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Metal Fence Installation

Skills and Equipment for Mounting a Metal Fence

The installation of metal fences is a responsible job that requires certain skills from the installers who perform it, as well as the availability of special tools and equipment. Without knowing exactly how a fence of one type or another should be installed, it is impossible to make a high-quality installation of a fence, and without the necessary equipment, even professional installers will find it rather difficult to complete the entire range of installation work. Depending on the type of fence and the terrain on which it is to be installed, very different equipment and devices can be used to install a metal fence - from hand tools to drilling and earthmoving machines.

Types of Metal Fences and Features of Their Installation

Profiled Fence

A metal fence made of profiled sheet is a lightweight, durable and opaque fence, the cost of which is low. Installing a fence from a profiled sheet is not particularly difficult - first, fence posts are installed, horizontal beams are attached to them for attaching panels, and panels from a profiled sheet are fixed to them. To install the fence, square-section metal poles are used, closed from above with plugs to prevent precipitation from entering the pole. The method of installing the pillars of such a fence depends on the type of its foundation.

Welded Mesh Fence

A welded mesh metal fence can be installed on any type of poles; you can even use the poles left over from the old fence. Welded mesh, supplied in rolls, is attached to the poles in any convenient way. The fastening of the pillars depends on the type and presence of the foundation of the fence.

Welded Panel Fence

Welded panel metal fence is one of the most modern, durable and beautiful fences. Installation of a fence made of welded panels consists in installing rectangular metal poles, the installation method of which depends on the type of fence foundation, and fixing welded panels on them. Welded fence panels are made in various heights and standard lengths, so it is easy to install a fence of any required height with their help, using poles of various heights. You can install two or more fence panels on top of each other, getting a fence of any height. Installation of fence panels is carried out using special clamps that provide quick installation, strong connection and the inability to remove the fence panels without a special tool. For the installation of the fence, rectangular posts with plastic plugs are used to prevent the ingress and accumulation of precipitation inside the post.

Chain-Link Fence

A chain-link metal fence, like a welded mesh fence, can be installed using any type of poles, even those left after the old fence was dismantled. But the best option would be to use poles made from a pipe of the required diameter. The most durable construction of a chain-link fence is fences, the installation of which uses not only poles, but also horizontal pipes on top and bottom of the chain-link mesh web. Another option for a durable and effective chain-link fence is a fence using a specially designed mesh with spikes at the edges formed by twisted and cut at an angle wire. To enhance the strength of such a fence, after a certain distance, additional inclined elements are installed to support the posts, and the mesh itself is reinforced with several rows of wire stretched along the fence.

Foundation of a Metal Fence

Solid Strip Foundation

Metal fence posts can be installed in several ways. The most expensive, but high-quality method is to install a fence using a strip foundation. This method of mounting the fence ensures its high strength and long service life, in addition, the strip foundation serves as an excellent protection against undermining. When installing a fence on a strip foundation, the poles are usually attached to it using a flange connection, but the option of embedding in a strip foundation is also possible.

Embedding in a Concrete Base

A durable, but less expensive option for mounting a metal fence is to embed the posts in concrete. In this case, it is not a continuous trench for the foundation that is dug, but recesses for individual pillars, where the pillars are placed and poured with concrete. In this case, high strength of the fence structure is ensured, but if it is necessary to protect against undermining, it is necessary to use additional fence panels or other devices that are deepened into the ground along its entire length. It is absolutely impossible to partially deepen the fence panels to protect against undermining.

Screw Piles

Another way to ensure quick installation and secure fixing of the fence is to use screw piles. This is the fastest and most reliable way to quickly install a fence without the use of earthmoving equipment. The use of screw piles allows you to mount fences in almost any area, even hard-to-reach terrain, and the strength of such a fence is quite enough for its long-term operation.

Additional Protection

To enhance the protective properties of the fence, several types of engineering perimeter protection can be used. This can be ordinary barbed wire installed over the fence, as well as its more modern version in the form of a flat barrier, concertina wire, or a razor wire spiral made of Egoza razor wire. To reinforce the fence itself, a Piranha razor mesh, also made of modern Egoza razor wire, can be installed on it.