The right kind of fencing for a commercial property should have a good balance between security, safety and aesthetics. So, here are the things you need to consider when choosing fencing for your commercial property.
- Local climate – Certain types of fence materials work better in some climates. Traditional wood fences are durable and can be made into virtually any kind of fence. However, they’re vulnerable to expansion and contraction due to temperature changes. Untreated wood can also be affected by extreme humidity levels. Metal fences are more suitable for climates that experience temperature extremes, but you need to make sure they’re coated for corrosion protection.
- Building codes – Commercial fences have different requirements compared to residential or farming fences. In most industrial and commercial districts, commercial properties are required to have fences made of tubular steel, masonry or wrought iron. In some areas, use of chain link fences may be limited to front and street side yards at specific locations. One of the advantages of working with a local fencing company like us is that we are up-to-date with building codes, and you can count on us to ensure code compliance.
- Purpose – A commercial property can have more than one type of fence depending on its purpose. If the fence is intended for aesthetic purposes, materials like wood, vinyl or steel are more suitable. Ornamentation can be installed as needed. Chain link fences are ideal for areas that require security as they offer no places for unauthorized personnel to hide.
- Maintenance requirements – Any part of a property exposed to the outdoors needs regular maintenance. Wrought iron and wood requires more maintenance, which means you will need to perform frequent inspections, including scraping and repainting. By contrast, aluminum and vinyl have lower maintenance requirements. None of these materials are better or worse than the other if you’re willing to put up with the maintenance needs.