Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

All your Fencing Questions Answered

Our expert staff are fencing fanatics! We’re passionate about fencing, and our first priority is making sure your fencing project is successful and that you’re satisfied with the complete Bekaert fencing experience.

To help you tap into the knowledge of our team of fencing professionals, we’ve developed an information library of frequently asked questions to help your fence project succeed.

Woven wire is available in a variety of heights and configurations. All Bekaert fence products feature a fence design number such as 1047-6 or 2096-12. Understanding the components of the design number helps you better understand the product specifications of the fence design.

Let’s take 1047-6, 12.5 ga, 330’, Class 3 for example:

  • 10 = number of line wires
  • 47 = height of fence in line wires
  • 6 = stay wire (horizontal) spacing in inches
  • 12.5 ga = diameter or gauge of the wire
  • 330’ = length of the fence roll
  • Class 3 = galvanization coating of the wire

 

One knot does not function the same as another. That’s why we offer a variety of knots. Whether you need to keep livestock in, keep other predators out or are looking for something based on aesthetics, you’ll get just the right fit for your project.

  • Barbed Wire : made of two strands of wire, tightly twisted with sharp barbs placed at regular intervals throughout the line. 
  • Fixed Knot :  provides superior strength, this knot utilizes a third wire that is formed around the cross over points of the horizontal line and the one-piece vertical stay wires for added strength.
  • Hinge Joint : known for flexibility, this knot is formed by wrapping the vertical stay wire around the line wire at each intersection.
  • S Knot : best for safety, this knot uses a separate piece of wire to tie the crossover points of the line and stay wire. 

Yes! Bekaert offers limited guarantees on our coatings for most fence products: Class 3, Bezinal® and Bezinal® + UV Paint.

  • 40 year Limited Guarantee on Bezinal® UV Paint: This is our premier hybrid coating, combining the strength of our proprietary Bezinal® zinc-aluminum blend coating with the power of a UV-resistant painted top coat.
  • 30 year Limited Guarantee on Bezinal®: Bezinal® coating is a Bekaert original – a proprietary hybrid zinc-aluminum blended coating that outperforms traditional galvanized Class 1 coatings by at least 3 to 1 for equal coating weights.
  • 20 year Limited Guarantee on Class 3: Class 3 coating is a traditional galvanized coating applied at a coating weight three times greater than the industry standard Class 1 coating.

Contact us today to register your coating guaranteed fence today.

 

Working with our superior wire, the Gripple Medium joiner product installed on each line wire serves not only as a joiner but as a tensioner as well. Bekaert pre-installs Gripple Medium joiners on select Solidlock® Fixed Knot and Gaucho® Field Fence products. Check with your local dealer or contact us for verification on specific products. 

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), which produces a lower breaking strength than 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. Watch a Fence Pro alumni demonstrate the breaking strengths between both types of wire: Breaking Wire: High Tensile wire vs low carbon wire!

Fence coatings are extremely important. They’re all that stands between your fence and the world, and unless you want a rusty fence with a short life span, they are a necessity.

  • Bezinal®+ UV Paint coating (black or green): Our most durable offering, Bezinal®+ UV coating is guaranteed for at least 40 years and is proven to outperform traditional galvanized coating by at least 4 to 1 for equal coating weights. Bezinal®+ UV meets or exceeds all industry standards set by ASTM for A 856 treated metal fencing.
  • Bezinal® coating: Bezinal® coating is a Bekaert original – a proprietary hybrid zinc-aluminum blended coating that outperforms traditional galvanized Class 1 coatings by at least 3 to 1 for equal coating weights. Products with the Bezinal® coating, and are guaranteed for at least 30 years.
  • Class 3 coating: Class 3 coating is a traditional galvanized coating applied at a coating weight three times greater than the industry standard Class 1 coating. Products with Class 3 coating are guaranteed for at least 20 years and they meet or exceed the ASTM A 121, A 116 and A 641 standards for treated metal fencing.
  • Class 1 and commercial coating: Class 1 and commercial grade galvanized (zinc –coated) fencing offers basic protection for traditional fencing. Industry standards for Class 1 require .28 oz/ft2 for 12.5 gauge wire, while there are no minimum standards for basic commercial grade wire. These coatings last between five and ten years in optimal conditions and are no match for the quality and value of a Bezinal®+ UV, Bezinal®, or Class 3 coating on a Bekaert fence.

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