A fence for either a commercial property or a residence is usually a big investment, so you may need to take the time to shop and compare your different options before you decide on a style and material of fence for your home or business. When you do shop for new fencing, note a few terms you might encounter so you know the best choice for your needs.

Barbed wire versus razor wire

Barbed wire fencing usually refers to a standard hurricane or chain link fence, with a roll of twisted wire with sharp barbs at the top. This is, of course, used as a deterrent from someone climbing the fence. The barbed wire might also be twisted and threaded through the fence itself for even more security.

Razor wire is a bit more secure, as this refers to sharp barbs, like small razors, that are part of the fence material itself and not just strung along the top. While razor wire can keep intruders off the fence, it can also be damaging to wildlife that may rub up against the fence, and it may face more restrictions as to its use in some areas.

Farm fencing and chicken wire

Farm fencing usually involves large rails that are set horizontally, and which do nothing more than mark off boundaries and keep livestock inside the fence. This type of fencing is very decorative for a residential home if you want something rustic and rural; however, don't confuse it with chicken wire, which has a very small mesh meant to keep in baby chickens who would otherwise slide easily through other mesh fencing. Also, chicken wire is usually very thin and lightweight, as chickens themselves don't put much pressure on this type of fencing. If you're shopping for a rural-style fence, be sure you know the difference and the limitations offered by both styles and materials.

Commercial chain link

A chain link fence will come in a wide variety of thicknesses and materials, no matter its application. However, commercial chain link usually means a smaller mesh, as this will cut off some of the view and offer privacy for your facility. A thicker chain link itself will also be much tougher to cut with bolt cutters, something that is often more of a risk for a commercial property than a residential property. Look at the gauge of the chain link and note that the higher the gauge, the thinner the fencing material, so choose a low gauge for a thick metal that is tough to cut.

For more information, contact a fence company like Diamond Fence (Aust) Pty Ltd.