High Tensile versus Low Carbon Wire

The most efficient way to build a fence is to build it right the first time. With proper installation and by matching the breaking strength needed for your fence application, you can save time and money.

High Tensile Wire versus Low Carbon Wire

Wire fencing products are manufactured using either high tensile wire or low carbon wire. Low carbon wire is made from steel rod with a carbon content of approximately 0.10%. This type of wire is easy to work with and fairly forgiving however it is prone to elongation (stretching and sagging) producing a fence strength lower compared to high tensile wire. 

High tensile wire is made with higher carbon content at approximately 0.28%. The increased carbon content significantly increases the wire's strength and reduces elongation minimizing the need for future tensioning and repair. This allows you to use a smaller diameter high tensile wire replacing the thicker low carbon wires. 

High tensile wire can be installed using fewer posts than low carbon fences. Once properly installed, high tensile wire remains tight for years and requires very little maintenance. Low carbon wire begins to stretch and sag over time requiring regular maintenance. The video below showcases the differences in breaking strength between high tensile wire and low carbon wire. Bekaert offers three strengths for a variety of livestock and exclusion applications outlined below.

Professional Strength Wire

Professional strength (our Gaucho® and Solidlock® branded wire) is designed for the professional fence installer, farmer or rancher, and features the industry's most robust breaking strength at up to 1385 lbs. Made of a high tensile material, professional strength fences are 30-60% stronger than standard fencing.

High Strength Wire

High strength (our Gaucho® and Solidlock® branded wire) fencing gives value by providing a high tensile wire with low maintenance needs with a non-sag long-lasting construction that extends beyond the typical low carbon standard option. High strength fencing supports breaking strengths of up to 950 lbs.

Low Carbon Wire

Standard strength ( our Classic brand) low carbon fencing is economical, easy to work with and forgiving to install, making it perfect for traditionalists, hobbyists, temporary fencing needs, or low breaking strength applications. Standard strength fencing can be prone to sagging and stretch, however, and only supports breaking strength of up to 1030 lbs.

Breaking Strength Charts 

Bekaert Woven Wire breaking strength chart
Bekaert Barbed Wire breaking strength chart

For further assistance with determining the correct fence strength for your project, please contact us.

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