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How to Choose the Best Security Fencing

Installing a security fence around your property is one of the most effective ways to deter burglars and keep your home safe. But not all fences are created equal when it comes to security. The type of fencing you choose can make a big difference.

Chainlink security fence with security gate

When selecting security fencing, there are three main factors to consider:

1. Visibility

You want a fence that provides clear visibility, not one that blocks views or creates hiding spaces. Open, see-through fencing like wire mesh or welded wire is ideal. This allows you to see any intruders while also making it harder for them to go unnoticed. Solid wood or vinyl fencing may look nice but don't offer the visibility needed for security.

In review, make sure you can clearly see through the fence. Solid fences block your view.

2. Climb Resistance

It should be difficult to climb over or scale your security fence. Look for fencing that is at least 6-8 feet tall and has few horizontal footholds. Fences with rounded or spiked tops provide an additional climbing deterrent. Materials like wrought iron or steel with close, vertical rods are hard to get a grip on.

In review, that was:

  • 6-8 ft. tall

  • Few Horizontal footholds

  • Rounded or spiked tops

3. Strength

A sturdy, durable material will hold up against attempts to cut through or push over sections of the fence. Commercial-grade aluminum, welded wire fences, and chain-link are very strong. If opting for a material like wood, use thick, solid boards that are securely installed deep into concrete footings. This prevents bypassing by going under the fence.

In review, the ideal material is commercial-grade aluminum, welded wire, and chain link.

Given these criteria, here are some of the best options for security fencing:

  • Alluminum palisade - With spear-topped, close-set vertical rods, this fence is difficult to both grip and climb.

  • Welded wire mesh - Sturdy welded wire in a grid pattern provides visibility while resisting cutting.

  • Wrought iron - Ornate but strong iron designs are attractive and climb-resistant.

  • Reinforced wood - With proper installation and thick boards, wood can also deter intruders. This type of fence should be considered thoughtfully prior to purchase because of the additional fees and maintenance required over time. If you choose reinforced wood, the pickets will need to be spaced out to meet the first requirement, visibility, for a security fence.

Always check your local regulations on fence height and materials before installing your new security fence. And be sure to lock any gates to complete the protective barrier around your property. With the right fencing choice, you can significantly improve your home security.

Talk to R&S today to discuss your security needs. As fence experts, we take a consultative approach to your security fence needs. We will partner with you and your unique situation to ensure you get the security solution right for you. Call today or fill out an online contact request here.


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