Commonly Required Construction Fencing Elements

Fences are great for providing privacy, security, and containment in an area, especially construction sites. When it comes to choosing a fence from among the various options available, it can be confusing if the buyer or renter does not have enough knowledge about its types, uses, and requirements.

Construction fences are mostly either component fences that are also sometimes called stick-built fences, or pre-assembled panel fences. While component fences are assembled from individual pieces, for example, boards and rails, and take longer to set up along the contours of the landscape; pre-assembled panel fences can be easier to assemble, but may not be very adjustable. So, depending upon the area landscape, there may be different types of construction fences applicable to the particular construction site. However, it also depends upon the level of security required and the type of activity taking place on a specific site.

Mainly, the following fencing components are required at a construction site, in varied shapes and sizes, depending upon the landscape or usage:

Fence Panels

Popularly used to create a temporary blockade while some work is in progress, fencing panels are a good option for all short to medium term projects. The fence panels are generally low in weight, which allows for a system that is easy to carry and deploy, wherever required. Specifically for construction sites, these come in an anti-climb variety, which means that there are no footholds or accessible areas where it might be easy for an intruder to climb into the site.

Renting construction fences is a cost effective method of dealing with intruders and trespassers at a construction site. The fully galvanized panel variety is the most suitable for light security, but for a slightly more robust solution, heavy duty variations of the anti-climb fencing panels are also available.

Access Gates

Of course, while the purpose of security fencing is to keep unwanted visitors out, it is also required to make access to the site easy, for those working within the perimeter of the construction site. These temporary fencing gates come in a wide range of sizes that also allow vehicles and pedestrians to pass through, wherever necessary.

These gates often use the same kind of anti-climb galvanized steel structure as the standard mesh construction fence options, along with a secure locking mechanism which makes use of the site members’ own bolts, for simple site safety.

Construction Hoarding

One of the main differences between the normal fencing panels and construction hoarding is the visual obstruction provided by the hoarding. This doesn’t allow passersby to sneak a view of the inside of the site, which eliminates many threats associated with opportunistic crime, where a casual thief might see something of value inside the site through the mesh fencing panels.

Steel hoardings are also the most robust of all options for construction fencing. These are modular panels that can be used in a number of situations. The galvanized steel panel variants in hoarding are often more cost effective than tailor-made timber hoarding and are also lightweight, facilitating easy installation.

Additional Fencing Elements

Rail supports for fence panels or pickets for vinyl, wood, and chain-link fencing are also popularly used. Moreover, posts are put to use, to provide stability to the fence and fence rails or wire mesh. Plus, terminal posts function as starting and stopping points at sites.