Determining which type of security fencing is best for you will, unsurprisingly, depend upon the purpose you need it to fulfil. Do you need something particularly impenetrable for the foreseeable future, or would something less substantial and more temporary suffice? As you would expect, typically the more heavy duty the type you choose, the higher the cost of security fencing, so it’s important to know what you actually need to avoid wasting money on unnecessary measures.
In this article, we take a look at some of the pros and cons of some of the most common types, placing them in rough order of expense (starting with the cheapest option) to help you know what to expect when it comes to security fencing prices.
This type of fencing, typically the most affordable fencing option, is best used when security is not the sole or priority reason for installing a fence. Although perhaps not as secure as palisade or other high security fencing types, closeboard wooden fencing is often easier on the eye, while still creating a solid appearance and deterrent to potential intruders. Other types of wooden fencing include acoustic fencing, knee rail fencing, and log walling.
This cost-effective security fencing not only conceals construction sites or vacant properties from prying eyes, its reinforced wooden boards, joined with wooden posts set in concrete, can withstand enormous pressure, as well as deter and protect from intruders. This fencing also protects the public from any dangers the site may pose and can be painted to match your company’s colour or to blend in with the surroundings. Although best used as a temporary option, the sturdy nature of this security fencing means it can only be removed by machinery.
Heras temporary fencing is quick to erect and dismantle, and ideal for providing crowd control at events or to deter members of the public from crossing recently landscaped ground, for example. This type of security fencing is available for hire if you only wish to use it as a one off, or to buy if you’d like to re-use it again and again.
If you’re looking to secure a building site with Heras fencing, heavy duty anti-climb Heras is recommended. If you’re looking for something sturdy and safe, but security is less at risk and you need to consider the price of security fencing, medium duty Heras fencing is a cheaper option.
Moving up the security fencing price range further, chain link fencing, fixed to metal or concrete posts, is very flexible and can be used to delineate boundaries, provide security, or even around sports pitches and courts.
Although this type of security fencing can look a little oppressive, it can be galvanised, or plastic coated in green or black, to help it blend in a little more. If you need particularly high security, barbed or razor wire can be installed at the top of the chain link fence.
Metal hoarding is best used if you intend to secure a site for a particularly long time. Although the initial cost is greater, metal hoarding is not only more permanent than its wooden counterpart, but can also be reused if necessary.
Like wooden hoarding, metal hoarding can be painted in a desired colour, and customised to provide additional security measures, such as barbed wire. It can be fitted to steel or timber posts, or supplied on demountable posts for additional flexibility.
Typically used to provide medium security, mesh panel fencing is particularly popular because of its relatively attractive appearance. Typically available in green, black and a number of other colours, this type of fencing provides an attractive perimeter fence, allowing people to see both in and out, without compromising on security. The mesh panels can be fitted to posts of various designs, and, although one of the more expensive options, the cost of this security fencing is thanks to its secure, long-lasting and visually appealing nature.
This type of security fencing, although high in price, is popular for those needing a strong barrier against thieves and vandals. Constructed from hot and cold rolled steel sections, palisade fencing is available in either a ‘D’ or a ‘W’ profile, with ‘W’ providing the highest security of the two.
The open slots of palisade fencing, plus its range of heights, finishes and colours, make palisade fencing flexible and relatively attractive. Almost impossible to climb, you can choose to make palisade fencing even more impenetrable by adding triple pointed spikes to the top of each steel vertical, or add razor wire, for example.
As has been pointed out, a number of additional security features can be added to many fence types to help make them provide high security. Typically, high security fencing comes either in the forms of high security mesh panel fencing (small apertures to prevent any potential intruders being able to climb the fence), with any chosen additional features, or ‘W’ high security palisade fencing with pointed spikes, as previously discussed.
Although high security fencing comes at a cost, it provides the most protection from potential vandals and intruders, giving complete peace of mind.
Additional security fencing costs and considerations
When choosing what type of security fencing is best for you needs, it is important to consider any additional costs generated by choosing extra security options, such as anti-climb devices like barbed wire, razor spikes or electric pulse fencing, or even by customising your fence to match your company’s brand colours, for example. These additional extras will no doubt increase the price of the security fencing you choose but will also provide that additional protection against intruders, giving you greater peace of mind.
Another important consideration is the extra cost of adding a security gate. Although you want to keep intruders out, you obviously need to be able to access the protected site yourself, as do any permitted visitors. Choose an appropriate security gate, whether that’s an automatic metal security gate or a manual mechanism such as a keypad, or even a heavy duty padlock, and weigh up the cost against the need to prevent security being compromised.
Finally, it’s vital to consider the length of time you need your security fencing for. Hiring may mean lower outlay costs at the start, and indeed is a viable option if you need to protect a site for only a short amount of time. However, if you need fencing in one place for a long time, or to reuse it in various locations, buying often works out cheaper in the long run.