Security fences are important for many different types of properties. Whether you’re a business with a high likelihood of attempted theft like a pharmacy, a business with valuable equipment on site like an auto shop, or an institution that needs to keep people in like a detention center, your security fence will need to be tall to be effective. But how high does it need to be?
What Is Being Kept Out (Or In)?
Your first consideration is likely to be how the fence is being used. If the fence is meant to restrict access by adult people, the fence needs to be higher and have more anti-climb measures than it would for dogs. Likewise, if your goal is also to ensure privacy and prevent prying eyes, your fencing needs will be different than if you need to prevent vehicle attacks. Finally, if you also are concerned about an aesthetic component, keep in mind that the environment can impact that as well (by rusting chain link, for instance).
Are There Anti-Climb Options?
The first option to consider in general is the material of the fencing, but this also contributes to security fences being anti-climb. You don’t want a fence that falls down if someone tries to climb it – it has to be secure. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, and steel are your best options. Chain-link can be made with smaller holes to be harder to climb, or fitted with slats to prevent climbing (and provide privacy). From there, fence toppers like razor wire also make security fences more anti-climb, but could lead to liability issues in some cases. Finally, there are also ornamental options that can make your security fence both anti-climb and aesthetically pleasing.
Are There Industry Requirements?
There are actually DOD standards for how high your fence should be based on material, which can be a good place to start, even if you’re not bound by the requirements. With chain link, the DOD recommends a minimum height of six feet, but notes that an additional foot or two only offers a few more seconds of protection, which is likely not worth it. Vinyl fencing should be a minimum of seven feet. Keep in mind that the height of the fence can vary over time based on soil changes and even weather (a deep snow pack for instance could decrease the effective height of a fence).
Contact Hercules GSA Today!
Whether you need a commercial or a high-security fence, Hercules Fence GSA can do the job for you. We have been providing professional, quality service since 1955 and work to uphold our reputation every day. We have locations across the Maryland and Washington Metropolitan area and are ready to cater to your fencing needs. Give us a call at (410)-799-1555 or contact us online. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for more updates.