Security Fencing for Commercial Properties

Chain link commercial gate

Security is of utmost importance to property owners around the country and with rising crime in so many areas, it’s no wonder. From cameras and keyless card entry to security fencing and guards, keeping out unexpected visitors and ensuring employee, patron, and product safety is serious business. 

However, when it comes to security fencing, there are several different choices and each has its own features and benefits. Whether you need to replace an old security fence or are moving into a new location, you should know the differences so you can get the best fit for your specific needs. 

To assist with your research, we put together this guide on the different types of security fencing you can choose from. So, before you make that final decision, take a couple of minutes to read what we’ve put together. 

Difference Between Security Fences and Regular Fences 

It’s important to understand how security fences differ from regular fences. First off, where regular fences are generally used for decor or design integrity, security fences bring more durability and strength primarily for protection purposes. With that, security fences can also carry additional features like the option to install barbed wire or security cameras detecting movement. Most security fences are also considerably taller than regular fences.  

What Type of Buildings Can Benefit From Security Fences? 

Various commercial properties can benefit from security fences. Some examples include: 

Popular Security Fencing Options 

In short, there are nine top security fence choices for commercial properties: 

  • Barbed wire  
  • Razor fencing 
  • Steel fencing 
  • Aluminum fencing 
  • Vinyl Fencing 
  • Chain link 
  • Composite Fencing 
  • Privacy wood fencing 
  • Security gate/entry fence 

Barbed Wire / Razor Fencing 

Chain link commercial

Everyone is familiar with this option generally reserved for highly restricted locations like industrial facilities with toxic materials or high-value equipment. With razor-sharp barbs that are virtually guaranteed to cause injury, it’s not recommended for most commercial properties. However, if you need serious protection and are worried about a break-in, this may be the best option. 

Steel Fencing 

commercial steel fence

This type of security fencing is high-strength and generally provides better security than aluminum or wood options. Steel security fences can come in various designs and heights with different types of finishes to match your business’s aesthetic. They can also be easily customized to fit unique needs, such as adding gates or barbed wire for added security. 

Aluminum Fencing 

Aluminum fence around courthouse

While aluminum may not offer the same level of strength and protection as steel fencing, it’s still a popular choice for commercial properties due to its affordability and low maintenance requirements. It can also be designed to mimic the look of more expensive wrought iron fencing, making it a great choice for businesses looking for an elegant and classic appearance. 

Vinyl Fencing 

Louvered Vinyl Fence

Like aluminum, vinyl fencing is affordable and low-maintenance. It’s resistant to rust, corrosion, shrinking, rot, and fading, making it a long-lasting choice for commercial properties in any climate. Vinyl fencing’s maintenance mostly consists of occasional washing and with its versatility, you can use it in a variety of ways. 

Chain Link 

Savannah chain link commercial gate

Chain link fencing is a classic and affordable style commonly seen around homes and commercial properties. Unlike the other options, chain link fences alone are not considered the best security fence because of their lack of strength, ability to climb, and complete visibility. However, adding barbed/razor wire along the top of the fence adds extra security and dissuades intruders from climbing over. 

Despite this, chain link fencing is commonly seen around schools and construction sites for creating barriers and a basic level of security. Some of the required maintenance includes applying yearly rust protection and securing connectors to posts if they loosen. 

Composite Fencing 

Brown Composite Fence
Brown Composite Fence with landscape

Made from a combination of materials, such as wood fibers, recycled plastic, and resin, composite security fencing offers the look and feel of wood fencing without the same level of required maintenance. Of course, its height is a great impediment to trespassing. Additionally, this type of security fencing is also highly durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions. 

Privacy Fencing 

Privacy fence around ac units

This is a favored option for property owners who want to create an enclosed and non-visible area around the premises. Typically taller than most other security fence options, privacy fences provide more security and flexibility. They can be designed with features such as lattices or slats to further enhance the level of visibility from the outside. The type of fencing material needed would depend on location, climate, and size. For commercial properties, vinyl fences are low maintenance, weather and pest-resistant making it one of the most popular choices.

Security Gate/Entry Fence 

Aluminum entrance gate commercial

In addition to a perimeter security fence, many choose to install a security gate or entry fence for added protection. These can come in various sizes and designs, from simple swing gates to more complex automated options with keyless access controls. 

Additional Considerations for Security Fencing 

While the types of security fencing mentioned above are among the most popular options, other factors should also be taken into consideration when choosing a fence for your property. 

Permits, Legal Requirements, & Property Lines 

Before you can start the actual process of installing a security fence, you have to know your property boundaries as per the city/state. You may need to obtain permits or other legal documents before construction begins. Luckily, this is a process we can help with. 

Height and Strength 

The taller the fence, the more difficult it is for intruders to climb over. However, local regulations may define minimum or maximum height limits for fencing in your area. For example, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends that playground fences be at least 4 feet tall. As for strength, some materials, such as steel and composite, offer superior strength compared to wood or aluminum. 

Additional Features 

Many security fences also offer additional features that include but are not limited to, easy installation of security cameras, movement sensors, and barbed wires. If you want to have more control over incoming personnel, enhancing your fence can help. You can also consult with us to get personalized recommendations catering to your needs.

Visibility and Aesthetics 

Some commercial properties prefer a highly visible security fence as it acts as a deterrent to potential intruders. Others may want their security fence to completely block out any visibility so people cannot see through it. At the same time, some people prioritize aesthetics and opt for a fence that blends in with the surrounding landscape or matches their property design.  

Maintenance and Longevity 

Different materials require varying levels of maintenance, so it’s important to consider this when choosing a security fence. Additionally, some materials are more durable and long-lasting than others, which can affect your overall cost. 


While some materials may be more expensive upfront, they may offer long-term cost savings due to their durability and low maintenance requirements. It’s important to weigh the initial costs against potential long-term expenses. 


When it comes to the security of your commercial property, there are several choices. Your decision will depend greatly on what your security needs are. Do you need a tall, steel fence topped with razor wire or will a simple aluminum fence suit your needs? 

If pricing is an important factor for you, you should start by looking at chain link or vinyl security fencing. If you need assistance, or would just like more information on the options discussed above, contact us and we’ll be happy to help. 

First Fence of Georgia is an employee-owned company and we know that quality relationships are just as important as a quality security fence. Our four-step process is designed to foster that relationship to help ensure that you get the best experience possible. Let us help you secure what matters most to you. 

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