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Top 4 Fence Buying Tips

Q. There are a lot of fencing products available. How do I know which one to buy for my needs?

A. Steven Sarson, one of #TheFencePros here at Bekaert and our technical fencing expert, shared this advice with American Cattlemen magazine subscribers on the four things livestock producers should consider when buying a fence. 

1. Fence Fit

Get it right the first time. There are a lot of variables when purchasing a fence: animal type, terrain, location, and stocking density. Each combination will lead you to different configurations and products so it’s important to take the time to identify your specific requirements. Find out more of the right questions to ask and things to consider in our knowledge library.

2. Fence Strength

Bigger isn’t always better. Although smaller in diameter, lighter high-tensile fencing products actually exceed the breaking strength of heavier, larger diameter low carbon fencing products. Find out more in our high tensile versus low carbon comparison.

3. Fence Longevity

Rusty fence — no thanks! Use Class 3 or Bezinal® coated wire to guarantee your fence will last up to 30 years. And don’t forget — your accessory materials are just as important and should also be galvanized. Compare options and choose the perfect coating.

4. Fence Value

Get the best bang for your buck. High tensile fences are stronger, longer-lasting, require less posts, install faster and easier, virtually eliminate maintenance, and cost less per foot than standard low carbon fence. All this leads to a lower total cost of ownership, saving you dollars in the long run.

4 Fence Tips

There are a lot of fencing products available. How do I know which one to buy for my needs?

Coatings

I’ve seen coating information during my fencing research about fence coatings. Do I need to get a coated fence, and what are the differences between the coatings?

Fence 101

I know I need a fence, but I’m not sure how to even begin, let alone determine costs and select products. Is there a “Fencing 101” or “Fencing for Dummies” tutorial that can help? 

Fence Knots

What are the differences between the types of knots on a fence, and which one is the right kind for my fencing project?

Fence Stapling

I’ve got wooden posts and need to staple my fencing wire to them. What’s the best way to do this so I don’t harm the fence?

Fence Tensioning

I’ve decided on a high tensile fixed knot fence for my project, and I know I need to tension it. What are the best practices for doing this safely and effectively?

Fence Tie Off

What is the best way to tie off my high tensile fencing at the braces?

High Tensile versus Low Carbon Wire

What’s the difference between “high tensile” and “low carbon” fence? Is one a better choice than the other for my fencing project?

Pipe Bracing

My fencing project is just getting started, and I’m using some pipes create an H-brace for my corners. What do I need to know about bracing with pipe?

Post Spacing

I’ve chosen my fencing and bracing, but what’s the right space to maintain between my posts to make sure my fence stays upright and tensioned?

Starting a Fence Project

I’m starting a fencing project. Do you have any pointers on how to install fencing?

Stripping a Knot

I’m ready to tie off my high tensile wire to the braces, but I’m out of loose wire. How do I strip knots off the wire ends so I have more loose wire to tie off?

Wood Posts for Bracing

I’ve got some thick wooden posts available, and I’d like to use them as corner posts for a fencing project I’m considering. Are wood posts a good choice for bracing a fence?