The Chesapeake Region is no stranger to sudden severe changes in weather: from hurricane-force winds to driving sleet to blizzards as well as intense pop-up thunderstorms and blazing summer heat. The type of commercial fencing you chose for your property is paramount to the security and safety of your perimeter and inventory. So then, what is the best commercial fencing for severe weather? Here is some information about how the most popular types fare when put to the test.
Wood is a common choice for many reasons, namely because it is inexpensive. When it comes to extreme weather, though, wood may not be the best option. High winds can easily knock the panels and posts down. Excessive heat and sun can scorch and dry out the lumber, causing it to become brittle and crack. Use this material in commercial situations where security may not be a primary concern. It works great to create a sense of privacy and creates an informal, comfortable setting. The irony here is that while it is not the best for severe weather, it is inexpensive and easy to replace if damaged.
You may have heard that vinyl is final, but how strong is it? Stronger than wood fencing, today’s vinyl can withstand excessive temperatures and impacts. The materials are manufactured to expand and contract during temperature changes. Constructed of PVC, which is considered self-extinguishing, it has a flash point of 900 degrees. It has real lasting power plus is easy to maintain. High winds, however, may cause the panels to fall over, but vinyl has proven itself over and again. This fencing has many commercial uses, and many favored it for its aesthetic qualities. Be aware, though, that it is a bit costly.
Chain link is usually the most inexpensive of commercial fencing choices. The design allows for wind and rain to pass through it, lessening the instances of storm damage. Choose the aluminum link and alloy latches which prevent rusting. Want added insurance? Upgrade with powder coating. This will add to the aesthetics while offering the best protection against erosion due extreme weather.
High-quality aluminum fencing may be the best choice if the weather is a concern. The open design creates minimal wind resistance. Aluminum that is coated with a multi-layer finish resists chipping, flaking, and fading under the sun. The fence is impervious to cold and snow and will not rust or corrode due to salt and other chemicals used to melt ice and snow. The fencing is even resistant to the salty air in coastal regions.
Still Have Questions?
Wondering what could be the best commercial fencing for severe weather? Contact Atlantic Fence with all your concerns. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the best fence within your budget to offer the optimum safety and security for your business.