If you have a growing service-type business that also provides supply and material goods for clients, you need a fence that helps keep your new outdoor stock yard secure while also allowing visitors and suppliers access to the yard in an efficient manner. Landscaping, lumber supply, tree nurseries, masonry companies, and even mechanics may grow to need a supply yard for customers.
An outdoor supply yard can be a challenge to plan, but with the right fencing, you can create a polished, professional area that allows for ample storage and effective accessibility. Here are some tips to help you plan your stock yard fence.
Consider Chain Link
For an outdoor supply yard, chain link should be the first material you consider for an entire yard fence. It’s simple to install and is cost-effective, and it also has some other benefits that are specific to the needs of a supply yard, including the following.
No other fencing type provides the same amount of security as a chain link fence while also allowing for visibility within the yard area. You can easily monitor employees, take inventory, and direct customers without the fence getting in the way.
If there are areas of the yard that you do want to be more private, such as an area where you store heavy machinery, you can place privacy slats in the chain link to block sight lines.
All fence types require even a little maintenance, but chain link is very hands-off when it comes to keeping the fence in good shape. Coated chain link and galvanized chain link will not rust, and bent or broken areas are simple to replace with new chain link fabric without having to replace the entire fence.
Chain link (when properly installed) is a strong fence. It allows wind to pass easily through the fence, reducing weather damage. Bending or breaking the fence usually takes a lot of force, and even then the fabric is likely to buckle without causing damage to the posts.
When choosing chain link, look for fencing that is galvanized before being woven or welded. These fences are higher in quality and will last much longer. With a vinyl coating on the chain link fabric, you add additional protection against corrosion.
Fence Off Designated Areas
After you’ve got your perimeter fence in place, you also need to consider interior fences for organizational purposes. As a supply yard, you may provide things like bulk mulch, lumber, weeping tile, pallet goods, topsoil, rocks, and sand. These piles or collections of goods should ideally be located in a fenced area that keeps each material contained.
You might choose to build containment areas using commercial-grade concrete retaining blocks. For a less expensive option, you might make enclosures out of thick timber fencing that has been treated for protection against moisture and insect damage. Open bins allow for a skid steer or loader to easily access loose material without pushing the piles into each other.
You might consider smaller picket fencing for tree nursery areas, customer waiting areas, or pick-up spots, just to make it simpler to keep the supply yard organized. Organization is key to running an effective supply area.
Install Wide Gates
For your perimeter access, make sure your design features wide gates. Chain link offers another advantage in this area. Mounted, rolling gates make it easy for large semi-trucks to come and replenish supplies of loose material like rocks or racks of goods like lumber. These gates roll along the fence, so you don’t need to create room for them to swing.
As part of your plan, allow for large spaces near entrances and fenced-off bins to allow trucks room to back up and turn around. Turning radius needs vary for different trucks. For example, a single-unit truck (like a large dump truck) needs about 42 feet to execute a safe turnaround. If possible, make the yard accessible from both sides so that you have a wide gate entrance and exit.
Add Extra Security
Finally, your yard should have some security features. To prevent climbers, top your fence with a deterrent. You might choose to run barbed wire along the top of your fence. Iron fencing allows for spiked tops to deter intruders. A video surveillance system meant for outdoor conditions is also a must.
Each entry should be secured with a numeric padlock and cable. Cables are harder to cut with chains, and if they are wired, cutting one can trigger an alarm. If you store heavy equipment like lawn mowers, skid steers, forklifts, or loaders in your yard, these should each be locked down and secured to a fence post with a lock.
Finally, outbuildings should be alarmed and separately fenced, if possible. It’s not unusual to have small mechanic’s sheds, greenhouses, or repair shops as part of a supply yard. The extra fence is a deterrent for thieves or intruders, and when the gates are locked, it’s also another step to prevent a break-in.
Fencing your business supply yard requires a focus on security, accessibility, organization, and aesthetics. At Carter Fence Company, we can help you create the perfect design for your business needs.