Temporary fencing around your development site is more than just a pesky regulation. From meeting building standards to providing an unbeatable marketing opportunity, fencing is an integral element of your development strategy. However, now it’s time to choose between open fencing and closed fencing. But what exactly is the difference between the two? and how do you choose between them? Read on to find out more!
Open fencing most often refers to portable aluminium cyclone fences or galvanised steel fences, and is generally used in residential construction sites. It’s usually dressed up with a wrap (vinyl banner or shade cloth, for example), especially during any demolition and excavation operations. The wrap helps to limit the dispersion of dust and debris through the fence, but it can also act as a sail in high winds. If your project is taking place in windy areas, therefore, the fence may need extra bracing! And make sure to select a wrap that’s suitable for high winds. However, open fencing tends to be resistant to other weather phenomena such as rain and UV.
Solid fencing is generally referred to as hoarding. The term is used to describe timber or other self-supporting structures erected around larger development sites, as well as sites with heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Hoarding can be erected using its own supports, or attached to an overhead structure, like scaffolding for example. This type of fencing can also be dressed up with wraps, enabling developers to put this blank canvas to good marketing use. Furthermore, the wrap can protect the timber from rain, crosswinds and UV, helping your hoarding to last longer.
Wraps offer more than just practical support for your temporary fencing. The type of wrap you choose can have a significant impact on the durability, resilience, and visual aesthetic of your fencing – not to mention its legality! Across Australia, vinyl banner wraps are actually mandatory with some local governments. The Sydney City Council, for example, has made vinyl mesh wraps mandatory for all hoardings and fencings.
That’s where we come in! At Mesh Direct, we specialise in Vinyl hoarding banners to dress up your open or solid fencing, so that you can go ahead with your development in total peace of mind. Our team of expert designers and installers will help you create the perfect banner for your project, and get it up where everyone can see it. Give us a call if you have any questions!