When the time comes to choose a fence for your business, you may think you’re prepared for the decision because you’ve gotten a residential fence for your home. There is actually a vast difference between choosing a home fence and a commercial fence. For starters, the needs of your business may dictate that you need a high security fence for your commercial property. But what is a high security fence, and how is it different than any other commercial fence?
High security fences do more than simply mark off property lines. They are designed to keep people out, and height is one of the primary ways they do it. Most security fencing will be at least six feet high, with many high security fences being closer to eight or even ten feet. Individual institutions may even require taller fencing, with prison fencing often reaching fourteen-foot heights. The height of the fence makes it imposing and helps dissuade people from trying to climb it.
Another way that residential fences are different than high security fences is their physical structure. Since residential fences need to withstand different things (like bad weather rather than a ramming vehicle), they can be less durable. They are still great at what they do, but the weaker materials mean that they cost less to produce and install, making them a better fit for the average homeowner. High security fencing should not be made of lightweight materials. Don’t hesitate to ask if the product you’re considering is industrial or commercial rated. If you choose lightweight materials to save money up front, you may lose money in the long run on repairs and security breaches.
A high security fence should also be impact resistant, meaning that someone can’t ram it with a vehicle and break it down. This is often achieved by increasing the size of concrete footers, decreasing the space between posts, and using higher durability materials (heavy-duty concrete and heavy-duty steel posts). There are also specialized fences that are crash-rated to slow a determined intruder.
Additional Security Measures
Finally, high security fencing often has additional security measures on the top and the bottom. The tops usually feature anti-climb measures like razor wire or barbed wire. These measures ensure that even if someone can climb your very tall fence, they probably won’t get over the top. The other common way to access the perimeter of your property is to go under the fence. Security measures at the bottom of a fence could include measures that prevent digging under it into the ground, or a sturdy bottom bar that sits against the impervious surface.
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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.