Commercial Fencing Terms You Should Know

You’re ready to install a fence on your property, but the contractor you’re thinking about hiring is using technical terms that you don’t understand. In cases like this, knowledge is truly power. The more you understand about commercial fencing the easier it is to choose the right product. Here we are going to explain a few fencing terms so that you’re equipped to make the best security decisions for your business.


Pickets are the solid vertical bars that extend all the way from the ground to the top of ornamental fences and others with a similar structure. They are usually made from iron or aluminum and are either screwed or welded to the rest of the fence.


Rails are the solid horizontal bars that connect to the pickets. They stabilize the pickets and hold them in place.


Fence brackets secure the rail ends to the nearest posts. They are only necessary for iron fences.


Finial tips are decorative pieces attached to the top of the pickets; they often look like the head of a spear. They aren’t essential to the fence, but they can give the barrier an attractive and recognizable appearance.


The gauge is the thickness of the materials used in the fence. Ideal gauges vary by the fence piece and the type of metal used. Aluminum posts, for example, should have a 4 inch by 4-inch gauge, while steel posts need 6 inches by 6 inches.

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We understand that few customers take the opportunity to learn even basic fencing terms, making it difficult to evaluate their options. We also understand that our customers shouldn’t have to know much about fencing in order to get the best product for their needs.

To discuss your fencing needs with experts who will talk directly to you and not over your head, call us today!