Choose the right type of fencing based on your purpose and goals.
A well-built fencing plays an important role in defining an area and protecting your property from intruders as well as providing an extra level of security and privacy that a gate may not be able to offer. Whether it’s a residential, commercial or industrial property, a fence is a smart investment.
A growing number of fences use wire as the core material. Wire makes excellent fencing because of its physical properties, including tensile strength, ductility, and three-point bending. Wire can be stretched across vast tracks of land and moulded into any required shape.
Aluminium vs Steel Wire Fencing
Not all metals and alloys make good wire. Aluminium and steel are the most common wire fencing materials with their own set of strengths, which is why they are most commonly fitted by local Toronto, NSW fencing company, Chainwire Fencing Specialist. Aluminium fences are low-maintenance and easy to relocate. They do not rot, develop mould, or need special care. However, aluminium wires tend to be less durable than steel.
Although it costs more than aluminium, steel wire may be worth the investment, especially for harsh weather conditions. This is because steel has oxidised chromium on its surface, making it incredibly strong and durable.
Most wires are coated in some way, to resist rust and corrosion. During hot-dip galvanising, for example, steel wire is coated at high temperatures with a layer of zinc. Wire fencing can also include a green or black PVC coating for extra protection for galvanised wire.
The level of protection of the wire from the elements depends on the thickness of the galvanising, which is categorised as Class I, Class II, and Class III, where Class I has the thinnest coating and shortest life expectancy.
For example, a nine-gage wire with Class I coating may show signs of rusting in eight to ten years. A similar-sized wire with Class III coating will show signs of ageing in 15-20 years.
Types of Wire Fencing
Aluminium and steel wire are fashioned into different types of fencing, such as:
1. Chainwire Fencing
A Chainwire or chain link fence is one of the widely used fence types in Australia. It is made from galvanised steel wire, formed into an open-weave mesh. The wires are bent into a zig-zag pattern to form a diamond shape.
Chainwire fences are highly durable and low maintenance. Since the steel is galvanised, it takes a long time for rust to set in. In addition, the fencing configuration allows the weather to pass through the fence, limiting damage.
Chainwire fencing can also be customised to be used for:
- Internal partitions
- Perimeter fences for schools
- Perimeter fences for farms, animal enclosures
- Sports ground fencing
- Perimeter fences for public parks
- Storage cages
- Temporary fences for construction sites.
On the flipside, Chainwire fencing does not offer much in terms of privacy. Since it is see-through, chain wire fencing may not be the best option for owners seeking absolute privacy. In that case, a modular wall or precast concrete fencing would be more advantageous.
2. Barbed Wire Fencing
A barbed wire consists of two longitudinal wires twisted together in a cable, with the wire coil around a cable at regular intervals. Barbed wires are useful in agriculture, residential, industrial, sports, and leisure settings.
Barbed wire fencing from Chainwire Fencing Specialist, in Toronto, NSW, is a viable option for those prioritising security and protection. The threatening appearance alone can discourage trespassing. The brazen few who attempt to climb over can get caught in the sharp barbs and sustain deep injuries.
Moreover, barbed wire is virtually impossible to cut without special tools. So, there’s no way up or through the fence without alerting the property owner. In some cases, barbed wire is attached on top of a Chainwire fence, for added protection.
3. Electric Fencing
If constructed and electrified properly, an electric fence can be safe and effective. An electric fence consists of insulated horizontal wire, attached to insulated vertical stakes, through which electric current passes, to keep trespassers out and protect everything within.
Electric fences are typically used in farms for grazing livestock. The voltage is not dangerous, but just enough to train animals to stay away.
Despite the technology involved, electric fencing costs relatively less than barbed wire fencing on average. The structure requires less material to construct and less time to install. It can also extend the life of an ageing fence. The equipment required to construct an electric fence, includes:
- Ground rods
- Corner strainers (can be plastic or porcelain)
Electric fencing can be moved quite easily, so property owners can take down the structure and put it up just as quickly. This versatility makes it useful for farm owners who may be looking to temporarily or permanently expand grazing options for their cattle.
4. Field Fence
A field fence features heavy (12-guage) wires and crimped joints. Field fencing is typically used to contain bigger livestock like hogs and cattle, and it comes in several varieties:
- Hinge-joint knot fence
- Fixed-knot fence
- Woven field fence.
Your Wire Fencing Specialist in Newcastle, Central Coast and Hunter Valley
Fencing keeps precious assets safe and unwanted elements out. A good fence can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years depending on the construction material and quality. The first step is to work with a trusted contractor that can determine the most appropriate type of fencing solution.
For high-quality Newcastle fencing, look no further than Chainwire Fencing Specialists. We are a premier team of fence fabricators and installers with more than 15 years of experience. From backyard fences to industrial fencing, we ensure to deliver top-notch service and workmanship to businesses in NSW area. Contact us by clicking here for a free estimate today, or by calling us on 02 4023 5416. Alternatively, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss some fencing options to find out which ones best suit your needs.