Your dumpster may not be the first thing you would think to protect, but doing so can keep trespassers away and your business data safe. Learn about the many fencing options available and how to choose a fence that best fits your needs.
An unsecured dumpster can be breached by dumpster divers looking for valuable equipment and possibly documents or storage devices containing sensitive business information. With commercial vinyl fencing or other types of professionally installed fence, you can protect your dumpster from trespassers and your data from the wrong hands.
What Type of Fence Should You Choose?
A chain link fence will keep most trespassers away from your dumpster without compromising the aesthetic of your business grounds. The two most common types of chain link fencing are steel and vinyl coated chain link. A barbed wire fence may be a better trespassing deterrent, but may also place your employees and garbage disposal professionals at risk of injury. An ornamental iron fence provides sturdier protection, but typically costs more than your standard chain link option. For practical purposes, we will discuss the two main types of chain link fencing for dumpster protection.
Vinyl Chain Link Fence vs Steel Fence
Your standard chain link fence comes in two varieties: steel and vinyl coated chain link. Steel fencing is often the more cost-effective option and provides adequate protection for most projects. Vinyl coated chain link fencing uses galvanized steel as a base, but adds a layer of vinyl coating to improve sturdiness and resistance to weathering.
Both steel fencing and vinyl coated chain link fencing are available in various heights. Shorter fencing is typically used in residential neighborhoods and school settings to provide protection without compromising visibility. Four feet is the most common chain link fence height. Businesses and government organizations usually install taller fences for greater security. Taller chain link fences can range from six to eight feet and higher as needed. A professional fencing company can custom design the ideal fence to keep trespassers from your dumpster.
While sturdy, standard steel fencing is susceptible to corrosion. However, this problem is resolved if the steel is galvanized or coated in vinyl. A third option is aluminum which, while resistant to rust, is less durable than steel or vinyl.
Galvanized steel and vinyl chain link have similar lifespans. Both require minimal maintenance and can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years or longer. Both are also resistant to rain, snow, and heavy wind. The difference is that the vinyl coating provides an additional layer of protection against rust, has a sturdier feel, and is typically available in a variety of colors to complement the surrounding landscape. Vinyl is also resistant to chipping, fading, and peeling.
If you are looking into securing your dumpster, a wood fence is another option available. It hides everything behind it so intruders can’t tell what is behind it. It can also be painted any color, so it isn’t as much as an eye sore.
As a leader among commercial fence contractors in Little Rock, Arkansas, United Fence & Construction Co. provides professional fencing solutions to keep businesses secure. Contact us by calling (501) 725-8647 to learn how we can help you select and implement the ideal fence for your commercial needs.