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School Fencing - Categories

It is very important to understand that despite there being hundreds of types of fence available on the market, each with their own variations; these generally fall into one of three categories. Although there a few exceptions, that can with a slight change in the way they are manufactured achieve the benefits of those from different fence category.

Understanding the general characteristics of the three fence categories will help establish which type of fence is best suited to your budget, site condition, and intended Use.

Category

Post and panel – Fences of this type, comprise of rectangular rigid panels of infill material fixed between standard intermediate posts. This category of fence is well suited to level ground or walls but needs to have longer posts and Step on sloping ground, therefore potentially reducing security and increasing costs.
Fence types include:-

  • Welded mesh

  • Railings

  • Garden Panel

Post and panel type fences are ideally suited to level ground or walls and can be used on sloping ground; however costs will rise sharply as the slopes increases, due to the need for longer posts, or for posts set at closer centres. Security can be compromised by triangular gaps left between the sloping ground and stepping panels.

Post and Rail –fences of this type, comprise or standard intermediate posts linked together by 2, 3 or more rails. The rails are then left unclad or are clad with various pales and meshes until the desired level of security or privacy is achieved. This category of fence is well suited to undulating or sloping ground as the fence will follow the general profile of the ground, maintaining security without increasing costs
Fence types include:-

  • Steel Palisade Fencing

  • Hit and Miss Fencing

  • Raked railings

  • Close boarded Fencing

  • Post and rail Fencing

  • Self Raking Railings

Fences that comprise of a Post and Rail Type construction are best suited for sloping or undulating ground as these allow the fence to follow the profile of the ground without the need for expensive straining posts and without the need to step the infill therefore and reducing the potential for gaps beneath the fence.

Strained Wire –fences of this type, comprise of long lengths of light welded mesh, chain link fabric or stock netting, which that rolled out and, strained  and clipped to line wires all pulled tight between straining posts. Intermediate posts are provided at regular intervals but are set to the height and gradients of the line wires, which generally run in a straight line and constant gradient between straining posts and therefore will NOT follow the detailed profile of the ground. This category of fence is ideal for long, straight fence lines at continuous gradients as it uses the cheapest forms of infill materials and intermediate posts, however the labour and materials needed for the straining posts is comparatively expensive.
Fence types include:-

  • Chain Link Fencing

  • Weldmesh Fencing

  • Stock Fencing

Strained WireType fences represent “Best Value” for money due to the use of low cost materials and larger post centres, with most of the cost being in the end straining/corner posts. However fence runs need to be long and straight and gradients need to be consistent to achieve the best value for money.For shorter fence runs that contain several changes in direction, or changes in gradient, it may be prudent to use a post and Rail Type fence, as expensive straining posts are not required and only small alterations to  standard posts are required to achieve a change in direction or gradient.