What is High Tensile Wire?

High Tensile = Big $avings!  

One thing that everyone can agree on is that the most efficient way to build a fence is to build it right the first time. 

High Tensile Tester

A great fence costs more than simply the price of a roll of wire. All materials (wire, posts and accessories) as well as the cost of labor must be accounted for. Bekaert fencing products will begin saving you money on materials and labor the day you install them... and every day afterwards.

We recommend using high tensile steel products of a smaller gauge than you may be accustomed to with standard low carbon steel products. The result of this change will not only be a fence wire that is as strong or stronger than standard low carbon fence wire but a fence wire that is also lighter and contains less steel. Less steel will save you money, and less weight will save you time and effort during installation. Because high tensile fence is lighter, it requires fewer posts spaced at greater distances, again saving you money.

Unlike low carbon wire fencing, high tensile wire fencing requires little or no maintenance as it will not sag or stretch like low carbon wire. Our Class 3, Bekaert ZA and ZA + Paint coatings will increase the life of your fence over conventional coatings. The longer your fence lasts, the more money you save.

High Tensile Difference

Longer Lasting and Low Maintenance

Agricultural fencing consists of low carbon wire or high tensile wire.  Low carbon wire is made from steel rod with carbon content of approximately 0.06-0.08%. This type of wire is easy to work with and somewhat forgiving.  However, it is prone to elongation (stretching and sagging) and the strength is low when compared to high tensile wire.

High tensile wire is made with higher carbon steel. The carbon content of this product is approximately 0.28%.  This increased carbon content significantly increases the wire's strength and reduces elongation.  This allows you to use a smaller diameter high tensile wire to replace a thicker carbon wire. Once properly installed, high tensile fences remain tight for years and require very little maintenance. Check out our video on the difference between high tensile and low carbon wire.

Watch our installation video on 'How to Install High Tensile Wire'.
Brace specifications are different when installing high tensile fencing.  Check out
our Brace Specifications guide for high tensile fences. 

You can build a longer lasting, low maintenance fence for nearly half the price of a conventional low carbon fence.  

  High Tensile Chart

* Breaking Load of typical fence wire according to ASTM Standards
** Breaking Load: Load in lbs. which causes physical breakdown
of a wire tensile during a strength test.


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