Frequently Asked Questions 

For questions about commercial fencing, access control, railings, and related hardscape projects, we’re here for you. Feel free to peruse our list of Frequently Asked Questions and contact us to answer any additional questions.


Frequently Asked Questions about Commercial Fencing

If you are looking to enhance the security, aesthetics and function of your commercial property, or have a property that requires commercial fence maintenance or renovation, the specialists at Apex Fence are here for you. We’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions about commercial fencing, with detailed answers to help you plan for a successful project

What are the benefits of installing a commercial fence?

  • Enhanced security and functionality 
  • Defined property boundaries
  • Added aesthetic appeal 
  • Architectural consistency 
  • Reduced noise and visual pollution
  • Enhanced property values

What types of materials can be used for commercial fencing?

There are various types of materials that can be used for commercial fencing, including:

  • Wood
  • Vinyl
  • Aluminum
  • Wrought Iron
  • Stone

Each material has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to consider performance, maintenance, and aesthetic needs when choosing the right commercial fencing materials.

What style of commercial fence is appropriate for my commercial property?

Choosing the appropriate style of commercial fencing depends on a variety of factors, such as desired level of privacy and/or visibility, the architectural style of your property, and the purpose (or purposes) of the fence including security, privacy, access control, property aesthetics and other considerations.

Commercial fencing styles can include a range of options:

  • Privacy panel fences
  • Picket fences
  • Ranch-style fences
  • Ornamental iron fences

It’s important to consider performance requirements and local building codes and regulations when selecting a fence style. The team at Apex Fence can assist with these requirements.

Do I need a permit to install a commercial fence?

In most cases, you will need a permit to install a commercial fence on your property. It’s important to check with your local government and review property codes and covenants to ensure you have the proper permits and approvals before beginning any construction.

How tall should my commercial fence be?

The height of your commercial fence will depend on various factors, such as the purpose of the fence, local building codes, and additional regulations. In general, most commercial fences range from 4 to 10 feet in height.

Can commercial fencing be installed on the property line?

It’s important to consult with adjacent property owners and thoroughly review local property survey records before installing a fence on your property line. It is recommended to have a professional surveyor mark the exact boundaries of your property to avoid any disputes with adjacent owners.

How do I maintain my commercial fence?

The maintenance required for a commercial fence will depend on the material used. Wood fences may require periodic staining, painting, or cosmetic repair, while vinyl and metal fences can require less frequent maintenance intervals. It’s important to regularly inspect your fence for any damage and make repairs as needed.

Does a commercial fence increase property value?

In most cases, a well-designed commercial fence can increase the value and appearance of a commercial property. It’s worth consider the costs of installation and maintenance relative to the value and function added to the property

How can I customize my commercial fence?

The possibilities are endless for constructing a customized commercial fence, as many customizable options are available. This can include a wide range of materials, styles, designs, and colors to fit your specific preferences and needs.

What is the average lifespan of a commercial fence?

The lifespan of a commercial fence will depend on various factors, such as the material used, climate, and maintenance. In general, wood fences can last 10-15 years, while vinyl and aluminum fences can last 20+ years with proper care.

Can I use my own crews to install a commercial fence at my property?

While some commercial construction personnel may possess the skills and knowledge to install commercial fencing, it is strongly recommended to hire a specialized commercial fencing contractor for this type of project. By contracting with a qualified commercial fencing company, you can be assured of the necessary expertise and experience to ensure that proper installation and safety measures are taken. Hiring the team at Apex Fence can save you time and stress in the long run.

Do I need an architect when designing a commercial fencing solution?

Depending on the scale, scope, and physical requirements of your commercial fencing project, you may or may not require a dedicated architect. Apex Fence and Iron offers a complete design-build service, with design and engineering resources on staff, as well as outside architects available on a project basis. Where needed, we work with client architects to coordinate every aspect of design, planning and construction according to approved site plans, renderings and architectural specifications.


Frequently Asked Questions about Commercial Railing Projects

Railings are an important aspect of many commercial properties, offering added security to various outdoor features such as patios, walkways, retaining walls, and driveways. With the right planning and execution, railings can enhance the beauty, functionality, and value of your property. Here is a list of frequently asked questions that cover various aspects of designing and building commercial railings for any commercial space.

What are commercial railings?

Commercial railings are used in a variety of applications to add functionality, safety, and aesthetics to commercial properties.  Commercial railings can be used in conjunction with sidewalks, balconies, patios, decks, walkways, retaining walls, staircases, ramps, and other features. Railings provide protection for pedestrians and visitors by creating a barrier that separates them from potential dangers such as slip and fall incidents, vehicle traffic, and other hazards.

Why are commercial railings important?

Commercial railings are important to improving the overall safety and appearance of most any commercial property. Commercial railings add to the functionality and safety of both indoor and outdoor spaces in various ways. Railings can be used to improve safety, accessibility and pedestrian traffic flow within your property. Additionally, commercial railings can also increase the appearance of the commercial property, making it more attractive to visitors.

What are some of the most popular materials used in commercial railings?

There are a variety of materials that can be used in commercial railings, including:

  • Stainless Steel: Durable and corrosion-resistant, stainless steel is ideal for outdoor settings due to its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. It is also a popular choice for indoor railings as it can be polished to a sleek and modern finish. 
  • Aluminum: Lightweight and corrosion-resistant, aluminum is often preferred for its versatility and cost-effectiveness. Aluminum railings can be easily customized and installed, making them a popular choice for both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Glass: Glass railings provide a transparent and modern look, allowing for unobstructed views while still providing safety and support. However, they may not be as durable as metal railings and require regular maintenance to keep them clean and free of scratches. 
  • Iron: Due to its strength and durability, iron is a popular material for commercial railings. Iron can be easily fabricated into intricate designs, making it a versatile option to complement both traditional and modern architecture. Additionally, iron is resistant to fire and extreme temperatures, making it a safe choice in case of emergencies.
  • Other materials: Additional materials that may considered for commercial railings include wood, composite, and other materials. Each material has its own unique properties and should be chosen based on the specific performance requirements and aesthetic preferences of the project.

What factors should be considered when designing a commercial railing solution?

When designing a commercial railing solution, some important factors to consider include:

  • Safety: What are potential load bearing requirements and height specifications needed to ensure safety in the performance of the railings system?
  • Functionality: The purpose of the railing feature and how it will be used should be considered. Will it be for protection, pedestrian traffic flow, security, access management, or some combination of the above?
  • Aesthetics: The railing solution should complement the overall design and architectural style of the building and its surroundings.
  • Budget: Consider budget requirements when evaluating various options for commercial railing design. Different materials, design features, and construction methods will affect final costs. 
  • Maintenance: Future maintenance requirements will vary according to the materials and designs used for your commercial railing solution. The specialists at Apex Fence can recommend railing solutions that minimize ongoing maintenance time and costs.

Can commercial railing systems increase property value?

A well-designed commercial railing system adds value to the commercial property through added security, protection, and functionality. By mitigating potential safety issues, commercial railing can help reduce liability due to slip and fall incidents, vehicular traffic, and related concerns.

How do I choose the right materials for my commercial railing project?

When choosing materials for a commercial railing installation, consider factors such as durability, maintenance requirements, and aesthetic appeal. It’s also important to choose materials that will complement the existing aesthetics of your property.

Do I need a professional to design and build commercial railing?

Where safety and compliance is concerned, it is recommended to hire a professional with experience in commercial railing construction, especially for complex or large-scale projects. A professional can offer expertise to ensure proper installation and function, and to avoid costly mistakes.

What should I consider when planning a commercial railing project?

Before starting a commercial railing project, consider the purpose of the railing, including estimate loads, budget constraint, property aesthetics, and any potential construction challenges. It’s also important to check with local authorities to obtain necessary permits.

Can commercial railings be customized?

Absolutely! Commercial railings allow for endless customization possibilities, from unique designs to hand selected materials. Work with Apex Fence to create the perfect commercial railing solution for any commercial property.