temporary fencing

Is temporary fencing right for your project?

Purchasing and storing fencing for construction sites and events can be costly. It also requires transport and storage logistics. For many construction companies and event managers, the project won’t have a line item in the budget for purchasing new fencing outright, and permanent fencing is almost never practical. That’s why so many companies turn to renting temporary fencing solutions.

Benefits of temporary fencing

Businesses and government organizations use temporary fencing as a reliable and cost-effective means for creating a short-term secured area. Whether you’re securing equipment and supplies, or you need crowd control measures, temporary fencing provides an easy solution. Many project managers rent temporary fencing for:

  • Long- and short-term construction sites
  • Demolition sites
  • Outdoor music and sporting events
  • Municipal events like fireworks displays and city celebrations
  • School events
  • Conventions
  • Weddings
  • Outdoor markets
  • Disaster relief efforts
  • Work Zones

Types of temporary fencing

There are many kinds of temporary fencing to choose from, including chain-link fencing and free-standing fence panels. Chain-link fencing can be locked and provides a longer-term solution for construction projects. Temporary fencing also has a wide variety of accessories, including privacy screens, and vehicle access gates. To improve stability, wind braces and sandbags are available to keep fencing in place. Reflective delineators can be added to improve safety.

If you’re unsure whether to purchase and store fencing your own fencing or to rent a portable fence, here are five questions to consider when making your decision.

What’s your budget?

If you have the money available in your budget, and you can store and transport fencing from site to site, then buying your temporary fencing may be a wise investment. These fences can be broken down, put in storage, and taken to the next project whenever needed. In most cases, budgets are tight and the added expense of not only buying temporary fencing but also storing and transporting it, adds to the bottom line. To see an overall profit in the company, managers have to watch potential ongoing costs like storage and replacement fees when you own your temporary fencing. Renting it instead may help keep your company in the black.

How much fencing do you require?

If your event only requires a few panels, and you know you’ll reuse it and you have a place to store it inexpensively, you may be able to purchase temporary fencing without breaking the budget. However, if you need thousands of feet of fencing, renting is probably your best option. Evaluate your site and consider what areas need to be secured. Equipment, open work areas, private sections, and mobile offices should be included in the protected regions with temporary fencing. It’s often not economically feasible to buy, store, and transport that much fencing on your own. Temporary rentals are the way to go.

How long will you need the fencing?

For events or construction projects that last six months or fewer, renting temporary fencing will likely save money. If the project is going to last longer than that, you may or may not save money by purchasing temporary fencing outright. However, you’ll be responsible for removing all the fencing when the project is finished. You’ll also have to figure out what to do with it when you no longer need it. For your specific project, compare the cost of renting temporary fencing vs. buying a fence to make the best decision.

Will you need to use it again?

Temporary fences are made of high-quality materials and are built to last. You could purchase temporary fencing if you know you’ll need it regularly. On the other hand, temporary fences can be set up, delivered, broken down, and picked up by a professional fencing company quickly and easily. If you have a standing event, you can schedule regular deliveries and pickups in advance, so you don’t have to worry about it every time. For one-off events like an event or a short-term construction or demolition project, renting temporary fencing makes the most sense, and you can order all kinds of fencing in advance.

What about quality?

Do some research. You may see low fencing prices on the internet but remember the adage: buyer beware. Cheap temporary fencing may not be very high quality, especially when it comes to plastic fencing. Flimsy, poorly constructed panels can lead to ineffective fencing. Worst-case scenario, it could blow away! To prevent this, rent from a reputable company that will ensure you get the quality fencing you need. When you order, ask the representative what types of fencing products they deliver. Ask them if they recommend accessories like sandbags for the kind of fencing you’re requesting. And if something happens with the fencing after it’s delivered, find out the company’s policy on damage and replacement. If something goes wrong, make sure they’re willing to have a new fence delivered as soon as possible.

Temporary fencing from ZTERS

ZTERS is your partner in construction and outdoor events. In addition to quality temporary fencing rentals, we also provide commercial dumpsters, portable toilets, and storage container rentals. Give us a call to speak with one of our account managers about all the ways we can make your project easier.

storage container

Five reasons your construction project needs a storage container

Where do you find storage space for all the supplies, equipment and tools required for your project? If you’re like many construction companies, you probably rent space at a storage facility, ask subcontractors to store things (and hope you see everything again), or build a temporary shed and cross your fingers no one cuts the lock. Each of these solutions comes with a set of dangers that will cost you time and money should you have to replace anything. There is another option, though — onsite storage container rentals.

Here are five reasons why even small and mid-sized construction companies benefit from renting onsite storage containers for their construction projects:

Storage almost anywhere

Very few locations are off limits for today’s shipping and storage containers. They’re specifically designed to be transported on a standard flatbed trailer truck, and they can be shipped just about anywhere you need them. Use temporary storage containers anywhere from a downtown construction site to a country home renovation. No oversize or overweight permits are required. And once they’re filled, they can be picked up and delivered to any destination you choose. Same-day pickup service is also often available.

Containers are cost effective

When you require extra storage space, an off-site unit in a storage facility may end up costing you more money than renting a storage container. In most cases it costs less per square foot to rent an onsite storage container rather than an external site or to build a temporary shed. Also, storage containers are conveniently delivered to your site. Store all your essential documents, supplies, tools, and equipment on the site and save significant money in transport costs. You also save travel time because crew members aren’t scrambling to pick up or drop off equipment and materials.

Inventory stays secure

Weather and vandalism are two major concerns for construction companies. Most items lost due to storm damage or theft are covered by insurance, but it takes time to replace them. That can be a project killer if you have a tight deadline. Storage containers help prevent this costly loss. They’re built to last, so they keep equipment and materials as secure as an offsite storage unit. They’re also water resistant, pest resistant and able to withstand strong winds. And their windowless metal exteriors and double lock doors serve as a theft deterrent.

No assembly required

The time and cost of building an onsite storage shed quickly adds up. You can’t store materials until the structure is complete, which could take days. This adds time to your project, and it may take resources away from the project itself. These structures are also often made of wood and more susceptible to damage from vandalism and weather. In some cases, the damage from a storm or destruction may be so extensive you’ll have to build a new shed. Temporary storage containers bypass these problems. There are no construction costs, and the container is delivered to your site ready for immediate use.

Onsite convenience

Documents, supplies, equipment, and unused inventory can all be securely stored inside a storage container. There are no restrictions to what you can keep inside or when you can access the contents. This makes temporary storage containers an ideal solution no matter what type of construction project you’re managing. The contents are always available. There are no offsite storage hours to be aware of, and no rushing to pack up before an offsite storage unit closes. Also, the storage container can be transported. Use them in more than one location. After you wrap up one job, you can move a container and its contents to a new site.

ZTERS provides effective construction site solutions

ZTERS provides portable and secure storage container rentals, along with a wide range of other construction site solutions, including portable office trailers, temporary fencing, and portable toilets. Contact ZTERS today to learn how we can coordinate rental equipment for your project.