Temporary fence hire, while on the surface may seem fairly straight forward, it can get a little complicated if you are not sure exactly what you need when hiring temporary fence.
Because of this, we get asked a lot of questions from customers when they inquire about hiring temporary fence, and we’ve done our best to answer those questions over on our Temporary Fence Hire FAQ page. But to make life a little easier for everyone, we’ve put together a list of the most important details you need to know when it comes to temporary fence hire.
1. There are standards when it comes to temporary fence
Not all temporary fence panels are the same. Unfortunately, there are sub-standard fencing panels and components in the marketplace and fence providers who are only after a quick buck! If customers are only after the absolute cheapest price when hiring temporary fence, they may find they are receiving sub-standard products.
When hiring temporary fence it’s important to keep in mind that there are Australian Standards that cover temporary fence. Australian Standard AS 4687-2007 outlines clearly what is the expected minimum standard when it comes to temporary fencing and hoarding.
Some of the criteria addressed in the Australian Standards are:
- The quality of the fence components
- The ability of the fence to remain upright and stable at all times
- The requirement for the fence to withstand wind loading, impact tests and stability
You should always check with the fence provider if their fencing components meet the Australian Standards before asking about the price or even considering hiring from them.
2. Installing temporary fence may actually be a legal requirement
Yep, that’s right. There are certain situations where installing a temporary fence may be a legal requirement.
If you own a pool and your current pool fencing does not meet pool fence regulations or you are installing a new pool and haven’t finished installing a permanent fence around the pool, then you are not meeting NSW fair trading pool fencing compliance laws.
When your pool fence is not adequate and your pool poses a hazard then the quickest and easiest way to meet pool compliance laws is to have a temporary pool fence installed.
The same can also be said for construction sites. Under NSW Workplace Health and Safety Laws, it’s a requirement that construction sites managers take all steps necessary to eliminate risks to people’s health and safety. This includes making the public aware that the site contains potential hazards and restricting unauthorised access to the site. Installing temporary construction fence addresses these issues.
3. There are numerous attachments that come with temporary fence hire
Surprisingly there is more to temporary fence hire than just feet and panels. There are actually quite a few extra attachments that can be applied to temporary fencing that can increase security and safety. These extra attachments can include:
- Wind bracing
- Locking bolts
- Dogs bars
- Silt mesh
- Banners, signage, etc
When hiring temporary fence, it’s a good idea to know exactly what extra components you will need to be included in your temporary fence hire to get accurate pricing.
4. Not all temporary fence hire quotes are created equal
When it comes to temporary fence hire quotes, it’s important to note that not all quotes are created equal.
Some quotes will include the cost of fence hire only with insurance, damages and so on, applied as added extras. While other quotes, such as ours, will be an all-inclusive price with no hidden extras.
When ringing around for quotes on temporary fence hire, make sure you are comparing apples with apples and not making a hiring decision based on quotes that are not comparable.
5. Temporary fence hire can work out to be cheaper than buying
It can be tempting to consider buying temporary fence panels and components over hiring them. If you plan on using the fence often, then this may seem like a cheaper alternative. Buy once and use over and over right? But buying temporary fence can be an investment that could potentially cost you more in the long run.
When you weigh up the costs of buying temporary fence, you need to consider the cost of storing the fence when not in use and the quantity you will be using. Underestimating both storage costs and the number of panels you need can quickly blow out your budget.
Temporary fence hire, on the other hand, doesn’t involve any storage costs and you can adjust the quantity up and down as required… Simple and cost-effective.
6. Temporary fence hire can be used for purposes other than events, pools and construction sites
There are multiple reasons why people hire temporary fence… More reasons than you can even imagine. Of course, the standard hires involves securing pools, construction sites, events and damaged homes but there are some other very handy ways that temporary fence can be used to solve a problem.
Creating dog and pet enclosures, for example, is a perfect use of temporary fence hire. And it’s more common than you may think. Tree protection is also another common use for temporary fence hire.
If you don’t need a permanent structure and need to keep something in, something out or something safe, then temporary fence hire may be the perfect solution.
7. Temporary fence incorporates smart design
While you may think that temporary fence is pretty boring and there’s not much to it, you should think again. Yes, temporary fence on the whole is fairly basic in its design, but it’s a smart design none-the-less.
The panels are made of a tight mesh design which makes it virtually impossible for someone to climb over. The feet are a wide, sturdy concrete structure that not only holds the panels upright, but they distribute the weight of the panels evenly across the surface. This means that there is no indentations or holes left in the ground once the fencing is removed.
And it can be installed and removed very quickly. So, if you only need the temporary fence in place for only a few days or a few hours… It’s super easy to do. Pretty smart don’t you think?
8. Temporary fence hire does not have to be ugly
Okay, so it’s a fair call to say that even though temporary fence may be smart in its design, it can possibly be considered ugly… An eyesore if you will. But it doesn’t have to be. With the addition of printed banners or branded bunting, temporary fence can be transformed from a dull, steel structure to a visually appealing barrier with an important message to share.
Branded bunting applied to the fence can include all the details about your business. This is perfect for builders and developers who are building and want the public to know more about them. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for event organisers to make it easy for their attendees to find the spot where the event is being held and to lead them to the entrance.
Bunting or banners usually made of mesh material so they add virtually no extra weight to the fence and can be easy to attach and remove. It’s a no brainer really.
So, there you have it. A comprehensive list of what you need to know when it comes to temporary fence hire. If, after reading this, you still have questions, don’t hesitate to call our guys on any of the phone numbers listed below and we can go through the hiring process further with you.
Newcastle: (02) 4956 9060 | Central Coast: (02) 4311 9133 | Sydney: (02) 8332 1640 | Wollongong: (02) 4225 0176