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Comparing Fencing Solutions: Steel Palisade vs. Mesh Fencing

Read our unbiased comparison of steel palisade fencing and mesh fencing to learn more about which option is better suited to your needs.

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In the world of security fencing, two predominant styles often dominate discussions: steel palisade and mesh fencing. Each has its unique strengths and applications, making them suitable for different requirements, but how exactly do they compare?

As industry leaders in the manufacture and supply of perimeter security fencing solutions, Lochrin Bain offers an unbiased perspective on both options, understanding that the right type of fence depends on the specific requirements of each project.

Understanding Steel Palisade Fencing

Steel palisade fencing is synonymous with strength and deterrence. Its design, featuring vertical steel bars and sturdy construction, is a time-tested method of securing commercial premises and utility infrastructure right across the UK.

Traditional steel palisade fencing such as our Lochrin Palisade is known for its front-fixed design and offers a visual warning to potential intruders, making it a staple in high-security installations. However, advancements in design and technology have led to the evolution of palisade fencing with our Lochrin Classic, Combi, and Defender models highlighting this progression. These patented variants offer a fence where vertical pales pass through V-shaped slots in the horizontal rails to offer greater protection than a standard front fixed palisade fence.

With NPSA (Previously CPNI) approved specifications as well as Secured By Design and LPS1175 certified options to A1 (SR1) B3 (SR2) and C5 (SR3), these variants embody a higher security level compared to traditional palisade fences whilst still maintaining the classic aesthetic that many of our customers prefer.

Understanding Mesh Fencing

Mesh fencing, particularly the likes of Lochrin WaveGUARD, and FlatGUARD presents a modern approach to perimeter security where basic and unobtrusive demarcation is required. It is an ideal choice for locations where maintaining visibility is as crucial as the physical barrier itself. This aspect of mesh fencing makes it a popular choice in environments such as schools, commercial properties, and public areas where safety, security, and aesthetics must be combined.

Some manufacturers have gone the extra mile to develop more secure mesh fencing designs. For example, our Lochrin 358 mesh fencing system is characterised by a closely knit mesh pattern, offering formidable resistance against both cutting and climbing, making it a medium to high security fencing option depending on the specification requested.

As with our palisade fencing, we have also developed a range of LPS1175 certified mesh options to A1 (SR1) and B3 (SR2) with the latest Lochrin UltraGUARD system aimed at securing critical infrastructure sites thanks to its heavy-duty mesh design.

Weighing the Options: Palisade vs. Mesh Fencing

The choice between steel palisade and mesh fencing hinges on several factors. Traditional steel palisade, with its intimidating profile, is often favoured in industrial and high-risk areas where deterrence is a top priority.

A steel palisade face next to a mesh fence, both manufactured by Lochrin Bain.

Benefits of steel Palisade including the ability to rake easily over uneven and sloping ground conditions, greater tolerances during installation and the product being supplied in loose kit for ease of transportation and handling on site also make it a firm favourite with installers.

In contrast, mesh fencing is more suited to locations where both aesthetics and unobtrusive security are essential.

Application and Adaptability

Both steel palisade and mesh fencing are adaptable to a wide range of applications.

Palisade fencing is often seen around utility sites, industrial complexes, and where perimeter security is paramount. Mesh fencing, with its versatile design, is increasingly popular in urban environments, educational facilities, and places where maintaining a friendly and open appearance is important.


It’s important to note the differences in longevity between steel palisade and mesh fencing systems. Most palisade available in the UK today is hot dip galvanized, offering a higher level of protection against rust and corrosion when compared to mesh fencing which is generally pre-galvanized. For this reason, you should always check the design life guarantees available for your project.

We have a page dedicated to the longevity of metal security fencing which you can find here.


In conclusion, the decision between steel palisade and mesh fencing should be guided by the specific security needs, aesthetic preferences, and environmental context of each project.

With Lochrin Bain able to offer both steel palisade and mesh fencing to either traditional or high security designs, clients have the advantage of choosing from a wide range of high-quality fencing solutions to suit their own individual requirements. Our unbiased approach ensures that each client can select the most appropriate and effective fencing type for their individual security requirements, thus ensuring not just safety but also satisfaction with the chosen solution.

If you are interested in learning more about Lochrin Bain fencing solutions then why not take a look at our product range here. Should you require further information, why not get in touch with one of our experts who will be happy to offer you practical, unbiased advice.