Fencing in a construction site is not just a good idea for safety reasons; it's required by local building permit codes in most parts of the country and is mandated by OSHA for worker safety in every state. While chain link fences may do just fine for keeping foot traffic out, that's about all they're designed to handle. Discover five ways to take your construction fencing to the next level by adding a simple woven fabric known as a wind or privacy screen.

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By investing in printed fabric screens that feature the name of the construction company, you essentially convert lengths of basic perimeter fencing into affordable and massive signs. Of course, you could also use the full color printing options to

  • Display traffic detour directions large and legibly enough for drivers and pedestrians alike to read them
  • Advertise the business or organization that will be operating in the new building
  • Notify locals of the dates of the loudest parts of construction
  • Earn some good publicity by donating the advertising space to local charities
  • Showcase the work of local artists 
  • Display what the building or site will look like when the construction is completed.

More Privacy

Construction fencing wraps are essential for keeping the work site private from people walking and driving around the site. If the company that hired your construction crew is hoping to make a big and dramatic reveal during the grand opening event, you can't have everyone who strolls by viewing the hard work you're doing. Privacy is also essential for the functioning of a cohesive and focused job site. It's as important to keep your workers from getting distracted by traffic rolling by the site as it is to keep the drivers focused on the road instead of watching your team work.

Less Wind

Working in a part of the country that is infamous for hard winds that blow over temporarily framed construction and scatter lighter materials across the work site? While most fence wraps are design to let wind flow through, some are tougher and more tightly woven to control air flow. This slows down the gusts that would otherwise blow right through your work area and make a mess of the area. Make sure you're ordering wind screens specifically and check what maximum gusts are handled by the fabric before using it in an area with extreme winds.

Reduced Pollution

Of course, reducing the amount of wind whipping around the building site also helps reduce one of the biggest sources of pollution related to construction as well. All the digging and grading required to make a smooth and level site for building on creates a lot of loose soil, which turns into dust as soon as it dries out and a breeze blows over it. Fencing screens for high winds also tend to be tightly woven enough to keep the majority of dust from blowing out of the site and onto the roads or into the homes of people around the work zone. This can help you avoid costly tickets and clean up fees.

Increased Visibility

Finally, don't forget about making your safety barriers visible. Many construction crews order black or green fencing for a more upscale look, but this type of fencing can blend into the background and end up posing a safety hazard to both workers and pedestrians who could walk into it and end up injured. Increasing visibility is easy with fence screens because they can printed with an attractive design that blends in with the neighborhood while still standing out enough to be seen. Balancing visibility with subtlety is tricky on a construction sight, and adding screens to an existing fence is less work than disassembling hundreds of feet of fencing just to replace it with a brighter color.