Temporary fencing is a great way to control crowds or keep people off your property or construction site. It can protect your workers and control the movement of debris. When people think of fencing, they often think of the panels that they see standing up, but there is more to temporary fence components than just those panels. Here’s a look at all the elements that make up temporary fencing.
Types of fencing components and materials
There are a variety of components needed to create a temporary fence. Some of them are necessary, and some are extra parts that can be added if you choose. Here are some of the main temporary fence components.
Temporary Fence Panels
Fence panels are certainly the most visible parts. These temporary fence panels come in different sizes, colours and styles and are made from different materials. Many of these fence panels are made from galvanised steel, aluminium or powder coated steel and iron. They either have a mesh infill or consist of vertical bars, and they have welded joints for durability.
Lighter gauge steel panels are easier to assemble, stack and store, but the heavier galvanised steel panels are more sturdy and durable.
When choosing your panel type, these panels can be mixed and matched as needed to create a fence that will give you the best results for your property needs.
The feet or bases, which are made of concrete or steel, are the component of the fence that creates stability and holds the panels up. The weight of the feet ensures the fencing stays in place.
Concrete feet are covered in a plastic coating to protect the concrete from harsh Australian conditions. The blowmoulded plastic coating— black or orange in colour — can also help them stand out in high-risk zones, such as construction sites.
Steel plate feet minimise the risk of tripping, as they are smaller and don’t stick out as concrete feet do.
This necessary fencing component holds your fence together. Each clamp has two pieces of metal that get placed around the edges of the panel frame and are pulled together using a nut and bolt. The clamps help keep your panels stable and upright and are generally placed at the top to hold two panels together. More can be added for stability as needed.
There are times when your fencing may need extra support. That’s where stays, or wind braces, come into play. They are metal bars that are added to one side of the fence for increased stability. They act as a reinforcement in high winds. Stays are not always needed but are a good idea if you will have bunting or banners attached to your fence.
Every fence needs a way in and out, and that’s where your gate components become a functional necessity. Gates can come in different sizes to match the panels, and they are made of galvanised steel to stay sturdy and strong. A gate can be of a smaller size for humans to pass through or a bigger gate size for vehicles.
Some gates will have wheels to make them easier to move. Some gates have locks in them, while others can be wrapped in a chain with a padlock. For assistance finding the right gate for your TTFS temporary fencing, get in touch with our team on 1300 841 782.
Choosing the right fencing for your needs
Different fencing may be needed for different situations, so here are some different things to consider when looking to purchase temporary fencing.
- Purpose: Why do you need the fence? Is it to keep people out? For construction? For a swimming pool fence? There are multiple reasons you may need a fence. Consider what they are so you know what to talk to the fencing contractor about.
- Duration: How long will you need the fence? Days, months, years? If you need it for a longer period of time, you may want a heavy-duty fence to withstand the conditions in Australia.
- Size of space: Consider the size of the space that needs to be fenced in. The bigger the area, the more sturdy the fencing will need to be.
- Climate: If the fence will be out in harsh elements and exposed to extreme weather, it needs to be made from materials that can withstand these elements.
Tips for installing a temporary fence quickly and easily
Installing a temporary fence doesn’t have to be difficult. With these quick tips, your fence can be up in no time at all.
- Gather the right tools: Before you get started, make sure you have all the necessary tools needed. You’ll need the fencing materials listed above, plus a shifting spanner and some brackets.
- Check your fence line and surrounding: Clear debris or materials that may be in the way of your fence before you get started so you don’t compromise safety.
- Always put safety first: Make sure you’re utilising good safety practices and get help if needed with holding panels while installing. Don’t risk your safety trying to do this alone.
- Learn how to correctly install fencing: Understand the complete step-by-step instructions involved in fence installation before you get started on your project. Know what will be involved so you can plan for the task.
Maintain your fence system to keep it in good condition
If your fence is going to be up for any length of time, it’s important to maintain your fence. Inspect it regularly to ensure that the feet haven’t become a tripping hazard and that the fence is still secure and sturdy. If you have stays attached, make sure they are still anchoring the fence, check all the clamps are still on the top of the fence and the bolts are secured tightly.
Get in touch with the team at TTFS today to purchase your temporary fencing components
TTFS has a full range of temporary fencing components that are designed for quick and easy installation. If you’re looking to install a temporary fence on your grounds, speak to one of our experts today on 1300 841 782. They can help you determine the best type of fencing for your needs!
TTFS delivers temporary fencing components across Australia. We have depots in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, so we can get supplies to you quickly. Contact us today for all your fencing needs.