5 Tips For Climb-Proof Commercial Fencing

A secure fence is a must for many commercial properties. If you are looking for options for a fence that is difficult to climb over, then the following tips can help guide your fencing decisions.

1. Clear Trees and Brush

Trees and tall brush along the proposed fence line can provide an easy way to climb over even the most secure of fence designs. Clearing the fence line before installation will both remove these climbing hazards and ensure there are few obstacles in the way of quick fence construction. After the fence is in place, any remaining trees can be trimmed back sufficiently so that they no longer pose a climbing risk.

2. Choose Anti-Climb Materials

Preventing climbing begins with your material selection. Chainlink fences are popular for commercial properties, but provide handy footholds. You can negate some of the climbability by choosing a rubber coated chainlink or installing privacy slats in the chain. Smooth solid fencing, like vinyl and wood picket panels, are more difficult to climb as long as the crossbar supports are on the inside of the fence. 

3. Install Threshold Curbing

On some terrain it can be easy to scuff out the dirt under the fence to crawl under. Although human intruders will sometimes attempt this, it is also an issue with unwanted wildlife intruders. Adding a concrete threshold along the fence line prevents both humans and animals from attempting to dig underneath the fence. It also looks nice and prevents weeds from growing along the fence line.

4. Add Top Barriers

You can further discourage vaulting over the top of a fence with additional barriers. If security is more important than appearance, then razor or barbwire fence toppers are a good option to consider. If you prefer a more aesthetically appealing alternative, roll bars or a topper panel that angles outward can make climbing over the top of the fence nearly impossible.  

5. Fill Bottom Gaps

Installing a fence on a rolling slope can result in gaps along the bottom, depending on the installation style, so make sure you discuss this possibility with your installer ahead of time. The best way to avoid gaps is to choose a fencing style that can follow the slope, such as a chainlink fence. Panel style fences, like vinyl, will have a gap as they stair step along the slope. If gaps are an issue, your installer can install custom fit bottom panels to fill them in. 

Contact a commercial fence contractor for more help when it comes to designing a climb-proof fence.