Different types of security fences: Palisade, electric or razor wire?
There are many type of fencing available in South Africa. Many of these are for decorative purposes, while others are used to increase security. While there are virtually endless varieties available for decoration, in this article we’ll focus on a number of types of fencing that are mainly used for perimeter protection.
Advantages and disadvantages of different types of fences
|Type of Fence||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Wrought iron fence||
|Clear view fence||
|Razor wire fence||
Wrought iron fence
This fence is normally found around farm areas and animal enclosures. Although they are extremely sturdy and durable, they don’t provide much protection and are more used to keep things in rather than out. Wrought iron fences can however last for decades and can be restored via hand-scraping and painting.
Palisade fencing is very sturdy and is often used around large properties such as schools. This fence consists of vertical metal slats that are evenly spaced and often have pointed tips to make climbing over them difficult.
Clear view fence
Clear view fencing comes in many different colours and provides a great visual aesthetic as well as being virtually impossible to topple.
Vinyl fences come in a wide variety of different colours and sizes, making them very attractive for most home-owners. In terms of providing security however, they are not really effective as it is very easy to get over or even through these fences.
Normal fences only provide physical barriers to entry. Electric fences are used to add an active layer with virtually no infrastructure changes. Sensors on the wires provide intrusion alarms while the fence also acts as an extra deterrent via an electrical shock.
Razor wire fence
Like electric fencing, razor wire fencing can be added to existing walls and fences to provide an extra layer of security, or can be installed as a standalone fence. Razor wire fence is manufactured in different forms suitable for various applications.