they aren’t weakened by chemicals in rainwater, toxins in the atmosphere, or direct sunlight’s bleaching effect. Steel is an example of a non-reactive material, particularly compared to iron (the metal from which it is derived), which rusts when exposed to moisture.

Here at Zaun, we truly understand the science of creating top-quality security fencing solutions. We use non-reactive materials with high-tensile strengths and even protect them from the elements using powder-coating. We also endeavour to provide maximum stability when we install fencing panels. If you need a security solution to protect your site or premises, choose your provider scientifically. Choose 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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