Tips On Understand The Different Types Of Wire Mesh Fencing Materials

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If you raise any type of livestock, you will often have unique fencing needs. When you are trying to fence in animals such as goats, sheep, rabbits, horses and more you will need mesh fencing to keep your animals safely contained on your property. Since there are a number of different mesh fencing types, it can be helpful to understand the differences in how the wire used in the fence is processed because that affects their durability and cost.

Galvanized Wire

Most types of mesh fencing are made using steel wire. While steel wire can be a good option for a fence, the uncoated wire can be damaged due to rust and corrosion. Because of this, the wire is often coated with a non-corrosive substance, like zinc. This is done through a process called galvanizing.

Wire Galvanized Before Welding

Galvanizing the wire used in the construction of a fence can be very helpful in limiting the amount of damage the wire can suffer from the elements. However, in order to create the mesh effect, the wires are generally welded together. If the welding is done after the galvanization process, the zinc coating can be burnt from the metal. If this happens, spots where the wires cross will be vulnerable to issues of rust and corrosion. While fences made in this way are generally less expensive, they often will need to be replaced much sooner than fences made with other materials.

Wire Mesh Galvanized After Welding

To avoid the issues caused by the zinc coating being burnt from the wire, many fence products are galvanized after the wire mesh has already been welded together. By doing this, the intersection where the wires cross can be coated with zinc, sealing the area. When the area is sealed, it can help to eliminate the majority of issues caused by corrosion or rust. This type of fencing material can be more expensive, but it will generally last a much longer time.

Wire Fence Materials Coated with a Vinyl Coating

Another option is to use fence material with a vinyl or PVC coating applied to the wire after it's been welded. This type of fence can endure moisture and remain structurally sound. It may be more costly to install, but you will generally not need to replace this type of fence for many years. In addition, these types of coatings are available in colors such as green or black. This can be a great option because the fence will be less likely to stand out while still keeping your animals safely in their yard.

Choosing the right fencing material for your property can often be a confusing process. However, by understanding how the differences in these processes will impact both the durability of your fence and your cost, you may find it easier to make a choice. For more information, contact companies like American Secured Fence.

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