Temporary fencing is an ideal solution for keeping people out during construction projects or events — but the type of fencing you need will depend on exactly what you want it for. Here are some of the more common types of temporary fences, with some information on their uses.
Chain link fence panels
This is a wire mesh type of fencing that comes in individual panels that can be connected together. They have a heavy base, usually of metal or concrete, which means they are self-supporting and will stand upright without any kind of fixing or drilling — all you need to do is stand them up and join them together. They can also be padlocked at the entry points to make your site secure. This is a cheap and easy type of fencing that can be put up quickly. However, on the downside, it does not offer any privacy for your site, and it can be easy for an intruder to cut through. If security is an issue, you may want to invest in some stronger fencing.
Hoarding fence panels
Temporary fencing can also be made of solid panels, made from either timber or galvanised steel. Timber tends to be cheaper, whereas steel is more durable and will not weaken through exposure to the elements. Galvanised steel will also not need any maintenance once it has been set in place, which is useful if your project may go on for some time. These kinds of panels are as easy to assemble as chain link, but they will offer greater privacy and security, and they are worth considering for a construction project which may be dangerous to the public.
Crowd control barriers
These are a shorter type of metal fencing panel that have metal bars and a strong metal base. They are used when you need to manage pedestrians, both indoors and outdoors — if you need to guide them along certain paths, or if you want to set up any kind of queuing system. They are easy to set up and to move around if your needs change during the course of your event or project. They will not put off a determined intruder, but are ideal for the day-to-day management of crowds.
Thinking about the purpose of your temporary fencing will guide you towards the correct type and will enable you to keep your site both safe and secure.