What Is Wire Fencing?
A typical wire fencing has a framework, a mesh, gates, and fittings. The weight of these components and protective coatings used vary in different forms of fencing and can also change from one manufacturer to other. The most widely used wire fencing has a coating of zinc and polyester. People sometimes prefer lightweight fencing for their low costs.
Components of Decorative Wire Fencing
Selecting a wire mesh is based on evaluation of the following three factors: the gauge number, the distance between two vertical wires and the protective coating used. The gauge number specifies the amount of steel present in the wire.
Smaller value of gauge number is better as it indicate higher quantity of steel in the wire. Usually, wires with gauge numbers 4 and 6 are used for a decorative concertina. The distance between two vertical wires in a mesh should also be as less as possible. Smaller distance indicates more steel used.
A distance of 4 inches is considered suitable for wire meshes. Zinc is the common protective coating used for a wire mesh. If the zinc coated wire is cut, it creates an oxidized layer over the cut that prevents rust from affecting the wire. An additional coating of polyester protects the wires from corrosion and goes well with the garden.
As far as rails are concerned, usually roll-formed rails with gauge number 16 are used. The often overlooked parts of a fencing are fittings used like nuts, bolts, brackets and other mechanical components in the gate. These should also be galvanized with zinc and polyester. The pintle used in hinges must be round in shape to prevent the gate from sagging.