Temporary Fence Panel Systems - Storm Damage Good Advice

Every time a major storm sweeps through your community, it will leave some damaged fencing. Temporary fencing is always hit extra hard. Because of the fact that temporary fencing is just “temporary,” it is not set in concrete footings or permanently fixed. Temporary fence panel systems are commonly anchored with sand bags placed over the temporary fence stands. Typically, they are secured using two sixty pound sandbags placed every 12’. These systems rarely will be able to withstand high winds or shear force winds. How can a contractor better maintain the temporary fence system?

  1. Do not place screening or large signage on the fence if it was not originally intended to support this material. Temporary fence panel systems with sandbags will not support large signage. When you are installing signage, install fence posts into the ground or double-up on your sandbags.
  2. Ask your temporary fence contractor to maintain the system while installed. This may cost a little more on the front end but more than worth it if your system is blown down one evening after a big storm.
  3. Immediately notify the temporary fence contractor if there is any damage or down materials. The contractor may charge a slight fee for the task of simply standing the material back up. This is a less expensive option verse replacing panels and fabric that have been run-over or bent because this material was left down on the ground.
  4. Keep track of your sandbags. It is common that over time your sandbags may slide off the stands or bust open. Sandbags are not very expensive. A lot of contractors request the temporary fence contractor to leave a small supply of sandbags for quick and easy repairs that they can do themselves.
  5. Be mindful of the location of your installation. If your temporary fence system crosses an open field, between two tall buildings, or at the crest of a hill; you can almost always assume this system will receive a lot of wind. Ask your contractor to add additional sand bags or drive posts if possible.

I was driving home after a late evening storm and noticed a newly installed temporary fence panel system that had blown over into the street. I immediately had the thought, I hope this contractor choose to have the fence company maintain the panel system as it was a Mess!