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Permanent vs Temporary Fencing - what's the right choice when organising an event?

06 September 2022Appears in Products
Permanent vs Temporary Fencing - what's the right choice when organising an event?
When organising an event, one of the things you need to consider is fencing. Whether Permanent vs Temporary Fencing, making the right choice is important.

When organising an event, one of the things you need to take care of is fencing. Whether it’s for crowd control, security, or traffic management. Making the right choice is important.

So, in this blog, we’re going to cover the key difference between permanent and temporary fencing. And how to find the right choice for you.

We’ve also covered how to choose the right fencing option when organising an event in another blog. Where we went in-depth on what considerations you should make and what’re our recommendations.

Permanent vs Temporary Fencing

First and foremost, let’s establish the key difference between the two types of fencing – permanent fencing is a long-term solution whilst temporary fencing is a short-term choice.

Besides that, permanent fencing usually requires a lengthier installation process, and you’ll likely need expert help to put it up. Not to mention, that it should be more expensive – considering that it’s permanent.

On the other hand, you can make your budget last longer by hiring temporary fencing. Especially in scenarios where you only need fencing for a weekend. Buying fencing outright would mean you need to take care of taking it down, transporting it, and storing it. Whilst if you hire it – you can just give back the fencing to the provider.

Additionally, both fencing types can be manufactured out of various materials. Although, they will most likely be made from steel or iron.

When to choose permanent fencing?

More often than not, permanent fencing is installed with the goal of staying put. No moving around or changing sites. It’s also more durable and can guarantee longevity.

Not to mention the increased security and/or privacy (dependant on the type of fencing). As well as the ability to get fencing in pretty much any shape and size – which can provide quite a bit of flexibility.

So, as an event organiser, in what cases would permanent fencing be the better choice?

Firstly, if the event you organise is annual and always happens in the same area. Putting up permanent fencing could be a more cost-effective method. As well as saving time by not needing to go through the whole process of hiring fencing every year.

It can also improve security for the event itself. As permanent fencing is significantly harder to get through than temporary. This is especially relevant for events where there are ‘high-profile’ individuals participating. For example, a politician or a worldwide celebrity. In cases like those, people can and sometimes go crazy and having that extra level of security is worth it. It’s also easier to mount any additional security equipment (CCTV, alarms, motion detectors, etc.) on permanent fencing.

Moreover, permanent fencing may be a better choice if the land you’re organising the event on is owned by you or the stakeholder(s). As it can help keep the area secure throughout the rest of the year. But it could even allow you to make it easier to rent out – as you could advertise it as an already fenced & secure area to organise an event on.

Lastly, one of the most popular permanent fencing examples is palisade. Luckily, we’ve prepared a buyer’s guide to palisade fencing to help you learn everything you need about this product.

When to choose temporary fencing?

To put it simply, 9 out of 10 times temporary fencing will be a better choice for your event. Its security qualities are good enough for most events, as well as remaining a cheaper option.

Moreover, don’t forget to consider your situation beforehand. For instance, what’s your budget, how long will the event last, what will be the weather conditions, what’s the location, etc. And in most cases, you’ll be left with a choice between different types of temporary fencing. Although, there are exemptions as we’ve mentioned above.

Also, temporary fencing can be hired on a short-term or even long-term basis. All the products are supplied brand new, by us. Not to mention, that a fencing provider, like First Fence, can deliver, install, and take it back after the event – making your hectic schedule from organising an event just that bit lighter.

Another thing temporary fencing shines at is flexibility. It’s easy to move around and transport. These qualities are especially useful when dealing with crowd & traffic control as it provides you with that much-needed flexibility. It also may be worthwhile taking another look at roadside barriers, especially when dealing with traffic management.

Final thoughts

Organising an event is a hefty job by itself. Not to mention all the security & traffic management that goes along with it. Luckily, a good fencing choice can relieve some of the pressure from those areas.

We hope that this article helped you think through the relevant areas to make your fencing choice. Whether permanent or temporary fencing is your final decision, feel free to reach out to us, or purchase products through our online store.