Choosing the right fence can go a long way in protecting your property from intruders. But just how high should a security fence be and what material should it be made of to deter climbers?
Not all fences are equal when it comes to building security. If a fence is too low, intruders can hop or climb over it. If a fence isn’t strong enough or isn’t properly maintained, intruders can break through. Learn how to select the proper specifications for an anti-climb fence and maximize your property’s security.
Choose the Right Fence Height
The United States Department of Defense recommends a height of at least six feet for chain link fences and at least seven feet for vinyl fences. Older buildings may have had fencing installed before these current standards were implemented, so it is important to check. In addition, you should be aware of new and upcoming standards that may require you to install new fencing.
Choose Strong Fencing Materials
Strong fence materials include chain link, steel, vinyl, and aluminum. In addition to meeting the recommended fence height, you can add toppings to bolster your fence’s security and further deter intruders. Effective anti-climb components include spikes, barbed wire, and concertina coils. Installing any of these components will necessitate that you display clear warning signs to protect your business from personal injury lawsuits. You should also consult a lawyer to make sure that these toppings are legal in your city and state.
Maintain and Replace Your Fencing as Needed
Regular inspection and testing will help you identify issues with your fencing early on. Iron or steel fencing is typically the most durable and rust-resistant. However, you should still inspect it, especially if your location is prone to rain, high humidity, or freezing temperatures. Large amounts of precipitation and wind can also alter the soil and compromise the stability of your fence. Other types of fencing, such as aluminum and vinyl, require more frequent inspection and maintenance. If you notice rust, breakage, brittleness, or instability in your fence, it is time to replace it.
Test Your Security Gates
Password-protected security gates are often used in conjunction with or in place of standard fencing. It is crucial to test these gates regularly to ensure it opens and closes at the proper speed and in response to the proper passcode or remote device. You should also test the motion sensors to ensure the gate can recognize objects and stop before colliding into them. Lastly, you should make sure that the gate is wired properly to prevent electric shocks and the risk of fire. Testing these components will not only help prevent intruders from getting in, but protect residents and guests from getting hurt or incurring damage to their vehicle.
Installing the right fencing and gates and maintaining them regularly is key to keeping intruders out. To learn more about fencing and security gates for apartments and other buildings, contact United Fence & Construction Co. at (877) 870-7981.