If you’re working in the building or construction industry, it’s likely that you will need to use temporary site fencing for most of your jobs, for both security and safety reasons.
The options for temporary construction site fencing are broad and the best option will vary depending on your requirements, but read on for everything you need to know about construction site fencing including:
- Types of Construction Site Fencing
- What are the Benefits of Buying Construction Site Fencing?
- Construction Site Fencing Requirements
- What to Consider When Choosing Temporary Fencing for Your Construction Site
- TTFS’ Temporary Construction Fencing
Types of Construction Site Fencing
Construction site fencing comes in a number of different forms and materials. For this reason, we have broken up the most popular types of fencing and outlined their properties below.
Timber hoarding consists of wooden boards that are reinforced and set in concrete. They are designed to protect construction sites from trespassers and keep the site and people around it safe.
Galvanised steel temporary fencing will typically have steel mesh like inserts or for more privacy, a banner mesh/cloth can be used. This type of temporary construction fencing is strong and durable for all weather conditions.
Read more about timber hoarding vs. galvanised steel fencing here.
Crowd control barriers
Crowd control barriers are typically used to keep foot traffic out of the construction site and to guide traffic. Being shorter in height, crowd control barriers aren’t sufficient in keeping trespassers out of your construction site.
Benefits of Buying Temporary Construction Site Fencing
There are many benefits to buying your temporary construction fence rather than hiring it, including:
It Will Pay for Itself
Temporary fencing is durable, tough and strong – it is designed to be used repeatedly. If you find yourself with a continued stream of construction work, buying the temporary fencing will pay itself off after a couple of jobs. Plus, you won’t have the hassle of having to extend the hire period if the project runs overtime.
You’ll Avoid Hidden Hire Fees
While hiring temporary site fencing looks cheaper than buying, if you look closer you will often find hidden fees in your hire contract that means you can end up paying more than you initially expected.
This includes costly fees for damaged or missing site fencing – some companies may charge up to four times the actual cost to replace damaged fencing, so you are better off replacing your own fencing!
Buying Safety & Peace of Mind
Owning your own temporary construction site fencing means you don’t need to worry about varying safety or quality assurance between different hire companies.
Having your own site fencing also means you can maintain it on a regular basis, rather than risking hire fences, clamps and stays that are damaged from overuse.
Convenience When You Need It
Having your own selection of temporary fencing means you won’t need to rely on a hire company stocking what you need, when you need it.
You will also save on delivery and set up fees, and it will be there whenever one of your projects requires it, helping you to save time and money.
To read more about buying vs. hiring temporary fencing click here.
Construction Site Fencing Requirements
When looking for temporary fencing for your construction site it’s important you take into consideration the fencing requirements put in place by your local code of practice.
Some of the obvious requirements include:
- The fence must be of appropriate height to prevent site hazards from harming traffic of pedestrians
- Be difficult to climb to present trespassers
- Gates or entry/exit ways need to be approved by your state authority
- The gates should not project beyond the site when opened
- If barriers may be a hazard to traffic or pedestrians, these hazards need to be clearly marked
For more information on the requirements for construction site fencing, head to your states OHS and licensee governing website.
What to Consider When Choosing Temporary Fencing for Your Construction Site
When choosing temporary fencing for your construction site you should consider the type of work being done as well as the legal implications involved with temporary fencing and construction sites.
When you are looking at buying your own temporary fencing, make sure it’s a product that complies with occupational health and safety Australian standards, particularly AS4687 Temporary Fencing and Hoardings.
As there are many different types of temporary fencing that can be used on construction sites, it’s best to get in touch with one of our friendly team members before purchasing. We will be able to guide you on your temporary fencing purchase and answer all your questions.
TTFS’ Temporary Construction Fencing
When it comes to buying your own temporary fencing, it’s important to find a store that offers good quality at reasonable prices.
TTFS is made up of a network of depots and warehouses across Australia – there’s stock on hand in every state and territory, so you’ll be able to inspect the product yourself before purchasing.
Short timeframes aren’t an issue either – we can dispatch from any of our warehouses within 24 hours and offer same-day collections from our offices as well.
TTFS offers quality products that are designed for use in Australia’s harshest climates and are closely inspected for quality, health and safety.
Our own in-house manufacturing facility means we’re able to keep our prices reasonable without compromising on quality, so you can feel assured of the product you’re committing to.
Your projects and the temporary fencing needs that come with them won’t always be the same, but our range of temporary fence panel styles and types will suit whatever industry you’re in.
We can provide fencing suitable for residential building, commercial building, construction or demolition, so we are confident we’ll have something to meet your requirements.
We can also provide expert advice for whatever your temporary fencing needs may be – don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure!
Our friendly sales team is always ready to help, so give TTFS a call or send us an enquiry to find out how we can meet your needs.