For modern day industries, the need for proper fencing solutions has never been greater; in the face of stringent legal requirements and increasingly varied services and operations, deciding which options are correct for you has become a daunting challenge.

This guide is here to help get you started by framing the decision-making process and connecting you to some valuable resources.

Step 1: Assess Your Primary Needs

Do you need to prevent or restrict access?

The type of fencing required for this is “perimeter fencing.”

Some common options used by industries include:

Chain-link fences

Pros:low cost, fast assembly, moderate durability
Cons:low security, poor aesthetics
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Wood fences

Pros:low cost, moderate assembly time, moderate aesthetic
Cons:low security, poor durability

Wrought Iron fences

Pros: high aesthetic, very secure, very high durability
Cons: high cost, slow assembly

Do you need to provide safety for employees or others?

You should consider a baluster or safety railing instead of a conventional fence. Railings provide the safety you need without needlessly obstructing vision or taking up space.Learn More

Step 2: Assess Your Long-term Needs

Are your individual fencing requirements ever going to change? Does your solution need to be permanent or should it only be temporary?The standard choice for temporary fencing are chain-linked fences that are free standing and self-supported; these are economic, quick to assemble and can be easily relocated.
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For permanent solutions, consider investing in fencing that is more durable, secure and visually appealing.

Step 3: Assess Your Security Needs

Do you want to further discourage access?
Consider these additional security options:

Barbed wire

In the livestock industry, barbed wire fences have proven effective toward discouraging access by animals. But while they do generally deter human trespassers, they may fail to prevent access of those who are more determined.
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Razor wire

Used most often by prisons and mental institutions, razor wire has proven extremely effective at preventing access of human trespassers. Unlike barbed wire, the design of razor wire makes it very difficult and time-consuming to dismantle or circumvent; the injuries it can inflict are substantially greater as well.As you might imagine, the implementation of razor wire is met with various legal concerns and is even illegal in some regions. And as you can see by the photo, it is also quite intimidating to look at; this is generally desirable for trespassers, but may be a concern for public perception of your company. These are both important considerations to make.

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Electrical fencing

An electric fence is a barrier that uses electric shocks to deter animals or people from crossing a boundary. The voltage of the shock may have effects ranging from discomfort to death. Most electric fences are used today for agricultural fencing and other forms of animal control, although it is frequently used to enhance the security of sensitive areas, such as military installations, prisons, and other security sensitive places; places exist where lethal voltages are used. Be sure to consider the legal issues and unwanted side-effects before choosing an electrical fencing option.Learn More

Do you need enhanced access control?

A consequence of perimeter fencing and access prevention is often that even people who have permission to enter are inconvenienced. Consider these additional access control options to allow the right people easy access without compromising the integrity of your security:




Photoelectric sensor (Photo eyes)

A photoelectric sensor, or photo eye, is an equipment used to discover the distance, absence, or presence of an object by using a light transmitter, often infrared, and a photoelectric receiver. They are largely used in industrial manufacturing. There are three different useful types: opposed (through beam), retro-reflective, and proximity-sensing (diffused).Learn more

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