5 Measures To Compare Fencing Products In Australia

Now that you've decided to invest in a fence, you undoubtedly want to make sure you're getting a quality product. Like anything, fencing products in Australia run the gamut in terms of quality. Unfortunately, price alone isn't a safe indicator of quality because manufacturers have no qualms about jacking up the prices, even on low-quality products. 

The best way to find top-quality fencing products in Australia is to know what to look for and compare certain characteristics across brands or manufacturers. To help you make an informed fencing choice, we're going to look at a few common fencing comparison measures that you can use to determine the quality between different products.

5 Fencing Comparison Measures

  • Gauge (Ga.) Numbers. The gauge or diameter of the wire in a chain-link fence tells you how much steel is in the wire. Ironically, smaller gauge numbers indicate more steel, which equates to higher quality and stronger components. In general, it's ok to use higher gauge steel in residential fencing applications than for commercial applications. 
  • Mesh Size. Mesh size is a measurement of how far apart the parallel wires are in a chain link fence (i.e. how big the diamond is from size to side). This also tells you how much steel is used in the product. Again, the smaller the mesh size, the more steel is used, the stronger the fence. Smaller mesh sizes are generally better for high security commercial applications because they prevent climbing and cutting. Larger meshes are more commonly used in residential applications.
  • Fasteners. Fences that connect rails to posts using external fasteners are generally less stable than those that have channels to attach the rails to the posts. Both the posts and rails are generally thicker when channels are involved, which naturally makes them stronger and more durable.
  • Steel Weight. Unsurprisingly, the steel weight (wt.) has a direct impact on how strong a fence is. Steel posts or rails that have a higher weight contain more steel and are thus, stronger and likely to last longer than less heavy pieces. 
  • Pipe Wall Thickness. Again, the thickness of the steel or aluminium piping impacts the strength of the product. Thicker pipes are stronger, less likely to dent or bend, and more durable overall. 

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Keep in mind that different products provide different strength characteristics. Steel and iron will always make stronger fences than aluminium and that's ok. A decorative residential fence doesn't need to meet the same type of safety and strength requirements as a commercial security fence. Our best advice is to figure out what you need and then make sure you're looking at comparable products when researching fencing products in Australia. 

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