Selecting Commercial Fencing
You have a lot of choices when you consider materials for a commercial fence. As you decide on a fence, remember such factors as aesthetics, maintenance, security and ease or difficulty when installing the fence.
Commercial fencing comes in a number of materials, such as vinyl, wood, aluminum and steel. They all have their good and bad points, and some of these depend on your application. We believe a commercial aluminum fence is often the best option.
Wood is an attractive fencing material, and it can have great longevity. However, it is heavy and can be difficult to install yourself. In addition, the fence requires a finish at the time of installation, and you’ll probably have to reapply it every three to five years. Weather can affect the fence over time, and you may have to perform repairs that include replacing boards. Damp weather can leave you with mildew and mold on a wood fence.
While we’re speaking of wood, keep in mind that if you use wood posts with any type of fence, they will have to be pressure-treated if they go into the ground. If you don’t do this, you will soon have a sagging fence.
Vinyl fences have great longevity and can essentially last forever. Vinyl does suffer from impacts, and if this occurs, you may have to replace the affected parts of the fence. Mold and dirt can be an issue with vinyl, so you’ll need to wash the fence from time to time. Soap and water often suffice for this, but you may need to use something more aggressive, such as baking soda or vinegar. Vinyl fences are also subject to stains, which can be tough to eradicate.
If you want permanence, you won’t do better than stone. However, although a stone fence can literally last for millennia, you’ll pay for that upfront with a tough installation process. Stone can be costly, especially when you add in the installation cost. You’ll also need to maintain a stone fence. While it may not need maintenance often, it is going to take some hard work when it does. Stone fences should be examined each spring for mortar issues and loose stones.
Metal fences hold up well. Steel and wrought iron are prone to rust. These fences are difficult to install due to their weight. Aluminum’s light weight makes it easy to maneuver when you’re installing your fence. Our commercial aluminum fence panels are designed for ease of installation. Panels are easily trimmed to complete runs.
Security is often important in commercial applications. Wood fences can be somewhat secure, depending on the fence’s height. However, wood fences aren’t that hard to climb. Vinyl fencing is not really known for its security features. Stone fences are not usually high enough to deter intruders. Wrought iron also tends not to deter climbers. Chain-link fences can form a secure barrier, but it may come at the price of an unsightly tangle of barbed wire across the top.
Commercial aluminum fencing offers effective security, especially if it’s tall enough. Climbers may not find footholds, and you can add features to enhance the fence’s security. We offer an optional security mesh that comes factory-welded on to your fence or gate(s).