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Palisade Fencing vs Mesh Fencing | Advantages and Disadvantages

Palisade Fencing has been around for almost 100 years whilst Mesh Fencing is a relative new comer to the physical perimeter protection industry only being introduced in the 1990s. However, Rigid Mesh has continued to disrupt the market place as systems have been developed and is now specified on a number of projects that would have previously been specified as Palisade Fencing.

At CLD Fencing Systems, we think Mesh Fencing is the future but we wanted to look at the advantages and disadvantages of both systems. How does Palisade Fencing stack up against Mesh?

The below guide gives the positives and negatives of both security fencing systems, we look at three key areas for these…

  • Aesthetics – How does it shape up visually
  • Standard Security – What do ‘off the shelf’ fencing systems provide and what weaknesses do they have
  • True Costs – From Installation time to Maintenance what is the true cost of the fencing systems



  • Palisade Fencing


    • Strong look of Steel and Security Topping with Tri-Tip Palisade
    • Can appear dated in appearance
    • Visibility can be reduced and restricted to certain angles
    • Available in a wide range of RAL Colours

    Standard Security

    • Tri-tip Palisade has inbuilt Security Topping to prevent scaling
    • D Pale Palisade is normally broken into with a hammer in under 12 seconds and can be hidden
    • W Pale Palisade is normally broken into with a hacksaw in under 10 seconds but would show where the pale was cut
    • External Fixings can be attacked with chisle and hammer to shear off

    True Costs

    • Can require intensive maintenance due to ease of attack and hiding where it has been attacked
    • Normally has a longer installation time compared to Mesh Fencing
    • Individual Pales can be replaced when damaged
    • Starts from around £27 per LNM for 2.4m Fencing
  • Mesh Fencing


    • 3 Difference types; Profiled, Double Wire and 358 Mesh Styles
    • Modern and Contemporary Appearance
    • Clear View through for Line of Sight and CCTV
    • Available in a vast range of RAL Colours

    Standard Security

    • 358 Mesh Panels offer Anti-Climb Fencing
    • Profiled Mesh Panels have 30mm Projections to prevent scaling
    • Double Wire Mesh Panels have 30mm Projections to prevent scaling and double horizontal wires up to 8mm each to prevent cutting
    • Most Systems come as standard with security fixings

    True Costs

But don’t just take our word on it…

In 2014 the Architectural Liaison Officer for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary; Paul Shepherd raised the following concerns in regards to the proposed use of 2.5m Palisade Fencing on a new biomass energy facility in Plymouth.

He said “On the application (14/01637/FUL), it has been specified that the applicant proposes to install 2.5meter high metal palisade fencing. There are issues with this type of fencing which I have listed below. In place of palisade I would recommend a 2.5 (2430mm) weld mesh fencing system in black. This would allow greater natural surveillance through the fencing into the site.”

He continues by saying “Palisade fencing has been popular with industrial and commercial premises. Although the initial purchase can be considered inexpensive, long-term it can be costly due to higher maintenance/repairs and security experts consider it to be less effective than alternative products.”

So which fencing system will you use on your next project? Why not check out our range of Mesh Fencing Systems and find one that is perfect for your clients.


For more information on our Mesh Fencing Systems visit our Perimeter Security Products.