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Wire Fences

Although wire fences, included barbed wire, are used primarily for livestock retention and not home use, there is a form of decorative wire fencing that may be an attractive alternative to an iron or aluminum fence.

The wire in decorative wire fences usually runs horizontally and vertically and is welded at the crossing (unlike chain link, which is woven and set at a 45 degree angle). A metal frame, possibly including panel frames, provides support.


As with chain link fences, the strength of a wire fence depends on the gauge (lower the stronger) and spacing (smaller the stronger) of the wire; it also depends on the distance to and rigidity of the frame. The wire is subject to corrosion and rust, so make sure it is either galvanized or treated with a protective coating.

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