Welded and woven wire fences are two of the most cost-effective fencing options for securing your land or enclosing animals.
Welded fences are quite similar to chain-link, but is often chosen because it looks a bit less industrial. As a bonus, because the wires are physically welded together, the fence can be stronger. However, construction is key to having a good-quality fence. Here are a few things to consider when you’re buying welded wire fencing.
Who is producing the fencing?
The manufacturer should have a history of creating high-quality fencing materials. Also, it’s important to keep in mind the country of origin. As a general rule, buying domestic fencing will give you the best quality at the best price. This is because the process for making welded wire fencing is largely done by machines, which means the inexpensive labor that normally makes overseas products more competitively-priced doesn’t have quite the impact in this particular market. Add on the price of shipping, and those overseas companies are not very competitively priced for similar products made here. Often, to get their prices lower, the materials are of a lesser quality, which is not a good situation for you.
What’s the wire gauge?
The gauge of the wire will tell you the diameter of the wires used to create your fence. The lower the number, the thicker the wire will be. Normally, 12 to 16 gauge wire is used, but you may require something thicker or thinner depending on your expected use.
How is it finished?
Because steel is one of the most common metals to use in wire fences, it’s important to know that it is quite susceptible to corrosion. However, there are a variety of protective finishes applied to prevent this corrosion. Galvanized steel is protected with a thin layer of zinc, and plastic, vinyl or paint is also used. The most protective coating is a layer of vinyl over galvanized steel.
We work with fencing materials made in Australia. If you’d like to learn more about welded wire fences, or have any other question or comment regarding fencing, please feel free to leave a comment below or contact us today!